The late-night TV show host and comedian couldn’t wait to watch the iconic actor portray Exotic in an upcoming series, so he gave his own rendition of how he imagines it would be.
On May 5, 2020, the world learned that CBS TV Studio is developing a limited series that will see the 56-year-old Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage portraying a fictional version of “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic.
Upon hearing this, 45-year-old “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon was as shocked as any of us, and he reacted by doing his best impersonation of Cage’s acting style for a hilarious segment of his show’s “At Home Edition.”
On May 6, Fallon premiered the funny skit during that day’s episode of his late-night show, after teasing his viewers into believing that he was actually about to share “a sneak peek of Tiger King starring Nicolas Cage,” saying:
“What am I supposed to do but share it with you guys? I have to.”
NOT QUITE IT
But as soon as the “sneak peak” started to play, it was evident that it was actually Fallon himself pretending to be Cage portraying the infamous zookeeper, complete with his animal-print outfits and characteristic mustache and hairstyle.
“The tiger is a fascinating creature with the essence and soul of a caveman in the wild. Did that make any sense at all?” Fallon said in character, parodying both Cage and Exotic at the same time.
During the segment, Fallon makes reference to Exotic’s ongoing feud with his sworn enemy, fellow tiger owner Carole Baskin, with his Exotic character yelling Baskin’s name repeatedly before asking to the camera:
“You think you’re better than me? Because you own a tiger rescue and I own a sketchy zoo that’s running out of meat?”
In true Fallon’s fashion, the skit ended with “Exotic” playing a country music song, a reference to the convicted reality star's aspirations of being a country singer.
Netflix’s documentary series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness” turned the former G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, into a national sensation, but due to COVID-19, it had to be closed for several weeks.
But as soon as Oklahoma lifted its stay-at-home restrictions, what is now called Tiger King Park went on to reopen, with dozens of people waiting in line to visit the famous establishment.
As People pointed out, most of the park’s visitors refrained from wearing masks and ostensibly broke social distancing measures.