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The Bonkers Nicolas Cage Role That Influenced Pedro Pascal In Wonder Woman 1984

For “Wonder Woman 1984,” Pedro Pascal took on the part of antagonist Maxwell Lord: a down-on-his-luck businessman who uses a magical artifact known as the Dreamstone to make the world’s dreams come true. This plan works out swimmingly for the newly-successful Lord, but once he transfers the stone’s power to himself, his healthy quickly deteriorates. The once-confident and smooth-talking entrepreneur soon became a disheveled, paranoid mess of a man as his time among the living ticked down, requiring Pascal to channel a similar kind of energy to that of Nicolas Cage in 1989’s “Vampire’s Kiss.”

According to an April 19, 2022 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pascal knew he’d need to take his Maxwell Lord performance to the next level for a particular scene. To do so, he drew inspiration from Cage’s approach to Peter Loew: a literary agent who believes he’s turning into a vampire and flies off the handle because of it. Pascal recalls a moment from “Vampire’s Kiss” where Loew jumps on a table and begins berating his secretary, Alva Restrepo (María Conchita Alonso), as especially important to his depiction of Lord. Although, he admits that he didn’t go full-throttle as Cage did way back when.

While “Wonder Woman 1984” remains less than beloved by DC Extended Universe fans, at least it gave Pedro Pascal the chance to unleash his inner Nicolas Cage for the world to see.

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