There once was a time when Nicolas Cage was working with some of the biggest studios in Hollywood, including Disney on the National Treasure films.
But that version of Cage, the early-to-mid 2000s version, is much different than Cage in 2021. He’s a man of the people now, mostly starring in indie productions.
His latest film, Pig, is about a freaking truffle hunter named Rob for crying out loud. He’s not out here trying to make millions at the box office. In a recent interview with Variety, the 57-year-old actor talked about how he’d be a little scared of returning to mainstream Hollywood.
I do feel that I’ve gone into my own wilderness and that I’ve left the small town that is Hollywood. I don’t know exactly why Rob left his stardom. It’s never fully explained, and I like that about the movie. But as for me, I don’t know if I’d want to go back. I don’t know if I’d want to go and make another Disney movie. It would be terrifying. It’s a whole different climate. There’s a lot of fear there.
He talked about the pressure that comes along with creating those big budget action flicks…
When I was making Jerry Bruckheimer movies back-to-back, that was just a high pressure game. There were a lot of fun moments, but at the same time, there was also ‘We wrote this line. It has to be said this way,’ They’d put a camera on you and photograph you, and order you: ‘Now say the roller skate training wheels line.’ I’d say, ‘I’ll do that but I’d also like to try it this way.’ On independent movies, you have more freedom to experiment and be fluid. There’s less pressure and there’s more oxygen in the room.
Makes a lot of sense to me. By the way, don’t expect Cage to go crazy in ‘Pig’ — he chose to work on this project specifically because it would show that he’s able to give a subtle performance as well.
I wanted to remind myself and also remind some folks perhaps in the audience or in the media that I could also apply myself to a much more quiet and measured performance style. I had gone on this tear, mission almost, to kind of break form with film performance and what was considered good performance by being naturalistic or photo-realistic or minimalistic.
Pig is set to hit theaters this weekend. Check out the trailer below…