Nicolas Cage Talks About Leaving Hollywood And His Fears Of Doing A Movie With Disney

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…

Watch Nicolas Cage And A Pig In The Most Promising Trailer Of The Year

One thing you can say about almost every Nicolas Cage film is that they’re entertaining. They may not always be good (I’d argue most are though) but they are always entertaining.

And his latest thriller film, Pig, looks to be both entertaining and good.

Cage stars in the film as Rob, a truffle hunter who lives alone in the wilderness in Oregon. The story gets going when he asks for help from a truffle salesman (Alex Wolff) to find his beloved pig after she was pignapped.

If that doesn’t sound amazing to you, then I’m not sure we can be friends. It’s like John Wick, but with a pig and Nicolas Cage.

While speaking to Variety, Wolff talked about what it was like working with the legendary Cage, and he had nothing but positive things to say…

We talk almost every few days. We text all day and he FaceTimed me like two days ago, and we really support each other and help each other with things. We started making the movie when we were both going through very similar personal things in our life and we bonded over it immediately and connected and were very emotionally open with each other. We just became best friends.

It’s a love story for the ages. Watch the trailer for Pig below, and then mark your calendars for its release on July 16.