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Nicolas Cage is an Oscar winning actor whose career boasts such titles as Raising Arizona, Adaptation, and Leaving Las Vegas. He is also, famously, one of the craziest guys in Hollywood - which probably explains why his filmography also includes such titles as Drive Angry, The Wicker Man, and Vampire's Kiss.

Everyone loves to hear crazy Nic Cage stories, and there have certainly been quite a few. So, here for your perusing pleasure, are some of the strangest stories to emerge from that ever-generous font of bizareness: Nicolas Cage.

Nicolas Cage Slept in Dracula's Castle to 'Channel the Energy', So Sayeth Idris Elba

Ghostrider (Credit: Columbia)
Ghostrider (Credit: Columbia)

During a Reddit AMA, Idris Elba revealed that while filming Ghost Rider in Romania, Nic decided to spend a night in the ruins of Dracula's castle because he wanted to 'channel the energy.' Idris Elba takes up the story (just imagine hearing it in his badass voice):

Yeah - Nic Cage came back one day on set, and he came down to set and he looked a little bit tired, a little bit - kind of like he'd been up all night. So I was like, "Hey Nic man, how you doing man" and he said "I'm alright" and I said, "You seem a little spooked out" and he said, "Yeah man, I went up to Dracula's castle...the ruins up in the mountains, and I stayed the night" and I said, "What?! Why?" and he said, "I just had to channel the energy, and it was pretty spooky up there." We were shooting in Romania, Transylvania, and he just went up there to spend the night, as you do.

And then he walked away.

True story.

I think we can all imagine a slightly spooked Nic Cage sitting cross-legged in among some ruins while trying to channel the energy of the 15th century Vlad the Impaler. That's just an image which comes easily to the mind, isn't it?

Nicolas Cage Has His Own Pyramid Scheme

It's not just Dracula's energy that Nic Cage wants to channel, he also seems to have a thing for Egyptian pharaohs (and possibly the Illuminati) too.

Cage has already constructed a nine-foot tall pyramid in a New Orleans cemetery in which he plans to intern himself upon his death. As it says above, he caused quite the local controversy when he apparently had another tomb exhumed and reburied so his pyramid would look over the grave of voodoo priestess, Maria Laveau.

The last I heard, it was a favored sleeping area for various New Orleans homeless guys.

BuchaREST (Not) In Peace

Originally this was simply a video of Nic Cage flipping out in Bucharest, Romania. No one's really sure what he's so angry about, but he can be heard to shout, “I’ll fucking die of honor. I’ll die right now!"

In light of what we've just heard from Idris Elba, I think we can now solve this mystery. He's clearly been possessed by the spirit of Dracula. Take a look at the video below:

P.S. I'm sure this goes without saying, but don't click on the green banner at the top of the video. You're not going to make any money...

A Taxing Problem

However, perhaps Nic Cage should be heading over to because back in 2009 he was investigated by the IRS for not paying over $6 million in tax.

It seems Cage is a bit of a shopaholic. He purchased several castles, an armada of yachts, a saber-tooth tiger, and once got into a bidding war with Leonardo DiCaprio over a 67 million-year-old dinosaur skull.

Cage blamed his business manager, Samuel Levin, for encouraging him to make "speculative and risky real estate investments," however Levin counter-sued, claiming Cage ignored his advice about spending too much money.

Now we know why he says 'yes' to every movie...

Nic Cage Once Took Mushrooms With His Cat

Cage on Letterman (Credit: CBS)
Cage on Letterman (Credit: CBS)

While appearing on Letterman to promote Sorcerer's Apprentice, Nic Cage (who was looking a bit like a bad wax-work of James Lipton) decided to regale the audience with the story of how he once got super-high with his cat named Lewis.

I'm not really sure what else I can say, so let's hear the man himself tell the story:

I had a bag of mushrooms in my refrigerator. My cat used to sneak into the refrigerator and eat them. The cat ate them voraciously, so I thought what the heck, I better do it with him. I remember lying on my bed for hours and Lewis was on the desk across my bed and we just stared at each other for hours – not moving, just staring at each other, and I had no doubt that he was my brother… But having said that I don’t do that anymore. And you know what, later in life when I was completely not doing any of that, I know he said "Hi" to me.

Nic Cage Once Woke Up To A Naked Man Eating a Fudgesicle

Vampire's Kiss (Credit: Hemdale Film Corporation)
Vampire's Kiss (Credit: Hemdale Film Corporation)

Now, technically, Nicolas Cage isn't actually the crazy one in this situation, but I'm still not sure if it reflects well upon the actor.

Several years ago, Cage woke to find an intruder in his house. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your view) it was a naked man who was busy munching on a fudge based ice cream snack. Cage explains:

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... I know it sounds funny ... but it was horrifying.

Cage said he managed to resolve the situation by calmly talking the man out of the house. However, following the incident he felt the house had been tainted and had to move - presumably into one of his other 15 abodes.


Which is your favorite Nicolas Cage Crazy Story?

Source: Reddit


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