BERLIN (AFP) - The global recession has forced Hollywood star Nicolas Cage to tighten his purse strings and sell his sumptuous castle in Bavaria in southern Germany, the actor told a magazine Tuesday. Due to the difficult economic situation, unfortunately, I was no longer able to keep it, the 45-year-old told German celebrity weekly Bunte. Cage bought the 28-room Neidstein castle with 165 hectares (410 acres) of forest and gardens two years ago, reportedly paying 2.6 million dollars for the property, which dates back to the 16th century. But the Leaving Las Vegas and Wild at Heart star has not been seen since flying off in a helicopter in 2008, local media reported. Even if Neidstein castle is no longer in my possession, it will always have a firm place in my memory, Cage, whose mother has roots in Bavaria, told Bunte.