Nicolas Cage was thrilled to be offered a part in the upcoming remake of the 1973 horror classic The Wicker Man, because the original movie haunted him for weeks.

Cage, 41, was introduced to Robert Hardy's chilling film by late punk star Johnny Ramone, and he was never the same again.

He says, "My late friend Johnny Ramone invited me to come over and see this movie The Wicker Man.

"I was extremely disturbed by it and it stayed with me for a couple of weeks."