Celebrities are just like us! Except they are really nothing like us at all. Even celebrities who appear to be the most boring, regular, and straight-laced have some interesting skeletons in their closet. There’s something about celebrities that piques our interest in the lives they lead. We can’t stop talking about them, from reactions to Met Gala dresses to Oscar’s moments. Our infatuation with celebrities can be found everywhere. After all, there’s plenty of entertainment and things to admire about public figures.
Below is an entertaining list of lesser-known and highly strange celebrity facts that make you question who these people are, and whom so many of us desire to be like. Things such as Lucy Liu claiming she has had sex with a ghost, and Dennis Rodman having 29 siblings will sure to make you wonder just how interesting these people’s lives can be.
#1 Rob Lowe believes he met Bigfoot.
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He claimed to have had an unbelievable encounter with a wood ape in the Ozark Mountains.
#2 Nicolas Cage outbid Leo DiCaprio for a Mongolian dinosaur skull.
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He spent $276,000 on it.
#3 Bryan Cranston was once a suspect in a giant murder investigation.
In the 1970s, he was driving around the United States with his brother, picking up odd jobs. Bryan used to work in a restaurant in Florida where he despised the chef and was open about it: he and the other employees talked about what it would be like to murder him. That chef died at the precise same time Bryan and his brother left town, prompting police to suspect them and pursue them to the Carolinas.
#4 Benedict Cumberbatch was abducted in South Africa in 2005.
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He was traveling with buddies late at night when one of their tires blew and they were forced to pull over to the side of the road. Men armed with firearms ambushed them. He was then put in the boot of the car, and his shoelaces were attached to his wrists at one point. After they provided them with cards and money, they eventually left them alone. However, due to the requirement to carry the card to a bank machine, it took two and a half hours.
#5 Fran Drescher believes aliens abducted her and implanted a chip in her hand.
Her ex-husband had the same thing happen to him, and Fran explained that’s why they ended up together. They have the same scar on the exact same spot.
#6 And Stephen Baldwin has a Hannah Montana tattoo.
His daughter was a great fan of the program, and Miley informed him that if he got the letters HM tattooed, he may appear as a cameo. But that never occurred, and he regrets it now.
#7 Ryan Cabrera has a tattoo of Ryan Gosling’s face on his leg.
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It was apparently from a game by him and his friends called tattoo roulette.
#8 Ashton Kutcher’s real first name is Christopher.
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His middle name is Ashton.
#9 Jennifer Aniston turned down the offer of being a cast member on Saturday Night Live.
Lorne Michaels, the show’s creator, met with Jennifer shortly before the premiere of Friends.
#10 Harry Styles has four nipples — kind of.
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It’s a condition known as polythelia, and it’s not as uncommon as you may assume.
#11 Bill Murray was arrested for carrying 10 pounds of marijuana when he was 20.
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It was also his fault that he was apprehended. He joked with a fellow traveler at an airport about his suitcase containing bombs. A ticket counter employee overheard the conversation and alerted the US Marshals, who discovered two 10-pound blocks of marijuana in his backpack. He received a five-year probation sentence.
#12 Charlie Sheen accidentally shot his then-fiancé Kelly Preston.
She needed stitches in her arm, and there are various accounts of what occurred. Kelly claimed in a now-deleted 2011 that he shot her by accident, but Charlie claimed in 2016 that she shot herself.
#13 When she was 22, Angelina Jolie tried to hire a hitman to kill her, but he convinced her to stay alive.
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“With suicide comes all the guilt of people around you who think they could have done something,” Jolie explained. “When someone is murdered, no one takes any type of responsibility.”
“He was a decent enough person and asked if I could think about it and call him again in two months,” she stated to the Face in an interview. “Something changed in my life, so I decided to persevere with it.”
#14 Nicole Kidman has a phobia of butterflies.
She has lepidopterophobia, which she has had since she was a child.
#15 Whitney Houston was a producer on The Princess Diaries.
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She was the owner of Brownhouse Productions, which also produced 1997’s Cinderella with Brandy and both Cheetah Girls features.
#16 Leighton Meester’s mom was in prison when the actor was born.
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She was detained for attempting to import marijuana from Jamaica to the United States through a drug network. Leighton lived in a halfway home for the first few months of her life before moving in with her paternal grandparents.
#17 James Lipton worked as a pimp in Paris in the 1950s.
Just after the war, the host of Inside the Actors Studio managed a bordello. He claims he acted as an agent for the women, taking a share of their earnings.
#18 Eva Mendes always wanted to be a nun when she grew up.
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But then ditched the dream when she found out they don’t make any money.
#19 Lucy Liu claims she once had sex with a ghost.
“A spirit came down from God knows where and made love to me, “In an interview with US Weekly, she stated “It was pure joy.” Everything was felt by me. I reached a climax. He then floated away. It was almost as if Mary had experienced the same thing.”
#20 And so did Kesha.
She informed that it is the subject of her song “Supernatural.”
#21 Dennis Rodman has 28 siblings on his dad’s side.
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The basketball player once stated that he had 46 siblings and sisters, but his father, Philander, later stated that he only had 29 children.
#22 Tim Allen was arrested for cocaine possession and served two years in jail.
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In an undercover operation in 1978, he was found with 1.4 pounds of cocaine. He faced life in jail, but he ratted on other drug dealers in exchange for a reduced sentence.
#23 Denzel Washington has a permanently wonky pinky finger.
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The actor has dislocated his pinky so many times that when he moves his hand, his finger periodically comes out of position.
#24 Channing Tatum can be seen Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” music video.
He works as a bartender and is paid $400 for five days of work.
#25 Elvis Presley was actually a natural blonde.
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He began darkening his hair with black shoe polish, believing that it made him more attractive.
#26 Matthew Perry lost part of his middle finger as a kid.
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When he was three years old, he got slammed in a car door.