“It’s not too late…”: Fans Have 1 Demand From ‘The Godfather’ Director After His Endearing Tribute To Nephew Nicolas Cage

Francis Ford Coppola was impressed with Nicolas Cage's recent roles, and fans expressed their desire for him to cast Cage in a movie.

“It’s not too late…”: Fans Have 1 Demand From ‘The Godfather’ Director After His Endearing Tribute To Nephew Nicolas Cage


  • Francis Ford Coppola wrote a heartfelt note on the recent performances of his nephew, Nicolas Cage, mentioning the films 'Pig' and 'Dream Scenario'.
  • Fans demanded that the director cast Cage in one of his films, something 'The Godfather' director did only twice in his career.
  • After initially desiring a screen test from Coppola, Cage later in his career decided to avoid being known solely as Coppola's nephew.
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The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola wrote a heartfelt tribute to his nephew and actor, Nicolas Cage. Cage recently starred in Dream Scenario, which earned him a nomination at the recently concluded Golden Globes. Coppola praised his work in this film as well as in his earlier 2021 film, Pig. While fans appreciated Coppola’s praise, they also shared that it was high time for Coppola to cast Cage in one of his films.

Nicolas Cage in his latest film Dream Scenario
Nicolas Cage in his latest film Dream Scenario

The Ghost Rider actor is the son of August Coppola, who was the brother of Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire. Cage changed his name from Coppola to avoid the association with his famous uncle and secure film roles independently.

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Fans Demand The Godfather Director Cast Nephew Nicolas Cage In One Of His Films

Francis Ford Coppola and Marlon Brando on the sets of The Godfather
Francis Ford Coppola and Marlon Brando on the sets of The Godfather

Francis Ford Coppola took to Instagram to pen a note of appreciation for his nephew Nicolas Cage’s recent performances. He shared admiration at how Cage always pulled such wonderful performances. Recalling memories from Cage’s childhood, Coppola wrote that The Rock actor displayed his acting skills as a kid by imitating a computer. The Godfather director ended his note by praising Cage’s roles in Michael Sarnoski’s Pig and Kristoffer Borgli’s Dream Scenario.

After one fan shared a screenshot of Coppola’s post on X, other fans flooded in with their love for Cage. However, some fans went a step further, urging the Tetro director to cast Cage in his upcoming movie. As Coppola is currently working on the sci-fi drama, Megalopolis, with actors like Adam Driver, Shia LaBeouf, and his other nephew Jason Schwartzman. One fan suggested that it was not too late to include Cage in the film.

However, the filming of Megalopolis wrapped up in March 2023. Other fan comments included jokes about casting Cage as a “computer” in his film, referring to the director’s words in the post. Another fan was furious that Coppola hasn’t cast Cage in more movies. Some fan reactions read:


In a July interview with Variety, Cage revealed that he has shifted towards more independent films due to the commercial constraints imposed by mainstream Hollywood. The independent films, according to Cage, offered him more freedom to experiment.

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Francis Ford Coppola Refused To Give Nicolas Cage His Film Debut

Nicolas Cage and Kathleen Turner in Peggy Sue Got Married
Nicolas Cage and Kathleen Turner in Francis Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married

Nicolas Cage made his acting debut in 1981, but at the age of 15, he tried to convince his uncle Francis Ford Coppola to grant him a screen test. However, Coppola remained silent to Cage’s demand. The Apocalypse Now director was already a big shot in Hollywood after The Godfather, and it would’ve been risky for him to cast an inexperienced Cage in a film. Cage shared with New York Magazine:


“[He told Coppola] ‘Give me a screen test—I’ll show you acting.’ There was just silence in the car.”

When the Leaving Las Vegas actor landed his first film role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, cast members only wanted to talk to him about his uncle. This incident prompted the Wicker Man actor to change his name from Coppola to Cage, inspired by the Marvel character Luke Cage and musician John Cage. The Face/Off actor did eventually work with Coppola in the 1983 film Rumble Fish and later in the 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married.

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The Godfather director’s favorite picks of Nicolas Cage movies — Pig is now available for streaming on Hulu, and Dream Scenario is now available for rent on AppleTV+.


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