Razzle dazzle: Nicolas Cage brought some razzle dazzle to this year's SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas while promoting his forthcoming film The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent on Saturday

Nicolas Cage promotes The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent during the SXSW Film Festival

Nicolas Cage brought some razzle dazzle to this year’s SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas while promoting his forthcoming film The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent on Saturday.

The actor, 58, was decked out in black leather pants and a silver sequin blazer with black lapels as he hit the red carpet with some of his co-stars.

Cage plays a down-on-his-luck version of himself in Tom Gormican’s comedy, which hits theaters on April 22.

Razzle dazzle: Nicolas Cage brought some razzle dazzle to this year’s SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas while promoting his forthcoming film The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent on Saturday

The Long Beach, California native rounded out his rock ‘n’ roll-inspired ensemble with a pair of black leather boots, and his dark brown hair cut shorts and pushed off his face.

Playing himself: Cage plays a down-on-his-luck version of himself in Tom Gormican's comedy, which hits theaters on April 22

Playing himself: Cage plays a down-on-his-luck version of himself in Tom Gormican’s comedy, which hits theaters on April 22

After striking aa few poses in front of the photographers by himself, the leading man was happy to be joined by co-stars Lily Sheen, Pedro Pascal, Jacob Scipio and Alessandra Mastronardi, along with Gormican and his co-writer Kevin Etten.

The group also sat down for a conversation and question-and-answer about the film, which had its world premiere at SXSW 2022 in Austin on Saturday.

Cage was honest about the fact that he was somewhat offended by the premise of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which depicts his fictionalized self as egocentric and in desperate need of a break or two, in form of jobs and paydays.

Gang's all here!  The actor, 58, was decked out in black leather pants and a silver sequin blazer with black lapels as he hit the red carpet with some of his co-stars, along with co-writers Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten;  (LR) Pedro Pascal, Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten, Jacob Scipio, Alessandra Mastronardi, Lily Sheen, and Nicholas Cage pictured

Gang’s all here! The actor, 58, was decked out in black leather pants and a silver sequin blazer with black lapels as he hit the red carpet with some of his co-stars, along with co-writers Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten; (LR) Pedro Pascal, Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten, Jacob Scipio, Alessandra Mastronardi, Lily Sheen, and Nicholas Cage pictured

Making the pitch: Director and co-writer Tom Gormican lobbied for Cage to take on the role by sending him a letter explaining his ideas for the role and the film;  (LR) Lily Sheen, Nicholas Cage, Jacob Scipio, Pedro Pascal, Kevin Etten, Alessandra Mastronardi, and Tom Gormican pictured

Making the pitch: Director and co-writer Tom Gormican lobbied for Cage to take on the role by sending him a letter explaining his ideas for the role and the film; (LR) Lily Sheen, Nicholas Cage, Jacob Scipio, Pedro Pascal, Kevin Etten, Alessandra Mastronardi, and Tom Gormican pictured

But then Gormican reached out to him in the form of a letter.

‘I wanted no part of it,’ Cage said matter of factly to The Hollywood Reporter about the script. ‘But when I got Tom’s letter, then I thought, “OK, he’s not just trying to mock so-called Nick Cage; there is a real interest in some of the earlier work.” His tone was more of a celebration of some of [classic onscreen moments] — like being at the bottom of the pool in Leaving Las Vegas or [using] the gold guns in Face/Off.’

In the film, a down-on-his-luck Nicolas Cage accepts a $1 million offer from a wealthy fan (Pedro Pascal) to attend a party in Spain, which then sets sets off an action-adventure that chock full of references to his past roles.

It turns out the real-life Cage turned down the role ‘three or four times,’ but he eventually came around to the idea after Gormican sent him that letter explaining what he was going for with the storyline.

Some what offended: The actor admitted he shot the the offer to play a fictionalized version of himself 'three or four times'

Some what offended: The actor admitted he shot the the offer to play a fictionalized version of himself ‘three or four times’

The premise: In the film, a down-on-his-luck Nicolas Cage accepts a $1 million offer from a wealthy fan (Pedro Pascal) to attend a party in Spain, which then sets sets off an action-adventure that chock full of references to his past roles

The premise: In the film, a down-on-his-luck Nicolas Cage accepts a $1 million offer from a wealthy fan (Pedro Pascal) to attend a party in Spain, which then sets sets off an action-adventure that chock full of references to his past roles

For some fans and critics, Cage has been a bit of a punchline of sorts over the past two decades; almost an actor for hire, who does movies for paychecks.

But lets not forget, he burst out on to the Hollywood scene with some classic roles in almost every movie genre that includes Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Raising Arizona (1987), Moonstruck (1987), Wild at Heart (1990), Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), It Could Happen To You (1994) and Leaving Las Vegas, (1995), which would earn him a Best Actor Oscar.

But then a newly bulked up Cage would seemingly switch course from the comedies, off-beat, independent and romantic comedies, for the action genre with films like The Rock (1996), Con Air (1997), Face/Off, (1997) , which would then lead to a phase of many straight to video-on-demand, and in some cases, bad films.

He would again score a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Adaption (2003), that starred also starred Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.

Cage has also seen other big commercial success in the post 2000s era, with the likes of Ghost Rider (2007) and its sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011).

The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent arrives in theaters on April 22.

Promo mode: Pascal struck a few poses on the red carpet for the premiere of the film at the Variety Studio at SXSW 2022 in Austin, Texas

Promo mode: Pascal struck a few poses on the red carpet for the premiere of the film at the Variety Studio at SXSW 2022 in Austin, Texas

His main gal: Lily Sheen plays Cage's daughter Addy in the movie that premieres April 22

His main gal: Lily Sheen plays Cage’s daughter Addy in the movie that premieres April 22

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