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23 Celebrity Facts That May Explode Your Brain

Warning: This might also change how you view these people.

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1. First of all — did you know James Lipton was a pimp in France?

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After befriending a prostitute in Paris, he became a pimp, saying this about that year in his life: "I did a roaring business, and I was able to live for a year. The French mecs didn’t exploit women. They represented them, like agents. And they took a cut. That’s how I lived. I was going through my rites of passage, no question about it. It was a great year of my life.”

3. Christopher Walken also has a different kind of past: He traveled with the circus when he was 15 as a lion tamer.

4. And around that same age, Jake Gyllenhaal was given his first driving lesson by Paul Newman.

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Mr. Newman was a friend of the family's.

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7. Dolph Lundgren has a master's degree in chemical engineering and won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at MIT.

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He was a Ph.D. student when he met Grace Jones and moved to New York, eventually leading to modeling and acting.

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16. Tom Hanks is a third cousin, four generations removed, of Abraham Lincoln.

Their common ancestor is John Hanks, who is Abraham Lincoln's great-great-grandfather and Tom Hanks' great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.

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19. Woody Harrelson's dad was an assassin.

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His estranged father was the killer of federal judge John H. Wood Jr.; Harrelson has said he visited his father in federal prison.

20. Samuel L. Jackson was part of a group of students that held a group of trustees at Morehouse College hostage, one of which was Martin Luther King Sr.

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The reason for the hostage situation was a demand for the school to change its curriculum and governance. The school eventually did, but Jackson was suspended and didn't return.

21. Geena Davis is an archer who made it to the semifinals in the qualification rounds for the 2000 Olympics.

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She had only started archery two years prior and placed 24th out of 300 candidates.

22. Tim Allen was arrested in 1978 for possession of 1.4 pounds of cocaine and was jailed for two years.

23. And finally, Justin Timberlake's mother was Ryan Gosling's legal guardian while they filmed The Mickey Mouse Club.

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The two became close while filming the show and Gosling lived with Timberlake when his mother had to return to Canada to work.