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The 10 Most Nicolas Cage Moments Ever

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Nicolas Cage isn’t just the star of National Treasure, he is one. Much like the bemulleted Superman he nearly played, Cage has the feeling of an alien among us, trying to act human, but never quite getting it right.

Here is a man who sleeps in Dracula’s castle for fun, collects dinosaur skulls and has built a pyramid to spend eternity in. (Oh, and he might be a time traveler/immortal vampire.) You get the feeling that he rolls out of bed already at 11, and just ramps it up from there.

Here are a few moments that truly encapsulate all that is Nicolas Cage. Moments that can only compare to staring at the sun itself, if the sun starred in a bunch of mediocre genre films. So let yourself be blinded by his majesty below, but be warned, much like Mr. Cage himself, these clips can be NSFW.

10. National Treasure: Book of Secrets

It’s easy to watch this scene, and assume Nic Cage was told this was a romcom, and that he was supposed to act like he was on a typical date.


9. Deadfall

This performance is like if Cloud Atlas had sex with a pile of cocaine. It’s utter madness. This is genuine, uncut Cage right here, people. Street value, priceless.


8. Vampire’s Kiss

This movie is legendary for the lengths Cage went to in order to give an authentic performance as a vampire. He famously ate a live cockroach during filming, for instance. We’re not sure if he fully understood that vampires aren’t real, and we’re glad no one thought to tell him.


 7. Matchstick Men

Matchstick Men is one of those odd movies that knows how to channel full-blown Cage in a productive direction. That usually involves him playing an insane person, but the results are nothing short of spectacular.


6. Ghost Rider

You kind of get the feeling that this is just how Cage enters a room. Screaming, while catching on fire, with a 50 percent chance his face will burn off.


5. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

The odd thing about Nic Cage smoking crack in a movie is that it doesn’t really do much to change his performance. Now if crack ended up smoking Nic Cage, that’s something we’d like to see.


4. Face/Off

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you begin a movie. First, every movie should start with Nicolas Cage. That’s a given. Then, ideally, have him in some religious garb, for the appropriate amount of sacrilege. Then have him furiously dance, overact, and grope women. Frankly, what more do you need?


3. Adaptation 

Cage gives a brilliantly unhinged performance as writer Charlie Kaufman and his twin brother Donald. Only Nic Cage could convey the literal struggle between a writer and his inner hack.


2. The Michael McIntyre Chat Show

And of course, Nic Cage isn’t just insane on the big screen. Here he is walking onto a talk show, while stripping, throwing cash at the crowd, and performing a cross between karate and Elvis moves. If his head burst into a flaming skull, it could not be any more weird.


1. The Wicker Man

Punching old women? Bear suits? Bees? A bizarre belief that this was a real movie, and not some inside joke with the universe? It doesn’t get more bat sh*t crazy then this Nicolas Cage classic.

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Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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