The Five Most Cartoonish Facts About Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage's animate likeness (foreground) in DreamWorks Animation's 'The Croods'.
With "The Croods" opening this weekend, Nicolas Cage takes yet another quirky turn in perhaps the quirkiest film career ever. Cage gives voice to Grug, the animated pre-historic patriarch of the Croods, a family of Neanderthals who are forced from the relative safety of their cave and set off on an epic adventure to find a new home.
It's fitting that Dreamworks decided to animate Cage, because we can think of few actors more cartoonish. Don't believe us? Here's five facts about the man which best illustrate our point.
1. Nicolas Cage being a cartoon is not a new concept. Besides Grug Crood, Cage has given voice to a number of animated characters, including Dr. Tenma in "Astro Boy" (2009) and Speckles in "G-Force" (2009). But perhaps Cage's most well-known animated performance is one he didn't exactly endorse: YouTube user HarryPartridge's viral video "Nicholas Cage Wants Cake," which features Cage lines from "The Family Man" (2000) set to some funky beats. So far, it's amassed more than 6 million views since being uploaded in 2010.
2. Part of being a good cartoon is being an exaggerated figure. Is there a more exaggerated acting style than Cage's? While you can pretty much get a sense of this in every film he's in, perhaps there's no better place to start than from the beginning. As you can see in the video above, Cage's overwrought acting style is already well-honed in his first onscreen performance, as a troubled teen on the 1981 ABC pilot "Best of Times."