Nicolas Cage once chased a naked stranger from his house.

The 'Lord of War' actor awoke to the "nightmare" of finding the intruder in his home and wearing his own clothing but even though he had to get him out quick he didn't press charges.

Speaking at a press conference for his new film 'Trespass', he said: "I have lived through the nightmare, I have been one of those people who has been through a home invasion

"I was living in Orange County in Los Angeles at the time, I was asleep with my wife, my two-year-old at the time [Kal-El] was in another room.

"And I opened my eyes and there was a naked man in my leather jacket eating a Fudgesicle [ice lolly] in front of my bed.

"It sounds funny. But it was horrifying. He ran into my bathroom, and I said, 'What are you doing in my house? Get out of my house!'

"And I did talk him into getting out, and some people came and they put him into a facility. I didn't press charges because I realised he wasn't all there."

Even though Cage was fearful of his and his family's safety he never at any point contemplated using violence to get rid of the intruder.

He added: "The cops said to me, if he had broken into any other house in this neighbourhood he'd have been shot. But I don't have a gun in my house, and I'm always going to try and talk you out of violence if I can. But it was horrible for my wife, and I could never really stay in that house after that."