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Nicolas Cage

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Finally, some good news for Nicolas Cage.

Despite his recent financial woes, the Oscar winning star was honored by the United Nations for his philanthropic spirit Friday night, taking home their Global Citizen of the Year award for his humanitarian endeavors.

The UN also named the star as their Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, after his demonstrated devotion to the cause in recent years.

Turns out, this Bad Leiutenant is nothing more than a big, ol' softie.

"My real life role as UNODC Goodwill Ambassador will certainly be even more challenging and meaningful than those I have portrayed on screen," Cage said in response to the UN honor. "I intend to shine the spotlight on the need for global justice, publicize all the good work that UNODC is doing, and highlight how we can all make a difference."

As an Amnesty International advocate, the actor has donated $2 million to establish a fund that helps former child soldiers, and also led a campaign to raise awareness of international arms control.


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