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  • Here Is What The Movie Gets Right And What Is Exaggerated

    By karimkardi025@gmail.com Thursday May 2022, 05:44 EDT

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent stars Nicolas Cage as Nick Cage, but how much of the actor’s life is true and featured in the film? Directed by Tom Gormican from a screenplay by him and Kevin Etten, the film seems to blur the lines between reality and fiction by having the actor play a version of himself. When it comes to certain aspects of Cage’s life and film career, however, here is what the movie gets right and what is exaggerated for the sake of drama.

    In The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Pedro Pascal’s Javi encourages Nick Cage to take the wheel after they take LSD because he did his own stunts for Gone in 60 Seconds. In another scene, Javi says he knows Nick can run really fast because he did it while filming National Treasure, though Nick initially refutes this. These two behind-the-scenes tidbits are actually true. Cage, the real-life actor, did do his own driving and running stunts on each respective film. For Gone in 60 Seconds, the actor revealed he went to a high-performance driving school where he learned how to do 360s and more with a car. For National Treasure, there is a video that was filmed on location showcasing Cage running on set, the camera following his movements.

    When it comes to Cage’s personal life offscreen, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent couldn’t be farther from the truth. In the film, Nick Cage has an ex-wife, Olivia, and a teenage daughter, Addy. The fictional iteration of the actor spends a lot of time focused on himself and Cage's film career and love of movies is greater than his desire for a genuine connection with his family. In reality, however, Cage enjoys spending time with his children and has even admitted to turning down roles in big movies to be with them. What’s more, unlike his fictional counterpart, Cage has been married five times, four of which resulted in divorce. He has two children, not one, and is expecting a third with wife Riko Shibata.

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is, of course, a fictitious take on Nicolas Cage, focused on the persona of the actor and the perceptions one might have about actors and stardom. However, one of the things that is a shared reality is the actor’s filmography, with the film referencing Cage classics like Wild at Heart, Guarding Tess, Con Air, Face/Off, Leaving Las Vegas, and plenty more. To that end, the characters Cage plays in each of these movies remain the same. The actor has also been known to star in plenty of indie films, which Cage has admitted to helping him pay off his debt, which his fictional counterpart also has. But whereas movie Cage really wants to land that lead role in a major studio film, the real-life actor enjoys making indie films more than making movies like National Treasure.

    All told, there is some overlap between the real and fictional when it comes to The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. But the film itself is meant to be dramatized for the sake of being exciting and thrilling. Nick Cage and Nicolas Cage might share the same name and filmography, but they aren’t the same people, the former an exaggerated version of the actor audiences have come to know and love.

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