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15 Reasons Nicolas Cage Is The Most Relatable Weirdo In Hollywood

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Vote up the Cage details that make him seem like a totally relatable weirdo.

Nicolas Cage is something of an enigma. You've probably heard at least a few weird stories about Cage, like how he bought himself a pyramid for his eventual burial, or a pet octopus to help with his acting. He is a strange man, but has no qualms about telling the truth about his eccentricities, especially when it comes to all things nerdy.

Not only has he bought a lot of expensive and bizarre stuff, but Cage has also lived a life every comic book nerd wishes they could live. He's played multiple superheroes, lived in a haunted mansion, and owned several of the most expensive comic books in the world. Some of Cage's geekiest possessions and actions may seem a little over-the-top, but who among us wouldn't act the same way if money were no object? These details about Cage's uniquely nerdy movie star life just prove he's the most relatable weirdo in the game.

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  • He Crashed His Own Party To Read An Edgar Allan Poe Poem
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    He Crashed His Own Party To Read An Edgar Allan Poe Poem

    Every year on Cage's birthday (January 7), the Alamo Draft House in Austin, TX, holds a birthday party of sorts where they play a marathon of his films. The movie lineup is always a secret; the whole thing is simply a ploy to compel Cage to come to the party.

    He didn't show up until the fourth event, in 2017, when he made an unforgettable appearance. Cage took the stage to read "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, which was arguably one of his best performances.

  • He's Kinda Glad He Missed Out On 'The Lord of the Rings' - Because Now He Can Enjoy Them Like A Fan
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    He's Kinda Glad He Missed Out On 'The Lord of the Rings' - Because Now He Can Enjoy Them Like A Fan

    The cast of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings is untouchable. It's impossible to imagine anyone other than Viggo Mortensen playing Aragorn, the true king of men. However, at one point, Cage was in the running for the role.

    Cage explained he didn't take the role because his life was too busy - he didn't want to leave home for three years to film. Instead, he just wanted to watch the movies as a fan.

    "But the thing is about those movies, I can watch them. I can enjoy them as an audience member. I don't really watch my own movies. And so I genuinely do have the joy of watching these - especially with Lord of the Rings," he told Newsweek.

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    He Spent The Night At Dracula's Castle

    In 2014, Idris Elba told a fantastic Cage story during a Reddit AMA. Someone had asked him what it was like to work with Cage on Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in Transylvania, Romania.

    According to Elba, Cage showed up on set looking exhausted and spooked-out. When Elba asked him what his deal was, Cage explained he was staying in Dracula's castle: "I just had to channel the energy, and it was pretty spooky up there."

  • He Learned How To Read From Comic Books
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    He Learned How To Read From Comic Books

    Cage is a comic book aficionado, but he's not a run-of-the-mill comic bro who started collecting when he got some cash. It turns out comics mean more to Cage than anyone might have imagined, and they're kind of responsible for his entire career.

    In an interview with Empire, he revealed:

    What's interesting about [comic book movies] is that people have attached words to me like "comic book geek" or "comic book nerd" or this, that, or the other, but the truth of the matter is that I'm loyal to my childhood.

    I grew up reading comic books - they're how I learned to read - and they stimulated my imagination... in a shamanic way, even, and I had no doubt that when the time came, with the technology [required], that those comic books would translate into some of the greatest entertainment the world has ever seen, and lo and behold, it's a multi-billion-dollar industry, so how big of a nerd can I be?