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    Oscar-winning US actor Nicolas Cage has been the inspiration for a hilarious new meme, after a picture of him emerged on social media with a blank facial expression during a visit to Kazakhstan.

    Mr. Cage, who is famous for films such as Con Air and The National Treasure, is in Kazakhstan for the 13th Eurasia International Film Festival, which is being held in the capital city of Astana.

    The actor is pictured standing next to famous Kazakh violinist Aiman Musohodzhaeva, wearing a traditional outfit.

    In fact, many mainstream media outlets have made the mistake of confusing the accomplished musician with the country's First Lady, Sara Nazarbayeva.

    Mr. Cage, who is no stranger to having memes of himself, has once again sent the internet into global meltdown.

    One Twitter user couldn't wait to compare Nicolas Cage to the US comedian Yakov Smirnoff.

    Other social media users also compared Mr. Cage to famous individuals.

    ​Another commented on how Mr. Cage looked so "blessed" and happy to be part of the proceedings, and his blank facial expression conveyed it perfectly — not.

    ​Author and political commentator, Ian Bremmer said that with his new found position, Mr. Cage has automatically eliminated himself from becoming the next US president. 

    ​One Twitter user couldn't resist superimposing Mr. Cage into a picture of former president Richard Nixon and singer Elvis Presley

    ​Whereas some questioned Cage's post Con Air days.

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