The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent star Lily Mo Sheen chats about the joys of having Nicolas Cage as a mentor on the set of her first film.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent was an idea that Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten came up with, centered solely around legendary screen actor Nicolas Cage. In this movie, down-and-out actor Nick Cage battles with the pressures of Hollywood and balancing that with his family life. Things seem on the verge of turning around when he is asked to attend a party of a wealthy fan (played by The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal), but what awaits him instead is a totally different kind of adventure.
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We recently got the chance to speak to Lily Mo Sheen in her new role as Addy, Nick Cage’s daughter who understands her father but but still can’t seem to find common ground with him. The actress discussed working with Nicolas Cage and learning the ropes with him as a mentor.
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Screen Rant: Congratulations on this film. Honestly it’s become one of my favorite Nic Cage movies.
Lily Mo Sheen: Thank you so much. I’m so glad.
Screen Rant: One of the best parts about this film is your character’s relationship with her father. What would you say is the hardest thing about being in that type of situation?
Lily Mo Sheen: For me, it’s definitely difficult just to have to yell at Nic Cage. That was really hard. I really like him, so that was brutal.
But I think it definitely was harder on Nic. He’s someone who really values his connection with his own family, and so I wanted to be as sensitive to that as I could be. Because it’s very difficult; he’s playing himself, and it’s a very vulnerable position to be in. What was lovely is that we really worked together to make sure that the relationship felt natural and organic, and that everything that was coming out and the journey that we went on together really felt real and deserved.
I think the most difficult part was probably just trying to control myself around him in the room and not to ask him too many questions.
Screen Rant: Can you describe how it was working with him for the first time? Did he have any advice for you for your future in the industry?
Lily Mo Sheen: It was amazing. He’s such a class act. He’s really talented and very kind, so I felt like he was the ideal person. This was my first movie, and he was amazing to mentor me slightly and really show me the ropes, and teach me how to be a normal person on set. So, that felt very lucky.
He’s fantastic. He’s got some of the best taste of anyone I’ve ever known. He has great taste in movies; we would sit backstage and talk about movies, and he had great recommendations. Even just talking about his acting style, where he draws reference from, his style choices, the way that he sees himself as an actor and how that’s evolved over time. That was really interesting to hear.
I think he also taught me by showing me how to be this talent on set and also this really kind, good guy all the time. It’s very impressive.
Screen Rant: Your chemistry together is just amazing, and it came through. What was one thing in the script that immediately made you want to jump onto this project?
Lily Mo Sheen: I think the meta element to the movie was really, really interesting to me. I love absurdism; I love heightened reality, so it was really cool to read the script. I’ve never read anything like that. It was incredibly funny, and there were so many moving parts. It’s a real testament to Tom Gormican, the director, and Kevin, the writer, that they actually got this together. It was so specific as their vision, and it really showed through. I think that they really made it happen. They’re a success.
Screen Rant: It’s like a love letter to Nic Cage and his films, for sure. The ongoing question throughout the film is what your favorite movie is. Off the top of your head, could you answer that extremely difficult question?
Lily Mo Sheen: Oh, dear God. I could now. I would say Pig. I hate to come out with the most recent one, but it’s phenomenal. It’s incredible. I don’t want to say anything about it, because it’s so special as a movie, but I really haven’t seen an actor do a performance like that ever. I think it’s phenomenal. I’m running up to strangers on the street telling them to watch it, so I definitely would say that.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Synopsis
Unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, actor Nick Cage accepts a $1 million offer to attend a wealthy fan’s birthday party. Things take a wildly unexpected turn when a CIA operative recruits Cage for an unusual mission. Taking on the role of a lifetime, he soon finds himself channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to save himself and his loved ones.
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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is out in theaters on April 15.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)Release date: Apr 22, 2022
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