Nicolas Cage turned up to a Nicolas Cage movie marathon and surprised fans

Ryan Leston
UK Movies Writer
Nicolas Cage, giving a stirring reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart.” (Photo: Alamo Drafthouse)

It’s official – Nicolas Cage is awesome.

Every year, for the last three years, Alamo Drafthouse film programmer Greg MacLennan has paid tribute to Nicolas Cage in the form of an epic Nicolas Cage movie marathon… and now it looks as though it’s attracted the attention of the man himself.

That’s right – Nicolas Cage turned up.

And obviously, he read some poetry.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, the annual Nicolas Cage marathon was originally devised by Greg MacLennan in the hopes of tempting the man himself to turn up for the screenings.

And this year, his wish was granted.

“This is and will always be the greatest day of my life,” MacLennan said in a statement. “I apologize to my unborn future child.”

It turns out that he didn’t just attend, either. In fact, all the films shown at C4GED were chosen by Nicolas Cage himself… a line-up which included Martin Scorsese’s ‘Bringing Out the Dead’ and ‘Lord of War’.

“I’m thrilled to say I made it to C4GED,” Cage said. “I’ve been trying to get here before, never happened, but I was always very touched that this was occurring here in Austin.”

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As well as appearing at the movie marathon (and starring in each of the films) Nicolas Cage also took the time to recite some poetry to the presumably freaked-out crowd, reading from Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’.

Because, you know… why not.

I have to admit, I’m pretty impressed. It’s no secret that I’m slightly-obsessed with Nicolas Cage, and would have loved to been in that theatre myself, lapping up Cage’s poetry recital and marvelling at the oddity that is, Nicolas Cage.

Perhaps I’ll make it out for next year’s event.

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