Nic Cage Wore DIY Skull Makeup on ‘Ghost Rider’ Set (VIDEO)
As cheesy and over the top as Nic Cage’s acting skills are, you’ve got to hand it to the guy: he’s dedicated to his craft. So dedicated, in fact, that he frequently arrived on the set of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (yes, they made a sequel to Ghost Rider) in skull-like face paint that he applied himself.
Cage explained his interesting choice in an interview with Empire. In order to get the full effect of his craziness, you need to read the whole thing:
“I would paint my face with black and white make up to look like an Afro-Caribbean icon called Baron Samedi, or an Afro-New Orleans icon who is also called Baron Saturday. He is a spirit of death but he loves children; he’s very lustful, so he’s a conflict in forces.
“And I would put black contact lenses in my eyes so that you could see no white and no pupil, so I would look more like a skull or a white shark on attack. I would walk on the set looking like this, loaded with all these magical trinkets, and I wouldn’t say a word to my co-stars or crew or directors. I saw the fear in their eyes, and it was like oxygen to a forest fire. I believed I was the Ghost Rider.”
What could have (and really, probably should have) just lived safely within your imagination forever has been unleashed unto the world in the form of the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance deleted scenes.
Behold the Cageness, beginning at 1:48: