First Look: Nicolas Cage As Nicolas Cage In ‘The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent’

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.



Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.