A variety of research compares the income level of human beings along with their social behavior, attempting to link money and power with changes in individual behavior. The conclusion was not shocking, revealing that those with plenty of power, money and fame quite simply care less about typical social norms, beliefs and etiquette. Those who are poor or wield little social power or influence are much more in tune with the people that surround them because they have no choice but to do so to survive. The rich and famous don't need to worry as much because they don't really need to in order to get by on a day-to-day basis.
Considering this study, it's not a surprise that some celebrities who have made their riches and fame no longer care about what others may think about their beliefs. It doesn't really matter if the whole world finds out that they believe in crazy conspiracies, wacky science, ghosts and alien encounters because the worst case scenario is typically that they continue to be famous multimillionaires, regardless of their insane beliefs. This list of modern celebrities with unorthodox beliefs include conspiracy theories, new-age medical madness and genuine, heartfelt belief in mythical creatures.
10 Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo grew his acting career through roles in movies like Zodiac, Shutter Island and Now You See Me but became a huge box-office celebrity in his role as Bruce Banner and The Hulk in the popular 2012 Marvel hit The Avengers.
Ruffalo, born to Italian , French and Canadian parents in Wisconsin, believes he's an expert in building demolition and crime investigation. As such, he's revealed his controversial opinions as a 9/11 conspiracy truther.
He considers the 9/11 investigation to be illegitimate and an attempt to hide the truth behind what happened because it focuses only on "the moment the planes hit to the moment the buildings fell, and nothing before or after." He also stated that there was "no evidence at the biggest crime scene", which is a strange thing to say out loud.
9 Megan Fox
Born in Rockwood, Tennessee, Megan Fox rocketed to stardom, becoming an A-list celebrity for her role as Mikaela Banes in the first two Transformers box-office blowups, recently playing April O'Neil in the newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie.
During an interview with Esquire magazine, Megan revealed that she has a belief in leprechauns, "not the pot of gold, not the Lucky Charms leprechauns" but in the leprechauns of ancient lore, because "this stuff came from somewhere other than people's imaginations."
She's also obsessed with Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, considering them and other legendary figures to be her celebrities.
Born Kesha Rose Sebert in Los Angeles, California, Ke$ha is rumored to have earned a near-perfect score of 1,500 on her SAT tests. She also possesses an IQ greater than 140, which makes her a certified genius.
She got her break in the music industry through an uncredited appearance in Flo Rida's hit "Right Round", releasing her first single "Tik Tok", shortly afterwards.
Her extreme intelligence doesn't prevent her from having beliefs that some would consider crazy. She claims that while she was staying at a spiritually-charged flop house in Laurel Canyon, she had sex with a ghost in the form of a "dark, sexual spirit."
She also wears a placenta necklace to increase her psychic abilities.
7 Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand to parents with Swedish, Norwegian, Irish, English and Welsh ancestry.
He rose to Hollywood Stardom in films such as L.A. Confidential, The Insider, A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander and Gladiator, winning an Oscar for Gladiator and earning nominations for A Beautiful Mind and The Insider.
Outside of his Sydney office in Australia, he set up a camera to films bats and instead captured what he considered to be a genuine UFO. Crowe tweeted, "UFO? Time Lapse Photos Outside RC's Woolloomooloo Office (THESE ARE REAL!)" and uploaded a video to YouTube, which was quickly refuted by the internet at large.
6 Jennifer Lawrence
The Hunger Games franchise is the cornerstone of Jennifer Lawrence's growing celebrity. Other performances in which she captured acclaim were her roles in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustler and Winter's Bone, the latter of which earned her an Oscar nomination in 2010.
An interview with the New York Times revealed that she has some unique views about herself and Hollywood. She believes that "in Hollywood, I'm obese" and that she's "considered a fat actress. I'm that Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach." Despite her fame and success, she also considers herself a "redneck".
To her credit, however, she does speak out against women starving themselves to appear on camera, preferring that actresses come across as "fit and strong", which may be a Hollywood codeword for obese.
5 January Jones
January Jones is best known for her role as Betty Draper in Mad Men, considered by critics and audiences alike to be one of the most critically acclaimed television shows in history.
She maintains her youthful beauty by eating well, which includes healthy food, herbal teas, vitamins and placenta pills. She explains that "your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins" and that she was at first "very hesitant... but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas!".
This practice, called Placentophagy, involves freeze-drying the umbilical cord, amniotic sac and placenta before grinding the frozen goo into pill supplements.
4 Dave Grohl
Rock legend Dave Grohl was the drummer of the biggest rock band of the 90s, Nirvana, before reinventing himself as the front man for the Foo Fighters, showcasing his ability to write and produce his own brand of rock'n'roll.
Unfortunately, during his time as frontman of the Foo Fighters, he developed a strange belief that denies all links between the HIV virus and AIDS.
Instead of medical science researchers, Dave Grohl aligned his band behind Alive and Well, which is an "AIDS Alternatives" group that believes "AIDS is not a fatal, incurable condition caused by HIV."
Considering the danger of this sexually transmitted infection, the fact that the Foo Fighters helped raise money for Alive and Well by performing live made plenty of observers scratch their heads in disappointment.
3 Emma Stone
One of the more endearing crazy celebrity beliefs is held by Emma Stone, whose first big break was her role in Superbad before moving on to hits such as The Amazing Spider-Man.
While interviewed by the eponymous host of "The Late Show with David Letterman", Emma revealed that her family has a long history of quarters, which has resulted in her grandfather leaving quarters around the house for her to find.
Despite never meeting her grandfather, she believes that he visits her as a friendly ghost for the sole purpose of perpetuating the family's history with quarters. In order to explain, she told Letterman, "you'd have to go to commercial five times and roll to a clip and come back, and I'd still be telling the story, but it's him."
2 Alicia Silverstone
Another celebrity that approaches motherhood from a unique perspective is Alicia Silverstone, who rose to stardom during the 1990s after appearing in music videos for Aerosmith and scoring parts in the hit movies Clueless as well as playing Batgirl in Batman & Robin.
Alicia revealed her belief that pre-chewing your kid's food before spitting it into the child's mouth is a natural, healthy way to wean the kid off of breast feeding before the child is able to grow their own teeth for chewing.
In a video released on her healthy lifestyle website called "Breakfast with Baby Bear", Silverstone pre chews and mouth-feeds vegan food to her 10 month-old child, which made a lot of people feel very uncomfortable.
1 Steven Seagal
Advocate for gun violence and expert of the martial arts Steven Seagal does not hold back when telling you about the conspiracies in which he truly believes. His "no holds barred" view of the world is as uncompromising as Above the Law, Marked for Death, Hard to Kill, On Deadly Ground and Under Siege parts one and two - movies which made him famous.
In an overseas interview about a new sniper rifle that bears his name, Seagal states that a "gun is like a plant or a tool" and can be used to "protect and nurture humanity and mankind - or destroy."
Amazingly, he also believes that "a lot of these mass murders, and all this funny stuff that's going on - I believe a lot of this is engineered."