Nicholas Cage won the internet without even breaking a sweat.
A photo of the Academy Award-winning actor during a trip to Kazakhstan went viral, spawning countless memes and photo captions.
The 53 year-old star of films like “National Treasure,” “Ghost Rider” and “Face/Off,” was photographed wearing a tradition Kazakh coat and hat at the opening of the 13th annual Eurasia International Film Festival in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan.
In other news, Nicolas Cage is in Kazakhstan. pic.twitter.com/ceAk0ktgqy
— Fabrice Deprez (@fabrice_deprez) July 23, 2017
While some reports noted the actor was standing beside the country’s First Lady Sara Nazarbayeva, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the woman is in fact a violinist, the head of Astana’s Music Academy and the festival president, Aiman Mussakhajaeva.
This picture of Nicholas Cage in Kazakhstan pretty much made my day. pic.twitter.com/FauuOJBK5H
— Nathan Hodge (@nohodge) July 23, 2017
But why is he there??
— Reed Nelson Art (@ReedNelson) July 23, 2017
“I would be pleased to participate in some film project on the territory of Kazakhstan,” Cage reportedly told hosts of the film festival, according to news agency Kazinform. He also seemed impressed with the appearance of the capital city.
“I enjoyed the architecture of your capital, it looks great. What I saw reminded me of an old black-and-white film that depicted the future,” he said.
I work in KZ, can confirm pic.twitter.com/oUgUkG0O1q
— แอ๊บบี้ (@abbytheexplorer) July 23, 2017
Cage also helped plant some trees with Astana’s mayor at a center for disabled children, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
But the photo of the actor with the far-off look in his eyes brought the house down as it spawned hilarious reactions on social media and solidified Cage’s place in the meme hall of fame.
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Yup, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation… pic.twitter.com/LR4CXuasmq
— mnrrnt (@Mnrrnt) July 24, 2017
Cage, Trump, Pope. pic.twitter.com/NQTD3bF1CP
— Mark (@MarkyLott) July 23, 2017
Is he being held hostage?
— Phil Gilbert, Jr. (@philgilbertjr) July 23, 2017
— Zack Abrams (@ZaZaTheBore) July 24, 2017
He’s going to steal the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan
— laura (@laurakuehn) July 24, 2017
Cage wondering how all his life choices led to this moment pic.twitter.com/ikjzb77s2V
— JMF (@jmfinn) July 23, 2017
Nic Cage is in Kazakhstan doing a François Hollande in traditional garb but so far shying from a full Seagal, which involves riding a horse. pic.twitter.com/1cFUtrGRwM
— max seddon (@maxseddon) July 23, 2017
Why does it feel like Nicolas Cage is about to become a part of this whole Russia scandal? pic.twitter.com/Hpfdmsd1xj
— Frederick Douglass (@HITEXECUTIVE) July 24, 2017
Nicolas Cage in Kazakhstan.
With new law on political service, won’t be eligible for Presidency. pic.twitter.com/ZGoZ2c6vA4
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 23, 2017
I kinda feel like all of America is Nicholas Cage in this photo.
How did we get here? What is all this Russia shit everywhere? Huh? pic.twitter.com/gPt0fRqHE9
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) July 23, 2017
Unbeknownst to all of us, Nic Cage is living in the darkest of dark timelines pic.twitter.com/5JQ3Squvzc
— joel tyler (@joeltyler_) July 23, 2017
Do we have any proof that this isn’t a Tussauds wax figure?
— eb (@Ebswearspink) July 24, 2017
his face. oh god his face.
— Maria Paola Micallef (@MariaP_Micallef) July 24, 2017
What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other? What will we do? pic.twitter.com/a0yFsTbgva
— eve peyser (@evepeyser) July 23, 2017
— D B Livin (@SwampYnkStoolie) July 24, 2017
Nicolas Cage at a Russian wedding. pic.twitter.com/U8tN0h1rYR
— 4uwak (@denzay1) July 23, 2017
— Danny Covfefe??? (@Daniel_Ohana) July 24, 2017
This picture should break the internet for how awesome it is.
— Akel Richards (@stinkinrich) July 23, 2017
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