Movie Flashback: Nicolas Cage Co-Stars With Himself in This ... Adaptation
12.06.12 by Chris
Don't you dare bring in a deus ex machina.
Before he started taking roles in duds like Drive Angry and Season of the Witch, Nicolas Cage was actually known to star in watchable movies like Leaving Las Vegas, Bringing Out the Dead, and Adaptation, which was released in theaters 10 years ago today.
Cage plays not only screenwriter Charlie Kaufman but also his on-screen twin brother Donald. The movie, directed by Spike Jonze, is a semi-autobiographical retelling of Kaufman's attempt to adapt the book The Orchid Thief. Cursed with writer's block, he accidentally starts writing his script with self-references setting up an odd
Chris Cooper won the Academy Award for best supporting actor, while Nicolas Cage was nominated for Best Actor and Meryl Streep got a Best Supporting Actress nod. However, not only was Kaufman nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, but so was his fictional brother Donald, who actually shares a writing credit on the movie. Donald Kaufman is the only truly fictitious person ever nominated for an Oscar. If they had won, they would have had to share one Oscar.
The movie went on to earn $32 million worldwide and has a 91% rating on RottenTomatoes.com.
Where to watch it: Adaptation is streaming on Netflix and is available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Google Play.