Ghost Cobra? Doesn't really roll off the tongue as good as Ghost Rider!
Nicolas Cage stopped by Live With Kelly to talk about his flaming skull antihero persona with Josh Groban and Kelly Ripa, and he revealed that his inspiration for the character came from…a slithery companion!
Nic said on the show that his former pet snake, Sheba, was his muse for the Ghost Rider. Unfortunately, there was no love lost between his pet and him!
The actor stated the following about the role:
I did have a pet cobra named Sheba, and she hated my guts.Whenever I would go into the room, she would show me her back. She would start to sway back and forth in a rhythmic motion.
"I thought, 'Why don't we have Ghost Rider do that?' If you look at the movie, you see me doing this [swaying back and forth], and then I spin around and leap at my victims.
Luckily, the Ghost Rider doesn't bite his victims like a snake too!
[Image via WENN.]