Nicolas Cage is a one-of-a-kind celebrity. The actor transcended the legacy of his famous family to become an artist firmly in his own lane. He’s magnetic and interesting regardless of whether the movie he lends his talent to is a critically acclaimed project, a buzz-worthy indie picture, or a schlocky action movie. No actor has lived as many lives as Cage has. The rollercoaster nature of the second half of his career is impossible to untangle from his financial issues.
Cage was clearly in a difficult place for a long time because of his struggles. But the road to near-ruin is paved with stories so absurd you can’t help but enjoy reading about them. Case in point: Cage lost hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of a bidding war over a dinosaur skull with Leonardo DiCaprio.