Nominated for Adaptation, Nicolas Cage has been there and done it all. He was earlier nominated for and won the Best Actor for Leaving Las Vegas.india Updated: Mar 22, 2003 17:35 IST
The son of a Comparative Literature professor August Coppola (a brother of director Coppola and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang), Cage changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation, succeeding brilliantly with a host of classic, quirky roles by the late 1980s.
Initially studying theatre at Beverly Hills High (though he dropped out at 17), he secured a bit part in Fast Timesat Ridgemont Highmost of which was cut, dashing his hopes and leading to a job selling popcorn at the Fairfax Theater, thinking that would be the only route to a movie career.
But a job reading lines with auditioners for uncle Francis's Rumble Fish landed him a role in that film, followed by the punk-rocker in Valley Girl which was released first and truly launched his career. His one-time passion for method acting reached a personal limit when he smashed a street-vendor's remote-control car to achieve the sense of rage needed for his gangster character in The Cotton Club.