The mighty Nicolas Cage isn’t the box office powerhouse that he was in the ’90s and early ’00s. The actor become more of a punchline in recent years, the whipping boy for film fans who now worship at the feet of spandex clad demigods. Cage may have made some erratic choices over the years, but he’s always carved-out his own, unconventional path. Personally, I’d rather watch any of the Oscar-winning actor’s more recent movies than many of the huge action spectacles littering multiplexes. Some of these movies may not be great, but at least he’s not regurgitating the same character over and over again for a payday.
It’s not that Cage doesn’t deliver in the acting stakes, it’s just that most films he’s working on aren’t the calibre he deserves. That’s not his fault. It’s tough getting financing for mid-range budget films these days and that means they can suffer when it comes to securing behind the scenes talent and supporting actors. In the DVD/VOD realm, Cage’s name can guarantee budgets and distribution and this means that he can help filmmakers Paul Schrader get their films made.
Films such as Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy and Richard Stanley’s Color Out Of Space show that Nicolas Cage is now working on a different level, hitting notes and giving performances that few could muster. It’ll be very interesting to see what happens when he plays himself in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and portrays Tiger King‘s Joe Exotic in a new scripted series.