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World's most unlikely pals Nicolas Cage & Vince Neil brawl in Vegas

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

We laughed at this Nicolas Cage & Vince Neil fight until we found out why it happened

Las Vegas party animals were treated to an extra-special show last night: random bros Nicolas Cage and Vince Neil brawling outside a casino.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Cage, who lives in Vegas, and Mötley Crüe lead singer Neil are apparently BFFs — that's odd situation No. 1. They were partying at the Aria together, which is odd situation No. 2, because we definitely would have done a double-take if we saw this celebrity odd couple at the slot machines.

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Odd situation No. 3: Cage and Neil got into a huge brawl outside Aria, and bystander cameras were there to video the whole thing.

The pair look very, very inebriated, and there's a lot of bear hugs and headlock attempts and holding onto each other for dear life. Cage can be heard screaming, “Stop this shit now!” at Neil, then, while putting him in a headlock, changing tactics and saying, “You're OK. I love you.”

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So, what happened to cause trouble in this magical friendship? Something not so funny. According to TMZ, a woman approached Cage for an autograph, and Neil grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the floor. Neil is now the subject of a criminal investigation and was cited at the scene but not arrested for battery.

This is hardly Neil's first brush with the law. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter after a 1984 car accident that killed one passenger and left another with brain damage. In 2002, he was arrested for punching record producer Michael Schuman, and he was arrested again in 2003 amid accusations that he assaulted an escort at the Moonlite BunnyRanch. In 2004, an arrest warrant was issued after Neil left a sound man unconscious for 45 minutes, and he was arrested on suspicion of DUI in 2007 and 2010. Most recently, in 2011, Neil was charged with battery and disorderly conduct after a fight with ex-girlfriend Alicia Jacobs.

So, the Aria incident seems like it is hardly out of character for Neil. Luckily, his bro Cage was there to make sure things didn't go from bad to worse.

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