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Nicolas Cage-A-Thon 2 Takes You Inside The Mind Of A Maverick

No matter how you celebrate the holidays, you’ll want to make time for Space-mas. While there’s no shortage of highlights in Space’s 2015 holiday programming, a case could be made that the best has been saved for last. From January 1 to 3, Nicolas Cage-a-thon 2: Cagier Than Ever gives you a chance to see the flamboyant actor in nine of his most colourful roles. Known for his baffling and bizarre choices, Cage is nothing if not an enigma. It’s not easy to get inside the mind of a maverick, but these little known facts should help.

The Rock

Immediately after winning an Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas, Cage starred in The Rock, playing a role originally intended for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cage was so highly regarded at the time that Sean Connery agreed to play John Patrick Mason based solely on his co-star’s reputation.

Con Air

Cage went to unusual lengths to deliver a convincing—if ridiculous—performance in Con Air. He spent time in Alabama, “perfecting” his accent and subjected himself to a grueling exercise regime. In fact, he was so committed to his physique that he routinely stepped aside to lift weights between shots.

The Wicker Man

Cage’s notorious performance in The Wicker Man grew out of his relationship with Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone. A devoted horror fan, Johnny introduced Cage to the 1973 original, earning the late punk icon a dedication in the remake’s credits.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

If you think the 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom seen in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice looks like something Cage might drive, you’re right. That’s one of his many cars!

Drive Angry

Cage is known for his impressive range, but he stretched like never before just to consider Drive Angry. While Cage was 46 at the time, the character on the page was around 70.

Now that we’ve set the stage, it’s time for some Cage. You’ll find the complete listings for Nicolas Cage-a-thon 2: Cagier Than Ever below.

Friday, January 1
6:45 p.m. – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Encores at 4:30 a.m. and Jan. 2 at 11:50 a.m.)
9 p.m. – The Rock (Encores Jan. 2 at 6:40 a.m. and 1:50 p.m.)
11:50 p.m. – Con Air (1997) (Encores Jan. 2 at 9:30 a.m. and 4:40 p.m.)
2:10 a.m. – Kick-Ass (2010)


Saturday, January 2
7 p.m. – National Treasure (Encores at 12:30 a.m. and Jan. 3 at 2:15 p.m.)
9:45 p.m. – National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Encores at 3:15 a.m. and Jan. 3 at 5 p.m.)


Sunday, January 3
6 a.m. – Drive Angry (Encores at 12:10 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.)
8:05 a.m. – The Wicker Man (Encores at 11:55 p.m. and 3:55 a.m.)
10:10 a.m. – Season of the Witch (Encores at 7:45 p.m. and 2 a.m.)