Nicolas Cage, as of the past ten years or so, has been starring in a myriad of films that have garnered some good attention and not-so-good criticisms for one of Hollywood’s former A-List actors. Cage had been everywhere on films screens with moves like National Treasure, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Face-Off, but something happened with resulted in Cage being “marginalized in the studio system.” According to him, the studios had found a way to essentially ignore the long-standing Hollywood frontman. He claimed that “he wasn’t going to be invited by them.” That, of course, means he wouldn’t be invited to bigger roles or studio meetings by any of the executives working there.
That was up until his more recent indie film, Pig, began to bring in some much deserved praise. Director, Michael Sarnoski, saw something in Nicolas Cage that other studio heads just seemed to ignore. Because of his “rediscovery” Cage has referred to Sarnoski as “Archangel Michael.” That is some high praise from the actor, but the words could be true, as it seems that no other higher-profile directors have wanted to cast him in any of their films. Most of the films that Cage has appeared in that have garnered some high praise are all indie films. Mandy, Willy’s Wonderland, and now Pig have been heavily talked about by critics to those who still remain a fan of the actor.
Nicolas Cage goes deeper into the interview about the advice he was given by his aunt, Talia Shire, who played Connie Corleone in The Godfather. She had made reference to acting in regards to how painters add different styles to their work. “Naturalism is a style.” Cage took those words and has been applying them to his recent work. Claiming that he is only implementing “naturalism, abstract, photorealistic, and impressionistic” styles into his acting work in the same way that a painter would be inspired to do so. If that is what he claims he is doing, it seems to be working well with all the random film roles he has taken on in recent years.
If the aforementioned films are his styles coming into play, then he certainly is doing what painters do and just seeing what role brings what inspiration and style. That is sure to be the case when Nicolas Cage is set to appear in a film where he will be playing…himself. Yup, Nicolas Cage as Nicolas Cage. That’s to say that he will be playing a much more neurotic version of himself created by director Tom Gormican. The film is titled The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and boasts a cast that includes Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish, and Neil Patrick Harris.
Hopefully, directors and studios will stop ignoring Nicolas Cage and allow the man to shine, as he clearly still has the acting chops to truly put forth some great performances. Go see Pig and you’ll know what I mean. Either way, Cage was once at the height of the spectrum for actors called upon for heavy roles, and now it seems he has had to work his way through the indie films back to the sort of praise he deserves. One thing is for sure, seeing Nicolas Cage play a heightened and neurotic version of himself is going to be highly entertaining, to say the least.