Nicolas Cage – From Bad Lieutenant to the Oscars

Nicolas Cage

He’s an Oscar winner with a new film directed by Werner Herzog coming out (Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans), so it’s not really like Nicolas Cage needs any career advice from a blog. Let’s have some fun anyway: Isn’t it high time Cage went the biopic route in a bid for another Academy Award? Yes, yes, he’s played real people before in World Trade Center and Adaptation, but I’m convinced this pitch represents his golden ticket back to the winner’s circle of the Kodak Theatre–or wherever that year’s awards are held. Now, let’s take a closer look at that picture from up top:



Tell me you don’t see what I see: Cage IS the man to play the lead role in a screen biography of the late David Carradine.

Photo by Jano Rohleder
Photo by Jano Rohleder

The star of Kung Fu and Kill Bill had a well-known “dark side,” certainly affording Cage once again the opportunity to explore deep complexities of character and make the kinds of daring acting choices that won him acclaim in early works like Leaving Las Vegas.

The whole of Carradine’s life story might not turn out to be quite as exotic as the details of his disturbing and controversial demise last June (seek and ye shall find), but with five marriages in his history and bearing the benefits and burdens of the Carradine name (a situation the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola certainly knows a thing or two about), there’s certainly enough raw material for a compelling, respectful, and eccentric feature.

Put Adrien Brody in some decent makeup to play father John Carradine (perhaps even sweeping the story from David’s youth to the modern era) and you’ve got a contender for Supporting Actor honors as well—let’s call it the Landau-Lugosi effect.

Adrien Brody John Carradine

Hello, Hollywood? I come considerably cheaper than Paul Haggis.

  • Marjorie

    Who would pay money to go see a movie about David Carradine, after the embarrassing way he met his end, just because he was a Carradine? I think if you asked anyone under the age of 50 to name half a dozen acting families you’d be hard pressed to end up with a decent number of hits for the Carradines. Because, while they’re talented, you’re more likely to hear names like Barrymore, Douglas or Bridges.

  • Baz

    Although, Keith Carradine did win an Oscar for Best Song in Robert Altman’s ‘Nashville’. I think it was called ‘It’s Easy’.

  • xDJ@V.YouBraveWorld.Tube

    After the youthful ’80s, it’s hard for me to watch Mr. Cage. He’s becoming a Psychotronic hero — LOL.

  • Clay Robinson

    I would much rather see a biopic of the father of Keith and David: the great character actor John Carradine. I can’t imagine who might best play him since I don’t know of any of the current generation of actors who could pull it off; more likely an English actor who has stage experience.