The world may often be a place full of uncertainty and change, but one thing will always be the same: Nicolas Cage will always be a weirdo. The actor never ceases to surprise with what he does next, whether it’s fighting Lovecraft-inspired monsters in Color Out of Space or playing twin brothers in Adaptation. Nic Cage has range, but that range includes some weird choices. Case in point, Netflix has just debuted History of Swear Words, a new series hosted by Cage, which gives the history and impact of the most famous English swear words.
This six-episode series hosted by Nic Cage, each relatively short at 20 minutes. The first episode starts with a big one – “F**k” – which discusses the malleable nature of the word and how it can be used in so many different ways. The episode even has Nic Cage screaming the word to the rooftops. Other episodes in this first season include “Sh*t,” “Bitch,” D**k,” “Pu**y,” and “Damn.” History of Swear Words includes historians and comedians, so watching an episode is not just educational, but enjoyable as well.
The reactions to Nic Cage’s History of Swear Words seems to be mixed at this point. In his two-star review for The Guardian, Charles Bramesco says, “If you’re going to make a miniseries about the complex phenomenon of curse words, both their dignified academic history and their forbidden juvenile lure, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better host than Cage.” The Hollywood Reporter praised Nic Cage for his commitment, while Slate said that it’s a shame the show isn’t longer, but History of Swear Words packs quite a bit of information into its short run time.
In addition to Nic Cage, History of Swear Words boasts an impressive lineup of comedians that are interviewed. These six episodes include appearances by Nikki Glaser, Nick Offerman, Sarah Silverman, Joel Kim Booster, Jim Jeffries, and Baron Vaughn, amongst others. That’s a pretty damn good roster.
If you’re worried that Nic Cage is spending all his time waxing poetic about swear words and not making insane acting choices, well have no fear! Coming out in March of this year is The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, in which Nic Cage plays himself, as he agrees to make an appearance at a billionaire fan’s birthday party. It all goes south from there, but it sounds like Cage will have the opportunity to play his wildest role yet: himself. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent also stars Pedro Pascal, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tiffany Haddish, which does seem like a considerable weight of massive talent.
In addition to that, Nic Cage has also wrapped Wally’s Wonderland, in which he plays a janitor who has to fight demonic animatronics. Cage has also finished shooting Pig about a truffle hunter searching for his favorite fig in Oregon. If that isn’t enough Cage weirdness for you, he’s still signed on to play Joe Exotic in a new Tiger King-inspired series. Plenty of opportunities for Nic Cage to explore his inherent weirdness!
At the very least, History of Swear Words is two hours of Nic Cage introducing swear words, which is about as strange as one would imagine. If you’ve ever wanted to hear the etymology of the word “damn” from the guy who starred in Jiu Jitsu, well, hey, there’s now a show for you.