Washington, Jan 24 : American actor Nicolas Cage recalls a time when he had a very close call on a U.S. highway, after his car spun out of control.
The 44-year-old actor, whose car ended up facing traffic head on after the spin, insists that he is a thrill-seeker who normally doesn't fear "heights, speed, water or any dangerous situation", however he admits that the highway experience was so frightening he was left in a state of shock for days afterwards.
"I nearly killed myself in my favourite car. I had an Austin Healey with a Ford V8 engine placed into it like a makeshift AC Cobra. Then I hired a mechanic to put in an automatic gearbox," Contactmusic quoted him as saying.
"I was driving on the 405 (highway) in Hollywood, went to light a cigarette and my hand got stuck in the transmission. I shifted the car from drive into park and the car fish-tailed on the freeway. I went into a 180-degree spin and ended up facing traffic head on," he said.
"All I could see was this huge truck coming towards me; the driver got on the CB loudspeaker and screamed at me to put the car in reverse. I was in total shock and I just did it. I reversed all the way back until I found an exit. It was crazy. I could have died - so for a while I was in a very odd state of mind. It's probably the most dangerous thing I've survived," he added.