Alex Wolff has worked with many talented actors of the industry over the years. His journey from “Jumanji” films to independent horror film “Hereditary” has been incredible and full of learning. But, after starring opposite Oscar-winning Nicolas Cage in the new indie drama “Pig”, everything which Alex takes away from previous co-stars is changed.
The storyline of this new installment follows Cage as Rob who is living off-grid in the Oregon wilderness and the main function of his life is to hunt for truffles with his beloved pig. But Rob’s life is in turmoil after his pig gets kidnapped. Rob enlists the help of Amir (Wolff) — an enterprising businessman who purchases the truffles on behalf of restaurants — to drive Rob to his old city haunts in Portland so they can find out who is behind the crime. In return to this Amir discovers about Rob’s past which is quite mysterious and troubled. With this the story continues to a startling revelation about the disappearance of the woodsman’s prize swine.
But what does Wolff have to say this time about his time on set with Nicolas Cage?
Alex Wolff sincerely said in an interview, “I felt like my learning curve was just a perpendicular learning curve, it went straight up with Nic. I’m just owning up to it, it’s a little trite when you say that, and it could be maybe perceived as not completely sincere except in this case, it is — and then I really felt like I went from one version of an actor to a completely different version. One that is 1,000 times better because of working with Nic. And I feel like that’s maybe why you notice that all his movies, the people around him, I think, do even better with him than they do solo. I think that he brings the best out of everybody. He is a real team artist.”
Wolff’s first scene with Cage is very curious as Wolff was the only one talking there and Cage as Rob was not even glancing at him once. In such a scene, Wolff met with silence and this was a whole new experience for him. This scene made Alex uncomfortable but ultimately, Wolff embraced the challenge, and felt he emerged a better actor because of it.
He said, “You know, it ups your game, but it’s very hard. It’s hard. It’s hard to keep talking and have someone not talk to you, but I think it ends up serving you.”
He continued, “What do you feel as an actor, like, ‘Oh my God, am I doing okay?’ really serves a character. Because anybody who keeps talking and someone’s not talking, they usually then start to spiral and get a little nervous, and insecure. There’s no one who gives the other person silence. Imagine if you asked me a question and I just looked at you. I think you’d nervously start to rephrase the question. So, I think that’s how it was a little bit, but really fun.”