Nicholas Cage – The Hollywood Reporter in the comedy of unbearable weight of immense talent

For his latest role, Nicholas Cage plays himself – Kind of – In many ways The unbearable weight of immense talentThe experience he tells of calls him back to comedy.

Speaks Hollywood Reporter During the New York special screenings of Lionsgate, Saturn Films and Burr! The productions film, which took place at Regal Essex Crossing & RPX on Sunday night, added star pride to co-writers Kevin Etten and Tom Gormican (who directed the film) for allowing him to star in recent years.

“Somewhere along the way, Hollywood seems to have forgotten that I can make jokes,” Cage explained. “I’m done Growing Arizona, I’m done Honeymoon in Vegas, Moonstroke – I mean, it continues – but they forgot. With this, Tom invited me back to a joke, which was a very welcome experience for me because I wanted to do it. It’s been so long ”

The film sees Cage use all his acting choreography to cast the elderly actor Nicholas Cage, who struggles to get new roles, and in desperation he accepts the opportunity to appear at his birthday party for billionaire fan Xavi Guterres (Petro Pascal). After the CIA got involved, one kick was a million dollars.

Kevin Eaton and Tom Gormigan
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“The script starts out as an indie character piece, slowly, when it comes to the character of Pedro Pascal, it turns into a friend joke, and we had to try to make it seamless, so it’s based on all the shows throughout. “From product design to scoring, we really had to work hard to use all the tools we had to switch from category to category.”

The film manages to evoke meta-comedy and backstory from explosive action to emotional indie, but for Cage, the laughs are the most “sounding”. “All the jokes in the film were echoed because I wanted to have fun at home and make my wife laugh and my boys laugh,” he explained. “I’m a little off the wall with my particular comedy brand, which is well reflected in this film. What my sense of humor is is clear in the film.

When he admires the art of laughter, the act of playing by himself, Cage said THR, Was a bit out of physical experience. “There were some moments – the scene near the pool and I’m in the lounge chair and people call you Mr. Cage – I said, ‘God, this is really happening. This is my character’s name.’ Scary.These days are a little tricky, but I’m glad to say that it all works out.

According to Gormigan, this may be a partial exaggeration, given that most of the actors are true fans of Gage. “When we started putting this out there, when we got Nick, every actor in the project revealed to us that they were huge Nicholas Cage fans and wanted to be in it. I want to talk about Nick. ‘

Pascal confirmed THR Playing as a Nicholas Cage super fan might be a little more on the nose than playing Cage. “Interestingly, I would say that I play a version that is closer to me than Nicholas Cage is with Nicholas Cage in this movie,” Pascal describes Gage as a “spontaneous and original” scene. Partner who was “working was fun and challenging”

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From left: Lily Sheen, Nicholas Cage and Pedro Pascal
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For Lily Sheen, who plays Cage’s daughter Audi, she could not personally relate to the experience of having a burned, famous father. What made it even better was Cage being there to help guide her through her first big movie role.

“The person I worked with was an incredible dad and an incredible mentor, and a wonderful person who calmed me down and taught me how to do things,” he said. “I do not think Nick Cage would have done that in that film.”

Cage himself admitted that playing the exaggerated, tabloid-ish version was a test of his acting technique, which he actually took a few days to settle into that part.

“Every film has a certain criterion that I meet to create a character. I design the character – the movements, the expressions, the voices, some of what I’m going to say, are absurd and optimistic,” Cage said. “But whatever I design, no matter how broad it is, it has to have real emotion. Emotional content has to evoke acting and imagination.

“So in a day or two after I got my first shudder at actually playing a character with my name on it – I’m still recovering from it – I realized the same criteria could be applied to it,” he concludes.

Working on set with an actor, having a clear vision of his characters and sharing his character with the same name (and resume) led to some on-set conversations about how to separate the characters from the real man. “Nick always came up to me and said, ‘Hey Tom, there’s a guy who wears rings and leather jackets and he lives in Las Vegas. And he would never say that.’ I’m going to say, ‘Oh, you say You? “Gormigan says with a smile. And he goes, ‘Okay, yeah.’ I said, ‘Well, it’s not you. It’s your character.’ He goes on to say, ‘He has my name.’ Please tell, whats the story of them big puppys …... We were both laughing and he said, ‘Okay, okay. I will do.”

However, in this Nicholas Cage tribute the blurring of the line between reality and fiction is one of the funniest moments of the film. “In the script, the younger version of Nick wants to kiss Nick’s cheek. That morning, Nick came up to Tom and said, ‘I have an idea for this scene. I think young Nick should kiss French deeply. He said,’ What do you think about that? ‘ “We were like, ‘Yes. That is unbelievable. I would never have thought to tell you that, but yes, a thousand times.

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From left: Paco Lyon, Lily Sheen, Neil Patrick Harris, Kevin Duran, Nicholas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Christine Burr, Kevin Eaton and Mike Nilan
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What Cage does and how to create his imaginative version actually comes from watching fellow writers and true longtime fans, Eaton and Gormigan, sink deep into the actor’s schedule and watch several hours of interviews. “We read a lot of interviews with him, we saw interviews, so we realized things he was interested in,” Eaton said. THR. “We knew he liked German expression films, so he wanted to show his daughter in his role. Cabinet of Dr. CaligariThis is the old German movie we read that he likes.

“So there were little things like this, he knew it, it would show him that we had studied what he was doing, and we sprayed things like that,” he continued. “Then it’s a re-negotiation of who the character is and who he is.”

“One of the most remarkable things is that he has enough perspective on where his fake version sits in the entertainment ecosystem,” says Gormigan. “It’s a kind of warts and all the performance, where he can present a version down and out, it’s hard to do.”

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