THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT (2022) Preview of “thespian” Nicolas Cage’s action comedy



The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is an action-comedy thriller film with Nicolas Cage playing a fictionalised version of himself!

Directed by Tom Gormican from a screenplay co-written with Kevin Etten (creators of Ghosted TV series). Produced by Kristin Burr, Nicolas Cage, Michael Nilon and Kevin Turen.

The movie stars Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Horgan and Eli Jane.

Meanwhile, during a recent episode of Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast, Nicolas Cage explained his aversion to being referred to as an “actor”.

“I really don’t like the word ‘actor.’ For me, it always implies, ‘Oh, he’s a great actor, therefore he’s a great liar,’” Cage explained. “With the risk of sounding like a pretentious a-hole, I like the word ‘thespian’ because to me thespian means you’re going into your heart, or you’re going into your imagination, or your memories or your dreams, and you’re bringing something back to communicate with the audience.”

“What early shamans would do is go into flights of imagination to find answers to help their village,” he continued. “I like looking at it like that, with the risk of sounding completely absurd and ridiculous. I like the idea of it being something a little more organic and less artificial.”

We can only assume (hope) he’s joking about being referred to as a “thespian” as part of the pre-publicity for the release of Massive Talent.


Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, Nic Cage (Nicolas Cage) must accept a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal).

Things take a wildly unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and forced to live up to his own legend, channelling his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones…


In the USA, Lionsgate will release The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent theatrically on April 22nd 2022. The film was originally intended for an early 2021 release but this was put back due to the ongoing pandemic.

Cast and confirmed characters:

Nicolas Cage … Nic Cage
Pedro Pascal … Javi Gutierrez
Neil Patrick Harris
Tiffany Haddish … Vivan
Sharon Horgan
Eli Jane … Chateau Marmont Waitress
Jacob Scipio
Alessandra Mastronardi
Joanna Bobin … Cheryl
Paco León
Lily Mo Sheen … Addy
Caroline Boulton … News Anchor
Anna MacDonald … Movie Actress Daughter
Nick Wittman … Nicky
Harry Taurasi
Björn Freiberg … Waiter
Mario Perez … Guard
Ricard Balada … Fernando
András Korcsmáros
Christine Grace Szarko … Reporter


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