Nic Cage Will Make You 'Scared Straight'--Out of the Theater, That Is! Ha!

August 1, 2008

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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine rented Scared Straight, the popular film covering the program in which life-term inmates graphically describe the horrors of prison to young delinquents in the hopes of getting them "scared straight," or at least "scared of prison rape."

My friend's thought was that it would be hilarious to see these guys freaking out some kids now that we'd aged beyond their target audience. He was right, and it was pretty funny (especially when the one-eyed guy holds up the binder and goes through his crimes), but it was also surprisingly terrifying. I can safely say there is nothing more those guys could have done to make me more fearful of jail. Outside of starting a riot and forcing an imprisoned Nic Cage to save me, that is! Which is now a movie:

Nicolas Cage and director John Carpenter are in final negotiations to team up for a prison thriller titled "Scared Straight."

"Straight" follows a troubled youth who's sent to prison off the Scared Straight crime-prevention program, which imprisons delinquent teens for a short period in the hopes of deterring them from a life of crime. While the teen is there, a riot breaks out and the prisoners take him hostage. A lifer, played by Cage, is forced to help the young man out.

Nicolas Cage will definitely be playing this guy:

The guy with the receding, scraggly hair and mustache, I mean, obviously. And Mark Borchardt from American Movie should play the guy at 4:03 who looks exactly like Mark Borchardt from American Movie.

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