I don’t know if there’s a more anticipated film for a certain segment of people than The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Why? Because it basically sounds like the film Nicolas Cage’s career has been building to all of this time. He plays as a heightened, fictional version of himself, who gets embroiled with a super-fan (played by Pedro Pascal) who also happens to be a crime boss, who Cage also happens to be investigating secretly for the government.
Oh yeah, and did I mention that Cage will begin taking on the traits of some of his most iconic roles?
This bit of bat-shittery is brought to you by writer/director Tom Gormican, along with Cage’s co-stars Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Horgan, and Lily Sheen.
Speaking with EW, Cage said, “It’s an invented version of Nic Cage. The character is feeling unfulfilled and contending with the rejection that can happen so often in the small town that is Hollywood. It’s not me. I’m feeling pretty good about things…Javi has a wax statue of Nic and you think, ‘Oh, it might be awkward between a film star and a fan. But they’re both cinephiles, so they’re having wonderful conversations about ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ and ‘Paddington 2.’”
I will say this; this sounds like exactly the kind of attitude Cage would have. When I spoke with him for Mandy a few years ago, I totally geeked out and he knew it, but we just talked about movies and his career and it was all cool.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent opens April 22nd 2022.