The moment Nicolas Cage became an internet sensation coincided, interestingly enough, with the lowest point in his career. It doesn’t matter that he comes from a family as famous as the Coppolas (his aunt and uncle are Talia Shire and Francis Ford Coppola), that he starred in undeniable Hollywood blockbusters and that he even won a Oscar: In the late 2000s, Cage’s Debts took him to more questionable roles, intended for low-budget productions with little critical appreciation in which the actor was playing at breakneck pace. Until rediscovery.
Thanks to titles like Mandy Where Color out of space, the Face / Off the star is currently living a second golden age, which is confirmed today with a film like Pork. This heartwarming drama in which Cage searches for his lost pig has received critical acclaim, with the lead performance being highly regarded. The same who brought Cage to the Variety podcast, where he then credits Michael Sarnoski (director of Pork) by saving his career. The actor thinks that Hollywood has marginalized him for years and he feels very comfortable making independent films.
“I knew after a few flops that I had been marginalized in the studio system; and I was not going to be invited by them, ”he explains during the interview. “I always knew that it would take a young filmmaker who would come back or remember certain films that I had made and know that I could be good for his screenplay and rediscover myself. And that’s why he’s not just Michael, he’s the Archangel Michael. This wouldn’t happen if he didn’t have an open mind to say, “Come with me.” And what does that mean? Well, according to Cage …
“You go into your heart, or you go into your imagination, or your memories or your dreams, and you bring something back to communicate with the audience. In this sense, Cage’s aunt, Talia Shire, who starred in the Rocky and The Godfather sagas, was very influential. “It was my Aunt Talia Shire who said to me for the first time: ‘Naturalism is a style.’ And I was also a big believer in the synchronicity of the arts, and that what you could do with one art form, you could do in another.
“You know, in painting, for example, you can become abstract, you can become photorealistic, you can become impressionist, why not try that with film performance? This style of play is the same that made it irresistible to meme culture, and therefore the one that led to the creation of such a wacky project as The unbearable weight of massive talents, where Cage plays himself. Directed by Tom Gormican and co-starring with Pedro Pascal and Tiffany Haddish, Cage refuses to see it as it might be “too crazy a trip”, but hopes audiences enjoy it.
The unbearable weight of massive talents is scheduled for April 22.