Nicolas Cage has an undeniable on-screen presence - one that surprises and entertains regardless of the role. As an action star, a romantic lead, and an award-winning dramatic actor, Nicolas Cage doesn't disappoint. The same can be said for facts about Nicolas Cage's life off screen.
Cage has lived some truly incredible experiences, some of which even sound too outlandish to be part of a movie - much less real. Stories about stolen fossils, naked intruders, and haunted houses are just a few of the things about Nic Cage that are as unique as he is.
Check out these Nicolas Cage facts that deserve a frenzied freak-out à la the man himself.
He Once Woke Up To Find A Stranger Eating A Fudgesicle At The End Of His Bed
In recounting what he called a "horrifying" experience, Cage told reporters in 2011:
It was two in the morning. I was living in Orange County at the time and was asleep with my wife. My two-year old at the time was in another room. I opened my eyes and there was a naked man wearing my leather jacket eating a Fudgesicle in front of my bed.
Cage talked to the man, asked him to leave, and the police arrived soon after. While Cage did not press charges, he said he never stayed in the house again.44030Freaking out?
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While Filming 'Vampire's Kiss,' He Ate Live Cockroaches - And It Was His Idea To Do It
When Nicolas Cage (playing Peter Loew) eats a cockroach in the 1988 movie Vampire's Kiss, it's cringe-worthy and, by Cage's own admission, something he did to try to "get on the map." As a calculated on-screen move, eating the cockroach was his idea - and something the director made him do more than once.
According to director Robert Bierman, the script originally called for the character to eat a raw egg. Cage and Bierman decided an egg wasn't extreme enough, so Cage told Bierman, "The thing I hate most in the world are cockroaches. They are my Room 101... So let me eat a cockroach." As Bierman explained,
He wanted to eat the most frightening thing for him. I thought, "This is terrific!" I sent my prop people down into the boiler room.... They brought me a box, divided up into little sections with tissue paper. The cockroaches were there lined up for me to cast. I think they’re actually called water bugs - they’re bigger than cockroaches.
Cage called it one of the "most disgusting horrible" memories of anything he's done on the set of a movie.28515Freaking out?
He Helped Johnny Depp Break Into Acting
Nicolas Cage and Johnny Depp were friends and, during a casual game of Monopoly, Cage told Depp he should try acting. Cage told The New York Times in 2019 that Depp was initially dismissive of the suggestion, insisting he couldn't act and that he was a musician.
Cage persisted, and had Depp meet with his agent. Depp was cast in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) soon after.20442Freaking out?
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He Once Owned 15 Houses, Including Haunted Ones
Among the many possessions Cage has accrued through is life - including an octopus and shrunken pygmy heads - are his houses located around the world. Many of his houses were foreclosed on in the wake of debt, including the "Most Haunted House in America."
While he never owned Dracula's castle in Romania, he did stay there to get inspiration when filming the first Ghost Rider (2007) movie. Co-star Idris Elba recalled seeing a tired-looking Cage and asking if he was okay. Cage replied,
Yeah man, I went up to Dracula's castle... the ruins up in the mountains, and I stayed the night.... I just had to channel the energy, and it was pretty spooky up there.17731Freaking out?