Previously, we brought you a video that featured Nic Cage’s funniest, craziest on-screen freakouts. It’s safe to say that Mr. Cage owns the crown for Movie Freakout King. If any of his movies don’t have a freakout scene, you can rest assured he’ll come up with a way to turn a tense exchange into one for sh*ts and giggles. Freakout scenes are bittersweet – on one hand you admire the actor’s ability for completely immersing himself in the role and the moment. On the other hand, you begin to question their own sanity. So, if Nic Cage basically owns all the best cinematic meltdowns, which others come close? Here’s our list of potentials that Nic Cage would approve of. Don’t forget to vote in our poll at the bottom of the post! AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Mel Gibson in Ransom
Mel Gibson going into an angry rant doesn’t seem that surprising given his angry phone calls and texts as of late. But if you watch several of his movies, you can see early signs of his outburst-prone nature. Mel was just plain crazy in Lethal Weapon and his role in Payback painted him as a bit of a nut-job. But Ransom is where he goes into a super crazy rant mode that can be synced up perfectly with his angry phone calls. Rather than trying to calmly negotiate a hostage situation, Mel throws out the rule book and flat-out threatens the guy. This, of course, is a dumb move as hostages would typically end up getting shot. I wonder how long it will be before he goes completely goofy and starts quoting his movies during his rants; you know you’re waiting for him to scream “GIVE ME BACK MY DAUGHTER!”
Michael Douglas in Falling Down
Sometimes your life can snowball into such a mess of complicated problems that the smallest things can set you off. For D-Fens in Falling Down, one of those things was not being able to get breakfast at Whammy Burger. There are plenty of moments where D-Fens goes off the deep end, including killing a Nazi and mocking a rich golfer as he has a heart attack. But the freak-out at the Whammy Burger is the best because Michael Douglas is quite calm and understanding in this scene aside from whipping out a gun. All he wants is breakfast and rather than argue angrily like a typical customer, he uses his indoor voice and lets his gun do most of the talking. What makes the scene so great, however, is that D-Fens actually reconsiders his previous demand and decides to order lunch anyway. Word of advice, McDonald’s employees – if a man in office attire walks into your establishment with a duffle bag and asks for a McGriddle at noon, just make him the damn McGriddle. Because chances are he won’t be as calm as D-Fens.
Peter Finch in Network
When you’re fired from a job, you tend to do crazy things like steal office supplies or pee in the coffee maker. Anchor Howard Beale takes the dramatic route by cussing and announcing the date of his suicide on live-television. Fed up with the world, Howard goes nuts as he delivers an angry rant to end all angry rants. If Edward R. Murrow came off as too much of a pacifist with his motto of good night and good luck, Howard is like a revolutionary leader chanting “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” What makes Howard’s rant so interesting is that he isn’t protesting any specific entity or crisis. All he wants is for people to show some emotion for what is wrong with the world. Any nutcase can scream “down with the president” or “nuclear fusion causes confusion.” It takes a real motivated thinker to move an audience to take responsibility. Not to mention it’s fun to be mad.
Robin Williams in Death To Smoochy
There is no specific moment in this dark comedy classic that I can point out as Robin Williams‘ greatest freak-out moment. That’s because the entire movie is about how his character, the defamed children’s television host Rainbow Randolph, goes utterly insane trying to seek revenge on his successor, Smoochy. Every moment he recognizes Smoochy as a success sends him into a rage that grows more ridiculous each and every time. And this is not the lovable PG Robin Williams families are use to; Rainbow Randolph is seedy, dirty, foul-mouthed, paranoid, suicidal, depressed and a little bit confused with his sexual identity. There is one scene that describes this character’s motivation to a tee when he phones his opponent to inform him “You better grow eyes in the back of your f*cking head, you horned piece of sh*t, because I’m not going to rest until worms are crawling out of your foam-rubber ass. I’m going on a safari, mother-f*cker! Safari!”
Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes
In one of the freakiest movie twists of all-time (SPOILER ALERT: it was Earth all along), Charlton Heston’s character curses human beings for blowing up Earth so that evolved apes could take over. Exactly how the Statue of Liberty was the only structure to survive remains a mystery, but that’s not what’s important in this scene. The main focus is Charlton Heston’s overacting as he smashes his hands into the sand, angered that he can’t go back home to hang with his NRA buddies. Honestly, I could have filled this list with a bunch of Charlton Heston movies, but Planet of the Apes is his most well-known rant and, in my opinion, his best.
José Mojica Marins in At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul
Coffin Joe has got to be one of the creepiest villains of all-time. He beats women, murders people viciously and openly mocks religion to an unsettling point. In fact, his distaste for religion is what drives his greatest freak-out. In one of the film’s longest shots, Coffin Joe is drinking, stammering around and yelling at God, demanding proof of his existence. But it’s not one of those “my life sucks, why can’t you do something?” scenes. Coffin Joe is screaming at God while laughing as if he’s ready to fight him like the final boss Goro in Mortal Kombat. Most atheists usually just deny God’s existence and then go on about how crazy Christians act. Coffin Joe not only denies God, but if he does exist, he’ll kill him.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: We couldn’t find any embed-enabled vids out there, so here’s the beginning of Sly’s rant]
Sylvester Stallone in First Blood
There’s a reason Sylvester Stallone doesn’t say much or garbles his lines in most of his movies. In First Blood, Stallone’s character, having just returned from war, goes on a rampage against those who despise him. Stallone speaks more through his action scenes where he displays the unbridled fury he has for the world around him. However, the movie has to culminate with Rambo talking about how unfair he finds his new life. This begins as an angry rant and quickly turns into a cry fest. It’s probably one of the only times I’ve ever seen Stallone not just cry, but have a complete mental breakdown. It’s half tragic and half silly. It’s a well-written rant, but Stallone’s acting almost pushes it into the realm of being comedic. Hug it out, Sly.
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop
Who would’ve thought that Arnold Schwarzenegger at his angriest would be him directing his rage at small children. In one of his greatest freak-outs of all-time, Arnold tries to restore order in a kindergarten class room by releasing a mighty “SHUT UP!” When you yell at children, it’s in their nature to feel threatened, which results in water works. Arnold freaks out yet again, but opts to safely release his anger outside and away from the children. Eventually he calms the kids down with a ferret, but it isn’t until he takes away their basic human rights – like bathroom privileges – that the class finally respects his authority. It’s amazing to see a man who’s fought T-1000 units and the Mars police force explode over a bunch of rowdy and disrespectin’ tots.
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