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Surprising Hidden Talents Of Hollywood Stars

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There are certain Hollywood actors who can draw audiences to the theater no matter what picture they're in. However, no star is born famous. It often takes long years and incredible dedication to develop their acting chops - and a few other skills along the way.

The celebrities on this list possess many abilities that extend beyond their stage or screen gifts: Some were learned as children; others were learned to break into show business; and still others were learned just for fun. How many have you tried?

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    Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis was almost an Olympic competitor in archery. At 41, she decided to try the sport, and it stuck. She studied and sharpened her aim to the point of being considered for the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney.

    Though she qualified as a semifinalist at the Olympic Trials, Davis didn't make it to Australia. However, she looks back upon that period with good feelings. "It was the most out-of-body experience I’ve ever had," she said.

    The actress, considered a master archer, still practices when she's not maintaining a busy acting schedule. Her skills were even highlighted in a Funny or Die video.

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    • After playing Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider movie, Angelina Jolie developed a love for knife throwing. According to sources, she has become very talented and now owns quite an extensive collection of knives.

      Jolie also possesses a private pilot's license, which she attributes to her oldest son. “When Maddox was 1½, we used to go to the airfield, have lunch, and watch the planes,” she said. “And it dawned on me: I could fly. So I promised him I would fly by his second birthday.”

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        Action star and former James Bond Pierce Brosnan is not known to shy away from physically demanding roles. It makes sense that, as a young actor, he was drawn to a striking performance art: eating fire. 

        In an interview with The Guardian, Brosnan explained how he stumbled upon this talent: "Yes, I did a fire-eating act. At the Oval House - this was in 1969 - there was a workshop and one night I came in to rehearse and I looked in and some guy was teaching people to fire-eat." Many decades later, Brosnan still boasts about this lesser-known ability.

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          Before he was a famous rock star, Jack White - one-half of the White Stripes - was an upholsterer in his hometown, Detroit, MI. He began as an apprentice under a man named Brian Muldoon. He eventually founded his own business, which he called Third Man Upholstery.

          These days, White runs Third Man Records instead, but it turns out he has retained his upholstering skills. In 2016, he reupholstered a couch at the famous Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis, TN.

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