Nicolas Cage Says He’s Done With Getting Married And Reveals What He Plans To Name His Newest Child

March 22, 2022 / Posted by:

Nicolas Cage was interviewed for the April issue of GQ, and it’s exactly what you’d expect from a long-form celebrity profile on Nic Cage: pointing out all the eccentric knick-knacks in his house, dissecting the highs and lows of his wild career, and philosophizing about life, death, and illegal dinosaur bones. In the piece Nicolas, 58, once again confirms that Wife #5, 27-year-old Riko Shibata, is the final Mrs. Cage. He also reveals what they’re planning on naming the bun in Riko’s oven. Nic’s sons are Weston, 31, and Kal-El, 17. By this logic, each kid gets an exponentially weirder name, right? WRONG. After Nicolas realized “X Æ A-Xii” was already taken, he settled on weird-lite options: Akira Francesco if it’s a boy and Lennon Augie if it’s a girl.

Nicolas explains that “Augie” is for his late father, August Floyd Coppola:

“Augie was my father’s nickname. And my uncle”—the director Francis Ford Coppola—“has decided to change his name to Francesco,” he says, excitedly showing me the two-month ultrasound on his phone. “I think it’s so sweet. It’s like a little edamame. A little bean.”

Despite being married five times (Patricia Arquette from 1995 to 2001, Lisa Marie Presley from 2002 to 2004, Alice Kim from 2004 to 2016, Erika Koike for 96 hours in 2019, and now Riko), Nic says he is never getting married again. Sorry Riko, you’re stuck with him:

“I am a romantic, and when I’m in love, I want to give that person everything I can,” he says. “It’s my expression of saying, ‘I love you. I want to spend the rest of my life with you.’ And this is it for me.” He shakes his head and looks down at his plate, speaking to himself more than to me. “I mean, this is not happening again. This is it. This is it.”

Nic also discussed going broke and being forced to make millions of movies. The actor went into major debt around 2008, thanks to reckless spending and bad real-estate decisions. Since going broke, he’s starred in 46 films (the article notes that in that same time period Brad Pitt made 19, Tom Cruise made 11, and Leonardo DiCaprio made 9), and compares his recent career to “a conveyer belt”. Many of the films were low-budget crapfests, and Nic says this is why all the major movie studios turned their backs on him. It’s only thanks to critically acclaimed indie hits like Mandy (2018) and Pig (2021) that his career is on an upswing. But even though Nic’s starred in more schlock than 21st century Robert DeNiro, he swears he’s “never phoned it in”:

“When I was doing four movies a year, back to back to back, I still had to find something in them to be able to give it my all,” he says. “They didn’t work, all of them. Some of them were terrific, like Mandy, but some of them didn’t work. But I never phoned it in. So if there was a misconception, it was that. That I was just doing it and not caring. I was caring.”

About a year-and-a-half ago, Nicolas finally paid off all his debts. The role that allowed him to write his final check to the IRS was the upcoming flick, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, in which Nicolas Cage plays “Nick Cage,” a washed up action star (it’s basically him) and a younger, digitally de-aged “Nicky.” The real Nicolas was worried that he’d be making a joke out of himself, but “he was ultimately intrigued by the chance to remind audiences of his comedy chops.”

The whole GQ article is basically trying to convince us that Nic Cage is on the brink of making a massive career comeback. If that’s true, movie scenes better brace themselves. The poor bastards are about to be chewed into dust.


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