July 26, 2006
Add a pompadour to Nicolas Cage's collection of hairpieces: he's playing Liberace. According to TMZ, Ghost Rider is going to tickle the ivories in the role of gay icon Liberace.
Nicolas Cage is not leaving Las Vegas; indeed, he's coming back to it, starring in a new biopic about the life of that gold lame luminary, Liberace. What's more, Cage is producing the project as well, via his Saturn Films production company, based on a script by Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg.
Are actors really this desperate to play a gay roles now that it's finally acceptable? Because, Nic, this is really kind of overkill. Actors love playing mentally challenged roles, too, but you don't see them looking for the biggest, most ridiculous retarded guy they can find. There's a subtlety to Brokeback Mountain. This is like playing Emperor Gay, and making it a musical. I think a Bruce Vilanch story would have more subtlety. I mean, if nothing else, Vilanch doesn't wear a cape.
UPDATE: Okay, I looked to see what occasions were calling for Liberace impersonators. According to one, "Liberace impersonator is excellent for corporate & private events, company picnics, trade shows, clubs, fundraisers, & advertising. Provide your audience with photos taken with 'Liberace' as souvenirs." Now realizing what a boon Liberace impersonators are, I'm forced to wonder why we need the movie. If you can already hire one for your corporate or private event, isn't that much better? I'd say so.
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