Only Nicolas Cage could star in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. A meta comedy-thriller, the film sees Cage playing ‘Nick Cage’, a fictionalised version of himself. Strapped for cash, Cage accepts a million dollars to attend the birthday party of Javi (Pedro Pascal), a Cage fanatic who just so happens to be a dangerous crime boss.
Not only does Cage play ‘Nick’, but he also plays ‘Nicky’, a younger version of Cage who is much more focused on his career as a serious actor. Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Horgan and Lily Sheen co-star in the film which was directed by Tom Gormican. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent set to open in the US on April 22, 2022.
This one sounds like it could be a lot of fun.
Here’s what Cage himself has to say about the role(s):
“[‘Nick Cage’] is an invented version of Nic Cage. The character is feeling unfulfilled and contending with the rejection that can happen so often in the small town that is Hollywood. It’s not me. I’m feeling pretty good about things.
“Javi has a wax statue of Nick and you think, ‘Oh, it might be awkward between a film star and a fan, but they’re both cinephiles, so they’re having wonderful conversations about The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Paddington 2.”
As for playing a fictionalised version of his younger self, Cage said:
“He’s got the lanky long hair; he’s just constantly riding Nick about his career choices,” says Cage. “I wasn’t too excited about the idea of playing myself, but when Tom sent me this script, Nicky reminded me a little of Jerry Lewis’ Buddy Love in The Nutty Professor. I always admired what he did with that movie. For me, Nicky steals the show.”
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