From a 2-headed snake to bat cave for naked hijinks, here's how Nicolas Cage blew his fortune
Actor Nicolas Cage made his debut appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Wednesday, April 20, on ABC. The actor, 58, put on a stunning stint as he shared a series of strange tales during a promotional visit for his upcoming movie 'The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent'.
Nicholas confessed on the show that it was "a big night" as he made his TV debut. He later talked about his outlandish tales of how he paid $80,000 on a two-headed snake and wanted to add a bat cave to his property collection. The singer, who has resided in Las Vegas for 17 years, began the stories by telling how he once turned $200 into $20,000 playing roulette. “I did it in about a half-hour and I was in the Bahamas. Do you ever have one of those nights where you feel like the mojo is with you and you could just do nothing wrong? Everything was going to go your way,” Nic asked Jimmy. He continued saying that the night happened 20 years ago and "every number I chose, and I often would choose the same number, it kept winning. Even the woman who was spinning the balls said 'nothing sweeter than a repeater' to which I replied, 'this is magic.'"
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"The next day I said this is so special, I'm going to go - I found an orphanage. I went across Nassau Harbor. I met all the children and I said to the headmistress this is for you. And put $20,000 cash in her hand and I never gambled again because it would have ruined the magic of that night." “Does that make me impossibly strange," said Nic adding that "I did. It's weird. What happened and it's odd.”
“Why I don't know I was dreaming about two-headed eagles. One night I had this dream and then the next day my manager at the time got a phone call saying: I've got a two-headed snake that I found in Northridge and I think your client Nic Cage would be interested.” "I won't mention how much it cost because that is going to go everywhere," Nic said. When the talk show host Jimmy asked if it was more than how much the orphanage got, the actor responded, "More, it was like four times the amount and I bought it.”
“They would fight. One head was more dominant than the other. Why? It was going to the same stomach. But I would have to put a spatula between the two heads to feed them and it just got a little too freaky for me. So I took it to the Audubon Zoo…It lived for 14 years and it died just recently.”
Jimmy wondered whether his representatives get a lot of weird calls from individuals trying to sell him items. "I think they have learned if they do get the call, they've learned not to tell me," Nic said, adding that he lives with a “very well dressed” African Pied crow in his Las Vegas Home. “He likes to say hi to me when I walk in the room,” Nic said. “He's very smart and when I leave he says 'bye.' I didn't teach him the words. He just came with the vocabulary and then one day he called me an a-hole and I don't know why. It just came out.” Nic added that his crow likes to leap on people's heads. According to him, the crow lives in a gigantic 16-foot dome.
“I say 'If you want to go in and say hi okay but put these sunglasses on,'" 'Ghost Rider' star said. “Because he has a sharp beak and talons but no ones been hurt.”
Jimmy was keen to hear the truth about other weird rumors about the star's personal life, such as whether or not he had bought a cave full of bats. “I had an interest in exploring all the elements.I got a certificate on the Great Barrier Reef. I explored the element of water. Air, I didn't get as far as I wanted to, I wanted to be a hang glider but it didn't happen. Fire, I felt like 'Ghost Rider' I had explored the element of fire. Then I wanted to explore earth and I want to start spelunking, exploring caves," said Nic.
The star further revealed that while filming 'National Treasure,' he learned of a cave for sale and went to look at it. “There are all these stalactites and all these milky quartz-like crystalline walls,” he said. “At the time, I was married and I thought I wanted to be in, it looked like unfiltered sake. I thought, "I want to buy this and just go down to the bottom of the cave and get totally naked with my wife and drink". “Needless to say, I didn't buy the cave, it didn't happen,” Nic said. “And there were no bats in the cave.”
Later the anchor played him a scene from the film 'The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent'. Jimmy asked him whether he had any reservations about portraying the fictionalized version of himself in the film, to which Nic replied, "As actors we like to hide behind a character". “I was terrified. I didn't know if they wanted to do some sort of an Andy Samberg 'SNL' mock fest. Tom [Gormican] the director wrote me a very intelligent letter.” Nic stated that when Tom described the complexities of the film, he was certain as he was in excellent hands.