Join us as we travel through time and explore the many diverse, wild and downright insane looks of the one and only Nicolas Cage.
Raising Arizona (1987)
For his first truly iconic performance as H.I. McDunnough, Cage grew a sleazy mustache and let his hair go redneck-chic, a perfect complement for the white t-shirt and Hawaiian shirt.
The white t-shirt and messy hair carried over to his performance as Ronny Cammareri, but the hick vanished and Cage transformed into a lovable, greasy goofball.
Vampire's Kiss (1988)
To play Peter Loew, a publishing executive who believes he's transforming into a vampire, Cage cleaned up for a hot second before going crazy all over again in one of the nuttiest performances ever put on film.
Wild at Heart (1990)
For the role of Sailor Ripley, Cage found the halfway point between suave and sleazy, with a final look feeling like the world's most eccentric greaser, complete with fabulous snakeskin jacket.
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
Jack Singer is one of the few times Cage has played a completely normal buttoned-down guy, but he still found time to strap himself into a gaudy Elvis-inspired get-up for the grand finale.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Cage won an Oscar for playing the alcoholic Ben Sanderson, and one of his wisest choices was to avoid any cliches and present him, on the outside, as a completely typical man. This makes his inner turmoil all the more heartbreaking.
Con Air (1997)
For his turn as ex-con Cameron Poe, Cage reunited with his favorite white t-shirt and rocked a truly fabulous mullet, merging his redneck beginnings with his modern action hero persona in one incredibly bizarre role.
Snake Eyes (1998)
If you give Cage a police detective character with a flamboyant name like Rick Santoro, there's no way he won't wear a grotesque brown and yellow suit to offset his otherwise slick appearance.
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Since paramedic Frank Pierce is slowly going crazy, it's only right that Cage initially presents him as a clean-cut professional, letting his increasingly messy hair and wild facial expressions do the heavy lifting in the “crazy” department.
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
Nicolas Cage as a…blonde? The role of Memphis Raines is pretty standard action movie fluff, but leave it to Cage to give himself a wacky dye job and get us all excited about it. We won't lie: he pulls off the blonde thing quite well.
To play the dual role a schlubby screenwriter and his nitwit twin brother, Cage packed on the pounds, reduced his hairline and found the most ill-fitting wardrobe imaginable.
The Wicker Man (2006)
With only a drab black suit, Cage has to work overtime as Edward Malus, letting his increasingly spastic facial expressions work wonders as he dropkicks women, viciously interrogates young girls and gets stung to death by swarms of bees. Typical Cage.
Ghost Rider (2007)
Here, he can't quite pull off the whole "smoldering heartthrob" thing he's obviously going for as Marvel superhero Johnny Blaze, but he certainly gets points for trying. At least Cage gets to spend most of the movie as a CGI skeleton.
Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
The mullet returns! Very few people actually paid to see Cage as the morally conflicted hitman known only as Joe, but it's a field day for fans, who get to see their main man show off his go-to hairstyle like it's the coolest thing in the world.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
Cage managed to reach the top of “crazy” with Terence McDonagh, a part that finds him sneering at iguanas while delivering an eclectic mix of crazy facial expressions. In fact, there is no frame in this movie where he doesn't look psychotic.
What happens when you dress Cage up in a superhero costume? He starts doing an Adam West impression, of course. Leave it to the actor to bring back memories of the classic '60s Batman series in between scenes of extreme violence and gore.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
Despite an outfit and hairstyle that can be described as "New York City Gandalf," his master magician Balthazar is oddly restrained and subdued…which somehow makes the whole thing feel even crazier.
Drive Angry (2011)
This one's a twofer. Not only does Cage resurrect the mullet for the role of Milton, but he also brings back the blonde for the first time in a decade. He knows what his fans want!
Season of the Witch (2011)
Does it count as a mullet if it's medieval? Here he brings back the long locks for his performance as Behmen von Bleibruck, looking as if a typical Nicolas Cage character fell through a time tunnel and into a suit of armor.
Cage doesn't wear a full beard often, so the character of Joe Ransom is a very special one for those who obsess over the man’s fascinating character decisions. Like the mullet, he makes that facial hair his own. We couldn't be more proud.
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