News broke yesterday that Nicolas Cage sold his Superman comic (Action Comics #1, for the aficionados out there) for $2.1 million. Some people will be surprised to learn that Nic Cage is an avid comic collector, others won’t be because he’s something of a comic book character himself. Despite his best efforts, Cage doesn’t have the market cornered on weird celebrity hobbies. Rather, he’s joined by quite a few folks who unwind with everything from typewriters to ping-pong to tree-climbing.

Celebrities! They’re weird like us!

Tom Hanks – 1940’s Typewriters

“I have almost 200 old portable manual typewriters. Most of them are actually working and I keep them rotating.”

Is there a more Tom Hanks-like hobby than collecting old typewriters? That was rhetorical. There is not. That’s awesome. I was hoping that a guy like Hanks would have some weird hobby, like collecting Nazi flatware like Chris Cooper did in American Beauty, but then I remembered that Hanks LOVES World War II, and even that wouldn’t be very weird. Tom Hanks is physically incapable of doing anything that isn’t adorable.

Simon Cowell – Climbing Trees

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of background here, but on a press call, Simon Cowell just mentioned offhand that he likes to climb trees. Like, a lot. In fact, his exact quote was “I climb trees daily. It’s like a ritual.” I am just imagining him sitting atop a beautiful oak while Ruben Studdard and Adam Lambert are scrambling at the bottom, looking for footholds. In my imagination, Ruben is also crying a lot because he’s scared of heights.

Rod Stewart – Model Trains

Granted, this hobby isn't all that strange, but it seems extremely out of place for a guy like Rod Stewart.

The Bobby Baccalieri of celebrities, when he’s not buying professional soccer teams, Rod Stewart likes to take his mind off the fact that his daughter is friends with Paris Hilton by building model railways. He was actually featured on the cover of Model Railroader with his recreation of Grand Central Station, which even features little people in 1940’s garb and boasts 100 feet of railroad. It’s hard to make fun of this hobby when he’s had the career he’s had. In fact, he manages to make building model railroads kind of rock and roll. Not bad, Rod.

George Lucas – Feeds Squirrels

This makes me laugh. A tiny, bearded, flannel-clad man sits alone in the park, with the only living creatures that won’t judge him for his recent projects – squirrels. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he has named the squirrels and utters things like, “There, there, Mace Windu, share that pumpernickel with the rest of the Jedis.”

Were the Ewoks the cause of this obsession, or the effect? Either way, awesome.

David Arquette – Knitting

This really isn’t that surprising. I don’t know if any David Arquette hobby could really be surprising. So he knits. That’s pretty much the tamest thing I could have guessed. Something tells me that when he knits, though, he knits like 17 hours a day.

“Daddy’s knitting. Go away.”

I bet he’s up to place mats by now. Look out!

Susan Sarandon – Ping-Pong

How much does Susan Sarandon like ping-pong? Enough that she doesn’t just play it, but she’s a member of a ping-pong “society” (I guess that’s classier than a club?) that frequents a bar called SPiN in NYC (she’s actually an investor) that caters to paddlers. In fact, she was there for the Vanity Fair-sponsored grand opening party, sipping tequila and miming the actions of a player she was watching until it was her turn to play.

This makes Susan Sarandon even cooler than that SNL digital short did.

Angelina Jolie – Collecting Daggers

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Yup. Angelina Jolie collects daggers. And the sky is blue. Let’s move on.

Leslie Mann – Unicycling

The typecast-as-shrill actress from Big Daddy and Knocked Up likes to ride a unicycle. I’m praying that Judd Apatow’s nickname isn’t “unicycle.” She said, in regards to her hobby, “It’s so weird, now that I think about it…”

It takes an interview about your hobbies for you to come to the realization that riding a unicycle is weird? Here’s how you figure out if your hobby is weird, Leslie. Draw a Venn diagram with two circles representing “normal people” and “your hobby.” If there is a three-inch gap between the two circles, you have yourself a weird hobby.

Kristen Stewart – Juggling

She’s got a goofy side! Unless juggling is some sort of physical therapy to fight twitchiness. If it is, then I guess this isn’t so much a hobby as it is “medical treatment.” So either she likes juggling a lot, or her doctor prescribed it to her.

My guess is that Kristen Stewart can’t juggle for shit. I bet if you put her on the spot, she would just toss the beanbags in the air and they would come falling down in a matter of seconds. And it would be horribly awkward, because at the end she would be all, “That’s me juggling.” And I would have to politely smile then ask her what Kellan Lutz is really like off-camera, or something.

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