Nicolas Cage’s True Feelings On Memefied National Treasure Line

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In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Nicolas Cage revisited some of his films, expressing a particular fondness for 2004’s National Treasure. As he watched the now-infamous scene from the movie, Cage humorously pondered the challenge of selling something as “profoundly ridiculous” as the film’s premise.

Cage highlighted the scene’s positivity, emphasizing the charm in his character’s genuine belief and reverence for the absurd plot. Despite finding the scene hilarious, the Academy Award-winning actor acknowledged the enduring impact it has had on social media, noting its frequent use in memes and its parody on Saturday Night Live.

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The interview also touched on an SNL segment called “In the Cage,” where Andy Samberg impersonated Nicolas Cage, and the real Cage made a surprise appearance. Cage praised Samberg’s exaggerated portrayal, showcasing his calm demeanor even in the face of comedic mockery.

Reflecting on the iconic scene, Cage appreciated the seriousness with which he and co-star Justin Bartha approached it, emphasizing their commitment to playing it as dramatic actors rather than opting for a comedic approach. He commended director Jon Turteltaub for shooting the scene with love and making the characters treat the absurd premise with great reverence.

National Treasure, a box office hit in 2004, grossed $347.5 million worldwide. Cage played Benjamin Gates Franklin, an American historian and treasure hunter searching for a mythical lost Freemason treasure linked to the Declaration of Independence. The film spawned a sequel in 2007, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and talks of a third film persist, though no official development has been announced.

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Additionally, a Disney+ series, National Treasure: Edge of History, launched in December 2022 but was subsequently canceled. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has hinted at ongoing development for another National Treasure film with Nicolas Cage, but no official confirmation has been provided.

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