Nicolas Cage stalked by mime artist

Last updated 05:00 13/11/2009

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Nicolas Cage was stalked by a mime artist.

The 'Bangkok Dangerous' actor joked about his ordeal at the hands of a "silent but maybe deadly" performer but admitted he found the white-faced stranger "unsettling".

Nicolas, 45, said: "I guess it would fall into the stalker category more or less.

"I was being stalked by a mime - silent, but maybe deadly. Somehow, this mime would appear on the set of 'Bringing Out the Dead' and start doing strange things.

"I have no idea how it got past security. Finally, the producers took some action and I haven't seen the mime since. But it was definitely unsettling."

A mime artist performs wordlessly, expressing stories through bodily movement alone, and traditionally paints their face white.

Meanwhile the actor - who is presently facing financial difficulties after being handed an unpaid tax bill of $6 million - has also told of the challenge he faced in portraying a drug-addicted corrupt policeman in 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans'.

He told Parade magazine: "I was trying to find a way to play a guy who was high on crack and other illegal substances and at the same time be responsible and not glamorize the drugs or drug-taking but show the hideous effects.

"I wasn't exactly sure I could do it, especially being totally sober, which I was. Different kinds of drugs produce different kinds of behaviours - like coke makes you hyper and heroin kind of zombies you out.

"So you have to keep it all straight. I did speak with some people that were recovering drug addicts, but I was trying to make it more of an impressionistic kind of performance. And I was going back 25 years in my own life and trying to recall what it was like."

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