The Insufferable Weight of Huge Expertise hit theatres this weekend, and the film sees Nicolas Cage taking part in a model of himself who’s employed by a billionaire named Javi (Pedro Pascal) to attend his celebration. The film is one big love letter to Cage and his profession, so it is riddled with references to his movies. In terms of Cage’s filmography, the actor has over 100 appearing credit to his title, so it is arduous to slender down his most important motion pictures. Earlier than Huge Expertise was launched, Twitter was debating which Cage motion pictures have been required viewing. Cage himself has cited Leaving Las Vegas, Bringing Out the Useless, and Pig as his favorites. Nevertheless, not all of these movies are talked about in his new film. For those who’re unsure which Cage movies to look at earlier than you see The Insufferable Weight of Huge Expertise, you are in luck, as a result of we compiled a listing of each one which’s referenced within the film.
Con Air (1997)
The Insufferable Weight of Huge Expertisetruly opens with a clip from Con Air. A lady (whose identification shall be revealed later) is admiring Cage’s efficiency within the movie when kidnapers infiltrate her house. As if that wasn’t a large enough nod to Con Air, the motion film’s Oscar-nominated track, “How Do I Stay” (which has a wild historical past), performs over the motion. Later within the film, you may spot the well-known Con Air bunny in Javi’s Cage shrine.
Whereas Joe is not referenced straight in Huge Expertise, we first see Cage having a lunch assembly with David Gordon Inexperienced, the director finest recognized for helming Halloween (2018). Cage is attempting to get a task in Inexperienced’s new film, nevertheless it would not be the primary time they labored collectively. Cage starred in Joe in 2013, which was helmed by Inexperienced. Initially, Cage needed the director scene to be with David Lynch.
“I did name David [Lynch] after we have been filming Huge Expertise as a result of I had hoped he would possibly play the position of the director I used to be auditioning for, nevertheless it was on the peak of the considerations with COVID and he did not wish to depart the home. The results of David Gordon Inexperienced nonetheless was pitch good, and I do hope David Gordon Inexperienced does extra work as a thespian,” Cage shared in his latest Reddit AMA.
Wild at Coronary heart (1990)
In Massive Expertise, Cage is sometimes visited by his evil alter ego “Nicky Cage,” who encourages him to behave extra like a film star and fewer like an actor. This different model of Cage is rocking a Wild at Coronary heart t-shirt, which is the Lynch movie Cage starred in alongside Laura Dern in 1990. Whereas talking with ComicBook.com, Cage talked about Nicky Cage and revealed the efficiency was partly based mostly on his 1990 go to to Wogan.
“For those who wanna see younger Nic Cage, take a look at my presentation on the Wogan present. Once I was selling Wild at Coronary heart. That man is irreverent. That man is boastful. That man is obnoxious.” You possibly can watch the Wogan interview right here.
The Rock (1996)
The enduring Michael Bay motion movie has a few shout-outs in Cage’s new film. First, Cage’s fancy flight to Javi’s compound incorporates a TV that performs a scene from The Rock during which Cage yells at Sean Connery, “Lower the chit-chat, a-hole!” Later, Javi’s confidant Gabriela (Alessandra Mastronardi) tries to interrupt the ice with a mopey Cage by asking him about making The Rocok. Lastly, Javi’s Cage shrine options a few nods to the movie, together with the chemical weapons.
Sadly, the three-time Academy Award-winning Moonstruck did not get loads of play throughout Huge Expertise, nevertheless it was name-dropped by Vivian (Tiffany Haddish). When FBI brokers Vivian and Martin (Ike Barinholtz) first see Cage getting off the aircraft to Javi’s, they begin naming a few of his motion pictures. Within the trailer, they make it appear as if Vivian is aware of Cage finest from The Croods 2. Nevertheless, she truly refers to Moonstruck first. For those who look intently, Cage’s wood hand from the movie is one other prop in Javi’s assortment.
Face/Off is one in every of Cage’s most iconic motion pictures, and it will get referenced in Huge Expertise greater than another movie. The primary point out comes from Martin when Vivian brings up Moonstruck. Later, Javi lists it as his favourite film of all-time (superb style, Javi). As seen within the trailer, Javi additionally has a life-sized wax determine of Castor Troy, Cage’s Face/Off character. (If you wish to get loopy meta, you possibly can additionally argue that it is a statue of Sean Archer, John Travolta’s character who Cage performs for almost all of the film.) A lot to the delight of Cage followers in all places, the well-known golden weapons from Face/Off find yourself taking part in an enormous position in Huge Expertise.
Javi’s assortment additionally consists of some slates from numerous Cage productions, together with one from Face/Off.
Throughout his latest Reddit AMA, Cage stated he can be open to creating a Face/Off 2. He additionally advised ComicBook.com that he has been in talks for a potential sequel.
The Croods: A New Age (2020)
Despite the fact that Haddish’s character mentions Moonstruck first, there’s nonetheless a shocking quantity of affection for The Croods 2 (to be truthful, it’s far superior to the primary film). When she meets Cage, she talks about having fun with the film together with her nephew, and Cage lets out an unenthusiastic brag. “I made that film with Emma Stone.” In reality, there are loads of names he might have dropped as a result of each Croods motion pictures have a stacked forged.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Whereas Leaving Las Vegas is not straight talked about in Huge Expertise, there’s an simple nod to the movie early on. The second when Cage sadly plops into Javi’s pool with a drink in hand is similar to a Leaving Las Vegas scene that includes Cage’s Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic screenwriter who strikes to Vegas with the intention of consuming himself to demise. Later, you may also see a photograph of Cage in Javi’s memorabilia room from the evening he received the Academy Award for Greatest Actor. It’s also possible to spot the film’s screenplay on show.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is just not a Cage film that comes up usually, which is not shocking contemplating it has a 28% critics rating and a 50% viewers rating on Rotten Tomatoes (personally, I did not hate it). Nevertheless, it is particularly vital to Huge Expertise‘s model of Cage, as a result of it is revealed he met his spouse Olivia (Sharon Horgan), a make-up artist, on the set of the interval drama. Whereas chatting with Javi in regards to the film, Cage says it is “underappreciated for certain.” In his interview with ComicBook.com, Cage cited the Captain Corelli’s Mandolin reference as one in every of his favorites in Huge Expertise.
“These have been all within the script,” Cage defined. “They got here in pre-preloaded. Attention-grabbing selections. I believed the reference to Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was a superb one. As a result of that film is underrated and I am glad this film gave it some props. I do know Penelope [Cruz] was nice in that film. And I am glad John Madden, I am certain he’ll be glad the director, in order that was good.”
Guarding Tess (1994)
One other film we did not anticipate to be so closely referenced in Huge Expertise is Guarding Tess, the comedy that noticed Cage as Doug Chesnic, a secret service agent tasked with defending the extraordinarily troublesome former first girl, Tess Carlisle (Shirley MacLaine). At Javi’s celebration, the billionaire provides an impassioned speech about his relationship together with his father and shares a narrative about how they bonded over Guarding Tess whereas his dad was dying. He compares himself to Doug and his father to Tess in a hilariously emotional second. Within the subsequent scene, Cage is watching the film in mattress.
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
Whereas tripping on LSD, a paranoid Javi and Cage attempt to escape some suspicious-looking individuals. Javi insists Cage do the driving since he learn Cage did his personal stunts in Gone in 60 Seconds, which is a real truth Cage not too long ago confirmed in a video with WIRED.
Many beforehand talked about movies received some further play due to Javi’s big Cage shrine, however one film that wasn’t referenced till the memorabilia scene is Mandy. On the shelf, you may spot the chainsaw Cage makes use of within the 2018 psychedelic horror movie by Panos Cosmatos. Cage factors it out, and the 2 males agree the film was a “masterpiece.” It’s also possible to spot the superior ax from the movie.
Elevating Arizona (1987)
Elevating Arizona was one in every of Cage’s earlier starring roles and his solely collaboration with the Coen Bros. Whereas the film isn’t straight referenced, you may spot some memorabilia within the Cage shrine. Javi’s shelf has the diapers Cage’s H.I. McDunnough steals, in addition to the stocking masks he wears. One of many slates can be from the film.
Valley Woman (1983), Peggy Sue Received Married (1986), It May Occur To You (1994), and Lord of Conflict (2005)
We’re grouping these 4 motion pictures collectively as a result of all of them have blink-and-you-miss-it objects within the Cage shrine. Valley Woman, Cage’s first starring position, is without doubt one of the slates. You possibly can spot the 1960 promenade crown Cage wears in a photograph in Peggy Sue Received Married in addition to the lottery ticket from It May Occur To You. The Lord of Conflict screenplay can be on show.
Nationwide Treasure (2004)
You possibly can’t have a Cage film with out some nods to the journey basic, Nationwide Treasure. Javi’s Cage room has a Nationwide Treasure poster, the torch from the film, and a replica of the screenplay. Nevertheless, the references to Ben Gates do not cease there. In the direction of the tip of the movie, Cage says he’s unable to run within the sneakers Javi gave him, however Javi believes he can since Nationwide Treasure‘s The Making of featurette consists of Cage doing his personal operating.
Adaptation is a little bit of a stretch as a result of the film isn’t straight talked about, neither is there any noticeable memorabilia in Javi’s assortment. Nevertheless, Huge Expertise has related themes to Adaptation, and it is arduous to consider that is only a coincidence. Within the Academy Award-winning Spike Jonze movie, Cage performs brothers Charlie and Donald Kaufman. Charlie is the real-life screenwriter of the movie and Donald is a fictional particular person created for the film. Actually, he was the primary faux particular person to be nominated for an Academy Award that wasn’t a pseudonym for somebody actual. Adaptation was additionally the one film after Leaving Las Vegas that earned Cage an Oscar nomination. In fact, Cage additionally performs two variations of himself in Huge Expertise.
Nevertheless, the massive connection between the 2 motion pictures is the truth that the plot of Huge Expertise turns into the plot of Javi and Cage’s screenplay, which they finally make collectively. Equally, Cage’s Adaptation character additionally turns the occasions of the movie right into a screenplay.
Lastly, one of many trailers for Huge Expertise consists of The Turtles’ basic track, “Glad Collectively,” which performs an vital position in Adaptation. Whereas this might simply be a coincidence, it is extra enjoyable to think about it as an Adaptation deep lower.
The Wicker Man (2006)
Nicolas Cage’s notorious remake of The Wicker Man has turn into one of many Web’s favourite jokes, and we applaud Cage for getting in on the enjoyable. On the finish of Huge Expertise, Cage dons a tarantula-shaped belt buckle and divulges that it was advised he put on a bee belt as an alternative, which prompted a response of “Not the bees!” That is the well-known line Cage screams within the alternate, unrated ending of The Wicker Man, which sees him being compelled to put on a wire mesh helmet as bees get poured throughout his head. Whereas The Wicker Man is taken into account one in every of Cage’s worst movies (it has a 15% critics rating and a 17% viewers rating on Rotten Tomatoes), it is nonetheless a particularly enjoyable expertise that everybody ought to check out as soon as.
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