February 24th, 2011
05:47 PM ET
What would happen if you ticked off Nicolas Cage on the highway? Would he flip you the bird or just resort to deep yogic breathing?
The key, according to Cage, is to abide by two rules: "Do not yell, do not flick people off." (Sage advice.)
Amber Heard agrees that in order to keep one's sanity, you have to learn to just let it go. "I think it's hard living in L.A. but I think I'd go crazy if I acted on every time I felt like slamming my car into somebody. I would go nuts, I mean, it's L.A. You'd be angry night and day. So you have to learn."
Adds Cage, "People are dying from it. People do karate kicks on people off the 405."
So now that we've cleared up that driving in L.A. isn't the most relaxing thing in the world, CNN decided to ask Cage and Heard if they'd ever had a near death experience before. Heard was quiet, but Nic Cage...not so much.
"Oh yeah, I've had at least like a dozen of those," Cage says. "The worst was when I was driving this Austin Healey with a V8 engine and I was going to a date. [It] was an automatic and I accidentally hit the car in reverse, and it was a convertible. I started doing 360's on the 101 and I wound up facing head-on traffic. And a guy in a Mack truck on his CB said 'put the car in reverse and drive backwards.' So I was driving backwards on the 101 and then I got off the off ramp backwards."
But hey, he did make it to that date. "I had a cocktail with the lady that I was going to see," Cage recalls. "I said, 'I almost died, I need a drink.'"
"Drive Angry" opens in theaters Friday.
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