Nicolas Cage, The Japanese Snack Food [Update]

[Images: Natalie]

If you were a Japanese snack food maker and could put anyone on your tasty treats, who would it be? Nicolas Cage, of course!

To promote Army of One’s Japanese release, the actor’s face is being plastered on the popular puffed corn snack Umaibou (or “delicious stick”).

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Update October 13 - 6:00am: Nicolas Cage did not authorize his likeness to be used for this snack food. His spokesperson issued the following statement to Kotaku:

‘Nicolas Cage is in no way engaged with an endorsement for the Japanese snack food brand Riska as recently reported in the news media. Mr. Cage had no prior knowledge that the product was being created, nor did he grant permission to use his likeness in this way. The items were created for the Japanese release of MY TARGET, BIN LADEN (released as ARMY OF ONE in the US) and bore the artwork from the film. They were limited in number and purely intended to be promotional items that would be supplied to movie ticket holders in three theaters,’ said the film’s international sales agent FilmNation International. ‘All parties responsible for the creation and announcement of this promotional product sincerely apologize for the use of Mr. Cage’s image in this manner and any harm that may have been caused to him and his image and reputation.’

The original story continues below:

According to Natalie, the Cage version is called “Deluxe Umaibou Nicolastick.” Available for a limited time for folks who buy Army of One movie tickets, Nicolastick tastes like corn potage.

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That’s better than what Army of One tastes like.


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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.