Nicolas Cage tells Letterman he's no vampire: 'I don't drink blood'
Nicolas Cage is out promoting his new movie, "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," but as is the case with too many celebrities these days, he's had to spend the face time on TV addressing wild rumors about his personal life. In this case, they're rumors that could only circulate about Nic Cage: that he's a vampire.
The rumor started when a photo of a Civil War-era Tennessee man bearing a strong resemblance to the Oscar winner popped up on eBay with the seller claiming it was proof that Cage was a creature of the night.
Though the rumor and the photo circulated online months ago, it wasn't until David Letterman broached the subject on his "Late Show" on Thursday night that Cage had an opportunity to address it publicly.
Cage assured fans with words he probably never thought he'd find himself saying on a late night talk show: "I don't drink blood, and last time I looked in the mirror I had a reflection."
He also didn't see the resemblance that so many other people see in the photo, telling Letterman, "Let me say that there is a resemblance, but how can I be polite about this. It's a somewhat slowed-down version of me."
Weeks after the Cage photo appeared online, another photo from the same era popped up online showing a man bearing a strong resemblance to John Travolta, with the seller claiming it was proof that Travolta was a time traveler.
To date, Travolta has neither confirmed nor denied his ability to travel backward and forward through time.
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Nicolas Cage promoting "Ghost Rider" in Berlin, Germany. Credit: Jens Kalaene / EPA