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Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal staredown
If you’ve even briefly scrolled through TikTok within the past few weeks, you’ve likely encountered at least one video featuring actor Pedro Pascal. The Chilean-American actor has become an internet heartthrob after starring in series such as “The Mandalorian” on Disney+ and HBO Max’s “The Last of Us,” as well as the subject of thousands of TikTok videos —including a plethora of “fancams,” a phenomenon which Pascal cheekily acknowledged in a recent “Saturday Night Live” skit.
Now, Pascal is one of the faces of a viral TikTok trend, alongside fellow actor Nicolas Cage. The trend revolves around a scene from the 2022 movie “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” in which the duo slowly turns to look at each other with wildly different expressions—Cage’s, exasperated and incredulous, and Pascal’s, a manic grin.
Tens of thousands of TikTok users thus far have used the video clip to illustrate situations in which two people have dramatically different feelings about something, accompanied by the chorus of Cas Elliot’s song “Make Your Own Kind of Music.” Users typically employ onscreen text to identify themselves with either Cage’s despair or Pascal’s elation, depending on the scenario they’re describing. For example, user @lane8998 used Cage’s expression to demonstrate how they felt “coming home from a long day of work” to find that their dog had destroyed their couch, while user @emilyinthezoo used the trend to convey her dismay, and her husband’s joy, at cargo shorts making a comeback.
Several users’ videos have already organically incorporated brands, such as user @iwetmyyplants did when describing her enthusiasm for exploring the plant section at Lowe’s. Brand accounts are also playing with the trend, including Scrub Daddy and the San Diego Zoo, and creators, such as author Nicola Yoon, have made videos with the format, too. Over 225,000 total videos have been created with a CapCut template that overlays Cage and Pascal’s faces onto another video, and hashtags such as #MakeYourOwnKindOfMusic and #PedroPascalMeme have each amassed millions of views in the past week.
Brands can follow other users’ lead and utilize the CapCut video template to share a lighthearted situation tied to the brand, with one person, likely the consumer, being thrilled about buying a product or doing some other brand-related activity, while their counterpart reacts with less excitement.