Nicolas Cage reveals bizarre diet of animals that have 'dignified' sex

Alastair Jamieson

Nicolas Cage, the Hollywood actor, has revealed an unusual diet in which he eats meat only from animals that mate in a "dignified" way.

The 46-year-old, whose most recent role is a drug-addled policeman in Bad Lieutenant, said he doesn’t eat because he does not like the way they have sex.

A report in The UK Sun said Cage, who won an Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas, ate fish and fowl.

He told the newspaper: "I love all animals. I have a fascination with fish, birds, whales - sentient life - insects, reptiles.

"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.

"But pigs, not so much. So I don't eat pig meat or things like that. I eat fish and fowl."

Cage, who lives in New Orleans, where Bad Lieutenant is set, has a reputation for eccentric behaviour and once owned a pet octopus.

He said he was "terrified" during filming because of his superstition about working in his home town.

"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.

"Originally the picture was going to be shot in Detroit and I needed to take it to New Orleans and confront whatever head-trip it would be," he said. "And I'm very happy to say that it worked.”