Here’s a thing that makes sense: Dog the Bounty Hunter, of the eponymous TV show, bailed Nic Cage out of jail following his arrest in New Orleans this weekend. Dog posted the $11,000 bail on Saturday morning. He told E!, “I am a truly dedicated fan of Mr. Cage and will not be granting any interviews about my client as I wish to respect his privacy. I performed my duties as a bail bondsman and not in connection with our show. This is what I do for a living.”
What happened that night, anyway?
TMZ has reconstructed many of the details, and they’re bizarre. Struck by a desire to get inked, Cage wandered into a tattoo shop in the wee hours of Saturday morning where he “drunkenly stumbled around, fretting that he didn’t remember where he lived.” TMZ has some really terrific pictures of a plastered Nicolas Cage demanding that tattooing services be rendered to him.
In keeping with Cage’s address-related amnesia, the argument with his wife that landed Cage behind bars was over the location of their rental in New Orleans. The pair were standing in front of the building Cage thought to be their rental, when wife Alice disagreed. I wonder who had it right? Cage tried to pull her by the arm toward the building. He hit a bunch of parked cars and tried to get in a cab. A cop told him to get out, which is when Cage taunted him: “Why don’t you just arrest me?”
And lo, Nicolas Cage was arrested on charges of domestic violence, disturbing the peace and public drunkenness, and subsequently bailed out by a reality TV star. Just another Friday night.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 17, 2011