TV-MOVIES

This Actor Was
The Inspiration
Behind Nicolas
Cage's Big
Daddy Character

By JULIA SELINGER
Ahead of the April 22nd release of "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” Nicholas Cage held a Reddit AMA to answer fans’ questions. As he plays a fictionalized version of himself that recalls several of his past roles in the movie, Cage gave anecdotes about his performances, including the classic superhero that influenced his Big Daddy
character in “Kick-Ass.”
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In “Kick-Ass,” Cage plays a former cop who imitates Batman and, with the help of his 11-year-old daughter, tries to bring crime boss Frank D’Amico to justice. He channels the cheery wholesomeness and hyper-enunciation of Adam West’s Batman, which provides a campy contrast to the film’s violent tone.
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When asked if there were any other influences during the AMA, Cage gave full credit to West: “I grew up watching him on the '60s Batman show and he is where it begins and where it ends as Big Daddy.” He also shared that when he spoke with West about it, West responded, “I saw you TRY to channel me!”
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