The Reddit celebrity AMA – once an important and intimate perk of the message board site identity– has become a pretty permanent part of Hollywood Publicity apparatus over the last few years: PR-filtered questions are answered with PR-filtered answers from celebrities questionable. (Hey kids! who wants to talk about it wall?!) In other words, it’s routine.
But then, very few things are routine when placed in the hands of Nic Cage.
Cage jumped onto Reddit todayspurred on by its upcoming The unbearable weight of massive talent– in which he plays “Nick Cage”. a wash movie star– to answer the questions of the internet. And as it should be, it was exactly what one would want from Cage: endlessly thoughtful, a little eclectic, and frighteningly warm, humble, and genuine.
Even the meme-like bits when asked about his feelings about bees, presumably as a reference to the ending of Neil LaBute’s much-ridiculed film willow man make new:
Yes. I would say they are my favorite insects. They make us honey. bees and then the firefly. And ants are interesting. Bumblebees are quite adorable. Don’t get me started on the praying mantis.
I once told David Cronenberg that the praying mantis was the wildest of all insects and he said no and I said what is and he said the kite fly larvae and he said the beast in the extraterrestrial Movies was designed after the dragonfly larva because it shoots out its teeth and when it attacks.
Or how about a response from Nicolas Cage about his favorite media? that’s kind of part of it both The brothers Karamazov and a very expensive prom date?
I will say that James Dean’s performance as Cal in East of Eden is largely why I became a film actor. His role in it is one of my favorite characters in cinema. But then we can go as far as Rasputin or Dmitri Karamazov. Dmitri Karamazov is one of my favorite characters in literature. I love him so much because he is so happy and has no money. He just lives it out. He spends all his money to get the girl. I did the same once. I was very Dmitri Karamazov in high school. The prettiest girl in high school who was a grade older than me invited me to the prom, but I didn’t have any money. My grandmother gave each of us a small ribbon. My older brother bought a car. My second oldest brother bought a stereo. And I threw myself into a chauffeur-driven limousine, a tuxedo, and a four-course meal at Le Dome on Sunset Boulevard. The car was $2,000, the stereo was $2,000, and my prom night was $2,000, and boy was that money well spent. THIS is Dmitri Karamazov.
Or Nicolas Cage replies: “What’s in the can he “charged” with is very strange Willy’s Wonderland?”
The can question is interesting and I hesitate to answer it for you because your relationship to film is far more important than my relationship to film and you as a viewer can imagine and guess what you may want to be in it. That’s a far better answer and reason for the can than anything I could tell you. I want YOUR opinion on what was in the can because that was the right opinion.
That’s in addition to more regular AMA stuff, like talking about his favorites from his own performances (leave Las Vegas, Pig, Bring the dead to lifeall pretty impeccable choicess), if he would do that face/off 2 (“Yes’), and which directors he hasn’t worked with yet with that he (Christopher Nolan, Ari Aster, Robert Eggers and Spike Lee, what, yes, we would see everyone of these).
The greatest appeal, however, is fair as clearly Cage’s most intriguing trait – his total willingness to think everything– comes through in his answers. Some AMAs blank out their subject’s entire personality; This one projects it with all the power of Cage’s subdued but still intriguing brand, while also including the part where he reveals how much he loves spirited awayand at the time Adam West denied him because he made a version of him great.
https://www.avclub.com/nicolas-cage-reddit-ama-unbearable-weight-of-massive-ta-1848773864 Pig, prom, mantises and more