Whether you're sitting at home trying to decide what to watch on Netflix or standing in the lobby of a cinema like some sort of caveman, movie posters are important. You've probably stared at thousands of posters over the course of your life before deciding that, fuck it, you're just gonna watch Hot Shots! Part Deux again. We've all been there.
That's why we're always surprised when we notice that famous actors tend to do the exact same oddly specific things in almost every single one of their posters, for reasons that are beyond the comprehension of common mortals like us. For example ...
8 Nicolas Cage Has to Have Fire in His Posters, Either Below or Behind Him
Much like Van Halen and their bowl of M&M's, Nicolas Cage must have a clause in his contract stating that he won't appear in any movie that doesn't have fire on its poster. You'll also notice that in all these cases, the fire is either behind Cage or below him, and that he never looks at the fire.
Check out the Spanish Season of the Witch poster for a bonus fireball!
Speaking of Drive Angry, exploding vehicles are a recurring motif in Cage's oeuvre. Sometimes he's behind an exploding car ...
"I told you not to use your cellphone at the pump!"
... and sometimes he's running away from it, like that time he starred in a re-enactment of Taken.
Except that Liam Neeson would have already chopped that fire in the throat.
In Con Air, he's depicted above a plane trying to lift off in the middle of an explosion ...
... and in Knowing, he's standing alone in the middle of the resulting wreckage.
In Lord of War, he plays an arms dealer, a job that according to the poster consists of literally selling explosions to people.
"Sure, the one on the left is bigger, but the one on the right will get you more bang for your buck."
Now, we'll admit that there are certain cases where it's somewhat justified, like when his character's head is literally on fire.
But then you have cases where we don't even remember that many things actually being on fire in the film itself, but they still set the poster aflame anyway:
"Just throw some torches on there. We told you, it's in his contract."
And finally there's The Wicker Man, the Nicolas Cagest of all movies, in which Cage didn't bother to show up for the poster at all. He was probably supposed to be running away from that fire or something, but without him in the way, we finally get a pure, unobstructed view of the blaze:
Spoiler alert: Cage is inside there getting burned alive. At least it wasn't the bees.