Gwyneth Paltrow has turned her hobby of being a rich, white woman into a cottage industry, condescending to her minions every chance she gets about how freeing the things we can’t afford can be. But some interests and hobbies go beyond the fringe, or at least they play against every type imaginable. Presented for your approval, some of the more bizarre, unexpected hobbies that celebrities spend their time obsessing over.
15. Tom DeLonge – UFOs
“Pure, unadulterated antigravity. It would scare people if they knew,” he told the magazine. Seems his obsession has existed for some time, and he’s made several pilgrimages to sighs of famous incidents, from Area 51 to the Bermuda Triangle. He is involved in what he considers a national security issue and nine months of touring a year will just get in the way of searching for the truth.
There were signs of this during his tenure with the band, most notably a song called “Aliens Exist.”
14. Dan Aykroyd – UFOS, Motorcycles, Alcohol
He has also reported seeing “Men In Black” – figures in the UFOlogy community that may be aliens themselves who appear near sightings – on the set of Crossroads. You heard it here first, aliens might well be tracking Britney Spears. In addition to the otherworldly, Aykroyd has always had a passion for motorcycles and sells his own brand of wine and Crystal Skull vodka.
13. Harrison Ford – Airplanes
For every late show appearance in recent years, he’s certainly seemed a little more than laid back. He began adult life as a carpenter, another passion of is, before acting swept him into the spotlight. These days, Ford loves to fly. There have been two separate incidents of him nearly dying, most recently making an emergency landing on a golf course.
12. Nick Offerman – General Man Stuff
11. Tom Hanks – Typewriters
Fans have been known to send him old typewriters and, being the nice guy that he is, Hanks will write them a letter of thanks on the machine. Hanks has also launched an iPad app, Hanx Writer, that allows you to experience what it’s like to type on a vintage manual.
10. Paris Hilton – Frog Hunting
We’re not even sure this can be considered a hobby – possibly animal harassment. But Paris Hilton has said she enjoys chasing frogs around, capturing them and imprisoning them in a bucket to watch them like some deranged frog warden. After a while, her mind will wander or she’ll see something shiny, lose interest and release them back into the wild. She insists she does not kill the reptiles, just temporarily detains them.
One can only hope, however, for the Millandian fate of a frog uprising…
9. Brad Pitt & Ice Cube – Architecture
In 2011, when the Getty wanted to celebrate local L.A. architecture, they turned to native Cube to become their resident expert on Hollywood design pioneers Charles and Ray Eames. Cube says that he can “draw you up a house. I’m not sure it will be liveable.” He has a great appreciation for architecture, and credits his studies and his understanding that “everything has a plan” to much of his success as an artist.
8. Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Patrick Dempsey – Racing
His onscreen counterpart in The Towering Inferno, Steve McQueen was equally enamoured with the sport – which shouldn’t be a surprise considering the actor is known for a film featuring some of the best car chases of all time. Grey’s Anatomy star and real-life Benjamin Button, Patrick Dempsey seems to have taken up their mantle, competing in auto races at prestigious events around the world.
7. Daniel Craig – Cooking, Halo
Craig has also become so enamoured with Halo that it caused problems in his relationship with now ex-girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell. So when you’re blasting aliens in multiplayer, be aware that your teammate on the other end of the mic may well be James Bond.
6. Michael Caine – Ambient House DJ
One of the most beloved English actors of our time has been known to get behind the local turntables and has even released an album entitled Cained. His encyclopedic knowledge of music even impressed Elton John.
5. Michael Gambon – Gun Collector
Like other names on this list, Gambon also suffers from a love of automobiles, appearing on Top Gear in 2002. He was driving so fast he rounded the last corner of his lap on only two wheels.
4. Bob Barker – Karate
The former Price Is Right host and pet castration enthusiast has been a long-time practitioner of martial arts. He even received training in Karate by none other than Chuck Norris. As of press time, he holds a black belt. So perhaps that spay or neuter plea at the end of each show wasn’t a request so much as an outright threat to pet owners everywhere.
3. Vin Diesel – Dungeons and Dragons
He’s also a champion dungeon master in the aforementioned game and has written a forward to a book celebrating the game’s 30th
2. Nicolas Cage – Superman Comics
So it must have seemed like a dream come true when Tim Burton selected Cage to star as his hero in the mid-90s. Unfortunately, the film – scripted by Kevin Smith – fell into development hell and came out the other end as an intensely boring Brian Singer film.
1. Kiefer Sutherland – Rodeo, Band Management
It makes sense that Sutherland enjoys the rodeo. His career has its fair share of westerns – from Young Guns to Forsaken – the first film in which he shares scenes with his father, Donald. And his personal lifestyle – which involves managing bands and tackling Christmas trees – is rowdy enough that the life of a cowboy outlaw suits him just fine. He spent years on the circuit after living on a ranch in Montana, during which he competed in, and won, several competitions.