Few actors have become more synonymous with scenery-chewing than Nicolas Cage. Between his best roles in films like Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation, and National Treasure, audiences have fallen in love with the Oscar winner's ability to turn on a particular weirdness at a moment's notice. That said, with his latest film, The Humanity Bureau, Cage has chosen to tone down the wild nature of his performances in an attempt to capture the dark dystopian atmosphere of the film. In a recent interview, Cage told CinemaBlend:
Unlike some of Nicolas Cage's previous films, The Humanity Bureau takes a somber and stern approach to the world that it creates. It exists in a near-future setting in which the United States has been ravaged by an economic crisis and perpetual global warming. Cage plays a world-weary man named Noah Cross (an agent for the titular government organization) and his often-wild approach to characters is less conducive to this "internal" man than a more measured and pensive performance. This just isn't that type of movie.
One of the most interesting things to note about Nicolas Cage's remarks about his approach to Noah Cross is the insight into how he builds his characters. Though some of Cage's performances go into some fairly manic territory at times, he made sure to note that everything is carefully planned with the directors of his films. Nothing happens by accident (even in The Wicker Man), and the nuances of a classic Nic Cage performance all result from some serious behind-the-scenes work.
Obviously, this conversation serves as a reminder for all of the bizarre and (meticulously planned) manic performances that Nicolas Cage has delivered over the course of his career. In fact, you can check out a decidedly NSFW compilation of those roles, below.
The Humanity Bureau is currently available on VOD, and it's also screening in select theaters. Check out Nicolas Cage's foray into a more stoic and reserved hero, and then check out our movie premiere guide to see what other films are coming this year!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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