Tom Hanks’ career has proven to be just as durable as the old manual typewriters he loves to collect. He has more than 200 of the noisy contraptions, mostly pre-WWII models, and has been known to haul one around for fun on international press junkets. Who needs an iPad, anyway?
Perhaps inspired by Marlon Brando’s punch-drunk boxer in On the Waterfront, Mike Tyson has been keeping and training racing pigeons for most of his life, and now owns 3,000 of them. He says an angry girlfriend once cooked one of his pets and ate it. “That’s why she’s not my woman anymore,” Tyson says.
Star Trek Nerd
“I’m a huge, huge Star Trek fan” Ben Stiller told the crowd at an event celebrating the sci-fi classic. “Kids used to make fun of me: ‘Ooh, look at the Trekker with his little pointed ears!’ … Who’s laughing now?” Indeed, Stiller has taken his Trek-worship to unprecedented heights, paying big bucks for a pair of Vulcan ears signed by Leonard Nimoy and finagling a 7-second cameo as a guest Romulan in 2009’s big screen reboot.
Dungeons & Dragons Geek
Hard charging 6'11" NBA superstar Tim Duncan loves slaying ogres, and not just on the basketball court – he’s obsessed with the geeky role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. He also has a Merlin tattoo on his chest and has been known to attend Renaissance fairs. Call him a nerd at your own risk.
Tiger Woods tries to stay as far away from the water as possible when golfing — but he makes up for it in his spare time by spearfishing. He’s told interviewers that the only time he can truly escape the pressures of his life is when he’s underwater. He’s been underwater a lot in recent years.
Claudia Schiffer is drawn to something most people don’t find beautiful — insects. "As a child, I was fascinated with spiders' webs sparkling with morning dew, or just after the rain," says the ‘90s supermodel. To prove her love, she’s decorated her home with insect paintings and mounted creepy-crawlies, and uses a spider web design on her knitwear label.
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Action Figure Aficionado
Leading man Leonardo DiCaprio may be famed for such films as Inception and Shutter Island, but in some circles, he’s better known for his decidedly boyish hobby: collecting action figures. His cache of first generation Star Wars figures is considered world-class, and a few years back he sold a rare Jawa figure at auction for nearly five grand. No word on whether he keeps his Jack Dawson action figure from Titanic in its original packaging.
Crossword Puzzle Obsessor
Daily Show star Jon Stewart takes a break from writing words by . . . writing words. He known to be an obsessional crossword puzzle person, and even proposed to his wife via a specially made puzzle by New York Times crossword guru Will Shotz.
Ping Pong Master
Susan Sarandon picked up ping pong late in life and soon became smitten, despite her admission that “I’m just not very good.” She has invested in a chain of urban ping pong bars and established a program to supply tables to schools in underprivileged parts of the New York City.
Republican senator and perennial presidential candidate Rick Santorumen joys knocking down bowling pins almost as much as he relishes knocking down liberal causes. Sometimes he does both at once! At a campaign stop in a Wisconsin bowling alley last year, he told a young boy to quit using an unmanly ball. “Friends don’t let friends use pink balls,” he told a reporter.
When Kate Moss isn’t turning people’s heads, she’s turning her own — rhythmically! On a holiday in Phuket, Thailand, she spent a solid week preparing for an elaborate synchronized swimming performance – complete with moves like “the egg beater” and “the crane” – which she then performed for a standing-room only crowd of pals, including fellow model Naomi Campbell.
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