‘I was certain I was from another planet’: Nicolas Cage reveals he was convinced he was an ‘alien’ as a child and was ‘shocked’ to find he had ‘normal organs and skeleton’
Nicolas Cage has revealed that as a child he was convinced he was an alien.
The 58-year-old actor said he was ‘shocked’ to discover that he had ‘normal organs and a normal skeleton’ like everyone else.
Speaking to Rampstyle magazine, he opened up about his childhood, saying he had trouble relating to people as he was socially awkward.
Out of this world: Nicolas Cage has revealed that as a child he was convinced he was an alien (pictured in March)
He explained: ‘My father told me he felt like he had to introduce himself to me because I was such an alien.
‘I was shocked the day I went to the doctor’s office as a child and I found out that I had normal organs and a normal skeleton because I was certain I was from another planet.’
Nicolas described how his social awkwardness inspired him to pursue a career as an actor.
Gobsmacked: The 58-year-old actor said he was ‘shocked’ to discover that he had ‘normal organs and a normal skeleton’ like everyone else (pictured in 1981 at 17)
He added: ‘I had difficulties connecting with other people. When I saw David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth, I realised I needed to do something. So I became an actor.’
The Oscar winner has made many headlines over the years for his eccentric stories about his life.
In 2009 he revealed to Parade magazine that he was stalked by a mime while filming Bringing Out the Dead.
Nicolas said: ‘I guess it would fall into the stalker category more or less. I was being stalked by a mime—silent, but maybe deadly.
‘Somehow, this mime would appear on the set of Bringing Out the Dead and start doing strange things… I have no idea how it got past security.
Childhood: Speaking to Rampstyle magazine, he opened up about his childhood, saying he had trouble relating to people as he was socially awkward (pictured in February)
‘Finally, the producers took some action, and I haven’t seen the mime since. But it was definitely unsettling.’
He also opened up about a home invasion he went through while promoting his 2011 film Trespass at the Toronto International Film Festival.
He recalled: ‘It was two in the morning. I was living in Orange County at the time and was asleep with my wife. My 2-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 Fudgsicle in front of my bed. I know it sounds funny… but it was horrifying.’
Nicolas has also made a series of bizarre purchases, including shrunken heads, albino cobras, a crow, exotic artworks, a supposedly haunted mansion and a $276,000 stolen Tyrannosaurus skull that he then had to return.
He also bought lands in a cemetery in New Orleans in 2010 to construct a 9-foot-tall pyramid mausoleum to be his final resting place.
Motivation: Nicolas described how his social awkwardness inspired him to pursue a career as an actor (pictured in February)