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Nicolas Cage on the “deeply humiliating experience” of showing his image to the public

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Nicolas Cage said it was a “deeply humbling experience” to send up his plus-sized public persona by playing a version of himself in his new film.

The Oscar-winning actor, 58, best known for his roles in Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure, Raising Arizona, Adaptation, Face/Off and Con Air, stars in The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent” stars, playing a version of himself unfulfilled by his career and facing financial ruin while distancing himself from his teenage daughter, who thinks he is a selfish narcissist.

When asked why he didn’t dodge a role that portrayed him like that, Cage told the PA news agency: “I ran. I said, ‘No, no, no, no.’

“And then[the film’s director]Tom Gormican had his fishing line and he got me back with a letter that was a sensitive letter and it was an intelligent letter and that’s when I knew he wasn’t trying to do anything by.” Saturday Night Live Sketch, which satirized the so-called Nick Cage, but he had a genuine interest in the earlier work.

“And one of my mantras is exactly what you’re afraid of – most of the time, as long as you’re not hurting yourself or someone else – that’s probably what you should be moving towards, because maybe you should learn something from it, learn something, or grow in some way.” .

“And I can tell you that it was a deeply humbling experience, but there wasn’t a muscle in my body that told me I should play Nick Cage in a movie.”

But Cage, who has sons Kal-El, 16, and Weston, 31, from previous relationships and is expecting a baby with wife Riko Shibata, said he objects to the idea of ​​being portrayed as an absentee parent.

He said: “The big difference between the film and the real me is that there isn’t a version of Nick Cage that doesn’t want to spend time with his kids and my family always comes first.

“I said that to the director and he said, ‘Yeah, but this is a movie and we need this character to develop. He needs to go from being a narcissistic, career-oriented actor to being a sensitive family man.” So I said, ‘Okay, that’s a good point. It’s a movie, it’s not really me.”

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“The flavor of the film that speaks to the real me is the comedy. I like to joke and be silly at home and make my wife laugh, make my boys laugh, so I think that element, that sense of humor, was just right.

“But, as they say in the UK, ‘piss on,’ that’s really what I did. I have settled in. I fooled myself, and that’s always a good mojo.

“You know, you can’t get too high on your own stash. You can’t make yourself important and turn into a diva. And I think it was humbling for me to do that.”

The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent hits UK cinemas on April 22nd.

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