Nicolas Cage was once a huge, Oscar-winning movie star (it’s true) and then he made a few left turns, got into a marriage that lasted three seconds, fed a few shrooms to his cat, and he got into a messy fist fight with Vince Neil. Now cut to him rage singing Purple Rain and making movies about amusement park rides coming to life. Just when you think Nicolas Cage has done about everything he could do and it’s time for him to retire to the land of misfit movie makers and spend his days with the Tom Sizemores and Mel Gibsons of the world, he is trying to make a comeback, playing none other than Nicolas Cage himself. How very John Malkovich of him.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
But now Cage could be back (not that he ever went away) in a big way as he finds himself in the center of a hot deal for a project in which he would play one of the most iconic characters in Hollywood: Nicolas Cage himself.
If the deals close, Cage would star as actor Nicolas Cage. The character is desperate to get a role in a new Quentin Tarantino movie while also dealing with a strained relationship with his teenage daughter. He also occasionally talks to an egotistical 1990s version of himself who rides him for making too many crappy movies and for not being a star anymore.
Woah. Haven’t we all wondered what a young Nicolas Cage would say to an older Nicolas Cage? It sounds very meta, and even a bit like the premise of Peggy Sue Got Married. In fact, I bet Nic’s co-star Kathleen Turner would love to hear Nic Cage’s reflection of his past behavior. As Kathleen claimed in her 2008 memoir, that Nic was a notorious asshole who stole a dog and got two DUIs during filming. She also claimed he apologized and she’s forgiven him, but still wouldn’t work with him again.
The movie is named The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is written by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten, with Gormican directing.
According to sources, the script was shown to Cage accompanied with a letter that Gormican wrote, pleading his case and saying how the piece was a love letter to the actor, not something that made fun of him. Cage was convinced and became attached only in recent weeks.
The interest in the project was so high that sources say Cage is lining up to achieve a payday that would put him in the same range he was in when making such studio hits as Con Air and National Treasure.
I’m sure they promised him a salary comparable to Con Air money, or six Tyrannosaurus Rex skulls. And I’m so ready for this comeback. What we need right now is for Nicolas Cage to steal the constitution, fight some amusement park rides, and get the world right back on track.