‘Tiger King’: Why Nicolas Cage Is Perfect For the Role of Joe Exotic


When Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness captivated Netflix viewers in March, celebrities from Dax Shepard to Edward Norton wished to play the collection’ topic, Joseph Maldonado-Passage aka Joe Exotic in a film. The primary star to really land the function is Nicolas Cage. Variety studies Cage will play Maldonado-Passage in a TV collection produced by CBS Tv Studios and Think about Tv Studios. American Vandal producer Dan Lagana is writing and producing.

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Cage has been a phenomenon himself along with his outrageous performances incomes him memes and compilation movies. Followers of Cage nonetheless watch his newest output in films that premiere on dwelling video or with restricted theatrical releases. Movies like Color Out of Space and Mandy nonetheless give Cage an outlet for his eccentric skills. Listed below are a few of Cage’s traditional roles that present he’ll be good to play Maldonado-Passage.

Nicolas Cage may rock Joe Unique ‘Tiger King’ hair

Nicolas Cage can look completely different in each function he performs. One in all his most iconic seems to be is the lengthy hair in Con Air. It blew within the wind as he ran from explosions in sluggish movement. He did lengthy hair once more in Season of the Witch and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Cage has additionally had wild hair in Elevating Arizona, curly hair in Adaptation and extra.

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Maldonado-Passage’s blonde mullet could be an excellent search for Cage. Add to that the handlebar mustache and also you’re one other iconic Nicolas Cage character within the annals of cinema, or TV on this case.

Nicolas Cage may do Joe Unique’s voice

Much more than altering his bodily look, Cage loves to alter his voice. He famously feuded along with his uncle Francis Ford Coppola for doing a foolish voice in Peggy Sue Got Married. The final word Cage voice was Vampire Kiss’s ’80s yuppie going insane. He’s additionally performed southern drawl (Elevating Arizona, Con Air), Italian (Moonstruck, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) and San Fernando Valley (Valley Lady).

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Maldonado-Passage has a little bit of a Southern twang, undoubtedly a lot larger pitched than Cage’s regular talking voice. Cage can have an opportunity to immerse himself in Maldonado-Passage’s dialect in addition to his mannerisms.

Joe Unique can have many possibilities to freak out 

That is what everybody watches a Nicolas Cage film for. He famously freaks out because the villain of Face/Off. Many individuals like to quote his loss of life by bees in The Wicker Man. He freaked out at perps in Unhealthy Lieutenant: Port of Name New Orleans. Wild at Coronary heart is just about one lengthy freak out. 

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He freaks out in Vampire’s Kiss over misfiling an outdated contract. Maldonado-Passage wouldn’t misfile something although. He simply burned all of it to the bottom when he didn’t need anybody discovering incriminating footage.

Studies from these featured in Tiger King and shut with Maldonado-Passage recommend the Netflix collection didn’t even present the complete extent of his excessive persona. The administrators verify he made racist tirades they disregarded. Zoo coworkers mentioned Maldonado-Passage killing animals for enjoyable.

When he ran for President in 2016, you possibly can see extra of that rage on show. It doesn’t matter what elements of Maldonado-Passage’s life the CBS collection decides to incorporate, there will likely be be loads of possibilities for Cage to indicate how unhinged he might be.