Nicolas Cage talks about playing nuts in ‘Mom and Dad’

What would happen if, for some inexplicable reason, parents everywhere began to murder their offspring? That’s the subject of a horror film with Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair. Momentum Pictures

Nicolas Cage is terrific at playing crazy.

And boy does he ever in “Mom and Dad,” Brian Taylor’s new comedic horror film in which parents suddenly have an insatiable desire to kill their children. Cage is one of the parents, and he does not hold back.

An Oscar winner for “Leaving Las Vegas” in 1995, Cage has often fallen victim to that post-Oscar malady of making bizarre choices. But he’s also been terrific in films like “Adaptation,” “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” and “Joe.”


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“Mom and Dad” doesn’t live up to that standard, but it is fun, Cage’s performance especially. He talked about it recently, and gave ample evidence that you should never, ever ask him to sing “The Hokey Pokey.”

Question: Stupid acting question – is it fun to play a role that’s so over the top?

Answer: Oh yeah. It’s a lot of fun. I wanted it to be fun for the audience. I wanted to take the audience on a ride, knowing how absurd and how black the humor was. I wanted to try and see if I could bring a level of menace and marry it to a level of comedy simultaneously, so that it would go in all kinds of different directions and hopefully have some sparks to it that would let the audience know that this was an ironic movie, and this was a horror movie, but of the most dark, comedic sort – and that it was OK to laugh because of the absurdity of the situation.

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