Nicolas Cage Regrets Being Pranked Into Eating Two Live Cockroaches for ‘Vampire’s Kiss’ | “I Will Never Do That Again”
A dedicated actor risks anything to get into his character's skin but Nicolas Cage went a step further. He recently spoke to Yahoo! Entertainment to reveal a nasty treat he ate while filming a scene for his 1988 cult movie, Vampire's Kiss. He also promised to "never do that again."
"Two cockroaches," yes. While discussing his upcoming horror-comedy with his Reinfield co-star Nicholas Hoult, the Ghost Rider recalled eating two live cockroaches on set. He also claimed the movie's director made him repeat the action as a prank. The 59-year-old actor expanded on his career regret and said, "I will never do that again. I am sorry I did it at all." Cage played the role of a literary critic in Vampire's Kiss who becomes convinced that he is a vampire. The movie's original plot demanded to swallow a raw egg but Cage had to eat a cockroach instead.
The actor told the reason in the film's DVD commentary track, "I saw it as a business decision because when people see the cockroach go in my mouth, [they] really react." Fair enough. But eating them twice was not his idea. "Oh yeah, I ate it twice because the director did it just to prank me," Cage told his 33-year-old co-actor, Hoult. The National Treasure actor was also asked to give any advice on ingesting insects to Hoult in Reinfield. "I am not one to give advice, but [Hoult] ate a potato bug, so he took it to another level," Cage said. Hoult, however, was lucky to have a caramel-flavored bug. He replied, "The cockroach is worse than a potato bug, I think… the cockroaches I got to eat in this were caramel."
The Menu actor's been served rather delicious crawlers. He said, "I also had crickets that were actually quite yummy; they were salt and vinegar or barbecue smoky flavored." Cage confessed, "[Potato bugs] are terrifying to me, and so are cockroaches." Eww!!
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The Reinfield actor [Hoult] had to eat bugs to gain superhuman powers granted to him by Dracula played by Cage. It is insane to see our favorite actors go through weird things to stay true to their roles. The potato bugs, despite their delicious flavors, tasted like bugs. Hoult added, "It wasn't good. It didn't dry out so good and tasted every bit of bug." The OG Ghost Rider's confession received fun comments from Twitter users. A user, @bluedevildavey, wrote, "As a kid… I ate worms (I survived)."
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Another Twitter fan, @sugardddddy, commented, "I clearly remember reading that in a magazine back in 2000." @NowImGabe hailed Cage for his brave move and said, "Step aside, Tom, the best actor of our generation that does his own stunts has spoken." While Cage pledged not to indulge in creepy crawlers in the future, he shared an interesting take on starvation and bugs. He said, "If you could get rid of your fear, your phobia of eating insects, you could solve world starvation." Sharing the nutritional benefits of bugs, he added, "High protein, no fat, excellent nutrients, abundance — they're everywhere. I mean, why not? But nope. Not going to happen."
Reinfield is now playing in the theaters. The film follows Reinfield [Nicholas Hoult] who struggles to escape his abusive and co-dependent relationship with Dracula [Nicolas Cage].