Nicolas Cage is the eccentric gift that keeps on giving. The actor, director, producer, avid comic book fan and dinosaur skull collector also decided to set the record straight on how he chooses the animals he eats. According to The Guardian, Cage only eats animals who mate in a respectable way.
He didn’t really get into the specifics of what he means by this, so we’re left to speculate. Does the animal have to ask for consent before mounting his partner? Does he only eat animals who shave and light some candles before mating? But then instead of clarifying what he means by that, he just goes on to list every animal he knows.
“I have a fascination with fish, birds, whales – sentient life – insects, reptiles,” he said during the interview. “I actually choose the way I eat according to the way animals have sex. I think fish are very dignified with sex. So are birds.”
We’re just as confused you are. A lot of bird species, like the albatross and the bird of paradise, practice a mating dance. Some of them, like the peacock and the flamingo, evolved to have feathers that impress their partners with their colors and patterns. But we’re hoping he’s not going out of his way to eat a flamingo.
You’ll be surprised to know that this isn’t the most bizarre animal story involving Nicolas Cage. According to The Guardian, he bought a snake with two heads to protect him while he filmed a movie in New Orleans. Again, this raises more questions than what it answers. Cage said that his reason for adopting the two-headed gopher was because he was terrified to work in New Orleans and he hoped the snake would protect him, according to The Telegraph.
“I have a love/ hate relationship with the city of New Orleans, which is the strongest kind of relationship,” he said. “It’s where I live and I feel both cursed and blessed in New Orleans so I was quite terrified to go back and make a movie there.”
The animal stories involving Nicolas Cage don’t end there. Besides his eating habits and his two-headed poisonous snake bodyguard, Cage also owned an octopus as a pet. In the 1996, he did a photoshoot with Vanity Fair where he posed on a bed with an alligator. In 2010 he told David Letterman that his cat Louis got in a bag of psychedelic mushrooms so he decided that the only “sociable thing to do” would be to get high with his cat. Brilliant.