NICOLAS Cage was filmed being booted out of a fancy Las Vegas restaurant after getting into a drunken tiff with staff and was “mistaken for a homeless man” by onlookers.
Exclusive video footage obtained by The Sun shows the National Treasure actor, 57, being escorted out of Lawry’s Prime Rib near the famous Las Vegas strip last week.
Eyewitnesses at first mistook the star – who won an Oscar for his portrayal of an alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas – for a drunk homeless person.
They told The Sun that according to staff Nicolas had been drinking expensive whiskey and shots of tequila before becoming belligerent.
Wearing leopard pants and flip-flops, the actor can be seen sitting on a sofa while barefoot and struggling to get his sandals on before staggering around and shouting.
He was then blocked from apparently attempting to come back into the eatery by a woman believed to be a female member of staff in the incident on September 13.
It comes after an emotional rollercoaster of a year for Nicolas which has seen him get married for the fifth time and lose his mom Joy Vogelsang.
A source, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Sun: “We were at that bar at Lawry’s when we noticed what we at first thought was a homeless man completely drunk and being rowdy.
“To our shock it turned to be Nicolas Cage. He was completely smashed and was getting into a bit of a fight with the staff.
“He was in a really bad state and was walking around shoeless. Staff told us he had been downing shots of tequila and 1980 Macallan whiskey.
“He was shouting at people and trying to get into fights and then staff asked him to leave.
“He was so drunk he could barely get his flip flops on before being escorted out.
“He asked us if we wanted to come back to his place but he was in a bad way so we didn’t think it was a good idea.
“One of the regulars ended up taking him home.”
It is not the first time that Nicolas has been filmed while apparently drunk in public in recent times.
In March 2019 he was filmed making a scene while drunkenly applying for a marriage licence at a Las Vegas courthouse with his fourth wife Erika Koike.
Four days after the wedding he asked for an annulment, claiming he was too drunk to understand what he was doing.
A month later the dad-of-two was again filmed apparently drunk while belting out Prince classic Purple Rain at a karaoke bar in Los Angeles.
In February this year Cage married fifth wife Riko Shibata – who is 30 years his junior – in an intimate ceremony at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas.
Then The Sun exclusively revealed that his mother Joy Vogelsang passed away in May at the age of 85 after spending two weeks in hospital.
Cage was one of the best paid leading men in Hollywood in the 1990s and early 2000s and has continued to work prolifically on B-movies in recent years.
His upcoming film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will see him star as a fictionalised version of himself.
The star – who is a nephew of legendary The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola – has spoken previously about his need to keep working so he stays out of trouble.
In 2018 interview he said: “If I don’t have somewhere to go in the morning and a job to do, it can be very self-destructive.
“Then I’m just going to sit and order two bottles of red wine and dissolve, and I don’t want to be that person, so I have to work.”
A representative for the star did not respond to a request for comment and a member of staff believed to be a manager at Lawry’s refused to comment when asked about the incident.