This Year’s Cage-A-Thon Is Cage-ier Than Ever

Beginning on Saturday, December 31, Nicolas Cage returns to Space for yet another weekend of strange hair, alarming outbursts, and unexpected introspection. That’s right, Cage-A-Thon is back and it’s Cage-ier than ever. With particular emphasis on the actor’s longstanding collaboration with producer Jerry Bruckheimer—the man behind five of this year’s seven movies—Cage-A-Thon 3 is an exciting opportunity to see the actor at his blockbuster best. Of course, as any Cage fan knows, that’s no reason to expect unwanted restraint, as Cage barely/rarely knows the meaning of the word.

With that in mind, here’s a quick look at the lore surrounding some of this year’s wacky highlights.


The Rock


The team of uncredited screenwriters on The Rock included no less than two Oscar winners (Quentin Tarantino, Aaron Sorkin), but that didn’t stop Cage from regularly adlibbing dialogue, including one immortal question: “How in the name of Zeus’s butthole did you get out of your cell?”


National Treasure


Speaking of excessive screenwriting, director Jon Turteltaub so badly wanted Cage for National Treasure that he burned through nine screenwriters before arriving at a script that met with the actor’s elusive approval.


National Treasure: Book of Secrets


Still the biggest hit of Cage’s career, National Treasure: Book of Secrets would seem like an obvious candidate for a sequel, but to avoid repeating themselves, Turteltaub and Cage have been painstakingly developing the script for years. As of 2013, Turtletaub felt they were about halfway there.


The Sorcerer’s Apprentice


In lieu of a third National Treasure movie, Turteltaub and Cage turned their attention to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a detour that sprung directly from Cage’s bizarre imagination. In conceiving of this film, he brought together two life-long obsessions: King Arthur and Disney’s Fantasia. To this day, Cage watches the latter once every year. “I lower the lights, put the movie on and I just sort of lose myself in it,” he says. “I can’t help but love it.”


Season of the Witch


A decade after collaborating on Gone in Sixty Seconds, Cage and director Dominic Sena reunited for Season of the Witch. Sena shot the film in Austria, Hungary, and Croatia, but when Brett Ratner (who previously directed Cage in The Family Man) came on board to direct re-shoots, the cast and crew ventured no further than a California greenscreen.


Cage-A-Thon 3: Still Cagey After All These Years comes to Space on Saturday, December 31. If you can’t get enough Cage, it’s a great way to start and/or end your year.



Saturday, December 31

6:30 a.m. – Season of the Witch (Encores at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.)

8:30 a.m. – Drive Angry (Encores at 3:10 p.m.)

12:45 p.m. – The Rock (Encores at 10 p.m. and January 1 at 5:15 a.m.)

3:30 p.m. – Con Air (Encores Jan. 1 at 12:50 a.m. and 8 a.m.)


Sunday, January 1

10:20 a.m. – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Encores at 5:45 p.m. and January 2 at 3:30 a.m.)

12:30 p.m. – National Treasure (Encores at 9 p.m. and January 2 at 5:45 a.m.)

3:10 p.m. – National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Encores at 11:45 p.m. and Jan. 2 at 8:25 a.m.)