Why Nicolas Cage is Hollywood’s most misunderstood star


He has also developed his own mystical ways of getting into character, which he has dubbed “new shamanic”, whereby he uses techniques or objects to expand his imagination and “trick” him into thinking he is. is the character. For 2014’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, that meant sewing Egyptian artifacts into his costume, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. In a recent interview, Cage claimed he was inspired by shamans without irony, describing them as “really actors who were just telling stories in the village and trying to provide answers to the crisis in the village“, while adding that he came up with the concept of “new shamanism” because “it sounded cool”. This approach seems soft compared to some of the shenanigans of the method employed by actors like Christian Bale or Jared Letobut the on-screen results bear a Cage-specific mark of intensity.

This intensity has fueled memes since they became their own language. But Nicolas Cage’s memification transformed him into the public imagination of a talented, methodical, albeit surreal and eccentric actor, always working, always experimenting – on a selection of facial expressions and out-of-context scenes: Nicolas Cage screaming “not the bees!” from The Wicker Man (2006), reciting the alphabet in Vampire’s Kiss, impersonating a particularly deranged priest in Face/Off…filmography,” says Mitchell.

As fun as it is, the problem with all this digital nonsense is that it hurts his true artistry. “There are people who just think it’s fun to watch [him]that [his movies] are bad movies and are [merely] has fun when he freaks out,” Gibb says, “They don’t really see the nuance in him.” cage-o-rama, the first Nicolas Cage film festival in Scotland, co-founded and programmed by Mitchell and Sean Walsh, actively avoids nurturing this irony, which Mitchell says “devalues ​​him as an actor and ultimately devalues ​​him as a presence in other people’s lives,” she said. . During Cage-o-rama, they try to “give space to that sincerity and pure love for Cage that we’ve seen grow over the years that we [have] liven up the festival.

Nonetheless, it’s Cage’s status as a meme that allows a movie like The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent to exist. And in fact, as it forces “Nick Cage” to face “Cage-mania”, it confirms, once again, that Cage is a very good actor, in fact. Perhaps, too, it offers an end to the jokey fandom that has sprung up around Cage over the past decade – which can only be good for his career and the appreciation of his skills. In fact, a recent GQ profile advanced an idea of ​​obscene simplicity, confirmed by his recent and extraordinarily wholesome Reddit AMA: Perhaps what best explains Cage is that he is “a sincere man in an ironic world”.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent releases April 22 in the US and UK

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