Great Facts for Trivia Games
Celebrities are nearly always in the spotlight, but Hollywood generally paints them in such a glamorous light that we start to forget they're real people. And, like all real people, they have funny quirks and endearing personality traits that make them unique. Here are a few fun facts you probably didn't know about your favorite actors.
1. Johnny Depp
Who doesn't love Johnny Depp's incredible ability to pull off the wackiest and most oddly-likable movie characters? Whether you're a fan of his irresponsible yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow character or his OCD Willie Wonka persona, you'll love this funny fact: When he was a child, Depp was actually allergic to chocolate. Now that we think about it, the situation may be more tragic than funny, but it is amusing that the childhood version of Willie Wonka was also denied chocolate.
2. Tobey Maguire
Tobey Maguire, the seemingly fearless actor who portrayed Spiderman in Marvel's 2002 Spiderman film, is actually afraid of heights. Kudos to him for pursuing a role that revolves around a web-slinging hero who swings from skyscrapers!
3. Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom may be fearless when facing pirates, trolls, and orcs, but he is afraid of a tamer sort of beast. Apparently, pigs spark an irrational fear in him. The condition is called swinophobia, and yes, it's a real thing.
4. Cameron Diaz
The beautiful blond who captured our hearts in My Best Friend's Wedding may be a little more accident-prone in real life than she appears onscreen. On her birthday in 2003, she went surfing in Hawaii and in a classic face-meets-wave moment, she broke her nose. Fortunately, it healed beautifully and you'd never guess she broke it.
5. Robert Downey, Jr.
Fast food isn't typically recognized for saving lives (just the opposite, in fact). But, according to Robert Downey, Jr., Burger King save him from a life of drug addiction. Go figure.
6. Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris, the fearless movie star whose on-screen persona is larger-than-life, isn't really named Chuck Norris. In fact, his name is actually Carlos Ray. On a side note, he is still so popular that his badass attitude has generated hundreds of funny jokes about him and numerous books including the New York Times bestseller: The Truth About Chuck Norris: 400 Facts About the World's Greatest Human. Some of the popular jokes about Norris include, Chuck Norris can strangle someone with a cordless phone. Or this one, Chuck Norris' calendar goes straight from March 31st to April 2nd; no one fools Chuck Norris. The last one for today, If you spell Chuck Norris wrong on Google, it doesn't ask what you meant. It simply comes back as RUN.
7. Demi Moore
The ageless beauty who made us cry in Ghost and earned an unprecedented fee for her role in Striptease had an unlikely start. As a child, she had to wear an eye patch and undergo two operations to correct her cross-eyed vision.
8. Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks, one of America's favorite actors, once had an asteroid named after him. Its official name is "12818 tomhanks".
9. Taylor Lautner
Taylor Lautner, the bright-faced actor who will forever be associated with wolves, isn't just a tough guy on screen. For several years in a row, he was the Junior World Karate champion.
10. Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage was paid $20,000,000 in 1998 for a Superman movie that was never even made. He was cast as Superman in Tim Burton's Superman Lives, but the film was shelved. Tragedy or providence? You decide.
An interesting side note, Cage helped launch Johnny Depp's acting career by referring him to an agent, who connected him with his first film role in Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). The two met through Depp's ex-wife Lori Allison, a makeup artist.
11. Sean Bean
Sean Bean, the English actor who played Eddard Stark in Game of Thrones, has "died" in more than 25 TV shows and films. Percentage wise he dies in about 30% of his appearances. However, he isn't the actor who has died the most times on screen. That distinction goes to John Hurt who has died 43 times.
12. Christopher Walken
The year 2010 marked the first year Christopher Walken didn't appear in a movie since 1974. 36 years is a pretty impressive streak! He has appeared in approximately 100 films. On a funny side note, Christopher worked as a lion tamer in the local circus when he was 16.
13. Ed Sheeran
Who doesn't swoon over Ed Sheeran's honey-smooth voice and ridiculously thoughtful lyrics? While the songwriter's skills have earned him many musical awards and nominations, he isn't an actor. So you're probably wondering why we included him on this list. Few people know that a young and awkward 16-year-old, Ed Sheeran once auditioned for Britannia High, an ITV series that was basically the UK's version of Glee. So, he was almost an actor. Plus, his audition is so amusing we had to include it in this list.
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