July 13, 2010 at 01:34 PM EDT

On last night’s Late Show, Nicolas Cage took time out of his schedule of promoting The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to tell Letterman about a much more colorful period in his life during which he regularly feasted on magic mushrooms with his best friend/pet cat. “[The cat] ate them voraciously, so I thought what the heck, I better do it with him,” Cage explained. He went on: “I remember lying in my bed for hours and Lewis was on the desk across from my bed and we just stared at each other for hours — NOT MOVING, just staring at each other, and I had no doubt that he was my brother.”

And there you have it: the story that will have me going around saying, “I really like Nic Cage” for at least half a year. I’ll feel pretty lame calling him Nic, but you do what you gotta do. Video below.

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