The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent starring Nicolas Cage as a fictionalized version of himself premiered at the South by Southwest film festival on Saturday night to rave reviews.

Jacob Scipio, who plays a Carlos, a guard working for Cage’s character’s nemesis,  called the project the “funniest script I’ve ever read in my life.” Scipio sat down to give an exclusive uInterview with Erik Meers about working with iconic movie star Cage after the SXSW premiere in Austin, Texas.

“Nic is like a wise sage, he’s kind of like a shaman,” Scipio said. “He comes out with these ludicrously incredible stories and spins you a yarn … tells you about how he and David Lynch worked together. He’s a rich, rich source of incredible stories. He’s just got them by the droves. Super intelligent guy and a real student of cinema. He continues to learn and he loves movies, he says it himself. He’ll talk to anyone about movies, so a lot of time on set was spent talking about movies – the ones he was in, the ones he wasn’t in. Half the reason I did the job was to hang out with Nic.”

Cage likes to talk, but Scipio said he learned the most from watching him.

“This is a guy who is the most prepared actor you’ll ever meet,” he said. “He makes the most incredible choices with his performances, but he knows what he’s doing with those choices because he comes prepared. What I learned from him is his etiquette, the way he commands himself and how seriously he takes this. It really means the world to him. It’s a profession and an absolute privilege to be in this business.”

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will be out in theaters everywhere on April 22.

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