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Ian McKellen, Sean Bean and the rest of the Fellowship all have matching 'Lord of the Rings' tattoos!

Looks like this fellowship wasn’t based solely in fantasy.

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous ‘Lord of the Rings’ series, nine individuals task themselves with the disposal of a cursed ring.

These men, representing the different races of the novel’s world, were known as the Fellowship.

In Peter Jackson’s popular film adaptation, these men were portrayed by Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee), Ian McKellen (Gandalf the Grey), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), John Rhys-Davies (Gimli), Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Sean Bean (Boromir), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), and Billy Boyd (Pippin).

However, the bond these actors shared went beyond the characters they played.

To commemorate their involvement in the film, each member of the Fellowship had the Elvish version of the number nine tattooed on their shoulder. Each member, that is, except for one.

According to Rhys-Davies, the cast got drunk and approached him about the tattoos. Not wanting to get permanently marked by someone who had been drinking, Rhys-Davies sent his stunt double instead.


When Will Smith accepted his role in 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' he was almost bankrupt and owed the IRS $2.8 million!

Around 1988 and 1989 Will Smith overspent his money and underpaid his income taxes.

He ended up owing the IRS $2.8 million in taxes and they ended up taking many of his possessions and garnishing his income.

When he was nearly bankrupt in 1990 the NBC television network built a sitcom around him called 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' and signed him to a contract to play a fictional version of himself.

The show was successful and launched his acting career and saved him from bankruptcy.

Will set himself the goal of becoming the biggest movie star in the world and his first major roles were in 'Six Degrees of Separation' in 1993 and 'Bad Boys' in 1995.

The very next year he was established as a prime box office draw after the film 'Independence Day' was a massive hit and he followed that up with his performance in 'Men In Black' in 1997.

Smith set a World Record and was entered into the Guinness Book of Records in 2005 for attending three film premieres in a 24 hour time period!

Smith has not yet reached his goal of becoming the biggest movie star in the world. He has been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Golden Globe awards, but has won neither. He has, however, won a Golden Raspberry Award for the Worst Supporting Actor for his role in the 2014 movie 'After Earth.'


Walt Disney thought of some pretty sneaky ways of getting cheap land in Florida!

Things got a little complicated in Mickey Mouse's magical Florida kingdom when it got time to buy the land for Walt Disney World.

The total area is it encompasses is twice the size of Manhattan and the entire area of San Francisco, 47 square miles to be exact.

How did Walt even begin to draw up papers to start buying that massive plot of land? And why?

Disney's original theme part, Disneyland, located in Anaheim, California simply ran out of room and did not have enough land to expand the way Disney wanted to.

The entirety of the parks and additional hotels could fit inside Epcot. When "Project X" came along for the second theme park, all Disney wanted was lots of cheap land.

To keep landowners from catching on to his need for one massive plot of land, Disney set up dummy corporations to purchase the "worthless" land for him.

The first major plot of land was 8,500 acres that belonged to Florida state senator Irlo Bronson in 1965. The first acre for Disney World cost $80, and the last costs $80,000.


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Eminem once took so much Methadone, doctors informed him that he had taken the equivalent of four bags of heroin, and was 'about two hours from dying.'

Marshall Mathers, known by his rapper name Eminem, among others, is the best-selling artist of the 2000's.

He's also been mentioned among the greatest musicians of all time, coming in at number 82 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

But amongst this success he definitely has had his issues, from being accused of being a homophobe to being sued by his own mother to drug addiction and overdoses.

Unlike the other controversies, his drug addiction nearly killed him. It all started on the set of 8-Mile, the semiautobiographical film about his life. He had trouble sleeping and someone gave him his first Ambien.

What followed was a spiral downward where he would take anywhere from 40 to 60 Valium and up to 30 Vicodin a day. He gained weight and even overheard a debate between friends who argued whether it was really Eminem. One argued that "Eminem ain't fat"

His drug use came to a head in December 2007 when he overdosed on Methadone. After collapsing on the bathroom floor one night, he was taken to the hospital where doctors informed him that he had taken the equivalent of four bags of heroin, and was "about two hours from dying."

After missing Christmas with his children, Eminem checked himself out of the facilities and, not yet fully detoxed, was completely drained of strength. When he tore his meniscus "after falling asleep for literally 10 minutes," he underwent surgery. Following this, he went home and had a seizure. He relapsed within three weeks, and after a month his addiction was in full swing again.

He began to attend church meetings to get clean, but after being asked for autographs, he instead called a rehab counselor who helped him for the first time.

Eminem began exercising and running excessively, and effectively went sober on April 20, 2008. Friend Elton John was a mentor during this time; John would call Eminem once a week to check on him.


Michael Jackson, though he did not receive credit, wrote 'Do The Bartman' after calling the producers of 'The Simpsons' and offering to write Bart a number-one single.

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, recorded 13 number one singles in the United States during his solo career, and has sold over 400 million records worldwide.

Jackson was also a fan of The Simpsons, the satirical show depicting a middle class American lifestyle. It parodies American culture, society, television, and many aspects of the human condition.

Jackson was especially a fan of the character Bart.

One night he called the producers and offered to write Bart a number-one single and do a guest spot on the show.

He ended up writing the song, titled 'Do The Bartman,' but because he was under contract with another label, he didn't receive credit for it.

To protect Jackson, executive producer James L. Brooks issued a press release in September 1990 stating that song was actually written by one of Jackson's friends, Bryan Loren. Loren was part of the songwriting, but it was mostly Jackson.

It was finally revealed that Jackson co-wrote and co-produced the song in 1998 when The Simpsons creator Matt Groening said as much at the 1998 World Animation Celebration convention in Pasadena, California.

Groening also said that it surprised him that no one realized that Jackson wrote the song, as he was a big fan of the show.

So was the King of Pop able to provide a number one single?

The song was never released as a single in the United States, but it received primarily good reviews and topped the charts in five countries, proving that his nickname was well earned.



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