He has also appeared in National Treasure (2004), Lord of War (2005), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), and Kick-Ass (2010).
Films such as Ghost Rider (2007) and Knowing (2009) were box office successes.
The actor owed around million in federal income-based payments but he recently gave ,257,005 to the government, according to official documents obtained by TMZ, which show a receipt signed in Oakland, California on February 15.
Despite these successes, most of his lower-profile films have performed poorly at the box office compared to his mainstream action/adventure roles.
Rourke would go on to receive an Academy Award nomination for his performance.
In an interview with slashfilm.com, Aronofsky said of Cage's decision to leave the film that "Nic was a complete gentleman, and he understood that my heart was with Mickey and he stepped aside.
His first non-cinematic acting experience was in a school production of Golden Boy.
He cites James Dean as the key inspiration for his career, saying, "I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean. Nothing affected me—no rock song, no classical music—the way Dean affected me in Eden. I was like, 'That's what I want to do'." By this stage of his career, Coppola had already directed Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Gene Hackman and Robert De Niro.