The man, the myth, the legend Nicolas Cage is best known for several things. Such as his aggressive recital of the alphabet in Vampire’s Kiss as well as this scene which spawned the ever famous “You don’t say!” meme. Or some might know him as the guy who stole the Declaration of Independence in Disney’s National Treasure, and the villain who swapped his face with John Travolta in Face/Off.
Regardless, the famous 55-year-old actor has had a long career filled with some questionable roles in movies ranging from low budget films to Marvel’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. This time, Cage is back for another studio film and he will be taking on one of the most iconic characters in Hollywood: Nicolas Cage himself.
The meta film, titled The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, follows Nicolas Cage on his desperate goal to star in Quentin Tarantino’s next movie. Viewers will watch him tackle his heavy debts and troubled relationship with his teenage daughter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cage will also occasionally talk to an egotistical 90’s version of himself, who derides him for the many crappy movies he’s decided to act in and not being a star anymore.
Thanks to his mountain of debt, fictional Cage finds himself being forced to make an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire who happens to be a fan of Cage’s works. While the two men bond, Cage is informed by the CIA that the billionaire is actually a drug cartel kingpin and Cage subsequently gets roped in by the U.S. government to get intelligence on the kingpin.
The movie as a whole draws inspiration from a number of Cage’s works such as Face/Off, Leaving Las Vegas, and Gone in 60 Seconds. For those wondering how such a film got made, a script written by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten was made and sent out to Nicolas Cage where the pair made a case asking for the actor to star in the movie.
They assured him that the movie is made with love for Cage and is not meant to poke fun at him. As we can all see, Cage was evidently sold on the movie and has chosen to take on the role.
After all, who else is there that can bring justice to the role of Nicolas Cage, then Nicolas Cage himself.