Worst movies: Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001), The Wicker Man (2005), Next (2007), Season of the Witch (2011), Trespass (2011)
Proof that he deserves better: Moonstruck (1987), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Face/Off (1997), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Adaptation. (2002), The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
Is there a bigger walking punch-line in Hollywood than Nicolas Cage nowadays? Don't ever pity the man, though—he did it to himself.
With every new Cage film that opens, the once-respected A-lister sinks deeper and deeper into laughing stock status, and it's a shame. Too many people forget that Nicolas Coppola (his birth name) is a four-time Golden Globe nominee (and one-time winner, for the 1995 powerhouse drama Leaving Las Vegas) and an Oscar statue holder (also for Leaving Las Vegas). There's also his Academy Award nomination for the brilliantly quirky Adaptation. (2002). His pre-2003 résumé speaks for itself.
It's damn near everything after Adaptation. that tarnishes Cage's formerly good name. No longer interested in challenging roles, or, frankly, good scripts, he seemingly signs onto any project that's offered his way, no matter how all-around shitty (Season of the Witch), overcooked (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), or low-rent (Seeking Justice). But, hey, being able to comfortably spend $276,000 on a dinosaur head requires hefty paychecks. Who needs another Oscar trophy when you've got a Tarbosaurus skull chilling on your curio?