Earlier today on Facebook, famed director and screenwriter Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) shared a video of Nicolas Cage, the internet meme-god, reenacting a famous Nicolas Cage meem [sic]: “YOU DON’T SAY.” The meem was re-created during the production of Schrader’s upcoming film Dog Eat Dog.
“Nic Cage does a Nic Cage meem,” Schrader wrote on Facebook. “On the set of DOG EAT DOG Nicholas performed the original and most well known Nic Cage meem. He was playing an armed robber in a policeman’s uniform.”
That scene — featuring Cage with his head reared back, eyes wide, yelling “You don’t say!” — comes from an ancient and primitive meem used to dispel stupid people on message boards …
… the facial expression of which was taken from a scene in the 1988 film Vampire’s Kiss.
The meem cycle has completed one full iteration, and now we begin anew.