Nicolas Cage compares filming his new movie, titled The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, to making out with himself. One of the most recognized performers of his generation, Cage’s formidable career has spanned three decades with roles in iconic films. These include Adaptation, National Treasure, Face/Off, and Leaving Las Vegas – the film that snagged him an Oscar win.
Noted for his eccentric personality, Cage has developed a reputation for his extreme method acting. Occasions of Cage immersing himself into experiences to relate to his onscreen characters have included eating a steak-only diet for months, removing teeth without anesthesia, and snorting saccharin to embrace the mind of a drug addict. In 2019, it was announced that Cage would star as a fictionalized version of himself in Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Directed by Tom Gormican, and penned by Gormican and Kevin Etten (Euphoria), the action-comedy film is set to hit theaters on April 22.
Now, Cage opens up about the complex process of filming The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Speaking with Variety, Cage revealed that playing two versions of himself was uncomfortable, and said the process of performing in the film can be compared to making out with himself. In one scene in the film, Cage encounters a younger version of himself, which results in the young Nicolas Cage planting a kiss on Cage’s face. According to Etten, the kiss was Cage’s idea. Read Cage’s comment on how tackling his new role was like making out with himself below:
Currently playing at SXSW, Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent also features Pedro Pascal as a Nic Cage super-fan, Alessandra Mastronardi, Tiffany Haddish, and Neil Patrick Harris. Despite reportedly turning down the role in Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent multiple times, Cage appears to have embraced the film as some of the most intricate work of his career. Slated to star as Dracula in Universal’s Renfield, Cage shows no sign of slowing down.
Cage’s career has witnessed highs and lows, but there is no denying he is constantly looking for his next mark. Following his compelling performance in the thriller drama, Pig, Cage seems to have reached a new level of creative freedom with Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. The actor continuously surprises his audience and appears to have a surplus of real-life experience to incorporate into his characters. For now, Cage fans can look forward to Nicolas Cage captivating his fans in the upcoming film, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.
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