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Everyone has a favorite Nicolas Cage movie — even Nicolas Cage! From the campy to the action-packed to the truly bizarre, Cage’s flicks have definitely given fans and critics something to talk about for the decades he’s been active in Hollywood. The actor stands firm in his creative choices, even if some have led him to largely panned projects. 

But he does have a favorite, and it’s one that received critical acclaim. However, even the star himself can’t answer one key question about the movie’s plot. 

Nicolas Cage says ‘Pig’ is his favorite of his movies

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Actor Nicolas Cage attends the ‘The Croods’ Photocall during the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 15, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. | Luca Teuchmann/WireImage

Nicolas Cage has been in an impressive amount of films. As IMDb shows, his filmography includes more than 100 acting credits stretching back to the early 1980s. There have been some true gems among his catalog of strange and sometimes indescribable films. Raising ArizonaLeaving Las Vegas, and Gone in 60 Seconds all left a mark. 

When Nicolas Cage participated in the Wired Autocomplete interview, he revealed his favorite of his movies. The film in question is Pig, a 2021 drama about a former chief who leaves his secluded home to save his prized truffle pig. 

“I thought it was like a folk song. I thought it was like a haiku,” Cage said of his affinity for the movie. He added he felt like he was “seasoned” by the film and that it helped him feel accomplished as an actor. 

Cage admits ‘Pig’ is up for interpretation

Another one of the questions raised in the interview? “Does Nicolas Cage find the pig?” The clear reference to Pig and the film’s driving plot seemingly tripped him up. Cage quips, “I can’t answer that.” 

While he says the answer to the question is “in the movie,” he admits it’s not a straightforward one. “You may have another answer for it,” Cage explains, and it “might be more appropriate for your version of the movie.” He then moves on without any further elaboration, making it clear that he won’t do the hard work of interpreting the film for his fans. They’ll have to watch, think, and come to a conclusion about the outcome all on their own. 

Indeed, the film’s mystery becomes one of its strongest points. Many critics point to Cage’s superb performance and the “offbeat” nature of the movie as what makes it work. These elements helped garner Pig an impressive 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

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Elsewhere in the WIRED interview, Cage refers to his films as his “children.”. He’s well aware of the reputation he’s earned in Hollywood and the balancing act that isn’t always easy to nail in his often over-the-top performances. 

At the same time, Cage has opened up about where his priorities lie. And he’s explained what led him to turn away from much of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.

“I stopped being interested in going to awards shows and selling myself,” Cage told the Hollywood Reporter. “I made a decision to pursue a life of contemplation. And simultaneously, I had movies like Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Ghost Rider and Drive Angry — three in a row that didn’t work out. There was this marginalization that happened while I was also more interested in philosophy and meditating. So those two things happened at once.”

He’s been mocked — and even took on a self-referential comedic role based on that mockery in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent — for saying yes to anything that came his way. Cage says that isn’t exactly true, but he likes to stay busy. “I only did movies where I thought I could bring something authentic to them,” the actor continued. “I turned a lot of crap down. But I do think that the constant amount of working — which is probably going to continue — has made me better at my job.”