Feb 03 2011
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For some reason, no actor today generates as much fascination as Nicolas Cage. The man has had a storied and diverse career, yet is also the punchline to an infinite number of jokes. A lot of that has to do with his hair, which we’ve focused on previously, or sometimes it’s his freakout, which again we’ve showcased.
But now we have a new way of analyzing his work in the form of the Nicolas Cage Matrix from TheShiznit. It’s a chart that rates Cage’s various role base on four crtieria, “Brilliant, Rubbish, Serious and Mental.” This is UK-made, so Brilliant means “good,” Rubbish mean “shit” and Mental means “crazy.” Serious means “serious.”
As you can see, he’s all over the map, though I think the greatest number of his films are definitely in the “Serious + Rubbish” quadrant. There are a few slip-ups, like I’m pretty sure Raising Arizona should be on the Mental side, but it’s a cool chart nonetheless.
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