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The more time moves us away from the gloriously demented and endlessly bizarre “Vampire’s Kiss,” the more it brings us closer to the conclusion that it perhaps was the root for the Nic Cage we know, love, and are endlessly fascinated by today. In the understatement of the decade, Cage gives his all in the cult classic to embody some contaminated mixture of the most out-there performances you can possibly think of, the kind of turn that makes you wonder how he fared in the immediate aftermath of shooting the 1988 movie. That special brand of craziness we now associate with the actor extended, it turns out, to what he was willing to put himself and others through on-set.
Detailed in a recently published oral history of “Vampire’s Kiss” on The Ringer, it’s clear Cage was as unpredictable when the cameras weren’t rolling as when they were. Case in point: Remember that cockroach-snacking scene, straight out of “Fear Factor” and so gross it couldn’t be real?
Well, think again.
“[Cage said,] ‘The thing I hate most in the world are cockroaches. So let me eat a cockroach.’ He wanted to eat the most frightening thing for him,” the film’s director, Robert Bierman, said.
You can guess what happened next. If not, let Cage himself explain.
“I really (wanted) to do something that would shock the audience, something you would never forget,” he said.
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Mission, disgustingly, accomplished! And the antics, according to the article, wouldn’t end there. Putting Jared Leto’s method antics to shame, the article states Cage was “frighteningly devoted to his performance,” even “obsessive about the role.” It got to the point where he would reel in the most unsuspecting people while shooting on-location, even approaching strangers...
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