Meet the man who, for 10 years, was the stand-in for superstar actor Nic Cage on twenty films…
Saturday 11th January 19:00
We, like most cinephiles, are fascinated by Nicholas Cage. So much so in fact, that we have tirelessly tried to explore his enigma in live shows, on podcasts and at Nicholas Cage Film Festivals. Now, we might get some answers from a man who worked as Nicholas Cage’s stand in for a decade, from 1994 to 2004 – Marcos Kyris.
Kyris worked with Cage on Leaving Las Vegas, Face/Off, Con Air, and even National Treasure. Kyris was an aspiring actor himself, who landed the first gig as Cage’s stand-in through an extras agency. For those unfamiliar with the role of a stand-in, Uncaged: A Stand-in Story describes it as a person is hired who has a similar look & build to a main actor in order to film minor shots the lead isn’t expressly needed for. For example, in Gone in 60 Seconds, Kyris’s leg is the one seen kicking Christopher Eccleston off the warehouse walkway, not Cage’s. Kyris worked with Cage for the first time on Trapped in Paradise, in which he helped Cage by observing how the shots were set up and giving Cage information about how to position himself better. This tactic led Cage to ask Kyris to be his permanent stand-in. For the next 10 years, Kyris worked with Cage on 19 other films! And yes, he was there for the Golden Hat-Trick of The Rock, Con Air and Face/Off!
In the documentary short Uncaged: A Stand-in Story, Kyris reflects back on his career as a stand-in and demonstrates what he learned about Cage from working with him. He mimics his mannerisms, shares anecdotes about his time on set, and describes how Cage worked. You’ll also discover how the two of them ended up parting ways and how when Cage hit his own financial woes, Kyris had his own real-estate to fall back on.
As well as showing Uncaged: A Stand-in Story, we’ll also be screening a Cage classic that Kyris worked on. There will also be a Q&A will Kyris, so prepare to have all your Cage queries answered!
Marco Kyris worked as Nic Cage’s stand-in for a decade on 20 films; everything from Cage’s break out role in Leaving Las Vegas to the blockbuster franchise National Treasure. In Uncaged: A Stand-in Story, Marco talks about his early life as an actor, his journey into the entourage of Nic Cage, and what it was like working in the shadow for one of Hollywood’s Legends of Cinema.
TRAILER LINK: https://youtu.be/YEDfoM0oL8M
This event is part of the Cage-a-rama: Uncaged tour organised by Matchbox Cineclub, hosts of the UK’s premier Nicolas Cage festival: Cage-a-rama.