Nicolas Cage in Mandy

Nicolas Cage is a very unrestrained actor, that’s hardly a secret. The man has shown himself capable of giving lower key performances in the past, but at this stage of his career, Cage is more often than not performing with absolute reckless abandon in his films.

For example, Cage recently played a murderous father in the horror/dark comedy Mom & Dad, which saw parents everywhere suddenly turn on their children. And yet, that still doesn’t compare to the insanity of something like Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.

In his latest film, Mandy, Cage plays a character named Red, who sets off on a roaring rampage of revenge after a group of sadistic cultists kill his titular love. Surprisingly enough, aspects of his performance were inspired by Jason Voorhees, as told to EW.

Before he drinks that supernatural drug, or whatever it is, his fighting style is more ferocious, is more cat-like and feral. Whereas after the drug, there’s a transformation where he becomes almost like a golem, the ancient Jewish golem that was a supernatural statue that came to life. And I think Panos wanted that. He wanted me to be almost like Jason-esque, you know, from those horror films that were so popular. Panos and I really both decided what the graph of the performance would be. How much more Jason-esque is he there? Or like a statue there? We built this both together.”

“Panos” above is director Panos Cosmatos, while the “supernatural drug” is a liquid hallucinogen that ends up fueling Red through his quest for vengeance. Mandy opens in limited theatrical release on September 14th, and it sounds quite worth checking out.

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