Nicolas Cage plays himself in his new film “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” a comedy jam-packed with references and tributes to his most famous roles and performances. During one standout scene, he comes face to face with a younger version of himself, which ends with the younger version planting a gigantic smooch on his face. At the Variety South By Southwest Studio, Kevin Etten, who cowrote the script with director Tom Gormican, revealed that the kiss was an idea that Cage himself came up with early in the film’s production.

“Having to play two versions of myself in a movie that’s sort of about some Tom Gormican version of myself, I was like, ‘Okay, I’m just gonna have to go full Bugs Bunny on this,'” Cage said. “I mean, Bugs Bunny was kissing everybody and everything. And it was very aggressive. And yeah, I’m kissing myself. Literally, the process of making this movie on some level was like making out with myself and it was weird. And everything about it is uncomfortable and terrifying. But I thought, ‘Yeah, it all has to come to that moment, we have to keep that in the movie.'”

Cage, Gormican and Etten were joined by “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” cast members Pedro Pascal, Lily Mo Sheen, Jacob Scipio and Alessandra Mastronardi in celebration of the film’s SXSW premiere. In conversation with Variety reporter Selome Hailu, the cast and crew discussed what it’s like working with Cage on set and the biggest differences between the real life Cage and the one depicted in the film.

In the film, Pascal plays Javi, an eccentric billionaire and Nic Cage super fan, who pays the actor $1 million to appear at his birthday party. While discussing how he was cast, Pascal spoke about the impact that his co-star’s filmography had on him growing up as a movie fan.

“I knew I wanted to be an actor quite young. I came up with this fantasy, because we would go to the movies so much as a family,” Pascal said, addressing Cage. “And as a child, the kinds of performances that were imprinted into my experience were yours. … There isn’t anything more surreal that I’ve done than to actually get to travel and go and be on set with Nic and act with him and be his scene partner. Because he’s my biggest influence.”

“The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” is currently playing at SXSW and will release in theaters on April 22. Watch the full conversation above.