Page 5 - Celebrity Facts

Martha Stewart couldn't date Anthony Hopkins because of his role as Hannibal Lecter. I guess she didn't want to be eaten!

Anthony Hopkins is an established actor known for his engaging roles and enticing delivery. No role has better defined him as an actor than his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs." Though a timeless role, it actually cost him his relationship with home decoration guru Martha Stewart.

Actors are normally nothing like the roles they play, but it can be very difficult for anyone to separate the two. That was the problem for Martha Stewart, so she had to end her brief relationship with Anthony Hopkins.

She revealed on the Howard Stern show back in 2006 that she "loved him, but he was...scary." No argument here, he did an amazing job becoming the cannibalistic psychopath.

Before inviting him up to Maine for a little getaway with her, Stewart re-watched the movie and couldn't get past it. She had to ask herself "Do you want someone eating your brain while you are sitting in your beautiful dining room in Maine?" Nope!


The Backstreet Boys and Nsync had the same manager. And he defrauded both out of millions

Lou Perlman is credited with starting the boyband craze of the 90s. He managed the Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, O-Town and many others. However, little did they know, he was scamming all of them.

In 2008, a judge sentenced Lou Pearlman to 25 years in prison for cheating investors out of more than $300 million over the course of two decades. Pearlman convinced both individual investors and banks to invest in two shell companies that only existed on paper. It’s considered one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history.

Both the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync sued him because he was taking an extremely large share of the band’s revenue. It’s been reported that at one point BSB had made only 300k vs. millions for Pearlman. The bands prevailed over Pearlman and got some of their money back.

Pearlman himself is in jail for the $300m he stole from investors, with the condition he could reduce a month off his sentence for ever million he returned.


After finishing Star Trek, William Shatner was so poor he had to live out of his truck. Find out more about his life

William Shatner is an icon in the entertainment and nerd world, treated like a king at every convention he attends. That wasn't always the case for the old U.S.S. Enterprise captain, though. When the shortly-lived but infamous show “Star Trek” finished, he literally had nowhere to go.

The original series debuted in 1966 and lasted for three seasons until 1969 when it was canceled. When that happened, Captain James T. Kirk (actor William Shatner) took to his pickup truck as a home. It was the early 1970s and Shatner was recently divorced with three kids and no money. He went back east to work but couldn't afford any stays at hotels.

Under the hard shell on the back of his truck was a makeshift home: a small stove and a toilet. Even though the living conditions were tight, he managed to have a roommate: his dog.

Even though he's come a long way since then, he still says he feels he hasn't achieved much. “I've done nothing. What have I done? I've blundered my way through life.” He may feel his name will fade, but to the millions of Trekkies around the world, his tale will live on for sure.


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Christian Bale had to pack on a few pounds for Batman Begins--too bad he gained too much! Find out how much he weighed!

Christian Bale makes headlines every time he stars in a role. He commits, even if that means putting his health at risk or drastically changing his diet. That's exactly the situation he found himself in when given the amazing opportunity to be the next Batman.

After taking a year off, Bale came back to play as Trevor Reznik in the psychological thriller “The Machinist.” He really became the roll and decided to embody the characters emaciated, skeletal appearance. He wouldn't sleep for long periods of time and adopted a crash diet of coffee and apples, losing 63 pounds. By the end of filming he weighed a measly 121 pounds.

Almost immediately after, he gained the role to play Batman in Christopher Nolan's “Batman Begins.” He needed to get back in tip-top shape, claiming that on the first day of training he wasn't even able to do a push up. He met his goal of gaining 100 pounds in six months, going to 230 pounds—more than Nolan had wanted for his Batman.

Before filming began, he took a small dip on his roller-coaster diet and stabilized at the desired 190 pounds.


Charles Dickens is the reason we celebrate Christmas as we do today!

Christmas used to be a very church-centered holiday. The observance of it was falling at the end fo the 18th century / beginning of the 19th century. 

However, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" would change the way Christmas is celebrated up to this day. The main shift that occurred due to Dicken's work is from a church-centric celebration to a self-centered generosity festival.

The story of Scrooge changing his mind and helping out his workers moved people into celebrating Christmas as a time for being generous, being around loved ones and helping people out. This shift resulted in the more typical celebration of today, where families get together and celebrate by eating. 

He also helped propagate emerging traditions such as gift-giving and the display of Christmas trees, which had been introduced by Prince Albert but were not ingrained into the public consciousness until Dicken's work became popular.

As a last note, while some of these traditions had in some form existed before, they were dwindling and were repopularized by Dickens. There's a lot more on this subject to read, so check out the sources!

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