Nicolas Cage bought a two-headed snake after being visited by another two-headed creature in a dream.

The 59-year-old actor was left baffled when he had a nocturnal vision of a dicephalous eagle but then the following day, he received an offer he felt he couldn't refuse because of the subconscious signal he'd received.

He told The Guardian newspaper: “Isn’t that so wonderfully bizarre? Yes, I was dreaming about two-headed eagles.

"I don’t know what to take from that – and then the next day, some guy called my manager to ask if I was interested in buying a two-headed snake.

" I couldn’t say no because I was connecting the dots. It was too beautifully weird.”

However, the 'Pig' actor ultimately donated the reptile to a zoo when he realised how complex its care would be, such as having to keep the heads apart with a spatula at meal times to prevent them fighting.

He noted: “Crazy stuff.”

Nicolas - who plays a professor who visits people's dreams in his latest movie 'Dream Scenario' - sometimes sends an appeal for a "gift" when he's asleep if he needs some guidance on his work.

He said: “If I’m stressed about how to play a scene, I’ll ask for a gift from my dreams.

"Sometimes I’m so nervous about not having any hook on a scene that I’ll go to bed and dream about it and then I’ll get some residual feeling that I can apply to the performance.”

The 'Raising Arizona' actor has become a viral sensation in recent years with many memes particularly dedicated to his explosive anger in movies, and he admitted he found the short clips "frustrating" but ultimately hoped they would introduce his work to people who wouldn't otherwise have seen his films.

He explained: “I might have been the first actor who went through a kind of meme-ification.

“One person had cherrypicked from all these different movies where I was having meltdowns, but without any regard for how the character got to that place. I was frustrated because I didn’t know what people were taking from the movies other than that.

“I didn’t understand how to process what was happening. I got into acting because I was moved by film performance more than any other art form. I didn’t get into movies to become a meme. That was new. I made friends with it but it was an adjustment.

“I thought maybe they would compel someone to go back and look at the movies. But I had no control over it."