Wild World of Nicolas Cage: Naked Fudgesicle Man Latest in Long List of Troubles

Actor reveals he awoke to find naked man in his bedroom

ByABC News
April 17, 2011, 11:07 PM

Sept. 15, 2011— -- Nicolas Cage has revealed yet another strange occurrence in his personal life as he promotes his new movie, "Trespass" at the Toronto film festival. The thriller, which centers on a home invasion, triggered Cage to recall his own experience with an intruder.

"It was two in the morning. I was living in Orange County at the time and was asleep with my wife," Cage told reporters at the festival. "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 didn't press charges against the man who left peacefully when police arrived.

Never a dull moment. Here's a look at Nicolas Cage's off-screen troubles.

In April 2011 Nicolas Cage reportedly went right back to work on his latest film "Medallion" after a weekend bender that could have been plucked out of Cage's Academy Award winning role in "Leaving Las Vegas." The actor was arrested in New Orleans for domestic abuse, disturbing the peace and public drunkenness, but the charges were eventually dropped.

According to police, Cage was heavily intoxicated and violent, arguing with his wife, Alice Kim, in a tattoo parlor and on the street. Later, he punched a few cars. "He was running around and screaming in the street," a bartender at Harry's Corner in New Orleans told People magazine.

Longtime Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman, who does not represent Cage, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that Cage taunted police, saying "Go ahead, arrest me."

"They tried to send him home," Bragman said. "Then, finally, they did arrest him."

Kim has denied that Cage abused her and has declined to press charges.

In what sounds like one of Cage's post-Oscar flops, reality star Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman came to the financially strapped star's rescue, posting the $11,000 bond.

In Dec. 2010, Cage, who flew off the handle in such films as "Moonstruck" and "Adaptation," made news for an off-screen meltdown.

While leaving a night club in Romania where he was promoting "Ghost Rider," the actor exploded into a rage during an altercation with a companion.

Cage was taped screaming: "I thought we were brothers, man," and "I'll die in the name of honor."

Despite being one of Hollywood's highest paid actors, Cage has had an avalanche of financial problems in the last few years.

After reportedly purchasing castles, islands, homes, a dinosaur skull, cars and boats, the actor hit the skids.

In late 2009, the federal government placed a tax lien on Cage's real-estate holdings, including an additional $6.7 million from 2008, according to reports.

Cage has admitted to owning the IRS a total of $14 million and has said that he is taking steps to repay the IRS, starting with switching business managers.

"Everybody makes mistakes. It's part of being human," Cage said on "Good Morning America" recently. "Some people say you have to be a sinner before you can be a saint," Cage said.

Cage has been praised for his wrenching portrayal as a suicidal alcoholic in "Leaving Las Vegas" and his performance in "Adaptation" among other roles, but he has also been panned for big budget movies that may only be considered a good idea by the IRS. One of his recent flops was "Drive Angry 3D," where he plays a guy who departs hell to find the Satanist that killed his child.