Nicolas Cage Can Explain It All

In an era when too many celebrity profiles either take place entirely over Zoom or vastly misapprehend what makes someone objectively interesting, Gabriella Paiella’s April cover story for GQ manages what seems the impossible: avoiding the pitfalls, commiting without caping, and leaving you with a very real sense of a man you thought you knew everything about.

Redemption does seem to have arrived for Cage, at long last. After falling millions of dollars into debt, and then working tirelessly to dig himself out, he has made many movies—too many movies—that only reinforced the idea that Cage was maybe a little insane. And yet, through the 12 years that followed the death of his beloved father, the turmoil of near-bankruptcy, and the big studios turning their backs on him, Cage has stayed committed to delivering flashes of his highly personal brilliance in smaller projects. Like in 2018’s Mandy, as a bereaved lumberjack in the woods who’s lost everything he loves. Or last year’s Pig, as a bereaved chef in the woods who’s lost everything he loves. And in doing so, he’s reminded people what they’ve always known: Nicolas Cage is one of our greatest actors.

Source: GQ
Published: Mar 22, 2022
Length: 26 minutes (6,673 words)

How the Maestro Got His Hands Back

“A lifetime of brutal injuries and misfortune robbed the world-renowned pianist João Carlos Martins of the ability to play his instrument. And then along came an eccentric designer and his bionic gloves.”
Source: GQ
Published: Oct 28, 2021
Length: 16 minutes (4,100 words)

Patricia Lockwood Is a Good Reason to Never Log Off

“I mean, the internet is inside us. It’s no longer an externality. We can’t get away from that. You can do some Alias thing where you rip the chip out and you throw it in the river, but it’s too late, man. We’re not getting offline.” Gabriella Paiella interviews Patricia Lockwood.

Source: GQ
Published: Feb 15, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,519 words)

The Remaking of Steve Buscemi

“In a rare interview, Hollywood’s most beloved misfit opens up about anxiety, loss, and the hard work of getting through it all.”

Source: GQ
Published: May 26, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,600 words)

‘You’re My Present This Year’: An Oral History of the Folgers Incest Ad

Oh please, like you didn’t think it.

Source: GQ
Published: Dec 16, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,053 words)