In 1999, Sean Penn said, “Nic Cage is no longer an actor. He’s more like a performer.” Ouch. Those were some harsh words from Penn for his former Fast Times at Ridgemont High co-star. Penn was reacting to Cage’s roles in movies like Con Air, and eight years later, the remark is as true as ever.
Nicolas Cage, I like you. I really do. Moonstruck is one of my all-time favorite movies. And who (besides Sean Penn) didn’t love Face/Off? I’ve never sat down to watch Leaving Las Vegas, but you won an Oscar for it, so you must have been good. So why, oh why, are you signing up for drivel like Ghost Rider?
I bet your agent called and said, “Nic, have I got a script for you. You’ll be playing a man who has sold his soul to the devil, and at night, you turn into a flaming skeleton on a motorcycle!”
Obviously I’m going to say SKIP IT to Ghost Rider. Wake me when Nicolas Cage gets back to making good movies.