Nicolas Cage's career rut goes back for years: his last major release to earn much in the way of box-office returns or critical acclaim was Adaptation in 2002. Sure, his filmography has added a few bright spots in recent years—among them indies like Bad Lieutenant and Joe—but those movies did little to soothe the sting of bombs like Next and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
How exactly did Cage go from Oscar-winning actor to box office poison? The work speaks for itself. Over the last 15 years or so, Cage has signed on for one bad movie after the next, to the point where audiences and studios can't take him seriously anymore. If a movie has "Nicolas Cage" in the credits, there's about a 95 percent chance it'll be unintentionally hilarious.
Which is sad, really. Given all the great work he delivered early in his career, you'd like to think he still has one more critical and commercial success up his sleeve. But then you take a look at his IMDb page and you realize things look as dire as, well, a Nicolas Cage movie.