The stars, they’re just like us. Celebrities also have moments they’d rather forget. Luckily, most people did. How else would someone smuggling drugs get the chance at later being Buzz Lightyear?
I don’t want to go around airing everyone’s dirty laundry, but it’s also important to know that even the biggest celebs are human. They make choices. They have lives outside of the media.
We take for granted that many of the movies, music, TV shows we love we created be real human beings. Human beings who could have made those beloved pieces of art differently. No one had a gun to their head! Well, maybe the ones who smuggled drugs.
Here are the strange but true celebrity facts that will change how you think about these actors and musicians forever:
1. Bill Murray tried to smuggle 10 pounds of marijuana into the United States in 1970.
It makes me like him even more. On Bill Murray’s 20th birthday, he was caught in the Chicago airport with bricks of marijuana worth around $20,000. And that’s in 1970s money! You could buy anything. You could buy, let’s see… well, a lot of marijuana, that’s for sure. I can’t really think of anything else you’d want to buy back then. He was released soon after but decided to drop out of college before being kicked out for having a criminal record.
2. Rob Lowe is deaf in one ear due to the Mumps.
Mumps was a terrible disease that killed and maimed tons of children. Rob came out smelling like a rose but unable to hear out of one ear. Please vaccinate your kids. He claims he doesn’t really think about it all that much, but that loud restaurants drive him nuts. Sadly, he could not appreciate classical music in the same annoying way other Sorkin characters did on The West Wing.
3. Megan Fox believes in leprechauns.
OK, not like the “Lucky Charms” one you’re thinking about in your head. But traditional Irish folklore had to come from SOMEWHERE, and Megan believes they came from somewhere real. She told Esquire that she “has a childlike spirit” and “wants to believe.”
4. Ryan Gosling was almost in The Backstreet Boys.
I recently watched a documentary about the boyband reuniting, and this tidbit was not mentioned! Gosling lived in the same apartment building as singer A.J. just as the band was beginning. Gosling didn’t believe they would hit it big. He was wrong. Gosling also lived for a time during his stint on The Mickey Mouse Club with another famous singer: Justin Timberlake. Timberlake’s mother was for a time, Ryan Gosling’s legal gaurdian.
5. Tim Allen was caught with a pound of cocaine and served 2 years in prison for it.
It’s hard for me, a person who was 14 when 9/11 happened, to imagine doing anything illegal in an airport. But, the 70s and 80s were a different time. This is yet another comedic actor moving drugs before they were famous. Of all the places to be caught.
6. Before being on ‘Friends,’ Jennifer Aniston turned down the chance to join SNL.
Saturday Night Live is always looking for funny people. According to my mom, I should call them up and ask for a gig. Lorne? Are you reading this? Apparently, Jennifer Aniston was on Lorne Michael’s radar. Sadly, she declined the opportunity much to the chagrin of Adam Sandler who was reportedly excited to have her on. Probably a good choice since the other show eventually garnered her a million dollars per episode.
7. Nicolas Cage once outbid Leonardo DiCaprio for a 67-million-year-old dinosaur skull.
All right, this one isn’t that unbelievable. Start a sentence with “Nicholas Cage once…” and whatever comes after I’ll agree is true. Unless you tell me he turned down a role! Haha. I kid, of course. He’s a genius. He paid $270,000 for a skull. Good for him.
8. Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” music video features a young Channing Tatum.
I thought I’d followed him from the start. By the start, I mean his appearance in the movie Step Up. Apparently, he’d worked before then, including Ricky Martin’s music video, where he appeared as a bartender. Can you imagine?
9. Lady Gaga spent $50,000 to find out if a ghost named Ryan was haunting her.
We’ve all been there. We think we hear a bump in the night, and think “it’s probably just Ryan. Wait, I don’t know a Ryan!!” Fortunately, Lady Gaga has the means to check if there is, in fact, a ghost following her. She has professionals check the electromagnetic field in all the hotels she stays in when on tour. Can you imagine? A ghost so stubborn it tours with you? Freaky.
10. Kanye West, a rapper whose songs obsess over style and clothing, used to work at The Gap.
Kanye says when he was 15 working at the chain store in Chicago, he couldn’t afford the clothes there. It started what was to become a lifelong love of nice clothes. Also, he stole from the store and eventually quit. They should pay their employees and give them free clothing.
11. Britney Spears was in an all-female girl group that was America’s answer to The Spice Girls.
It’s Britney, B****! And she’s shed The Mickey Mouse Club, and is moving on to bigger and better things. She was in college, already nominally famous, and she started a girl group with some friends. It didn’t get big, but can you imagine being one of the people who was in a group with one of the biggest pop stars of all time?
12. Madonna was once fired from her job at Dunkin’ Donuts.
She was playing with the jelly machine. If you’re going to mess with anything at Dunkin, it’s best that you mess with the equipment, not the customers. The customers will cut you. I read about Madonna working at Dunkin’ and the blogger wrote “can you believe she did that before she was famous?” Yes. If she did it after she was famous, though, that would be cool. More stars should do it.
13. Eva Mendes wanted to be a nun.
What turned her away from the convent life? She found out that nuns don’t get paid. Laid? No. Paid. They can’t make money. I respect her choice.
14. Angelina Jolie wore a vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck.
The two stars were both filming movies in different parts of the world, and Angelina came home one day with a little kit. They used razor blades on their fingers and gave a literal piece of themselves to the other. They wore the blood in lockets around their necks to always feel close to each other. Not nearly the weirdest thing on this list, honestly.
15. George Lucas employs his own personal 14-person fire brigade.
More money, more problems, am I right? George Lucas, who famously almost destroyed his own intellectual property by making pointless prequels to Star Wars, built a $100 million place for all his equipment called “Skywalker Ranch.” The place is full of priceless items, and therefore needs its own fire station in case of an emergency.
Thoreau said: “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” Well, these stories are the truth, I swear!