From Assassin Parents to Lion Tamers—15 Confusing Celebrity Facts
1. Samuel L. Jackson took hostages at his college.
When Samuel L. Jackson was a college student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, he and a group of his fellow students held members from the college’s board of trustees hostage, and demanded that the school’s curriculum and its governance be changed. The college changed its policies, but Jackson was convicted of unlawful confinement and was suspended from the school.
This was during the Civil Rights Movement, not long after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. One of the hostages Jackson and the students took was actually Martin Luther King, Sr., who happened to be nearby at the time.
Jackson was galvanized to take direct action after King’s assassination, and has said “I was angry about the assassination, but I wasn’t shocked by it. I knew that change was going to take something different – not sit-ins, not peaceful coexistence.”
After the hostage situation, Jackson was active in the Black Power movement, but his mother, having been told by the FBI that Samuel would be killed within a year if he continued to participate in the Black Power movement, sent him to Los Angeles where Jackson had previously worked as a social worker.
Jackson commented on his activism during the Civil Rights Movement: “I would like to think because of the things I did, my daughter can do the things that she does. She barely has a recognition that she’s black.”
2. Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake lived together when Justin’s mother was Gosling’s legal guardian.
While Justin Timberlake & Ryan Gosling were filming The Mickey Mouse Club, Timberlake’s mother served as Gosling’s guardian when Ryan’s mom had to go back to work in Canada. Gosling lived with Timberlake for this period when the pair were only eleven. Gosling apparently had his own bed for the year he lived with Timberlake.
3. Hugh Jackman has a French Bulldog named Peaches.
Wolverine has a very tiny and very adorable pet puppy. The puppy’s name is Peaches. Random factoid about Frenchies: they can’t actually reproduce on their own. The males can’t mount the females due to having very slim hips. Breeders artificially inseminate the females.
And he puts Peaches in little boot-things.
Impossibly cute. Request to the world: please produce a picture of a shirtless Hugh Jackman with Peaches the dog perched atop Hugh’s untrimmed chest. Thanks!
4. Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years) is a mathematician who even has a theorem named after her.
Danica graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in Mathematics. While there, she was co-author of a paper on mathematical proofs for properties of magnetic fields which was published in a scientific journal. The results of the paper are known as the Chayes-Mckellar-Winn theorem. She went on to become a New York Times bestselling author of multiple math books aimed at getting girls of middle & high school age interested in math.
5. Sylvester Stallone started off in an adult film.
Stallone was paid $200 to appear in The Party at Kitty and Stud’s, an adult film. It was his first film appearance. He has explained he was in a desperate situation; he was evicted from his New York City apartment and spent 3 weeks homeless and sleeping in the NYC Port Authority bus station until he found the casting call for the film. He was about 24 at the time. The next year in 1971, he starred in an erotic off-Broadway play titled Score.
After Stallone got his big break in Rocky, the adult film was re-titled, re-edited, and re-released as Italian Stallion, as the owners of the rights to the original were trying to capitalize on Stallone’s rise to fame.