A low-budget film that raved critics, Nicolas Cage’s 2021 film Pig is a hit on Amazon Prime Video worldwide.
By Vic Medina | Released
Nicolas Cage has shifted his career focus away from studio blockbusters and toward smaller films that he has a personal interest in, and that’s good news for fans of the film Face/Off Actor. His career has been littered with some gems that have flown under Hollywood’s radar lately, including that of 2021 Pig, which, thanks to Amazon Prime Video, finds a global audience where it ranks in the top ten in several countries. It’s not available on Prime Video in the United States, but it’s available to stream on Hulu for movie lovers looking for some surprise drama.
Cage’s role in Pig is hardly a glamorous one: he spends most of the film dirty and unbathed, frequently being beaten and bloodied. He fully embraces the role, however, and perfectly captures the role of Rob, a troubled loner who lives in a cabin in the Oregon wilderness with his pig, who has an uncanny ability to find truffles. He sells the truffles to make money, but when someone steals the pig, he sets out to bring it home, taking an acquaintance named Amir (Alex Wolff) with him.
Pig is the kind of film that you have to see without much prior knowledge; it surprises at every turn, and the story unfolds in unexpected ways. During his appearance in The unbearable weight of massive talent received much press, his performance in Pig is arguably better and more emotional and nuanced than his over-the-top performance in Massive talent.
Pig marked Nicolas Cage’s 100th film role, and he now says it’s his favorite of all his films, despite the limitations and problems encountered during production. The budget for the film was incredibly tight, so the actors had to get their scenes right on the first take, as director Michael Sarnoski only had twenty days to shoot the film. They also couldn’t afford a trained pig, so the pig they got was unruly and often bit Cage.
The film had a limited release domestically in July 2021 and grossed just over $3 million in ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo. However, critics love the film, giving it a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes while audiences give it an 84% rating. The film won Best First Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards for Vanessa Block and Michael Sarnoski. Nicolas Cage also received a second nomination for Best Actor at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.
In the 1990s, Nicolas Cage ruled Hollywood with a string of critical and box office hits, following the success of moonstruck and Peggy Sue got married in the 1980s. In addition to his Oscar-winning role in leave Las VegasCage scored well at the box office Honeymoon in Vegas, The stone, Con Airand Face/Off.
In the 2000s, his roles were prolific, but despite a second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor adjustment In 2002 he didn’t have as many box office hits as in the 1990s. There was one notable exception: the National Treasure Movies that were big hits for Disney and have now spawned a spinoff series for Disney+. It’s not yet clear if Nicolas Cage will appear in the series in a cameo or a recurring role.
Cage has a number of films in development including dream scenarioa comedy by well-known horror director Ari Aster (Hereditary, Midsommar). Details about the film are scarce, but given Aster’s reputation, it’s likely to be a film not to be missed.