Cage is the actor who launched a thousand YouTube mash-ups of questionable actor embellishments. It all had to start somewhere. Of course, it all started with an early film (for Cage) directed by Cage's uncle, Francis Ford Coppola (the same guy that did The Godfather and Apocalypse Now). Who's going to say "no" to their nephew when their nephew says, “Hey, multiple Oscar-winning uncle, wouldn't it be a great idea for my character's voice to sound like Pokey, the clay horse-friend of Gumby?” Most people. And yes, that was his actual inspiration.
But the kid stayed in the picture. And even though his performance (as a late-1950s high school student whose girlfriend, 1980s abused housewife Kathleen Turner, has traveled back in time 25 years to get her life right) is incredibly bizarre and out of place in this movie, we can't help but say thank you to FFC for not standing up to his nephew. Otherwise we might not have gotten decades of Cage-infused grand oddball gestures in everything from Moonstruck to Face/Off, Raising Arizona, The Wicker Man, and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.