“Is he out there?” you wonder every night, sometimes lulling yourself to sleep but more often keeping yourself awake. “Is he out there watching us? If not, does that take something away from our obsession? Are we doing this merely for our own enjoyment, or is there some element of… No. No, he must be out there. He must know. I can feel that he knows.” Man, you are super intense, but hey you were right! In an interview with the Guardian, the idea of Nicolas Cage memes was brought up to Nicolas Cage, and he knew about them, kind of! From the Guardian:

“Oh my god. I just can’t keep up with that stuff,” he says. “The internet has developed this thing about me – and I’m not even a computer guy, you know? I don’t know why it is happening. I’m trying not to… lemme say this: I’m now of the mindset that, when in Rome, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”

Most of it seems affectionate, I suggest.

“Well,” a sudden, sardonic smile, “it is, but with enormous amounts of irony. Affection loaded with irony.”

Who would have thought that Nicolas Cage, not even a computer guy himself, would become the subject of Internet obsession. It’s good to know you are out there, Nicolas. It’s good to know that you’ve joined us. As long as you continue to generate content for memes, we will continue to put words over it or mash it up or whatever it is we do. Until we grow tired. Then we will both lie down together, separate but one, and bury ourselves in the Earth. As our breath grows shallow, we will understand. Right? Or, wait, what? What are we talking about?

Comments (42)
  1. “…[W]hen in Rome, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” Is Nicholas Cage a Visigoth?

  2. Dennis Farina RIP

  3. Other made-up right-on-the-spot Cage-isms. Let’s call them Cage Wisdoms:

    “When in Rome, live and let die.”

    “When in Rome, nostrovia!”

    “When in Rome, beer me.”

    “A Rome in the hand is worth two in the continent.”

    “When in Nome, Alaska, do as the Nomeites do.”

  4. BNPG: idiomatic centaurs.

    Two in the bush keep the doctor away.

  5. “Bees?” “Beads!” “Beads?!” “Beads!!” -deleted scene from Wicker Man

  6. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Nicolas Cage is a FANTASTIC actor. The problem is, he performs exactly what he’s given, and more often than not, the stuff he’s given is not particularly good stuff. And the more stupid roles he takes, the more the internet is amused, and the more stupid roles he is offered. But when the role is good, he’s good.

  7. I think this was just poor journalistic interpreting. He probably said the first part rhetorically, like, “When in Rome…” (followed by an effortlessly acted hand gesture which perfectly suggested into the interviewer’s brain, “you fill in the blanks” and followed it up with, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!”. #factsonly

  8. Our Lord has finally spoken to us. He hears our worship!

  9. our lord finds our endeavor worthy. now is the time to huddle together to get close to our father.

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