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Nic Cage's real life trespasser

Nicolas Cage has spoken about the "terrifying" experience of finding an intruder in his home and how he used "verbal judo" to get him out.

The Face/Off star appears alongside Nicole Kidman in Joel Schumacher's new thriller Trespass about a home invasion, and revealed at the Toronto Film Festival his experience of the subject.

Nicolas revealed: "I have lived through the nightmare. I have had a home invasion.

"It was two in the morning. I was living in Orange County, I was asleep with my wife, my two-year-old at the time was in another room.

"And I opened my eyes and there was a naked man wearing my leather jacket eating a fudge-sicle in front of my bed.

"I know it sounds funny and it is if I look back on it, but it was horrifying and I immediately jumped out of bed. He ran into my bathroom.

"I said, 'What are you doing in my house? Get out of my house!' And I did talk him to get out. Then some people came and they put him into a facility and I didn't press charges because I realised he wasn't all there.

"But the cops said to me if he had broken into anybody else's house in this neighbourhood he would have been shot. But I don't have a gun in my house, and I'm always going to talk you out of violence if I can. I thankfully did it non-violently and I used verbal judo.

"But it was horrible. Worse for my wife than for me.

"It was a terrifying night and I could never really stay in that house after that."

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