Well, it probably IS a joke, but whomever is making this claim is playing it off as a serious conspiracy. This is a photo currently (As of 9/16/2011) being sold on Ebay…
This individual made his proclamation on Ebay as he is trying to sell his his “authentic” photo from the 1870’s of someone who looks amazingly like Nicholas Cage. Well, in fact, it IS Nick Cage.
The seller claims that the photo was not digitally enhanced in any way and is an authentic print of Mr. Cage as a vampire from the late 1800’s. Yet I recognized the movie still instantly from a very funny vampire movie called “Vampire’s Kiss” (or Embrace of the Vampire). Very few people know about the film. Cage plays a man who becomes obsessed with the notion that he has been bitten by a vampire and he slowly makes himself into one, complete with plastic teeth and a sun ray allergy. It’s disturbing and at time hilarious. I wonder if the film director, or the film company can sue the seller for trying to make a profit off of their movie?
Below is his Ebay posting about the photo and the beliefs he holds concerning it…
Original c.1870 carte de visite showing a man who looks exactly like Nick Cage. Personally, I believe it’s him and that he is some sort of walking undead / vampire, et cetera, who quickens / reinvents himself once every 75 years or so. 150 years from now, he might be a politician, the leader of a cult, or a talk show host.This is not a trick photo of any kind and has not been manipulated in Photoshop or any other graphics program. It’s an original photo of a man who lived in Bristol, TN sometime around the Civil War.I’ve had a lot of questions asking where I purchased this. As followers of my website know, I collect antique memorial photography – images of dead people – from the 1800s. This photo was found in the very back of album that contained an unusual number of Civil War era death portraits (which is why I purchased it). All of the other people in the album, living and dead, were identified by name – this man was not.
Photographer is Professor G.B. Smith. A contact of mine forwarded this interesting article (link) about the photographer, Smith. Turns out he was a confederate Civil War prisoner of war photographer.
Now if you’re slapping your head in disbelief, just wait…it gets better. On his website, there are multiple photos within the archives dating as far back as the 1840’s. The photo below is apart of those archives…
I had to do some extensive searching over the internet to locate this photo because it’s not available in the “Sample Photos” section. I’m uncertain if this photo is an actual print or a digital reproduction, so its authenticity is very much in question. Whatever it is however, it’s a darn close resemblance to Mr. Cage, that’s for sure.
Personally I don’t believe anything that the Thanatos Archives claims about Nicholas Cage and his Vampiric lineage. It’s clear he’s much more likely to be related to Mortal Kombat muscle man, Johnny Cage! Or is that giving Nicholas Cage too much credit?
In any case, do you have any opinions? Is the above photo some sort of digitally reworked photograph or an authentic photo of someone who looks amazingly like the overacting Hollywood thespian? (Yes I know I used thespian incorrectly. My blog, my rules…deal with it!)