Nicolas Cage ‘afraid’ to play alone despite THAT interview on Terry Wogan

He once somersaulted into the studio, shot high kicks and threw money at the audience before taking off his shirt on the BBC’s Terry Wogan chat show.

But Nicolas Cage, 58, admits he is ‘afraid’ of playing himself in the upcoming action comedy, The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent.

Famous for his eccentric behavior, which included carrying magic mushrooms with his cat and spending $150 million on a ‘haunted house’, dinosaur skulls and an octopus that ‘helped his acting’, the actor chose to bring back his ‘old self’. for the role.

Strange!  Somersault on Terry Wogan, did drugs with his cat and made $150 million: Nicolas Cage, 58, has admitted he's 'afraid' to play himself in the upcoming film

Strange! Somersault on Terry Wogan, did drugs with his cat and made $150 million: Nicolas Cage, 58, has admitted he’s ‘afraid’ to play himself in the upcoming film

Speaking as head of the film’s releases, Nicholas detailed: ‘I saw an old interview I did on the Wogan show where I was in front.’

‘I was promoting Wild At Heart, doing karate kicks, throwing money at the audience, and I thought, ‘That guy is really obnoxious, arrogant, disrespectful, crazy person – and I think he needs to be in this movie.’ ‘

Stepping out to join Terry on the couch in 1990, the actor threw himself across the room as he did somersaults, high kicks, and threw money at the audience.

Wild: Speaking as head of film releases, Nicholas detailed: 'I saw an old interview I did on the Wogan show where I was in front'

Wild: Speaking as head of film releases, Nicholas detailed: ‘I saw an old interview I did on the Wogan show where I was in front’

He then proceeded to open this chest to Terry, at the entrance of a chat event that no one in a hurry would forget.

Nicholas detailed: ‘It was Nic in 1990 and I’m so glad I’m not like that person anymore. But I’m happy to bring him back.’

Speaking to writer and film director Tom Gormican, he continued: ‘Actually, I have very quiet moments at home, reading with my cat. Don’t you want to include something like that?’

Throwback: He added: 'I think, "That guy is really annoying, arrogant, disrespectful, crazy person and I think he should be in this movie"'

Throwback: He added: ‘I thought, ‘That guy is a real obnoxious, arrogant, disrespectful, crazy person — and I think he needs to be in this movie”

Crazy: Stepping out to join Terry on the couch in 1990, the actor threw himself across the room as he did somersaults, high kicks, and threw money at the audience.

Crazy: Stepping out to join Terry on the couch in 1990, the actor threw himself across the room as he did somersaults, high kicks, and threw money at the audience.

Eccentric: Nicholas detailed: 'It was Nic in 1990 and I'm so glad I'm not like that guy anymore.  But I'm happy to bring it back'

Eccentric: Nicholas detailed: ‘It was Nic in 1990 and I’m so glad I’m not like that guy anymore. But I’m happy to bring it back’

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, slated to hit theaters April 22, centers on Nicholas Cage playing a version of himself, who is experiencing financial problems.

He agrees to appear at a billionaire superfan’s $1 million birthday party, but he’s really there as a CIA informant because the superfan (Pedro Pascal) is a drug lord.

But when approached about the action comedy feature, Nicolas feared he would ‘make jokes about himself’ because of the internet’s perception of him as a ‘crazy.’

Owen Gleiberman of Variety called Cage’s concept of playing Cage, ‘a conceit we get used to in seconds’ and called it ‘a gift that keeps on giving.’

He added that the film is a ‘delirious commercial comedy playfully mocking Nicolas Cage, celebrating everything that made him Nicolas Cage.’

Nicholas actually had financial problems that caused him to take on almost any role he could, with Gleiberman calling him, the ‘slum superhero.’

Funny: Owen Gleiberman of Variety calls the concept of Cage playing Cage, 'the vanity we use in seconds' and calls it 'a gift that keeps on giving'

Funny: Owen Gleiberman of Variety calls the concept of Cage playing Cage, ‘the vanity we use in seconds’ and calls it ‘a gift that keeps on giving’

John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter described the film as, ‘a romp devoted to devotees seeking a Crazy Cage show and forgiving the faults in between.’

After screening to its first wave of critics, the film has earned a rare new 100 percent rating through its first wave of reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film also stars Tiffany Haddish, Ike Barinholtz, Sharon Horgan, Neil Patrick Harris and Lily Mo Sheen, daughters of Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheen.

Hot review: Last month, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent at SXSW in Austin, Texas, scored rave reviews

Hot review: Last month, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent at SXSW in Austin, Texas, scored rave reviews

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