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The Role: Brad’s Bud
Why It’s The Best: It’s Nic’s first screen credit, and his last using his original name Nicolas Coppola. Mostly notable as his entry into the movie world rather than for the actor’s earth-shattering performance. He wasn’t the only movie newbie, though – this was also Eric Stoltz’s first film.
Iconic Moment: The whole film’s full of iconic lines/dialogue/scenes, sadly not so much for Cage/Coppola, though.
Nicolas Says: “I was getting a lot of pressure from other actors who basically thought I only wanted to be an actor because my uncle was Francis [Ford Coppola]. It was always a bit uncomfortable for me.
“When I changed my name and went into an audition and got the part, it was this incredible weight off my head because Amy Heckerling didn’t know I was related. It felt like I’d been given this opportunity because of what I did, not because of what he did.”