Nicolas Cage wins some of his best reviews in years for his role in Neon’s PIG (read my review here), which hits theaters tomorrow. Over the years, Cage has taken a bit of heat for his choice of pieces but looks set for a meaningful comeback. That said, don’t expect him to start showing up in colossal movies anytime soon. In the film, he plays a former celebrity chef named Rob, who left fame behind to live a hermit life in the woods with his truffle pig. Cage himself told Variety he was linked to the performance, explaining:
“I feel like I have entered my own wilderness and left the small town of Hollywood” add, “I’m not sure exactly why Rob left his fame. It’s never fully explained, and I like it in the movie. But as for me, I don’t know if I would want to go back. I don’t know if I would like to go do another Disney movie. It would be terrifying. It’s a whole different climate. There is a lot of fear there.
In the surprisingly revealing interview, Cage opened up about the limitations he feels as an actor doing blockbusters and explained how Pig is really a different kind of role for him after years of playing a very different style of acting. He noted that he wanted to remind himself and others that he could apply to a field much more “Calm and measured performance style. ”
“I left on this tear, almost mission, to break with the performance of the film and what was considered a good performance by being naturalist or photo-realistic or minimalist. “
Indeed, Pig has been Cage at his most natural for years, and I’m delighted he’s getting the reviews he deserves. But, of course, Nicolas Cage, who likes to have fun and chew on landscapes, is probably not going anywhere anytime soon, with him soon featured in the fantastic sound, The unbearable weight of massive talents, where he plays the role of a washed version of himself!
Pig opens in theaters tomorrow.