Nicolas Cage has made a very interesting revelation about his early days in Hollywood. Apparently, Cage wanted to be part of The Godfather III, the third film in the historical gangster film trilogy from his uncle and iconic filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.
The actor, who is currently enjoying the critical acclaim that is coming his way for his performance in Pig, revealed that Coppola wasn’t fond of the idea, however.
“This is a very embarrassing answer to your question, okay, because it’s about family. so uncle [Coppola] Godfather III did, and I said, ‘I really think I should be in your movie, Uncle. I really think it would be a good idea if you cast me. I think I could play this part.” He was going to cast Andy Garcia and I said, ‘But I think of myself more as James Caan’s son, and he’s playing Sonny’s son. He’s not playing Michael’s son. is Sonny’s son I just feel a little bit more James Caan.” It just wasn’t going to happen. No, it’s not going to happen. So that was a movie I wasn’t allowed to be in and really wanted to be in. There.”
Cage can take solace in the fact that The Godfather III was the worst-rated film in the series and was only a moderate commercial success.
Meanwhile, Pig has already won two awards, one for Cage and one for debuting director Michael Sarnoski, who also wrote the screenplay. Also starring Alex Wolff and Adam Arkin, the film has received universally positive critical reception.
It has a score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus reads: “Like the animal itself, Pig defies the mundaneness of expectations with a beautiful odyssey of loss and love, anchored by Nicolas Cage’s grippingly raw performance.”
Former President Barack Obama also included the film in its list of top films of 2021.