Nicolas Cage has opened up about the problematic implications of internet memes.
Everybody loves a good meme and Cage memes are no exception. The “Cage rage” meme phenomenon which has been circulating recently has provoked many laughs and has made the actor even more popular.
Cage worries, however, that although these memes are meant in jest, they might have negative implications for his upcoming movie, Mandy.
“The issue is, with the advent of the internet, doing these mashups, where they pull these choice moments without the context of the whole film around it to support it, has created this meme-ification if you will”, he explained to Indie Wire.
“It’s been branded ‘Cage Rage,’ and it’s frustrating. I’m sure it’s frustrating for [director] Panos Cosmatos, who has made what I consider a very lyrical, internal, and poetic work of art, to have this ‘Cage Rage’ thing slammed all over his movie.
“It’s one thing for me because I’d like to think I could continue to work with Panos, but the internet has kind of done the movie a disservice.”
He later added: “I think that [Mandy hasn’t] been given perhaps a fair viewing by virtue of the fact that the internet has mashed them up with these moments that have been cherry-picked, that aren’t really in the context of the character or how the character got there.”
Mandy is out in cinemas so if you can see past the memes and want to indulge in a spine-chilling horror movie, head to your nearest box office now.