17 Facts About Celebs That Are Hard to Believe
The whole world watches the lives of the rich and famous. True fans know every detail of their idol’s biography and daily life. But there are some facts that these celebs try to hide or, on the contrary, talk about.
Bright Side has gathered some interesting facts about some A-list celebs we bet you didn’t know about. We’re pretty sure you’ll look at these famous people’s lives from a whole different angle.
Christopher Walken was a lion tamer.
Many celebrities used to have all kinds of interesting jobs before they landed it big in Hollywood. But Christopher Walken probably had the most extraordinary job of all. At the age of 16, Walken worked as a lion tamer in a circus during the summer. He also used to dance in a nightclub and even starred in one of Madonna’s music videos.
Denzel Washington’s finger falls out of place from time to time.
As a child, Denzel Washington once broke his pinky finger in a basketball accident and never had it fixed, resulting in the finger healing in a crooked position. Sometimes it bends at the bottom knuckle a full 45 degrees outward from his other fingers.
A song devoted to Scarlett Johansson
Do you remember the song, “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry that was very popular in 2008? Did you know that it was Scarlett Johansson who inspired Perry to write the song? The singer said that she saw Johansson on a magazine cover and adored her beautiful smile.
Musician, Christopher Lee
Saruman Christopher Lee used to be a great heavy metal musician. Lee worked with the Manowar Band and recorded his first metal album at the age of 88. The album got the Metal Hammer Magazine Award.
Kate Middleton and Prince William
Royal weddings always attract everyone’s attention — especially if it’s a real-life Cinderella story! Prince William and Kate’s wedding wasn’t an exception to this rule. The wedding has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records with the “Most Live Streams for a Single Event” with views from over 2 billion people!
Oprah “Orpah” Winfrey
Believe it or not, Oprah’s real name is Orpah Gail Winfrey. Orpah is the name of a biblical character. Orpah is known as Oprah today because of a simple typo.
Benedict Cumberbatch was kidnapped in South Africa.
In 2005, Benedict and two of his friends were kidnapped in South Africa. Six armed criminals approached his car, bound the men inside it, and drove away. But the criminals threw their prisoners away soon after. A stranger found them on a road and helped. Benedict recalls, “I looked into this man’s face, and I cried with gratitude. It really, really enriches your values in life.”
Steve Buscemi helped search for survivors after 9/11.
In the 1980s, actor Steve Buscemi worked as a firefighter in New York City. After the 9/11 tragedy, he returned back to his previous job. Along with other rescuers, he tried to find people who had survived the attack. In 2012, Buscemi helped again during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. For a long period of time, Buscemi tried to hide his contributions to all these events.
A birthday card for Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has millions of fans around the world, and China is no exception. Chinese fans gave Downey a birthday card. But it wasn’t an ordinary card: 5,339 people signed it! That’s what nationwide love looks like.
Dwayne Johnson’s selfie record
During a San Andreas film premiere in London, The Rock set a record: he took 105 selfies in three minutes taking photos with his fans. It’s worth noting that he beat his own previous record: 75 photos in three minutes. The Guinness Book of Records’ judge confirmed that images were of good quality and the faces in them were recognizable. The actor said he was a true selfie fan.
Shakira is a Facebook Queen.
If Dwayne Johnson is the King of selfies, Shakira can be the Queen of Facebook! Her record is quite unusual in that she became the first person in the world to get 100 million likes on Facebook. Impressive, isn’t it?
Jason Statham’s sports career
Before he conquered Hollywood, Jason Statham was a street vendor, model, and street theatre actor. But Statham’s real passion was diving. He was a member of Britain’s National Swimming Squad for 12 years and even took part in competitions.
Sarah Jessica Parker is a descendant of the Salem witches.
Sarah’s ancestor, Esther Elwell was the last of the accused during the Salem witch trials. But Esther managed to escape a horrible fate since during her trial, the persecution of witches stopped and the woman was released.
Gary Oldman’s bad acting
Gary Oldman, the best British actor, wasn’t able to enter The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He was advised to find something else to do besides acting. But he had a dream and finally achieved his goals.
Walt Disney and the Oscar
Walt Disney has been an Oscar nominee 59 times. This is a world record! His collection of Oscars is a record breaker as well with a total count of 26 statuettes.
Affleck and Damon are relatives.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are a great example of male friendship. They met in elementary school and 30 years later are still friends. They’re also distant relatives: their ancestor William Knowlton came to America in the 17th century.
Banned Brad Pitt
Malaysia banned a Toyota ad campaign starring Brad Pitt. This was because the actor was so handsome it could have given Malaysians an inferiority complex.
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