The Talent of Mr. C, finally arrived (also) in Italy, demonstrates how much Nicolas Cage, the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola is a great actor. And if you still don’t believe it, then it is the case that you have recovered some (great) titles of his extensive filmography.
Among the most rooted legacies and clichés in the film world (indeed, cinephile) there is one that is difficult to eradicate, misleading and a little annoying. What are we talking about? Of the fact that Nicolas Kim Coppola, in art Nicolas Cage, be a dog actor. Apart from the fact that being a dog should never be considered an insult (and if we really want to say it all, the dogs of the big screen are all excellent actors), this reputation that he carries with him does not correspond to the truth, and indeed underlines a certain superficiality of judgment that is limited to certain – let’s say – questionable products. Questionable and controversial, but still the result of an industry that does not necessarily have to be art. In a nutshell, where is it written that an actor should only choose artistically interesting roles? Being an actor is a job, and a job requires a salary. Therefore, our beloved Nicolas Cage, who also boasts an Oscar on the showcase for his performance in Via da Las Vegas, will have accepted bizarre roles (we mention one, Grand Isle, where he still makes a good figure), but at the same time he has he has always taken part in films that have become cult, and has recently reworked the meaning of his filmography with a series of surprising titles to say the least. As in the case of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which arrived in Italy digitally (and from 4 August on home video) with the title The Talent of Mr. C.
Me, Me and Nicolas
“That of Mr. C.’s Talent was one of the most complicated roles, I was afraid of not making it”, said the actor who, just think, plays (almost) himself in the film directed by Tom Gormican. Yes, because Nick Cage, here, is portrayed without filters, staging humor and self-irony: we find him depressed, dejected, exhausted by a financial ruin that forces him to accept a bizarre proposal. Which? A super fan, with the face of Pedro Pascal, offers him a million dollars to attend his birthday. Too bad, however, that behind there is much more, and then Nicolas Cage finds himself in a whirlwind of situations at the limit. Presented with enormous success at South by Southwest, Mr. C.’s Talent proves beyond any doubt how much Nicolas Cage is a refined and essential interpreter, able to face his own complexities and fears. So much so as to make them a valuable cinematic pretext.
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Pig and a mugged Oscar nomination
The Talent of Mr. C. is not the only example of how much Cage is an underestimated actor, and looking briefly at his very recent filmography it is right to dwell on one of his best interpretations, especially if it is the column for one of the most beautiful films. seen in recent years. Let’s talk about the dark and mournful Pig, directed by Michael Sarnoski and co-written with Vanessa Block, in which Cage gives his face and heart to Rob Feld, a former Portland chef who retired in solitude together with Brandy, a piglet with a nose for truffles. When Brandy is kidnapped by two thugs, Rob will (again) begin a descent into hell, planning a revenge that is as ephemeral as it is bitter. Pain, despair and intimacy, shaped by a Nick Cage who, no doubt, would have deserved the nomination for Oscar 2022 as Best Lead Actor, ending up in spite of himself for being one of the great excluded. Too bad, really.
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Creepy puppets, Mandy’s madness and … Lovecraft
But the revenge of Nicolas Cage starts with the crazy and unpredictable Mandy, directed by Panos Cosmatos in 2018. If The Hunter of Women, Joe and The Trust were excellent titles alternating with markedly bizarre films, that of Cosmatos can be considered as theepiphany of Cage. A bloody and dreamlike revenge movie, in which religious references are mixed with an ultra-pop aesthetic. The cult scene? Cage yelling and yelling for a full five minutes. Dirty, desperate and in his underwear. If Cosmatos has given him a great role, there are two other titles that do justice to Francis Ford Coppola’s grandson: one is Richard Stanley’s The Color Coming from Space, a visionary adaptation of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, in which Cage rises in tone scene after scene, becoming the structural fulcrum of the story thanks to a stratospheric mimicry. The other, which we recommend you to retrieve, is one of the strangest films that you can happen to see: Willy’s Wonderland by Kevin Lewis. Eighty eight (crazy) minutes in which Cage – who will only be called Il Viandante – is at the center of a battle to the death against a group of … mechanical puppets. All this, without ever (never!) Saying a single word. Now, you understand why Nicolas Cage is a great actor?
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