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Mindhole Puffers: 21 Random Celebrity Facts That Might Fog Your Brain

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | May 7, 2013 | Comments ()


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We put them on pedestals; we knock them down. We are smitten by their beauty; we rip apart perceived flaws. We idolize or despise these public personas over things they say and do. And over the course of devouring them and spitting them out, every once in a while we come across some groovy little tidbit that means nothing in particular--it just makes them a little more interesting.

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1. "Downton Abbey's" Michelle Dockery is an accomplished jazz singer, and Elizabeth McGovern (who plays her mother) fronts a band called Sadie and the Hotheads. The two have occasionally performed together.

2. Rose McGowan and Joaquin, River, Summer and Rain Phoenix were all raised by their parents in the religious cult known as Family International (formerly Children of God). The controversial group is notorious and has been investigated for child abduction and sexual misconduct.

3. At the beginning of his career, Pierce Brosnan was a street performer and later, a fire-eater at the circus.

4. As a teenager, Christopher Walken also worked at a circus, clowning and as a lion tamer; he described the cat he worked with as...a dog: "When I said she was like a dog, she was--you could pet her, and she would rub her head on you. I would come into the cage and wave my whip, and she'd kind of lazily get up and sit like a dog and maybe give a little bit of a roar."

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5. Johnny Depp suffers from Coulrophobia (fear of clowns).

6. Richard Gere went to college on a gymnastics scholarship.

7. Matt Smith intended to play professional football (soccer), but a back injury forced him out, and a drama teacher pushed him toward acting. At university, because he wore a scarf similar to the Fourth Doctor's (Tom Baker), Smith was nicknamed Doctor Who.

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8. In middle school, George Clooney was afflicted with Bell's palsy; his face was partially paralyzed and one eye remained closed. Though he recovered within a year, Clooney was bullied and called "Frankenstein;" it was "...the worst time of my life...but the experience made me stronger."

9. Fighting with his mate over over a girl, 14 year old David Bowie received a punch that required several operations and left his (left) eye permanently dilated.

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10. As a child, Demi Moore was cross-eyed and had two surgeries to correct the alignment.

11. Bond Girl Gemma Arterton was born with six fingers on each hand. The boneless extras were tied off and removed. Drew Carey was born with six toes on his right foot.

12. Brad Pitt agreed to have his own teeth chipped to play Fight Club's Tyler Durden.

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13. While filming Never Say Never Again, Steven Seagal provided martial arts instruction to Sean Connery. Connery did something that angered Seagal, so Seagal twisted Connery's wrist--breaking it (though Connery didn't realize the extent of his injury until much later).

14. Tom Cruise, Hollywood's most famous Scientologist, once aspired to be a Catholic priest. He attended seminary for a short time, but after a night of stealing booze and drinking, Cruise and his cohorts were politely asked not to return.

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15. Nicolas Cage had a 9 foot tall pyramid shaped tomb built for his final resting place in New Orleans.

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16. Jack Nicholson was raised by his grandparents (and believed they were his mother and father), and the woman he thought was his sister was actually his mother. He was 38 years old when the truth came out. The actor's biological father is uncertain.

17. Halle Berry (whose given first name is Maria), was named after an Ohio department store.

18. "Game of Thrones" Sibel Kekilli (Shea), who has won two Lolas (Germany's highest acting awards) for Head On and When We Leave, was scandalized when a tabloid newspaper uncovered her pornographic film past. Sadly, the report caused her family to cut off contact with Kekilli; her father called the disgrace too great, saying "I can never forgive her for it. I don't want to ever see her again."

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19. Ashton Kutcher once went to pick up a girlfriend at her home and when she didn't answer the door, he looked in through a window, saw a pool of red on the floor ("I thought it was red wine"), and...left. Turned out she had been murdered by a serial killer; the "wine" was her blood.

20. In 1971, Bill Murray tried to smuggle ten pounds of pot through O'Hare Airport. He was caught because

a) He was overheard saying he had two bombs in his suitcase, and reported to authorities,

and

b) Chicago police had already been tipped off about the drug transport.

Murray was convicted and sentenced to five years probation.

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21. Ozzy Osbourne has mutant genes that may have allowed his body to cope with exorbitant drug and alcohol usage.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) probably inhaled.



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  • Tywin

    Bottom line: there´s Shae porn.

  • MrMinion

    UGH. That Sibel Kekili thing was thoroughly disgusting when it happened. BILD, the 'newspaper' that brought it up went up in arms about how it was a 'scandal' that a former porn actress was winning a very reputable award or why she should be publicly shamed for doing it. It didn't help that she has turkish roots so being from a minority the media pumped the news as hard as they could.
    Of course, back then the BILD had a different nude girl on their front page every day (complete with a text about how she's 'looking for someone to help her explore herself'; they discontinued it a couple of years ago) and has ads for prostitutes and phone sex lines on nearly every page (that's still there).
    The whole thing neatly divided the readers between those who said "Meh." and the conservative "We have family values to uphold!" vultures who probably bought all her films when that story broke.

  • SpongebobSquarepeg

    That newspaper sounds like Rupert Murdoch should own it.

  • dm702666

    That Ozzy one is hilarious. MUTANT GENES I want that

  • Mr_Zito

    As always, Bill Murray wins.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Apparently, Steven Seagal has always been a dick.

  • pnnylne

    I knew 9, 16, and 20, and 21. 15... yeah, I totally believe that one. 19 is sad. Why are so many serial killers from Illinois? Is it something in our water?

  • Lauren_Lauren

    and left his (left) eye permanently dilated
    How did I NOT notice this?!!

  • BWeaves

    If you're like me, you assumed it was part of one of his costumes, like when Marilyn Manson wears different freaky contact lens.

  • BobbFrapples

    I like this kind of weird information. Finding out stuff like this is probably why I'm a librarian.

  • Mrcreosote

    The guides at the New Orleans cemetary have nothing but contempt for Mr. Cage. The work on the pyramid damaged surrounding graves, and is an affront to the hisctoric nature of the cemetary. The place needs his money however. They did say they were hoping he'd soon get a chance to realize return on his investment, but that seemed a little dark for me.

  • $27019454

    That's a seriously and strangely sexy photo of Brad Pitt. Dayum.

    Also: Johnny Depp -- I feel you, dude. Fuckin clowns.

  • SpongebobSquarepeg

    If one was the sort of person who liked looking at people from Game of Thrones in shameful adult features, one might search the name 'The Farmer's Daughter' on one of the internet's less reputable websites.

    Not me, obvs.

  • Ringo183

    "Jesus Christ, that's horrifying"

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Maybe I'm the one too tightly wound up now, but that's almost the same stunt GRRM pulled when he announced the casting choice on his website. He had nothing better to do than put up a link to one of her adult movies.

    Not cool.

  • SpongebobSquarepeg

    Too true. I'm sure when she sees this exchange, she'll thank you for protecting her honour, kind white knight.

    The world needs more like you, my good man.

    Arise, Ser HasNeverWatchedAPorn of HonestGuv.

    I grant you the lands of ImpressingWomenfolkOnTheInternet.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Well, it seems that beaten dogs really do whine.

  • SpongebobSquarepeg

    Ooh! Did you *beat* me? On the internet???

    I must have missed it.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    It's a figure of speech. Do I have to explain it to you?

  • SpongebobSquarepeg

    I'm fine, thanks. Got me Google and that. Sweet of you for offering though.

  • Arran

    I've ready several stories about the Pitt tooth-chipping thing. Some places say he had it intentionally chipped by a dentist, some places say it was chipped during filming and he declined to have it capped for the duration, and I swear I read an interview where he said the tooth was actually chipped when he was younger and he simply had the cap removed for the film.

  • $27019454

    I'm thinking there's some VIGGO story in there too. Is there not a VIGGO tooth story from LotR? Nevermind. I'm confused and need coffee or booze.

  • BWeaves

    I know there was a Viggo broken toe story. Is there a tooth story, too?

  • Ruby

    Viggo either broke or chipped on of his front teeth while filming the battle of helm's deep. Viggo was so in the moment that he refused to go to the dentist to get it fixed until the scene was finished.

    He also broke his toe, kicking a Uruk helmet while mourning his lost hobbits.

  • disqus_N4EigheiZo

    There is definitely a Viggo story about teeth. All I remember about it, is that they fell out during filming and he refused to get them fixed until the shoot was over.

  • That's why I included the link--his publicist gave this version of the story.

  • e jerry powell

    The power of the urban legend!

  • Mrs. Julien

    Cary Grant came to the U.S. as an acrobat and worked as a stilt walker as well. Also, like Tom Cruise, he only had one front tooth.

  • Puddin

    Good God, talk about an emotional roller coaster.

    First I was all Hmm, then I was all AHHHH CLOWN!!! then I was all AHHH PUPILS, then I was all Ewww, phalanges, then I was all Awwww, little Tom Cruise, then I was all Ahahaha a pyramid! then I was all AHHH MURDER.

    I'm really sleepy now.

  • BWeaves

    "Awwww, little Tom Cruise"

    Is there any other kind?

  • $27019454

    dont forget to tip your waitress and try the veal!

  • simplysarah

    What I got from this was that Ashton Kutcher has always been an idiot.

  • Tinkerville

    For what it's worth, Sarah, I laughed very hard at this and Pajiba seemed to have woken up on the wrong side of the bed yesterday. Apparently calling an idiot an idiot isn't something we like to do anymore? Also, spongebobsquarepeg's a twat.

  • superasente

    What was obviously a joke has gotten blown way out of proportion. Seriously, simplysarah, you are getting killed in here.

    Like a certain somebody who dated Ashton Kutcher buh-dum-bum.

  • e jerry powell

    Hmmm.
    Well, I think the situation described and the general lack of intelligence might be mutually exclusive.

    Or maybe I'm inclined to give a person I don't think much of otherwise the benefit of the doubt.

  • SpongebobSquarepeg

    You're totally right. I never did anything silly or unfortunate when I was younger.

  • simplysarah

    everyone's wound a little tight on here today. Being young was his excuse then, ok cool, I get it. What's his excuse for being an idiot now?

  • SpongebobSquarepeg

    Is he an idiot now? If I ever reach the level of idiocy that means I'm a millionaire TV and movie star who's had sex with Demi Moore, I'll probably be able to live with the scorn from my betters.

  • John G.

    lots of idiots are rich. lots of idiots have sex with attractive people. Hollywood is built on this.

  • e jerry powell

    I don't mean to attach shame to sexuality (particularly because part of this is well-publicized fact), but you talk about having sex with Demi Moore as if it was a fairly uncommon thing. Kutcher and Moore had an open marriage and not just because Kutcher wanted to bed-hop himself; what ended their marriage was his lack of discretion, which proves just how idiotic he is. He's got Demi Moore as a wife, he can fuck other women -- all she asks of him is to keep it on the down-low, and he can't even do that?

  • SpongebobSquarepeg

    'Make love' to other women, sir. Ashton makes love. Tenderly.

  • e jerry powell

    We're talking about Demi Moore's husband, right?

  • simplysarah

    A very lucky, rich idiot but still an idiot. You are taking this far too seriously. I've never met the man so I couldn't give an accurate reading on his intelligence.

  • SpongebobSquarepeg

    And yet... ^

    Here's a stub from a magazine article, which took me two seconds to Google.

    "He studied biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa; his MTV show, Punk’dwas made by his own production company Katalyst Media (he co-founded it with partner Jason Goldberg).

    Then there’s the tech world. Simply put, Ashton owns it, big-time.

    A wily investor in media and tech properties, Ash's venture capital firm, A Grade Investments, which he co-founded with Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary and supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle, has amassed a portfolio of media winners, including Skype, Foursquare and SoundCloud. And he likes to share his knowledge: He regularly speaks at -- or hosts his own -- tech innovation summits."

  • Wolf

    Kutcher's "education" devoted to biochemical engineering consisted of less than a years worth of study....which means he never made it through the prerequisite general education courses to prepare him for his biochemical engineering major.

    It appears he didn't have the intellectual wherewithal to even complete a single year of a basic BS degree. But his claim to having "studied" biochemical engineering is the height of BS.....

  • Guest

    But he's probably also an idiot.

  • simplysarah

    Again, you are taking this far too seriously. Calm down before you give yourself a stroke.

  • SpongebobSquarepeg

    Yes. When you're wrong and the other person is right, they're 'taking things far too seriously'.

    People who live in idiot houses shouldn't throw stones, Sarah. I can see where the 'simply' originated.

  • simplysarah

    You are very clever. You saw right through me and into the true core of who I am. Yes, my name is Sarah and I am simply stated, an idiot. So OF COURSE, I'd recognize one of my own! Therefore, you just proved my initial point. Thank you.

  • John G.

    I think spongebobSquarepeg might be severely autistic. It's difficult for them to pick up social cues and humor. He could only read your funny comment as "determine true/false, must google. right/wrong. funny does not compute"

  • SpongebobSquarepeg

    Well, I'm glad today hasn't been a total waste then. Let's all go home and think about what's happened here.

    And if no one answers the doorbell when you get there, don't just walk away. That would be stupid. Because you live there.

  • simplysarah

    Good advice. I sure hope my feeble mind can remember that. Maybe I should write it on my hand.

  • SpongebobSquarepeg

    :-)

    Make sure you write it on the hand which you don't use to write, because otherwise it'll be illegible.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Not, "Jesus Christ, that's horrifying"? Wow.

  • simplysarah

    Wow, someone's wound a little tight. Are we no longer allowed to make jokes on here? Yes, Mrs. Julien, that is a horrifying situation. However, I was not horrified by it. So no, that was not my first thought.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I would have thought that if ever there was a time for a tightly wound response, it would be the revelation that someone's (even a known asshat's) girlfriend was murdered by a serial killer; moreover, I fail to see how this particular incident makes Kutcher an idiot. If I looked in a window and saw a pool of red liquid on the floor, my mind would not go straight to, "Oh that must be blood. I bet my sweetie has been murdered by a serial killer and that's why she didn't answer the door, I'd best fetch the local constabulary with all due haste and get some club soda working on that stain".

  • Three_nineteen

    Since red wine and blood don't really look alike, and the girl was supposed to be home, my first thought would probably not have been "Nobody's home, and somebody spilled red wine on the floor and just left it there. Bye!" It may have been "That looks like blood! Maybe my friend has had a horrible accident. I should tell somebody".

  • carrie

    the Ashton Kutcher story is scary and i have a point in common with Ozzie Osbourne

  • John G.

    Does your mutant gene also allow you to talk to other dimensions in the multi-verse, like Ozzie?

  • annie

    Christopher Walken having worked in a circus is actually not that mind-blowing. It kind of seems inevitable, doesn't it? And it seems like a lot of the better-known Scientologists were raised Catholic.

    Now #19, what the shit?! Kind of burying the lede there, guys.

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