This is a performer who soars so regularly over the top he is celebrated online by a compilation called Nicolas Cage Losing His S--t.
He didn't lose it in the seminal 1982 teen movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) which launched several careers (including those of Sean Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh) but not that of young Nicolas Coppola, as he was then billed in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it role.
Joel then spent four years in the undergraduate film program at New York University, where he made a 30-minute thesis film called Soundings.
Ethan went on to Princeton University and earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy in 1979. They have two children: daughter Dusty and son Buster Jacob, who goes to Vassar College.
The Coen brothers have written a number of films they did not direct, including the biographical war drama Unbroken (2014), the historical legal thriller Bridge of Spies (2015), and lesser-known, commercially unsuccessful comedies such as Crimewave (1985), The Naked Man (1998) and Gambit (2012).When they were children, Joel saved money from mowing lawns to buy a Vivitar Super 8 camera.Together, the brothers remade movies they saw on television, with their neighborhood friend Mark Zimering ("Zeimers") as the star.Rumours he'd had four teeth pulled for his role as a Vietnam veteran with severe facial injuries turned out to be true."They were baby teeth," he told me, "so I took advantage of it and had them out.Who remembers Caruso's bland hero in Kiss of Death (1995) when Cage was playing a sociopath who bench-presses strippers and has a phobia about metal cutlery?