Nicolas Cage $20 Million Paycheck Gone In 60 Seconds

February 11, 2012 by staff 

Nicolas Cage $20 Million Paycheck Gone In 60 Seconds, He won an Oscar for ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ and has starred in dramas, thrillers, action flicks and comedies. An all-rounder who continues to shine in Hollywood as an acting genius.
Nicholas Kim Coppola had some heavyweight career successes to live up to when it came to his family. Both his parents were well-respected achievers – his father August was a writer and professor in comparative literature (later to become Dean of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University) and his mother Joy was a renowned ballet dancer and choreographer.Meanwhile, Cage’s uncle is none other than the acclaimed director (of films such as ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’), Francis Ford Coppola.

Cage’s mother suffered from chronic depression and by 1976, his parents had divorced. He attended Beverly Hills High School during his youth – which famously educated many other A-list stars such as Angelina Jolie, David Schwimmer and Lenny Kravitz.

Studying theatre at school as encouraged by his father, Cage began to realise that experience, not education, was going to take him where he wanted to be so he chose to leave school early in order to concentrate on his acting pursuits full-time.

Initially being linked with his well-known uncle was beneficial as it landed him a part in Cameron Crowe’s debut film, ‘Fast Times At Ridgemont High’ in 1982 (starring with a herd of soon-to-be-stars including Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Jason Leigh). This was soon followed by a lead role in ‘Valley Girl’ (1983) but his luck began to run dry and after a succession of audition rejections, Coppola decided to wave goodbye to his famous name connections. Worried that many people would judge him prematurely on the basis of his family credentials, Nicolas Coppola became Nicholas Cage, a surname chosen in homage to one his comic book heroes, Luke Cage.

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