Nicolas Cage’s career started out with a bang. In 1982, a small role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High led to Rumble Fish, which in turn led to starring roles in Raising Arizona and Moonstruck. He was an authentic Hollywood star by the late ‘80s. In the next decade, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his part in Leaving Las Vegas. But when he followed that up with a string of movie duds, he was no longer a box office draw. The talk was he was a paycheck actor and he never said no. The Ghost Rider series and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice have helped him reach the top again.