Another special guest is about to visit Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash on Comic Book Men: Nichelle Nichols (Nyota Uhura from the original Star Trek). Every Trekkie loves her. How could they not? But there’s more to Nichols than meets the eye. Here are six things all but the most devoted Trekkies may not know…
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convinced Her to Stay on Star Trek
After the first season of Star Trek, Nichols left the show for a Broadway play. A few days later, MLK encouraged Nichols to stay on Star Trek, calling her stereotype-busting character an inspiration. Nichols recalls King saying, “This is why we are marching. We never thought we’d see this on TV.” Inspired by his words, Nichols rescinded her resignation. The rest is TV history.
2. She’s a Fashion Icon
Before Nichols, women in scifi generally looked like conservative housewives. Uhura brought a bit of the swinging ’60s to the 23rd century with her miniskirts and thigh-high boots. Her fashion style would go on to influence other intergalactic franchises, from the 1970s Battlestar Galactica to the 21st century’s Star Trek reboot.
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Sure, you know that Jack Nicholson has over a dozen Oscar nods. He’s also famous for being one of the richest bad boys in Hollywood. You’ve probably also heard about his road rage, his Lakers fanaticism, and his rep as The Great Seducer (nine children). But there’s more to Jack than what you read in the tabloids. Here are a few more fun facts, just in time for AMC’s premiere of As Good As It Gets on Sun., May 12 at 7/6c.
1. He Was Childhood Friends With Danny DeVito
It’s hard to picture Nicholson as a little boy, but what’s even harder to imagine is him as a child hanging with Danny DeVito. But the two were buddies growing up together in New Jersey where both their families owned a hair salon together. The friendship continued with One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest in which they co-starred and Hoffa which DeVito and directed and Nicholson helmed.
2. He Almost Became a Cartoonist
What would Yogi Bear look like had he been the brainchild of Jack Nicholson? As fate would have it, we’ll never know. Nicholson’s first gig in Hollywood was as a gofer for William Hanna and Joseph Barbera at MGM’s cartoon studio. After seeing some sketches of Nicholson’s, the future owners of Hanna-Barbera asked young Jack to joined their animation team. Nicholson turned the job down, stating his heart was set on acting.
For over 30 years, you’ve known him primarily as Rambo and Rocky. But put aside Sylvester Stallone’s signature characters for a sec and ask yourself how well you know the man behind all that muscle! Maybe you know that Sly’s first name is Michael or that he got his start in a racy movie called The Party at Kitty and Stud’s. Hell, that’s nothing. Check out these fun facts about Stallone then tune into AMC’s Crazy About Rambo on Sat., Nov. 3.
1. He’s in the Boxing Hall of Fame
In 2011, the man who created Rocky Balboa joined Mike Tyson as an inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The honor raised the ire of some boxing enthusiasts who complained that Stallone — who’s only taken punches onscreen — doesn’t belong among a hall of real prizefighters but Sly KO-ed those haters with his ingratiating speech on induction day.
2. Stallone Actually Feels the Pain
While filming Rocky IV, Stallone asked Dolph Lundgren to punch him as hard as he could and ended up in intensive care. Years later in a fight scene with Steve Austin for The Expendables, Stallone ended up with a broken neck (repaired with a metal plate!). In short, his signature grimaces are sometimes very real.
You know him best as Forrest Gump and the voice of Toy Story‘s Woody, but how well do you really know superstar Tom Hanks? Sure, you might’ve heard he’s related to Abraham Lincoln but that’s just one fun fact about this Hollywood icon. Here, are six other details about Hanks that may have flown under your trivia radar (just in time for AMC’s Crazy About Tom Hanks, a marathon of his movies on AMC on Fri., Sep. 28).
1. He Owes His Career to Happy Days
Hanks got his big break starring in the TV sitcom Bosom Buddies, but his guest-star turn as the Fonz’s foe on Happy Days led to a breakout role on the big screen. After working with him on Happy Days, former co-star Ron Howard asked Hanks to read for a supporting role in
2. He Has an Asteroid Named After Him
Hanks has had a lifelong fascination with space exploration: As a child, he wanted to be an astronaut; he played a real-life one in Apollo 13; he co-produced the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, as well as the IMAX feature Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon in 3D. Heck, he’s even on the the National Space Society Board of Directors. So to honor Hanks’ commitment, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid “12818 tomhanks” in 1996.
It’s hard to believe that there is anything the public doesn’t know about one of the most surveyed men on the planet. But there are a few things about Brad Pitt that moviegoers may not be aware of — and just need to know. So in honor of AMC’s Crazy About Brad Pitt on Sat. Apr. 21, here are six facts that may have flown under your celebrity radar…
1. He’s Got a Pilot’s License
Recently, Pitt’s 10-year-old son Maddox made headlines by taking flying lessons and fiancée Angelina was caught on camera putting her pilot’s license to good use. But, as it turns out, flying is truly a family affair for the Jolie-Pitts: Brad also has a single-engine license and has taken helicopter lessons in the Czech Republic.
You only think you know Steven Seagal because you’ve watched him play a terrorist-fighting Navy cook in Under Siege and an indestructible cop in Hard to Kill. But he’s so much more than a martial arts master who can snap arms like twigs after lecturing in a soft voice. Who is this man behind the action hero? Yes, he’s a black belt in Aikido and a deputy sheriff in Louisiana. But what else? Well, to start….
1. He’s an Energy Drink Entrepreneur
It makes sense that Seagal’s herbal energy drink is called Lightning Bolt. This is a man who likes to strike! The brew claims to have “untold natural power,” according to the official website yet despite being the first energy drink to contain Tibetan Goji Berries, Lightning Bolt will probably have a harder time beating Red Bull than Seagal did outwitting the bad guys in Exit Wounds.
2. He’s a Psychic
“I was born clairvoyant, I was born a healer,” Seagal once told a Cleveland reporter, to whom he also admitted being a reincarnated Buddhist monk. If Seagal’s psychic powers had been more powerful, they might’ve steered him clear of movies like Half Past Dead. (Or does that pic await a rediscovery?) As Seagal himself says, “I was born very different.” It’s hard to disagree.
Thanks to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Dirty Harry (to name just two), Clint Eastwood seems like a known quantity. But there’s more to this big-screen vigilante than meets the squinted eye. Sure, you know he was once a mayor in California. Maybe you could’ve guessed he was fluent in Italian because of all those spaghetti Westerns. Even so, read on to learn a hell of a lot more.
1. He Supports Gun Control
Eastwood made his name playing pistol packers like the Man With No Name and Harry Callahan, but he’s no Charlton Heston. In an interview with CNN, he said he supports mandatory waiting periods for gun purchases. He’s also said that Unforgiven “summed up my feelings about movies where killing is romantic. Here was a chance to show that it really wasn’t so romantic.”
2. He’s a Singer-Songwriter
It’s safe to assume that a writer-director-actor would’ve picked up a guitar at some point, too. But Eastwood’s done more than plucked a few strings. Undeterred by a few unsuccessful singles in his early days, he’s now a respected film composer who’s penned the theme songs for Absolute Power, A Perfect World, and The Bridges of Madison County.