50 Awesome Facts about Hollywood Actors – Part 4

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26Rob Riggle

Actor Rob Riggle was a Marine for 23 years. He was a lieutenant colonel, and has received a combat award for his service in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Liberia.


27. Actor Vinnie Jones still holds the record for the quickest yellow card in professional Football history: 3 seconds into a match.


28. David Zayas, the actor who played Detective Angel Batista in the show Dexter, was an actual police officer in the NYPD for 15 years.


29. For 4 years, Hugh Grant pretended to be his own talent agent under the name James Howe Ealy. He communicated with people via a fake email account and even disguised his voice with a Scottish accent on the phone. “I saved myself an absolute fortune,” he said.


30. Daniel Day-Lewis was so convincing as a killer in “Gangs of New York” that the mom of his 10-year-old co-star for “There Will Be Blood” saw the movie, and didn't want her son acting alongside him anymore. The studio sent her “The Age of Innocence” to reassure her Day-Lewis wasn't actually bad.


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31Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role for Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels.


32. Morgan Freeman's talent for acting was discovered at age 12 when he was forced into a drama production as a punishment for teasing a girl in his class.


33. John Wayne, in a 1971 interview with Playboy, said: “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t feel guilty about the fact that five or ten generations ago these people were slaves.”


34. Harrison Ford made $10,000 for A New Hope and $20,000,000 for The Force Awakens.


35. William Shatner is a trained Shakespearean stage actor. He was once considered an equal to Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and Robert Redford, but hurt his career by taking any offered role regardless of quality. That contributed to Shatner joining a no-name cast for 'Star Trek' in 1966.


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36James Cagney

When actor James Cagney received an honorary degree he surprised the university by submitting a paper on soil conservation.


37. Actor James Stewart was also a poet. Once, while on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, he read a poem called "Beau" that he had written about his dog. By the end, Carson had started crying.


38. When Jeff Bridges was 14, he and his brother, Beau, would go to grocery store parking lots and pretend to start a fight. Once a crowd gathered, they would both jump into the back of their pickup truck and proceed to do dramatic line readings.


39. Tom Cruise vandalized the world’s tallest building in 2010. During the filming of Mission: Impossible 4, he climbed to the top of the Burj Khalifa (without safety equipment) and etched Katie Holmes' name into the spire.


40. Robin Williams performed stand-up comedy at a Seattle nightclub in 2004, 2007, and 2008 to donate all of the proceeds, totaling nearly $50,000 to a local food bank without telling anyone.


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41Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin offered to do the voice over of himself in Team America: World Police, despite it was making fun of him. But he was turned down.


42. Kevin Bacon bribes DJ's at weddings with cash so they won't play Footloose.


43. Gary Oldman and Matthew McConaughey starred in a 2003 movie called "Tiptoes" in which McConaughey's entire family are dwarves. And Gary Oldman in "a role of a lifetime" plays McConaughey's twin brother, also a dwarf.


44. Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock Holmes on "Sherlock," is distantly related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who created the character.


45. Jeff Goldblum tried to hire a prostitute at the age of 13. He had heard about the red light district so he stole $5 from his father and went to pick a girl. On the way to the room, he chickened out.


46Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt dubbed himself “Douchemaster McChest” in his first headshot that got him on WB, which was taken for free by a gay photographer, who picked him up at post office and offered him his shirt and a shower.


47. Antonio Banderas watched the red carpet premiere of his movie “Puss in Boots” alone in a giant theater with 25 cats wearing 3D glasses.


48. Dustin Hoffman's infamous “I’m walkin’ here” line in Midnight Cowboy was unscripted. He reacted in character to almost being hit by a cab.


49. Hugo Weaving said of voicing Megatron in Transformers, "I had no knowledge of it. I didn’t care about it. I didn't think about it. It was meaningless to me. I never read the script. I just have my lines, and I don’t know what they mean."


50. Jamie Foxx's real name is Eric Marlon Bishop. He changed his name when he found that female comedians were often called first to perform. He felt that it was a name ambiguous enough to disallow any biases.

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