Wonder Woman 1984 star Pedro Pascal explains how legendary star Nicolas Cage inspired the film’s villain, Maxwell Lord.
After Pedro Pascal recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about how Nicolas Cage inspired his villainous performance as Maxwell Lord in Wonder Woman 1984, the actor has since clarified what he meant with the comparison. The sequel arrives on HBO Max later this month in a bold move from Warner Bros. and the decision has also been met with criticism from directors like Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve.
But when speaking to Uproxx about his Wonder Woman 1984 performance, Pedro Pascal explained that Nicolas Cage was a “point of reference” as a way of rooting himself in the character for a specific scene opposite Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. He also pointed out that in the original conversation he was trying to convey how much Cage had been an influence on his acting in general. Take a look below.
“Yeah, I don’t relate any of the hamming it up to Nicolas Cage. I at one point in the conversation I was talking about what an incredible influence he was on me as an actor, which is true. And, now, so much so that I would use him as a sort of point of reference to anchor myself, to achieve something in a scene specifically with Wonder Woman, And maybe about a half-hour later in that conversation, I was self-deprecating and accusing myself of ‘shmacting’ and hamming it up, and the two do not go together”
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Full details on Wonder Woman 1984′s plot are being kept under wraps, but the film is said to follow Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince as she comes into conflict with a formidable new adversary named Cheetah and businessman Maxwell Lord. Wonder Woman was last seen in Zack Snyder’s DC superhero team-up movie Justice League.
Directed by Patty Jenkins from a script she co-wrote with David Callaham and a treatment she developed with Geoff Johns, the film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, Connie Nielson, and Robin Wright.
Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled to be released on December 25 in theaters and on HBO Max. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding Nicolas Cage and the DC Extended Universe and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more exclusive video content.