To be honest, star turns in Hollywood (such as 1995's Oscar winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas) are not even at the top of our list. Instead, we're talking about another medium where Cage's particular brand of fame has found recognition: the World Wide Web. On this special day, let us revisit why Cage deserves to be crowned King of the Internet:
1. Redditors pay tribute to this guy
2. He might be immortal
Ramey; Pacific Coast News
3. "Cage Rage" is a thing
4. Your argument is invalid because of him
For reasons only the Internet can explain, Cage became the poster boy for a new stock message board response: "Your argument is invalid." While pinpointing the exact origin of the phrase may be a fool's errand, in May of 2008, an image of Cage on the set of Next with his hair Photoshopped into a bird made the front page of Digg. It was captioned with "My hair is a bird – your argument is invalid," and thus, a ready-made non-sequitur comeback was born. Though the meme has taken other forms since, Cage's bird-hair remains the wellspring of this particular online rejoinder.
5. People use his face to put each other down
"Rage comics" are simplified, black and white drawings used to express reactions in message boards, or illustrate simple comics about everyday occurrences. Naturally, Cage made his way into the rage comic lexicon. A particularly incredulous facial expression from the film Vampire's Kiss was adapted into a cartoon and captioned with the phrase "You don't say?" It's commonly used to express frustration or condescending incredulity at an incredibly obvious or oblivious statement in online discussions.