Nicolas Cage took acting inspiration from snakes

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American actor Nicolas Cage has revealed that he took acting inspiration from snakes for his character in 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance'.

In an interview with The New York Times, the 55-year-old actor claimed the snakes tried to hypnotise him. 

"Those are true stories. I did have two king cobras, and they were not happy. They would try to hypnotise me by showing me their backs, and then they'd lunge at me. 

"The cobras, definitely [influenced me]. They would try to hypnotise you by going side to side, and when I did 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance', that's something my character does before he attacks. Animals are fun places to get inspiration."

The actor also opened up about the controversial Tyrannosaurus skull he bought in 2007, which he subsequently had to return to Mongolia after discovering it had been stolen. 

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