Over the years, Nicolas Cage has earned a reputation for being, well, a character. So maybe it’s only fitting that the actor is playing himself in an upcoming comedy. But don’t expect the Nic Cage you see in the movie to be the same one you bump into on the street.
“The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” is an upcoming movie that finds Nicolas Cage playing a broke and desperate version of himself, per IMDb. With few options available to him, the Nic Cage character agrees to appear at a drug lord’s birthday party for a large sum of money. Naturally, the CIA gets involved. And by the movie’s end, Nic Cage will have portrayed some of his most iconic characters from over the years. As a result, audiences will likely have a different idea of who the “National Treasure” star is as a person.
But Nicolas Cage doesn’t want folks walking out of the theater thinking they just spent two hours with the real deal. Don’t be fooled by the movie’s premise.
The Nic Cage portrayed in “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” is a fictional character like any other. In a recent interview with Collider, Nicolas Cage talked about how he doesn’t resemble that person in real life.
“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,” Cage told the outlet.
Nicolas Cage Doubles Down on Not Wanting to Watch His Upcoming Movie
In July, Nicolas Cage first talked about how he wasn’t going to watch “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” because of “sensory overload.” He’d be watching himself play a version himself who plays multiple versions of his younger self. Well, when it’s put like that, his hesitance starts to make sense. Three layers of Cage is a lot for anyone to handle. Let alone the man himself.
A few days ago, he doubled down on his intention to steer clear of the movie. In his more recent interview, Cage explained why he’d be staying home on premiere night.
“One of my answers is that I’m never going to see that movie. I’m told it’s a good movie. 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 [director] Tom Gormican’s highly-neurotic, anxiety-ridden version of me,” Cage told Collider.