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Being Nicolas Cage
The cult of Cage has reached the point where he can star in an action comedy playing a fictional version of himself. In a forthcoming film, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, “Nick Cage” is paid $1m to appear at the birthday of a billionaire superfan. It doesn’t go smoothly.
There’s an ignoble history of famous people playing for cash at parties of billionaires and autocrats. Recently Sting struck a damning blow in the fight against Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine by reportedly declaring he would never again perform for a Russian billionaire, having done so at a 2016 wedding. Sting’s having a good war: he co-wrote an op-ed with Bernard-Henri Lévy, Sean Penn and Salman Rushdie, his biggest collaboration since All for Love with Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams.
In 1984 the then-Police man appeared in David Lynch’s Dune. The film has one fan in Grimes, who, according to a revealing interview, cornered Sting to discuss it. Grimes’ 2010 album Geidi Primes was inspired by Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic. In the same interview Grimes revealed she had a second child with Elon Musk. The billionaire formerly married, divorced, remarried and re-divorced the actor Talulah Riley, whose debut film role was as Mary Bennet in Joe Wright’s cantering Pride and Prejudice.
Wright’s latest film is a “solemn” take on Cyrano de Bergerac with Peter Dinklage in the title role. Dinklage’s breakthrough was in The Station Agent, the 2003 directorial debut of Tom McCarthy. Sitting oddly in the McCarthy catalogue is “misguided” Adam Sandler flop The Cobbler, which he directed in 2014; a year later McCarthy made double-Oscar-winning Spotlight. “I loved that movie,” he says of The Cobbler.
Lesser loved in the Sandler oeuvre is 2000’s Little Nicky, “which will make many of us despair”, according to the Guardian’s reviewer. Among its cast is Patricia Arquette. In 1999 she appeared in second-division Scorsese drama Bringing Out the Dead with soon-to-be ex-husband Nicolas Cage. It appears the weight of being married to Cage is often unbearable. He wed for the fifth time last year.
Drink Given Cage is part of the Coppola family, try a bottle from uncle Francis Ford Coppola’s winery: a chardonnay in the Director’s Cut range is £21.99.