Nicolas Cage won’t be Joe Exotic as Amazon abandons ‘Tiger King’ project – .

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Nicolas Cage won’t be Joe Exotic as Amazon abandons ‘Tiger King’ project – .


Nicolas Cage has played a wide range of eccentrics over the course of his career, but Joe Exotic won’t join the actor’s meme-worthy roster.

The Oscar-winning actor, who is currently receiving rave reviews for his performance on “Pig,” has revealed that he is no longer scheduled to play the “Tiger King” in an Amazon series, which he said. hinted, has been put aside for the time being. . Sources familiar with the situation say the project, produced by Imagine and CBS Studios, based on the Netflix documentary series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”, could be purchased at other outlets. Streamer Peacock has his own narrative version of the “Tiger King” story with Kate McKinnon and John Cameron Mitchell on board to star.

“We should erase the record,” Cage said Variety. “I read two great scripts, which I thought were great, but I think Amazon ultimately felt that it was material that had become a past time because it took so long to come together. . They sensed at one point that it was lightning in a bottle, but that point has since faded into the distance and it is no longer relevant.

Exotic, with his bleached blond mullet, seedy animal park, and pivotal role in a plot to assassinate an animal rights activist, would seem like a natural role for Cage, who has never shied away from making big and wide. performance. But don’t cry. Cage will soon take on an even more difficult role: himself. That’s right, the “Leaving Las Vegas” star will play Nic Cage in “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” by Tom Gormican. The film follows Cage as Cage, a cash-strapped actor who agrees to make a paid appearance at a billionaire super fan’s birthday party as part of an elaborate CIA sting operation. . Cage says he hesitated before agreeing to make the very meta-movie.

“It was absolutely terrifying and I’m one of those people who thinks that within reason, if it’s something that terrifies you or you’re afraid of, as long as it doesn’t hurt you or hurt someone else. ‘other is the very thing you should be reaching towards,’ he said.

“I’ve never done a meta-movie about myself before,” Cage adds. ” But [the character] really isn’t me. It’s the me version of Tom, which is kind of an angsty, completely hyperactive version of this person named Nicolas Cage or Nic Cage or Nicky Cage.

In the meantime, “Pig,” which opens on Friday, is receiving rave reviews from Cage for his performance as a former celebrity chef who leads an airtight life. His isolation ends after the kidnapping of his truffle hunter pig. Despite the quirky premise, Cage is praised for his naturalistic demeanor as a grieving man for revenge. The actor says low-budget indie gave him the freedom that is often lacking on big studio releases.

“There’s less pressure and more oxygen in the room on an independent film to express yourself,” he says.

Amazon declined to comment on the status of the Joe Exotic project.

Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.

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