Oscar winner Nicolas Cage has laughed off his fans' perception he regularly enjoys family get-togethers with his film-making family the Coppolas, insisting everyone is too busy to meet.

Cage, whose real name is NICHOLAS KIM COPPOLA, is nephew to director Francis Ford Coppola and cousin to both Lost In Translation film-maker Sofia Coppola and actor Jason Schwartzman.

And while the famous family keep in touch via emails and telephones, Cage finds it very difficult to organise gatherings with his relatives.

He says, "I think the last mythical Thanksgiving dinner I had with everybody was 15, maybe 10 years ago.

"There have been family gatherings, but everyone's doing their own thing. It's hard to co-ordinate schedules."