Is Nicolas Cage a bad actor? | The Tylt
It's time to settle whether or not Nicolas Cage can act. Objectively, you have to say he can act—he did sweep the awards for his role in "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995), earning him an Academy Award, Golden Globe and quite a few more. He also spends most of him time on screen losing his shit and screaming, so it's easy to see why people think he's a bad actor. Which is it? 🐝
Is Nicolas Cage a bad actor?
Dan Harmon has a more diplomatic answer: Cage is Cage. He's neither good nor bad, but he is someone who can get the entire room talking about how good or bad he is. That's a special kind of talent.
Here's a charitable look at Cage's career. The basic idea is he's a good actor who takes on bad roles because he has money problems. When he's in the right role, his acting skills shine. Roger Ebert explains why he's a good actor here.
If acting only required you to scream and yell at people, then Cage would be the best actor of our time. Too bad acting should require more range than that. It's true Cage had some amazing performances, but that doesn't excuse the fact that a lot of his movies have been objectively bad.
What Went Wrong With wrote:
It’s now becoming tiring to see a wretched-looking Nicolas Cage playing a depressed bloke in every movie he’s in, and although his miserable face may be a reflection of his real life circumstances (which includes tax issues and debts) from the audience’s point of view, his films are beginning to congeal into a big gloomy mass; I seriously cannot tell one from the other. These latest filmic atrocities may simply be a string of pot boilers to a debt-ridden Cage, but that doesn’t explain the horrid shite he made during the early noughties since his financial troubles didn’t begin until several years ago. Regardless, the more drivel he appears in, the more his bankability as an Actor is waning, by the time he’s debt free he may never be able to recover from the back-to-back bullshit he’s made.
I love Nicholas Cage because you can't tell if he is a good actor or a terrible one.— Absurdist! (@AshiusX) February 25, 2017