None of us really "know" celebrities -- we only know the one thing that made them famous. We all know Katy Perry because of her singing and O.J. Simpson because of his beloved role in the Naked Gun trilogy. That's why it's always interesting to find out that the things they're passionate about behind closed doors tend to be way different than you'd expect.
6Robin Williams Was A Gamer And An Anime Fan
A whole generation of Cracked readers grew up with Robin Williams. We were delighted by the genie, inspired by Mr. Keating, and collectively gave him a pass on Jack. The Internet fell into such a deep mourning when Williams passed away that it almost seems cruel to give you more reasons to love him. So it's with some trepidation that we tell you Robin Williams liked everything you like.
The man didn't just have one geeky hobby -- he was basically a walking comic book store. He loved anime like Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, and Neon Genesis Evangelion, the last of which even anime fans who own body pillows think is for losers. He was also a big fan of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.
The most challenging role of his life: not breaking character to school that kid in all things Evangelion.
Oh, and he was a serious gamer. He played Dungeons & Dragons when he was younger, and D&D fans are so far down (up?) the nerd hierarchy they make Trekkies look like varsity football players. He played Call of Duty, which makes us picture the genie calling someone a Mexican Jew Lizard, and he loved to make Portal references, making him exactly like that one friend of yours. You know who we mean.
Loved ones baked him cake at their own risk.
Williams' favorite series was The Legend of Zelda. He was especially fond of Ocarina of Time, to the point where he filmed a commercial advertising its re-release with the premise of "I like this game, and I am awesome because I am Robin Williams. Buy it to also be awesome."
And yes, he named his daughter Zelda. She's a gamer too, and is presumably very thankful that her Dad wasn't a fan of Final Fantasy and stuck her with the name Rinoa Heartilly. It's kind of sweet, really, to know that Williams' endearing nerdiness lives on.
5Stephen Colbert Is A Tolkien Fanatic
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Stephen Colbert has more in common with his caricature of a conservative political pundit than you might think, at least in the sense that they're both massive fans of The Lord Of The Rings.
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And he's come closer to killing Frodo than Sauron ever did.
If you watch Colbert's work, you've probably heard him gush about Lord Of The Rings at some point. It's not an act. Colbert knows so much about Rings, it's impressive that he has time to stay informed about literally anything else. Tolkien wasn't known for his brevity -- there are guys who've been watching the movies on a constant loop for the last decade who still couldn't tell you who the fuck Feanor is. But not Colbert. He remembers every last extraneous detail. Watch this video of Colbert schooling fellow Tolkien fan James Franco, and try to resist the urge to beat him up.
"So what?" you might be thinking. "Embarrassing Franco is a celebrity rite of passage." Fair enough, but how many people do it twice?
Now what if we told you that Colbert's prize possession is Aragorn's sword, which he received from actor Viggo Mortensen? How about the fact that director Peter Jackson has gone on record to say that Colbert is the biggest Tolkien geek he's ever met? Colbert even defeated the resident Tolkien expert on the Rings set -- someone who is paid to know Tolkien -- in a quiz. That's like strolling into the White House and beating the president in a civics test.
Colbert even scored a cameo in The Desolation of Smaug, although it's possible Jackson only gave him the part because he kept catching Colbert breaking onto the set to steal memorabilia and figured he might as well put him to work.
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He re-read The Hobbit thrice, with the eye-patch, to nail his character's knock.