Page 10 - Celebrity Facts

Verne Troyer (Mini-Me) has to do all of his own stunts because there is no stunt double his size!

Stunt doubles are a vital part of the entertainment industry. Stunt men and women who are trained in their field, are made to look enough like the actor they are doubling for.

This way, the actor who is, harsh as it is to say, more valuable, in the context of the film or show, won't get hurt.

However, sometimes a suitable stunt double simply cannot be found. Such is the case with Verne Troyer, the actor who plays Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" franchise.

Troyer, who stands at 2 feet 8 inches tall does all his own stunts because it is extremely difficult to find a stunt double the same size as him.

However, Troyer has worked as a stunt double. One of his first ventures into acting was when he was the stunt double for a baby in the 1994 film "Baby's Day Out."


Dave Canterbury from Duel Survivor was fired from the show after it was found out he’d completely lied about his military/survival experience!

In September 2011, Dave Canterbury was fired as the host of the Duel Survivor TV show on Discovery Channel. Canterbury had originally said it was for family and business reasons that he decided to leave the show in a statement in April 2012. Actually, it was finally released that he’d lied about his military and survival experience that landed him the job. He claimed he had survival expertise for 20 years before getting the job on Duel Survivor.

Records showed that he was a factory worker in Ohio up until the year before he got the job with Discovery Channel. He had been in the military in their version of a SWAT team in the Army for six years. He was never a Ranger, Survival Scout, or had any Airborne Training as he had claimed. Neither had he been to Grenada or South America as he had claimed. He’d only been to Korea as an “ID Badge Clerk.


Stephen Hawking doesn't hold back when asked stupid questions!

Sometimes being humble can come off as also being a jerk.

However, when you're one of the superstars of quantum physics and a hero among the scientific community you probably get a free pass.

Stephen Hawking is a great interview—always intelligent, fairly thorough, and usually funny—and some of his responses are priceless.

When asked by the New York Times what his I.Q. is, something I'm sure he gets tired of being asked every hour of every day, he doesn't come up with something astonishing or shocking.

He just told the truth: “I have no idea. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.”

Well played, Mr. Hawking!


Some awesome lists!

The man who plays Wilfred was nominated for the dog performer-only Golden Collar awards!

Yes, there are awards for most anything.

This is the first year where the Golden Collars are being awarded as a prize for the best performances by dogs in Hollywood.

This year's winner was Uggie, the dog from "The Artist."

The amusing part about this is that actor Jason Gann was nominated. He stars in both the Australian and American versions of Wilfred, a show he created and stars in as the title character, a dog.

Wilfred also stars Elijah Wood. He's the only one (along with the viewers) that can see Wilfred, not as a four legged buddy, but as a man in a dog costume. (Source)

Hunter S. Thompson once almost killed Bill Murray by tying him to a chair and throwing him in a pool

‘Where the Buffalo Roam’ is a 1980 semi-biographical comedy film which loosely depicts Hunter S. Thompson's rise to fame and his relationship with Chicano attorney and activist Oscar Zeta Acosta. The film stars Bill Murray as Hunter Thompson.

Murray and Thomson became friendly over the course of filming. At one point they engaged in a series of dangerous one-upmanship contests.

It quickly escalated and after many drinks and after much arguing over who could out-Houdini whom, Thompson tied Murray to a chair and threw him into the swimming pool.

Murray nearly drowned before Thompson pulled him out.

Thomson was brought to the set for consulting, but he said he only really walked around and fired guns.

One thing he was good for, though, was showing Bill Murray how to be him, leading by example. Within two weeks of Thomson being on set, Murray had transformed into him.

So much so that when Murray appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live’ starting its fifth season, he was still in character, complete with long black cigarette holder, dark glasses, and nasty habits.

'Billy,' said one of the writers, echoing several others, 'was not Bill Murray, he was Hunter Thompson. You couldn't talk to him without talking to Hunter Thompson.'"



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