Never without a leather jacket. On the set or in his private life, take away everything, but not one of his countless leather jackets. GQ magazine traces the long and successful career of American actor Nicolas Cage using his favourite piece of clothing as a common thread. His collection is wide-ranging, and includes jackets of various designs: decorated, coloured and studded. A real passion.
Never without a leather jacket
The first leather jacket to hit the big screen was the one in Wild at Heart, a 1990 film directed by David Lynch. Nicolas Cage plays the main character, Sailor Ripley, and wears a long python leather jacket practically all the time. For Ripley, the jacket is “a symbol of my individuality and my belief in personal freedom”. Words that Cage himself could have said. Over the years, the actor has appeared in numerous photographs wearing studded black leather, emerald suede, shocking pink or full of patches. You name it, you wear it.
Nicolas Cage’s fatal passion
“It’s a way to pass the time between films”, Cage explains in a statement to GQ. More than just purchases, for the American actor they are now true works of art. He designs them himself and then has them made, so he ends up wearing a unique piece each time. The latest in a long series is the shocking pink one he was photographed wearing during the filming of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which will be released in the United States in April. A jacket that everyone thought belonged to his character. Not at all: it’s one of his unique pieces. More fatal passion than that…