If there were a king of weird celebrity quotes, it might just be Nicholas Cage, and the biggest jewel in his crazy crown is this statement, made during an interview while talking about his career trajectory.
“I am not a demon. I am a lizard, a shark, a heat-seeking panther. I want to be Bob Denver on acid playing the accordion.”
You can’t get much better than that.
The funniest part about this is that Cage’s career is actually like this. His frenzied, manic, larger-than-life performances convey his willingness to simply go nuts as an actor, and act in even nuttier movies. His bizarre performances in films like Wicker Man and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, and Face/Off solidly cemented his status as the weirdest actor alive.
As a side note, Cage once won an Academy Award and was asked to play leading roles in not only The Lord of the Rings, but The Matrix, as well, so for all his weirdness, his talent is recognized, and even his worst movies are still, by virtue of his elastic face, marvelously entertaining.
There’s just no matching Cage, but as we’re about to see, there are a few others who come dangerously close.