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Nicolas Cage explains why he didn't keep Coppola last name

TORONTO, Ont. – Actor Nicolas Cage was in Toronto for the premiere of his new film, “Trespass.”

The film co-stars Nicole Kidman and was directed by Joel Schumacher.

At a press conference for the movie, Cage, who is Francis Ford Coppola’s nephew, explained why he changed his last name.

“Nicolas Cage is who I really am, even though my passport says otherwise. I kinda had to re-invent myself to be able to have the guts to sit here in front of you today,” he said.

“Nicolas Coppola was a very scared little boy, and I had to sort of re-invent who I was going to be to make my dreams come true,” Cage added.

In the film, Cage plays a family man who becomes the victim of a home invasion. In real life, the actor said he’s had a scary brush with an intruder.

“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 fudgesicle in front of my bed,” he said.

“I know it sounds funny, and it is if I look back on it, but it was horrifying.”

“Trespass” hits theatres in October.

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