Why Nicolas Cage French Would Set Himself In The Unbearable Weight Of Huge Talent

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

Austin, Texas. Nicolas Cage rose to fame at the Paramount Theater on Saturday night for the world premiere of The Unbearable Weight of Enormous Talent, in which Cage plays movie star Nic Cage.

It’s a film that has everything fans love about the on-screen character of Nicolas Cage – absurdly funny, seriously honest, a little quirky and a lot of fun.

In the film, Cage plays an elderly movie star who grew up apart from his ex-wife (Sharon Horgan) and teenage daughter (Lily Sheen) and would like to retire if he didn’t have massive debts like a $600,000 bill. from the bank. hotel where he stayed for a year. He often talks to his younger self known as Nikki which brings out his ego, his ego and his worst urges. Cage reluctantly accepts an offer to attend an olive tycoon named Javi Gutiérrez (Pedro Pascal) birthday party in Mallorca, Spain for $1 million.

Cage is soon recruited by two US government agents (Tiffany Haddish, Ike Barinholtz) who tell him that Xavi is actually a dangerous international arms dealer and they need the actor’s help to save the kidnapped politician’s girlfriend. As an excuse to stay in the castle, Xavi Cage agrees to collaborate on a script idea, and it becomes increasingly clear, especially after they take LSD together, that the film itself is the script they are writing.

The film is full of references to Cage’s great films, from The Rock, Leaving Las Vegas and Face Off to Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Tess Guard. “Mandy” and “The Wicker Man”. There are also references to many other films, including The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Paddington II.

After the film, director and co-writer Tom Gormican was joined on stage by co-writer Kevin Ethan, as well as actors Jacob Scipio, Alessandra Mastronardi and Shane. (Shane made her film debut, and her mother, actress Kate Beckinsale, was among the audience.) Pascal and Cage also joined in as they each took the stage to thunderous applause.

Gormican admitted that he had never met Cage prior to the start of the project, and said of his origins: “We just started writing it, it’s a very stupid decision that is well implemented. »

Cage said that when he was first told about the idea, his first response was “No, I don’t know.” But after a message from Gormican, Cage said, “I realized he wasn’t trying to do like Andy Samberg’s ‘SNL’ cartoon making fun of the so-called ‘Nick Cage’, but he was really interested in some of the earlier work and wanted to show it and lead several weapon references. » Golden and other films. So I thought, “Okay, this guy is serious and smart. So I wanted to do it. »

Adding another layer to the evening, several times during the Q&A, Gormican recalled something Cage had said, giving the impression of an actor in front of him. The cell appeared to be unidentified.

Pascal also said that he is a big fan of Cage, as is his character in the film, saying that in his conversations with Gormican and Etten, “I knew more about the Nicolas Cage films than they did.” He also noted how he and Cage exchanged horror movie recommendations with each other.

During questions from the audience, a fan gives Cage a single rose, which he keeps for the rest of the night, points to it, smells it, and thinks about it, adding unexpected lyricism to many of his responses.

“One of the main reasons I wanted to do this movie – and there was more of this character in some previous versions – is because I loved Nicky. I named her Niki. Originally it was just “Little Nick Cage” and I saw an old interview I did in England on the show “Wugan” where I was literally so outspoken, I promoted “Wild at Heart”, I did karate kicks throwing money at audience. and thought, “Well, this guy is really crazy, cocky, I think he should be in this movie.” »

He added: “That was Nick, that’s Nick in 1990. I’m so glad I’m not that kind of person anymore. (In addition to slipping or confusing what’s real and what’s on screen, Nicky’s character is credited with Nicholas Kim Coppola, Cage’s birth name.)

Cage received good reviews for his performance in the drama Pig last year. He added, “I hope you’ve noticed that I’ve tried to go back to my dramatic roots and return to independent films, which is my rule and I will always do that. And I’ve been thinking a lot about Tony Curtis, how Tony Curtis could play the Boston Strangler, and then he could do movies like Sweet Smell of Success and It’s Only Girls in Jazz, and I’m like, “Okay , this type has scope, let’s go back to comedy, take it one step further and do comedy and drama. Luckily Kevin and Tom let me do it with it. ”

Cage also said that the moment Nic Cage came to terms with his small ego was his idea. As Gormican added, “This is something you only get with Nick; he comes up to you and says, “Tom, I would like to receive myself in French. ”

“It was a symbol of what was happening,” Cage explained. “I am making a film about two versions of myself, what am I doing? It’s like treating yourself in the weirdest way. So we can also do it symbolically and ask them to kiss each other. »

Cage also referred to a line from Jeremy Irons’ words in Reverse Wealth – “You have no idea” – what it was like to play a version of yourself written by someone else.

“It was so intense, it was terrible, not a single muscle in my body was telling me to play the movie version of myself, and because I was scared of my shit, I knew I had to do it,” Cage said.

At the end of the Q&A session, Janet Pearson of the festival unveiled a huge belt buckle in honor of “40 years of great talent.”

“I’ll wear this,” Cage said. “I’ll wear it to dinner, I’ll wear it to the grocery store, I’ll wear it to 7-Eleven. This will encourage me to keep trying to surprise and entertain you. »

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