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Bad Lieutenant: Nicolas Cage on Crack, Talking About Elks

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Weeks after seeing it at a press screening, we here at Reject HQ are still trying to piece together the eccentric brilliance of Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, in which Nicolas Cage plays a drug-addicted cop who will stop at nothing to get a fix and take care of his prostitute girlfriend, played by Eva Mendes. The film — or more specifically, the second half of the film — is the most insane and absurd, yet delightful work we’ve seen all year. Cage is electric, Herzog’s aggressive visual style puts the audience in a state of high akin to being on crack and the city of New Orleans is gritty, dirty and dangerous at every turn. To say the least, it is a flick with ‘cult sensation’ written all over it.

Which brings us to this new clip, which I picked up via Hollywood Elsewhere — a decidedly NSFW clip from the film — in which Cage’s Lt. Terence McDonagh talks about a football player who randomly sprouts antlers and becomes an elk. This crack-induced rant is just one of many ridiculous scenes that you will behold when Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (not a sequel, dammit) hits theaters on December 11, 2009.

In Werner Herzog’s new film BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS, Nicolas Cage plays a rogue detective who is as devoted to his job as he is at scoring drugs — while playing fast and loose with the law.  He wields his badge as often as he wields his gun in order to get his way.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he becomes a high-functioning addict who is a deeply intuitive, fearless detective reigning over the beautiful ruins of New Orleans with authority and abandon. Complicating his tumultuous life is the prostitute he loves (played by Eva Mendes). Together they descend into their own world marked by desire, compulsion, and conscience. The result is a singular masterpiece of filmmaking: equally sad and manically humorous.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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