Nicolas Cage Chats with Pirates

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Nov. 18 2009, Published 9:21 a.m. ET

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Nicolas Cage is using his platform as a movie star for international peace. The UN Good Will Ambassador on Drugs and Crime has been overseas visiting a Kenyan prison holding suspected Somali pirates awaiting trial, The New York Times reports. Inmates danced for Nic and shook his hand as he toured the Shimo La Tewa prison in the Kenyan coastal town of Mombasa.

Nic's purpose was to highlight the problem of piracy in the Indian Ocean. He told The Associated Press Television News that he wanted to meet with some of the suspected Somali pirates to hear their stories and better understand what is causing piracy off the Somali coast, according to the NYT.

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''Then I'm in a position where I can actually make some sense and talk about it when I go back to the States where I go talk to different U.N. councils and discuss the matter,'' Nic says.

He also recognized the prison's wardens for their work during his stay. Nic left Kenya today.

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Nic plays a drug-addicted New Orleans police detective in his new movie, Bad Lieutenant, premiering Nov. 20.

He said he became a method actor when an Aussie doctor gave him cocaine to clear up a sinus infection before he started the film.

The actor told reporters during a press conference earlier this month for the movie that he was in Australia when he received the script, and the medical professionals there prescribed a very different treatment from what we get in the States!

“The strangest thing of all is that in Australia, they still use cocaine to clear your sinuses and it’s a true story — I had a massive sinus infection and I was trying to understand or recall something from a hundred years in my past and I couldn’t get it — and they sent me to the doctor who did this cocaine solution thing and put it in my nose,” Nic explained.


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