It’s no secret that Hollywood is full of techies, geeks, and dorks — just like the rest of us. It seems as though celebrities aren’t all cut from the same cloth, some preferring to stay in and spend a night with their video game console instead of going out to face the paparazzi. Here are some of Hollywood’s biggest geeks!
1. Mila Kunis
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If you want to talk gaming nerds in Hollywood, you have to talk about Mila Kunis. She played so much World of Warcraft that it was actually threatening her career at one point. She had to quit playing, cold turkey. Mila Kunis is one of the hottest geeks in Hollywood, and even though she doesn’t play World of Warcraft anymore, that doesn’t mean she’s no longer a geek.
2. Vin Diesel
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When you look at Vin Diesel, it’s hard not to think of the countless action flicks that he’s starred in. It’s hard not to picture walking away from explosions or racing in a souped up Ford Escape. But he’s unashamedly one of the biggest geeks in the business. One thing most people don’t know about him is that he’s played Dungeons and Dragons for over 20 years. Plus, he created a gaming studio because he got sick of crappy video games being created all the time. His studio actually has created some awesome Chronicles of Riddick games to tie into his movies.
Care to question Vin’s geekiness? He has a tattoo of his D&D character name!
3. Rosario Dawson
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Yep, it’s official. If you speak Klingon, you’re a geek. And, along with English and Spanish, Rosario Dawson speaks Klingon. She also loves comic books and even created and released her own comic book, called “Occult Crimes Taskforce.” She’s starred in the graphic novel movie Sin City. She’s been called by Kevin Smith “The Hottest Geek,” which is agreed on by many fans — though, not the fans of Mila Kunis.
4. Robin Williams
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An avid anime fan, Robin Williams always raves about his favorite Japanese animation films. He’s also a huge fan of video games. Some of his favorites include Warcraft 3 and Battlefield 2. On top of that, Robin Williams loves the Legend of Zelda so much, he named his daughter after the titular character.
Comic books are also on the list that brings him into the realm of celebrity geek; he has lobbied to play both the Riddler and the Joker in Batman movies. Pretty much anything that can make you a nerd, geek, or techie is something that Robin Williams loves.
5. Patton Oswalt
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Seasoned comedian, writer and character actor Patton Oswalt is known for his obsessive and encyclopedic knowledge of geek culture. From penning a one-off comic of the cult sci-fi show Firefly, to appearing on movie podcasts, to working with the Mythbusters guys to create an elaborate Doctor Octopus costume, Oswalt built his career on being a nerd. Most recently, an extended clip of Oswalt from Parks and Rec went viral as he riffed for over 8 minutes in a filibuster addressing the new JJ Abrams Star Wars sequels.
There are many different types of geeks out there, and a lot of them are people you see on the big screen regularly. From techies to gaming geeks, and everything in between, it’s not surprising that there are so many celebrities that are interested in the same things the rest of us like.
Verne Troyer Got Himself A Sweet Little Tesla Model S For Christmas
Actor Verne Troyer decided to treat himself to a little Christmas present this holiday season – a Tesla Model S. But rather than drop six-figures on the P100D with Ludicrous mode, he opted for one a little better suited for his small stature, a Tesla Model S For Kids by Radio Flyer that recreates the ultimate Tesla experience, complete with electric charging, instant torque, and a top speed of 6 MPH.
As you can see, Verne wastes no time pulling it out of the box and firing it up, before he goes drifting around his garage with a big ol’ grin on his face. 6 miles per hour never looked so fun!
Harrison Ford Was Paid 76x More Than His ‘The Force Awakens’ Co-Stars
Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm for $4 Billion appears to be the deal of the century, as Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already brought in a record $529 million globally in just the first weekend. But just how much money did The Force Awakens actors earn to join a galaxy far, far away?
According to The Daily Mail, Harrison Ford earned a staggering $25 million to reprise his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus a back-end deal that nets him an additional 0.5% of the box office gross, which could mean another $9 million if the movie hits the high end of its box office predictions.
While Ford’s massive payday shouldn’t come as a big surprise given Ford’s prominent role in the movie, it’s reportedly 76 times that of newcomers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who each received a mere $450,000. Even Star Wars veteran Carrie Fisher reportedly only received $1.5 million to appear in The Force Awakens, though she had limited screen time and wasn’t exactly pivotal to the plot.
Still, it seems like money well spent to me. Without Harrison Ford on board for the movie, there would have been no Han Solo, no Chewbacca, and no Kylo Ren. Without them, the movie would have been completely different. But Boyega or Ridley, anyone could have played those parts as they were relative unknowns.
Do you think Harrison Ford deserved such a hefty paycheck for The Force Awakens?
Charlie Sheen Drops A Bombshell On TODAY Show, Reveals That He Has HIV
For weeks now, rumors have been circulating about a womanizing Hollywood A-lister testing positive for HIV, fueling wild speculation about who it could be. Leo, Clooney, Sheen, the list went on and on.
Today on the TODAY Show, Charlie Sheen dropped the bombshell in an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer that he was diagnosed as HIV-positive about four years ago, and that he’s paid people upward of $10 million to keep quiet about his situation.
“I’m here to admit that I am in fact HIV-positive,” Sheen told NBC’s Matt Lauer. “And I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about the [alleged] threatening the health of so many others, which couldn’t be farther from the truth.”
Charlie Sheen is one of Hollywood’s best-known actors, starring in hit films such as Wall Street and on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. The 50-year old says he’s not sure how he contracted the virus.
He said the diagnosis came after he suffered a series of cluster headaches and night sweats. “After a battery of tests … they walked in the room and said, ‘Boom, here’s what’s going on.’
Sheen said he revealed the diagnosis to people he thought he trusted, but some of them demanded money to keep the information to themselves. One of those people was a prostitute who entered his bathroom, took a cellphone picture of his medication and threatened to sell the image.
Asked if he would continue to pay the people he’d been paying, he said: “Not after today, I’m not.”
You can watch a clip from his TODAY Show interview below:
Thanksfully, an HIV diagnosis isn’t the death sentence that it once was. Charlie Sheen was immediately put on a daily antiviral “cocktail” of HIV drugs to keep the virus from developing resistance and spreading. While there’s no cure, these drugs make it a more manageable illness.