The actor opened up during the AMA sessions and people couldn't get enough of his brilliant answers.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on April 28, 2022. It has since been updated.
Nicolas Cage has a surreal larger-than-life quality that makes him stand out from other actors. His career may have seen its ups and downs but his fans have stood by him steadfast during trying times, well aware of the kind of magic that only he can produce. Cage is seeing a resurgence in his career after delivering powerhouse performances in "Pig," "Mandy" and "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent." Nicolas Cage has never been on social media, so Reddit users were in for a pleasant surprise when the actor did an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA). It's not uncommon for actors and celebrities to do AMAs, but Nicolas Cage really upped the ante as he engaged with fans in a way that really stood out. He gave much thought to each of his answers and typed a whole paragraph detailing his favorite shape of pasta and why he likes bees.
What really shone through in the AMA was his passion for the craft and for life itself. Each answer was so honest and passionate that it felt like users were able to piece together this amazing actor and what his life is like beyond the screen. He also recalled spending more money than he had to woo a girl in school. Here are some of the amazing replies he gave during the AMA:
"One of your most fascinating performances to me was as Big Daddy in 'Kick-Ass.' When you were crafting that performance, was Adam West the biggest inspiration for your superhero persona, or were there other sources you felt you drew more heavily from? Thank you, and have a great day!"
"If only 3 of your films could be preserved for posterity, which 3 would you choose?"
"Ethan Hawke said that you're the first actor since Marlon Brando to do something new with the art of acting. Any thoughts on that?"
"'Pig' was an absolutely incredible film, what drew you to that project, and why do you think that it struck a chord with so many people?"
"Pig is my favorite performance of mine, and I think that movie, along with Scorsese’s "Bringing Out the Dead" are arguably my two best movies as a whole," said Cage.
"That is so hard to answer. I will say that James Dean’s performance as Cal in 'East of Eden' is largely the reason I became a film actor. His role in that is one of my favorite characters in cinema. But then we can go all the way to Rasputin or we can go to Dmitri Karamazov," he wrote. "Dmitri Karamazov is one my favorite characters in literature. I love him so much because he’s so happy and he has no money. He’s just living it up. He spent all his money trying to get the girl. I did the same thing once. I was very Dmitri Karamazov in high school. The most beautiful girl in high school who was a grade older than me invited me to the prom but I had no money. My grandmother gave each of us a little bond. My older brother bought a car. My second oldest brother bought some stereo equipment. And I splashed out on a chauffeur-driven limousine, a tuxedo, and a four-course meal at Le Dome on Sunset Boulevard. The car was $2000, the stereo was $2000, and my prom night was $2000, and man, that was money well spent. THAT’s Dmitri Karamazov."
"Is there a performance of yours you feel gets misunderstood by fans who turn it into a meme or gag?"
"Well, let’s talk about the difference between 'meme' and the word 'gag.' My understanding is that 'meme' represents a symbol of a pop-cultural movement of sorts. A 'gag' is somewhere in the realm of a diss and I don’t look at anything anymore as a diss. I see it more as a recognition of some sort of expression," he wrote.
"Thank you to everyone who tuned into our chat this afternoon. It was a real pleasure for me to have some communication with all of you. As I’m sure you might know, I’m not normally on social media so it’s nice to meet you and to talk about all sorts of fun things, and especially the movies," signed off the actor.