Nicolas Cage is a truly divisive Hollywood superstar: like Marmite, you either love him or loathe him. He’s made some
undeniably great films over the years, from Leaving Las Vegas to The Rock – but he’s certainly made some
questionable choices too, as he did with his 2006 remake of The Wicker Man.
- He was forced to publicly deny rumours that he’s a vampire
In 2012, a Seattle-based man sparked rumours that Cage was a vampire after uploading one spooky eBay listing.
The seller had listed a photo from 1870 of a Tennessee man bearing a striking resemblance to Cage. The asking price was a hefty $1 million.
“Personally, I believe it’s him and that he is some sort of walking undead/vampire, et cetera, who quickens/reinvents himself once every 75 years or so,” the seller said.
“150 years from now, he might be a politician, the leader of a cult, or a talk show host.” Cage went on to publicly deny that he was a vampire, putting the rumours to bed on the David Letterman Show.
“Now look, I don’t drink blood and the last time I looked in the mirror I had a reflection,” he told the talk show host.
2. He bought serial killer Delphine LaLaurie’s house in 2007
Cage is so eccentric that it almost comes as no surprise to learn that he bought a notorious serial killer’s house in 2007.
Delphine LaLaurie was a New Orleans-based socialite who gained notoriety in the early 19th century for her cruel treatment and murder of slaves.
LaLaurie fled Louisiana after local authorities realised that she was killing her slaves. She spent the rest of her life in self-imposed exile in Paris.
The original LaLaurie house was mobbed, ransacked, and even burned down before it was rebuilt in 1838. The new building is what Cage purchased in 2007 for $3.45 million. Cage told the New York Daily News that he liked the idea of buying a house with “mystery” attached to it.
As Cage struggled with increasing financial difficulties in the following years, the house was relisted and sold at auction in 2009 for $3.5 million.
3. He’s arranged to be buried in a pyramid when he dies
It’s Cage’s wish to be buried in a pyramid when he passes away – and he even has a tomb lined up already in one of New Orleans’ most famous cemeteries, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.
In 2010, Cage purchased two plots in a nine-feet-tall pyramid-shaped tomb inscribed with the Latin phrase “omnia ab uno,” which translates to “everything from one.”
The cemetery is also the final resting place of Marie Laveau, a Creole voodoo priestess who lived and died in New Orleans. Some believe the pyramid structure is linked to Cage’s supposed involvement in the Illuminati, but this seems a little far-fetched.
Equally bizarrely, others claim that Cage is immortal and will regenerate his body inside the tomb after death. In February 2020, Cage was seen visiting the tomb with a mystery woman. He’s never publicly commented on why he bought the plots.
4. His shortest marriage was four days long
Cage had been dating makeup artist Erika Koike for around a year when they tied the knot in Las Vegas in March 2019.
Unfortunately, their honeymoon period was all too brief. After just four days of married life, Cage filed for divorce from Koike.
“I don’t really want to talk about it. I was pretty upset about that and the way things happened,” he told The New York Times Magazine.
When seeking the annulment, Cage cited the fact that both parties were drunk during the wedding. Cage claimed that he and Koike drank “to the point of intoxication” before the ceremony.
He also argued that he wasn’t aware of Koike’s “relationship with another person.” A divorce was granted to the couple in May 2019.
5. He was once stalked by a mime
In 2009, Cage claimed that he’d been routinely stalked by a mime who would follow him everywhere.
“This mime would appear on the set of Bringing Out the Dead and start doing strange things,” he told Parade.
“I have no idea how it got past security. Finally, the producers took some action and I haven’t seen the mime since,” he said. Cage described the mime as “silent – but maybe deadly” and found the whole ordeal “deeply unsettling.”
The mime wasn’t Cage’s only stalker. At the Toronto Film Festival in 2011, he told a disturbing story about how he once woke up late at night only to see “a naked man […] eating a Fudgesicle” at the end of his bed.
Cage said that he immediately called the police and calmly talked to the intruder while waiting for help to arrive.
By Cynthia Nwankwo(Top5er)