Actually, as the Oscar winner confessed to Collider, the movie centers on a, “neurotic, high-strung, anxiety-ridden” spoof of himself, who, despite his Hollywood stardom, is in need of a quick paycheck.
To that end, Cage’s agent, played by Neil Patrick Harris, has an offer: come to the destination birthday party of an equally eccentric billionaire, Javi Gutierrez, played by The Mandalorian‘s Pedro Pascal, and collect a million bucks.
Javi even has a shrine dedicated to the actor, complete with a less-than-Madam Tussaud’s-quality life-sized replica of the Face-Off star.
“It’s grotesque,” Cage bristles. “I’ll give you $20 thousand dollars for it.”
Again, not totally off-base, seeing as the real Cage once allegedly outbid Leonardo DiCaprio for a 67-million-year-old, $300,000 dinosaur skull.
In the trailer, Cage pokes fun at himself as his big-screen alter-ego chews scenery, dons disguises, and goes on the run with his equally weird new friend. It’s not exactly clear what happens once he does, but anything’s possible from a movie its producers are calling “The Most Nicolas Cage Movie Ever.”
Also starring Tiffany Haddish, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent opens April 22.