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NICOLAS CAGE

Birth name: Nicolas Kim Coppola
Nickname: Nick
Date of birth: January 7, 1964
Place of birth: Long Beach, California, USA
Age: 49
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Occupation: Actor, producer, director
Years active: 1980-present
Spouse(s): Patricia Arquette (1995-2001)
                     Lisa Marie Presley (2002-2004)
                     Alice Kim (2004 till present)
Children:    Weston Coppola Cage
                      Kal-El Coppola Cage

Parents:       August Coppola (father)
                      Joy Vogelsang (mother)

Family:        Marc Coppola (brother)
                     Christopher Coppola (brother)
                     Francis Ford Coppola (uncle)
                     Eleanor Coppola (aunt)
                     Sofia Coppola (cousin)
                     Talia Shire (aunt)
                     Jason Schwartzman (cousin)
VOCABULARY - SŁOWNICTWO

get one's start - rozpocząć karierę
debut - debiut
play a leading role - grać główną/wiodącą role
agree to star - zgodzić się zagrać
pay off - opłacać się, popłacać
earn an award for Best Actor - otrzymać nagrodę dla najlepszego aktora
make a series of action thrillers -  wystąpić w filmach akcji
star in - grać w filmie (jako gwiazda)
action genre - kino akcji
poorly-rated - nisko oceniany
launch one's directorial debut
- zadebiutować jako reżyser
play a more traditional lead - zagrać bardziej tradycyjną rolę
appear in - pojawić się, zagrać w
be born - urodzić się
be of German descent - być pochodzenia niemieckiego
be married three times - być żonatym/zamężną trzy razy
be known for sth - być znanym z czegoś
be famous for sth - być sławnym z powodu czegoś
passion for
- pasja/zamiłowanie do
sb is alleged to have done sth - przypuszczać, że ktoś coś zrobił
prepare for a role - przygotowywać się do roli
the latest productions include - do najnowszych produkcji zalicza się

SKRÓTY SŁOWNIKOWE:

something (sth)  - coś
somebody (sb) - ktoś                                                
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"To be a good actor you have to be something like a criminal, to be willing to break the rules to strive for something new."


FAMILY:

Nicolas Cage
was born in Long Beach, California on January 7th, 1964. His father, August Coppola, was a professor of literature, while Cage's mother, Joy Vogelsang, was a dancer and choreographer. Cage's parents divorced in 1976. Cage's mother is of German descent and his father is of Italian descent (he's half German, half Italian). Cage's two brothers are Christopher Coppola, a director and Marc "The Cope" Coppola, a New York radio personality.
Cage
has been married three times: to Patricia Arquette, Lisa Marie Presley, and Alice Kim Cage, his current wife.

PERSONALITY:

Cage
is known for his edgy, intense personality both on and off the screen, as well as for his passion for method acting. He is said to have had two teeth pulled for his role in Birdy (1984), slashed his arm for Racing With the Moon (1984) and swallowed a live cockroach for Vampire's Kiss (1992). He is also alleged to have destroyed a street vendor's remote-controlled car in a fit of rage while preparing for his role as a mobster in The Cotton Club (1984).

CAREER:

Nicholas Cage (Nicolas Kim Copolla) 
got his start in teenage comedies, with his debut in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982, also featuring Sean Penn), followed by a leading role as a punk rocker in Valley Girl (1983). Francis Ford Coppola gave him a small role in his critically acclaimed Rumble Fish (1983). His first serious dramatic role was opposite Matthew Modine in Birdy (1984). By 1994, Cage was valued at about $4 million per picture, but agreed to star in Mike Figgis' Leaving Las Vegas (1995) for only $240,000 because of the strength of the role. It paid off - his portrayal of the alcoholic screenwriter earned him an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

Since 1995, Cage has
made a series of action thrillers, including The Rock (1996), Con Air (1997), John Woo's Face Off (1997, opposite John Travolta), and Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes (1998). In 1998, he starred in the romantic City of Angels with Meg Ryan.

After returning to the
action genre with the poorly-rated 8MM and headlining Martin Scorsese's dark Bringing Out the Dead in 1999, Cage reportedly received a $20 million paycheck for the action extravaganza Gone in 60 Seconds, co-starring Angelina Jolie.

Cage
played a more traditional romantic lead in his next two movies, the Christmas 2000 release The Family Man. In December 2002, Cage launched his directorial debut, the $5 million independent film Sonny, about a male gigolo who struggles to free himself from his madam mother. Cage also starred in Adaptation, playing both ill-tempered screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and twin brother Donald. The busy actor also starred in director Jon Turteltaub's 2004 holiday blockbuster National Treasure, playing an archaeologist-historian who believes a treasure map is hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

Cage
has appeared in over 60 films including Face Off (1997), Gone in 60  Seconds (2000), National Treasure (2004), Lords of War (2005) and Knowing (2009). The latest productions include Season of the Witch (2011), Ghost Rider 2 (2011), Stolen (2012) and The Frozen Ground (2013). There is a good news for adventure film lovers - National Treasure 3 is going to be shown in cinemas in 2014.


FAVOURITE SAYING:

Pablo Picasso said "Art is a lie that tells the truth". What if you just want to tell the truth and not lie about it?

WATCH A TRAILER OF ONE OF CAGE'S BEST FILMS - LORD OF WAR.

AFTER WATCHING THE REVIEW OF LORD OF WAR BY JIMMY STELLER HTRY TO DO THE TEST BELOW IF WANT. GOOD LUCK!
1. When and where was Nicolas Cage born?

2. What are his most outstanding performances?

3. How many films has he appeared in?

4. What is he like? (personality traits)

5. Have you ever seen any of Nicolas Cage's movies? (Which? When? Where?)

6. Do you fancy going to the cinema? How often do you go there?

7. What film genres do you enjoy watching best?

8. Are you fond of documentaries?

9. Could you explain in your own words the meaning of Cage's favourite saying "Art is a lie that tells the truth"?
OBEJRZYJ ZAPOWIEDŹ  JEDNEGO Z NAJLEPSZYCH FILMÓW Z NICOLASEM CAGEM W ROLI GŁÓWNEJ.
PO OBEJRZENIURECENZJI PRZYGOTOWANEJ PRZEZ JIMMIEGO STELLERA MOŻESZ ROZWIĄZAĆ TEST PONIŻEJ JEŚLI MASZ NA TO OCHOTĘ. POWODZENIA!
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