Every Friday we give you a handful of weird stories and you have to determine which of them are true and which ones are made up. Why would we make them up? Because it’s fun! See if you can tell which are real ways the eccentric actor Nicolas Cage prepared for a role…and which ones are too strange even for him. (Answers at the end of the post.)
For his Oscar-winning role in Leaving Las Vegas as an alcoholic trying to drink himself to death, Cage would get incredibly drunk and then videotape himself talking. He then studied those videotapes to make sure he accurately repeated his own drunken speech patterns when the cameras rolled.
In the 1998 movie City of Angels, Cage played an angel who helped protect Los Angeles, silently wandering the streets in a black trench coat. For a month before shooting began, Cage lived on the streets of L.A., rarely resting and walking around endlessly in a long, black trench coat while wearing angel wings underneath.
Cage played the title character in the 2007 film Ghost Rider, a superhero who could communicate with ancient ghosts. Beforehand, Cage painted his face to resemble Caribbean folk religious figures, and bought authentic ancient Egyptian relics to trick his own mind into believing that he really could contact ghosts.
In the 1984 film Birdy, Cage plays a man recovering from severe injuries suffered while fighting in the Vietnam War. His character had two missing teeth…so Cage had two of his own teeth removed, too. And he did it with no anesthetic, because that’s not how his character had his teeth knocked out.
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