Nicolas Cage has revealed the real reason why he changed his name. Being one of the most famous actors of his generation, Cage’s formidable career spanned three decades, in which he gave life to certain characters who acquired cult values over the years.
These include “Adaption”, “National Treasure”, “Face / Off” and “Leaving Las Vegas” – the film that earned Nicolas Cage an Oscar.
Noted for his eccentric personality, Nicolas Cage has built a real reputation in the field, approaching extreme methods of acting, different from those of his colleagues.
Born Nicolas Kim Coppola, Cage is the grandson of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola. Shortly after he landed a role in the 1982 comedy “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” he chose to change his name, but only after appearing in several films under the name Coppola.
What Nicolas Cage said about the decision to change his name
Speaking to Wired, Nicolas Cage confessed that the real reason he changed his name was that he still used to hear references to Coppola’s films while trying to work on set. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”
Answering the question “Why did Nicolas Cage change his name?”, The actor confessed that he chose to change his name to Cage to honor two major influences in his life, Luke Cage and John Cage.
I changed my name because I was making a movie called Fast Times at Ridgemont High and I was still Nicolas Coppola, and people kept telling me, ‘I like the smell of Nicolas in the morning,’ because of Apocalypse Now, and Robert Duvall said, at “I like the smell of napalm in the morning,” and it was hard for me to work, and I said, “I don’t need that,” and I changed it to Cage. It’s a combination of Luke Cage, from the Marvel comics, who was a character I liked, also called Power Man, and John Cage, the avant-garde composer “, confessed Nicolas Cage.