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We Have David Bowie To Thank (Or Blame) For Nicolas Cage’s Career

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David Bowie may be responsible for all of the bizarre career choices Nicolas Cage has made in the past few years. Here’s why. Mr. Cage told Daily Star,

I feel like my longevity as an actor came from something David Bowie once told me. What I took from that was that I shouldn’t just do one thing that people like me for. I should just keep taking chances, go out of my comfort zone and try something new.

So instead, he decided to be known as that guy who, while wearing a bear suit, punched a woman in the face.

Thank you, Sir David Robert Jones. Thank you for this gift.

What’s YOUR favorite Nicolas Cage performance?

Ricky Gervais And David Bowie: A Friendship Based On Sarcasm

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Ricky Gervais bragged about his friendship with David Bowie in the latest issue of GQ, and I don’t blame him. If I was friends with David Bowie, I would make sure that everyone knew about it. I would be tweeting that shit nonstop. And judging from the above photo of Gervais from the 1980′s when he was in a new wave band, he’s clearly been a Bowie fan for a while, and being his friend is probably a little bit of a dream come true. So yeah, Mr. Gervais talked about his friendship with The Bowie, and it sounds like a match made in sarcasm heaven. From GQ via NME:

[On what they talk about] Music and comedy…I think I might have said what a huge fan I was. And I think he liked my stuff…I got him to do a little thing in Extras. I remember we went round his flat, and it’s exactly as you’d expect it to be – just beautiful and tasteful and modern, and there’s this wonderful statue. And I went, ‘Oh, that’s amazing’.

The first time he buzzed me in [to his flat], the concierge called up and said, “Mr Jones?” Of course he’s Mr. Jones! He’s not fucking David Bowie! I met David Jones. [Bowie's legal name is David Robert Jones.]

He’s been a musical hero of mine for 30 years. When I called him up [to guest star on Gervais' Extras] and I’d written ‘Little Fat Man’, I said, ‘Have you got the lyrics?’ and he went, “Yeah.” I said, ‘Can you do something quite retro, like ‘Life on Mars?’?’ And he went [deadpan], “Oh, of course, yeah, sure. I’ll knock off a quick ‘Life On Mars?’, shall I?

OH, BOWIE! Aside from hanging out with Gervais, Mr. David Robert Jones is doing pretty well for himself. His latest album is a hit, even if some Catholics are mad at him.

Here’s the video for the “Little Fat Man” segment Gervais mentioned.

 

Catholic League Super Pissed At David Bowie For His New Video; Calls Him “Juvenile”

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David Bowie‘s new album, The Next Day, has gotten great acclaim and given him a huge career boost. Everyone seems to love it and he’s been cranking out the music videos. One starred Tilda Swinton. This latest one, for the track “The Next Day”, features Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman and lots of Jesus imagery that is pissing off some Catholics. The video was apparently so intense and offense that it was briefly taken off of YouTube. It’s back up now with this warning:

This video has been age-restricted based on our Community Guidelines

LOL seriously? It’s like Madonna‘s “Like A Prayer” music video scandal all over again, except that was in 1989 and on MTV. I mean really, come on, YouTube.

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Anyway. The Catholic League is mad at David Bowie. Lord Carey, Archbishop, thinks he’s immature for making this video. From The Telegraph:

The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey poured scorn on an attempts by David Bowie to attract controversy by posing as Jesus in his new video – questioning whether he would have been so willing to offend Muslims.

He urged Christians to “rise above” the “juvenile” promotion for the single The Next Day, adding: “I doubt that Bowie would have the courage to use Islamic imagery – I very much doubt it.”

Other Christian commentators dismissed the move as “desperate” adding that, rather than leaving them shocked, it confirmed that Christianity is still important.

The video was temporarily pulled from YouTube, seemingly because of its controversial content.

But the website quickly moved to reinstate it, insisting it had been taken down in error – although adding an adult only rating.

There’s nothing in this video that you haven’t seen in The Da Vinci Code. There’s a pale priest flogging himself. Okay and also Gary Oldman plays a priest and punches a guy in the face. That definitely wasn’t in The Da Vinci Code.

I think Marion Cotillard is playing a prostitue and Bowie is some sort of Jesus. Other images include dismembered eyeballs being served on a plate, bishops appearing to pay for sex, a topless spooky woman with gold nipples, Cotillard + Stigmata, and David Bowie being whipped by a group of people. It’s really just another Thursday night at Iggy Pop’s house.

At the end of the video Bowie breaks the 4th wall when he says pleasantly, “Thank you, Gary, Thank you, Marion. Thank you everybody.”

See more stills from the video in the gallery.