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Not many co-stars embody the eccentric lifestyle like Nicolas Cage.

"One time I was on set on this last film," Eva Mendes told Moviefone at last week's premiere of her new drama 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,' co-starring Cage, at AFI Fest in Hollywood.

"I said, 'You know what, it would be so cool to own an owl,'" Mendes says. "He's like, 'I had an owl for a couple years.' He's that guy that had an owl for a couple years. He's the guy who has really interesting taste in music, and film, and literature. He has a castle in the middle of Germany, for God's sake. [He's] just such an interesting artist." Not many co-stars embody the eccentric lifestyle like Nicolas Cage.

"One time I was on set on this last film," Eva Mendes told Moviefone at last week's premiere of her new drama 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,' co-starring Cage, at AFI Fest in Hollywood.

"I said, 'You know what, it would be so cool to own an owl,'" Mendes says. "He's like, 'I had an owl for a couple years.' He's that guy that had an owl for a couple years. He's the guy who has really interesting taste in music, and film, and literature. He has a castle in the middle of Germany, for God's sake. [He's] just such an interesting artist." (Meanwhile, Cage is reportedly selling the castle he owns in Somerset, UK.)

Cage has gotten acclaim for his role in Werner Herzog's 'Bad Lieutenant' remake, in which he plays Det. Terence McDonagh (Harvey Keitel played "The Lieutenant" in the controversial 1992 original). Roger Ebert called Cage "as good as anyone since Klaus Kinski at portraying a man whose head is exploding. It's a hypnotic performance."

He did not attend last week's Hollywood premiere, just a few days after his father, August Coppola, died.

Mendes, who says the past year has been "really fun for me," plays a toned-down version of herself in 'Lieutenant,' which hits theaters in limited release Nov. 20.

"I think what I love about my performance is that there is some subtlety," Mendes says. "I let Nic do all the crazy stuff. I play the straight man, which is kind of nice ... She's a prostitute and a drug addict in the film. That should give you an idea of what this movie is like."