Nicolas Cage has a question about his internet obsession: “Why?”

One of the most popular actors on the internet is Nicolas Cage. From memes about the actor to sales of merchandise printed with his face, Cage is pretty much a must-have for anyone spending time online. He’s certainly a gorgeous actor who’s produced more than enough quality content to warrant having a large fanbase, but even so, Cage is exceptionally popular online.

Recently, Cage opened up about his internet popularity in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. He admits he doesn’t quite understand it, as he thinks there are other actors who may be more deserving of the full attention. Cage speculates that what really fascinates people isn’t so much his accomplishments as an actor, but the unique facial expressions he’s given to some of his most notable characters.


“The main thing that goes through my head is ‘Why?’ There are plenty of other actors who are far more famous than me who don’t have that. Maybe it has something to do with the characters I’ve played and the way the internet picks out facial expressions that I chose to do in film because I wanted to free myself from naturalism. You go back to silent movie stars, German expressionism, I was trying to be abstract. Naturalism is a style, and I wanted to become more expressionist.

Cage is aware that he’s made some pretty weird faces in some of his films, but points out that each of them matched who he portrayed at the time. The actor never tries to make these expressions without a reason behind it that he says fits the character and comes with “genuine emotion.”

“In movies like vampire kiss Where Front/Off, these characters are larger than life and have all had issues – whether it’s mental illness, addiction or otherwise. There’s an organic driver behind this behavior, and that’s why I made the decision to apply myself and experiment. I can honestly tell you that whatever I’ve designed, choreographed or vocalized, I’ve always made sure there’s real emotion behind it.”

Additionally, Cage suggests that the internet’s fascination with these characters may have stemmed from their vicarious lives. Maybe moviegoers can connect with some totally wild characters, such as Front/Off‘s Castor Troy, because they imagine they can behave the same way.

“I think the internet’s response to that, that they’ve tapped into it vicariously, is because these characters are doing things that we all want to do, but we’re too well behaved to do it in our own lives. We’re good citizens, but I’m pretty sure we all want to blurt something out once in a while – or chant the alphabet. In a way, that’s rewarding. In the end, it meant that there was a connection with the audience and that people got something out of It’s positive.

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Nicolas Cage fans should love the unbearable weight of massive talent

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Nicolas Cage’s new movie, The unbearable weight of massive talent, is having its premiere at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival in Austin, Texas. The meta-movie imagines Cage as Nick Cage, a fictionalized version of himself, with the actor forced to channel various movie roles in order to save his family. With all the references to Cage’s past work, the film is a celebration of the actor and seems like a must see for any big Cage fan.

The unbearable weight of massive talent is directed by Tom Gormican and written by Gormican and Kevin Etten. Along with Cage, the film stars Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Ike Brainholtz, Alessandra Mastronardi, Jacob Scipio, Neil Patrick Harris and Tiffany Haddish. After premiering at SXSW on March 12, it will be widely released on April 22, 2022.

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