As a child, Joaquin Phoenix travelled South America with his parents and the religious cult “The Children of God” that they were involved in. His parents eventually dissolved their ties with the cult and settled in L.A. The surname “Phoenix” was chosen by his parents to signify their new beginning in the U.S. (As a side note, Rose McGowan’s parents are also in this cult. She emancipated herself at 15.)
Viggo Mortensen is an accomplished poet, author, painter, actor, a man of many talents to say the least. He created a publishing house, Perceval Press, to publish his works. The company specializes in fine art publications with a lesser emphasis on basic fiction and non-fiction.
Jack Black’s parents are both satellite engineers (i.e. rocket scientists), and his mother worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. One can only guess at his I.Q.
Daryl Hannah is a serious environmentalist and her home is solar powered. She’s even been arrested for her militant activism. She has a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome (far more common than you’d think) and while acting is a means of escape, fame is a terrifying price to pay for her. That is why she rarely does interviews or attends movie premieres.
Dennis Rodman’s father’s name is Philander Rodman Jr. No joke. According to Dennis, he himself is the oldest of 26-28 siblings…just on the paternal side! He has also claimed to be one of possibly 47 children…Ironic, but also sad.
Louis C.K. is actually a Mexican citizen, and his first language is Spanish. He was born in Washington D.C. but moved to Mexico City where he lived until he was seven.
Hahahaha! Type any celebrities name into Google followed by “Bacon Number” to find out what their “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon” number is. Thank you Google for this time-consuming and hilarious internet gift!
Harry Potter, ie Daniel Radcliffe is a teetotaller, just like his costar Gary Oldman. After admitting that he had a problem blacking out almost every time he drank, he realized he had to quit, and now is “smug while others are hungover”.
What?! Dolph Lundgren has a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. Growing up, he found motivation from trying to prove to himself that he was not the “loser” that his mentally (and physically) abusive father referred to him as. (As a side note, Mr. Bean has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering).
The Tool-Man did two years in the hoosegow for possession of over a pound of cocaine in 1978.
Brad Pitt has received a lifelong ban from China due to his participation in the movie ‘Seven Years in Tibet’, in which Communist Chinese military officers are given a negative portrayal.
In 1981, Jelly Belly created the Blueberry flavor of jelly bean to celebrate Ronald Reagan’s presidential inauguration. Incidentally, it takes between 7 and 21 days to produce one Jelly Belly jelly bean. Delicious!