Nicolas Cage is taking on one of the most illustrious roles of his career, himself. In the upcoming action-comedy ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,’ Cage will play a fictionalized version of himself who accepts a million-dollar paycheck to attend the birthday party of a businessman played by Pedro Pascal, who also is a criminal. Things quickly escalate from there.
The movie, directed by Tom Gormican also stars Tiffany Hadish, Sharon Horgan, and Neil Patrick Harris. It is set to be released in Spring 2022 and while fans seem eager to see it, Cage has no such plans.
“That is a really great question and I’m still trying to answer it. One of my answers is that I’m never going to see that movie. I’m told it’s a good movie,” Cage told Collider. “My manager, Mike Nilon, who is also a producer on it, looked at it. He was very happy. I’m told the audience loved the movie. But it’s just too much of a whacked-out trip for me to go to a movie theater and watch me play Tom Gormican’s highly-neurotic, anxiety-ridden version of me. Because he kept pushing me in that direction. I said ‘Tom, that’s not really me. I’m really [made of] quiet, meditative, thoughtful moments. I’m not this neurotic, high-strung, anxiety-ridden guy all the time.’ But he said, ‘well, neurotic Cage is the best Cage.’ I said, ‘okay, okay. Let’s go, man. I’ll do what you want.’ I won’t see it. But I do hope you enjoy it.”
A “whacked-out trip” can describe several recent Cage films including ‘Willy’s Wonderland.’
The film’s official synopsis explains, “Nicolas Cage stars as… Nicolas Cage in the action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage must accept a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take a wildly unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and forced to live up to his own legend, channeling his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones. With a career built for this very moment, the seminal award-winning actor must take on the role of a lifetime: Nicolas Cage.”
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