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  • Adam Sandler is a fan of and has been referred to as an expert on Shadow of the Colossus. Playing the main character in the film Reign Over Me, his lines detailing the game's controls were improvised by himself.
  • Alfred Molina is a big fan of Marvel Comics. Naturally playing Doctor Octopus appealed to him.
  • Alicia Witt has an IQ of 180, and apparently auditioned for the part of Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man. One of her first big screen roles was as Alia Atreides in the David Lynch film adaptation of Dune. Must've been one hell of a start.
  • Andrew Garfield is a huge Spider-Man fan. One could tell by this bit at SDCC where he took to the Q&A mic in a fan-made Spider-Man costume, gushing about how excited he was to be at his first Comic-Con and how inspirational Spider-Man was to him growing up. Not to mention he actually shed tears when donning the movie Spider-Man suit for the first time. Doubles as as Promoted Fanboy.
  • Anthony Hopkins is a huge fan of Breaking Bad, going so far as to call it a confidence-restoring work of art. In fact, he even wrote an fan letter to lead actor Bryan Cranston, calling his performance the best he's ever seen.
    • This is from a Shakespearian trained actor.
  • Asa Butterfield, as revealed by this ANN report, is a fan of Anime, particularly Neon Genesis Evangelion. He even compares Ender Wiggin to Shinji Ikari.
  • Ben Affleck played DnD as a kid with his best friend Matt Damon. He's also a major comic book fan, especially of Daredevil, so much so that he jumped at a chance to play the character in the movie adaption. Apparently, Affleck is also a big Duke Nukem fan, and there was a rumor at one point he was gonna play him in a movie. A rumor, mind you.
  • It's fair to say that being friends with Kevin Smith automatically qualifies you for this page.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch is a huge fan of Robert Downey, Jr.. During an interview he said that his residence in America is actually right near his office, and one day he should "throw eggs or do something" to get his attention. If they do actually meet, heads are bound to explode.note 
  • Brad Dourif, the actor who played Saavedro in Myst III: Exile, took the job because he was a diehard Myst fan.
  • Cate Blanchett openly admitted that she took the role of Galadriel mainly because she got to wear pointy ears. She later kept them - and had them bronzed.
  • Charlize Theron is apparently a huge Game of Thrones geek.
  • Chloe Moretz of Kick-Ass fame is implied to be a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender. This stems from when she was rumored to play Toph in the sequel to The Last Airbender, and while denied, she expressed delight at portraying the Blind Bandit. She loves videogames and said that she is addicted to Call of Duty. And she is also the only actress who can claim to have played a Super hero, a vampire a werewolf, a psychic and will play a zombie in Maggie. Not to mention Emily The Strange.
  • Chris Hemsworth, a self-confessed fantasy/sci-fi fan, lists Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, and The Neverending Story as his favourite films, and read The Hobbit to his unborn daughter — and that's not to mention watching Game of Thrones.
  • If there's anyone that could be described as a full-fledged nerd, it's Christian Bale. He's got everything in him to be a troper: he is an avid reader of Batman comics, plays games (especially Super Mario Bros.), watches Anime and dubbed an Oscar-nominated one at that... Oh, and he goes to the Internet (Specifically YouTube among other places) to watch people talk about him. Hollywood Nerd at full effect indeed. It's both ironic and funny when you think about his role in Terminator Salvation. Because as we all know, John Connor was quite a geek in his teenage day too (from what we can see in the second film at least). Another nod to his geekdom: he seems to be pumped up about being able to play Solid Snake in a Metal Gear Solid film.
  • Christopher Lee:
    • Re-reads The Lord of the Rings once a year.
    • There is a YouTube video where he reveals himself to be a metalhead, and says "Heavy Metal will Never Die." He has worked with the band Rhapsody of Fire.
    • Awesome when you consider that he was the only cast member who actually met Tolkien in real life. And the only cast member of The BBC adaptation of Gormenghast who'd met Mervyn Peake. He was also a cousin of Ian Fleming and played Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun.
    • He's a fan of Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn. When he played the voice of King Haggard in the animated movie, he brought a paperback copy of the novel with him to the story meetings, and used a highlighter pen on several passages of dialogue that he felt were mandatory for the storyline.
    • Was one of the people working on an album featuring poems (both read and sung as songs) and songs inspired by short stories of Edgar Allan Poe - he sung the song "Elanore" and read out "The Raven". (sadly the album was only published in Germany)
    • Has displayed a liking of Manowar. That's right, folks, THE Rated M for Manly band. He has also narrated 'Battle Hymns MMXI', Manowar's reissued album.
    • He recently recorded a metal album about Charlemagne: Charlemagne.
  • Canadian-American Bollywood (and sometimes pornographic) actress Sunny Leone cites her favourite downtime activities as playing World of Warcraft and watching The Simpsons and The Discovery Channel. Oh, and she enjoys art history, especially abstract art.
  • In William Shatner's Star Trek documentary The Captains, Christopher Plummer admits to having been a lifelong Trekkie before he got to play General Chang in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
  • Daniel Craig. Yep, James friggin' Bond. In the section right above that, the article mentions his love of Star Trek.
  • Daniel Radcliffe:
  • Dante Basco is currently liveblogging Homestuck. While he was pretty confused at first, he's clearly come to quite enjoy it. This is even more interesting because one of the characters he's played, Rufio from Hook, actually has a small role in Homestuck. Especially since that role involves, at one point, Rufio's dead body being kissed by Andrew Hussie. (Makes Just as Much Sense in Context.) He was rather bemused at Rufio's first appearance.
  • Daphne Ashbrook has a tumblr devoted entirely to saying how much she loves the fans, loves Doctor Who and loved being a companion.
  • After reading The Hunger Games, Donald Sutherland sent an e-mail to Gary Ross (who directed the movie) campaigning to get the role of President Snow. In his e-mail he gave an in-depth analysis on who Snow really is, what makes him tick, how he views power and his relationship with Katniss. Not only did he get the part, Ross wrote two additional scenes for him based on the contents of the e-mail.
  • Hayden Christiansen is such a gamer that when he did the motion capture for the Revenge of the Sith tie-in video game, he specified to the designers what controls he wanted to activate particular moves.
  • Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan of Lord of the Rings fame:
    • According to the interviews, they are such big Star Wars fans they are currently making a Millennium Falcon together. The two - along with co-stars Billy Boyd, Sean Astin and Orlando Bloom - even visited the set of Star Wars: Episode II.
    • On a related note, Dom is revealed to be a World of Warcraft gamer, much to Elijah's chargin. In fact, they debated and had a boxing match over it. Seriously, look at the video.
    • According to some interviews, Elijah's also the fan of Game of Thrones. There are even a couple pics of him sitting on the iron throne.
    • Elijah is also a fan of Red vs. Blue, and took some time to play the role of Sigma in Season 10.
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. of I Know What You Did Last Summer and the television series 24 said in a Game Trailers interview about his character in Mass Effect 3 mentioned that he is a big sci-fi and video game nerd, being a fan of the first two Mass Effect games. Makes sense, considering he's married to Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Gellar. He's also a huge pro wrestling fan and appeared at WWE events numerous times before officially being brought in as a writer for the Smackdown brand. He parted ways with the WWE in 2009 but around a year later came back as a producer and director.
  • Gabourey Sidibe, star of Precious, described herself as being a "creepy fangirl" of the original novel and therefore highly interested in getting the film version right. One of the many things that makes her awesome.
  • The Gyllenhaals (Maggie and Jake), both colossal nerds. There was an interview where Reese Witherspoon mentioned that Jake won over her son, a big Batman fan, by giving him toys and such Maggie had gotten from The Dark Knight set. And while filming Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Jake played through the game a few times, to get the feel of the Prince's movements, and occasionally asked filmmakers if they could get a specific move in.
  • Jack Black is also known to be a big video game fan. One of the reasons that he got involved in Brütal Legend was that he liked Psychonauts.
  • Actress and model Jaime King told Jimmy Kimmel she loved science fiction. She also displayed greater-than-usual knowledge of Star Wars, and she's married to the director of Fanboys. And now that she does the voice of Aurra Sing on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, she counts as a Promoted Fangirl.
  • James Marsters is a self-proclaimed Dragon Ball Z fan. He has also stated it's the only reason Piccolo still looks right in Dragonball Evolution since he fought to keep him green with antennae.
  • James Woods is an avid video gamer, as he noted during a press interview for Kingdom Hearts II. He attended MIT, although he dropped out shortly before graduation to pursue an acting career. He is also a gadget nut; he appeared on an episode of Conan O'Brien with a digital camera to post pictures on his blog - back in 2001, before every celebrity and their mother had a blog and/or Twitter account. He has also said that out of any film role he's had, Hades is his favorite to the point where he loves it so much he'll gladly play him in capacity needed until the day he dies.
  • Jennifer Lawrence is a massive Harry Potter fan. “Pencils were wands. I was going to Hogwarts. The whole thing,” she said in an interview.
  • Jessica Alba plays MMORPGs. She even responded to a random blinking challenge video in some site. Imagine, staring at that beauty for several minutes. She's on a website called beatmyrecord, and as of late, nobody has yet to beat her staring challenge of 1 minute 32 seconds.
  • Joan Collins has said she is a big fan of Scrabble.
  • Joel Schumacher is a lifelong comic fan, and his original version of Batman Forever was much more in-line with the tone of the first two films. Executive Meddling lead to what we ultimately got for the third film as well as the fourth.
  • John August recently started a post on his blog by casually mentioning he had just been playing Battle for Wesnoth. He went on to say that while reading up on the scenario he had just finished, he found his way to our page for All of the Other Reindeer...and so he titled his post after it. He wrote, "If you haven’t spent an afternoon clicking through TV Tropes, it’s well worth the time suck." So double points (this and TV Tropes Trollers) for Mr. August!
  • Jon Favreau, director of Iron Man, has admitted that he derived the film's half-scripted, half-improvised structure from his days of running Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Jude Law has a tattoo of Rorschach.
  • Dame Judi Dench DMs D&D campaigns with her grandchildren. And seriously, how awesome would a game session narrated by her be? No wonder Vin wanted her in on it.
    • Contrary to popular myth, Vin Diesel did not "teach her how to play" while they were filming together. She already knew how.
  • Karl Urban is into Star Wars, Star Trek, Judge Dredd, Doctor Who and Dungeons & Dragons. He even named his child after Indiana Jones. He became a Promoted Fanboy upon taking the role of McCoy in the reboot of "Star Trek", as well as the title role in Dredd.
  • Katie Leung is a fan of Kick-Ass, Russian constructivist art, and photography.
  • Kat Dennings is apparently a big fan of Hack/Slash.
  • Keanu Reeves likes Cowboy Bebop, and will be playing Spike Spiegel in the upcoming Live-Action Adaptation. Of course, given how extremely emotional Spike is constantly, this is expected to be a tragedy. Take this as you will, but Reeves is the single-biggest reason that a Cowboy Bebop movie was even greenlit. He's traveled to Japan many times to pitch the concept and eventually it was accepted. So you have Reeves to thank for a movie even being made... but his role as Spike is pretty much set in stone because of this.
  • Kevin Grevioux, best known for playing the lycan Raze in the Underworld films, is the one who originally came up with the setting and co-wrote, has a degree in microbiology and was studying for his master's in genetic engineering, writes comic books and founded two comic studios, and still looks and sounds like he could kick your ass.
  • Kirsten Dunst at the very least has a fondness for anime. She dressed as a Magical Girl and with Blue Hair, went to Akihabara (the Mecca of otaku), and did a music video about Turning Japanese.
  • Kristen Bell may fall into this trope; she does enjoy Comic Con and other displays of nerdiness. She was also very excited to be involved in the Assassin's Creed series, being a gamer herself.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio likes Code Geass.
  • Priest star Lily Collins is an avid Harry Potter fan.
  • Madhuri Dixit studied microbiology at Mumbai University before she became famous.
  • Mark Hamill:
    • Was originally Tiger Beat material. You wouldn't think one saving throw by Fox Studios to hire an indie film maker would make its main star more known for voicing video games. He's also written graphic novels. And of course, it's never "How was Corvette Summer?" or "I loved you in The Big Red One." It always goes back to that one farm boy. That, or The Joker.
    • A possibly apocryphal story that turned up in Starlog a while back described security briefly losing Mark Hamill at a press junket where they were promoting the first Star Wars film prior to its release. Why? He had heard that one of his favorite writers for Cinefantastique was a guest and rushed down to meet them.
    • On The G4 show Players at Midtown Comics in New York City He said that 'you have to put blinders on and focus on what you really want to buy or you could go broke'
    • Upon hearing that an animated series based on Batman was looking for voice actors, Hamill eagerly auditioned for any part. He didn't get it, but his almost manic enthusiasm won him the part of Joker.
      • His famous Joker Laugh was a reuse of his laugh as Mozart in a stage production of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus.
  • Mara Wilson of Matilda fame claims to be a fan of such RPGs as Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VII on her Twitter. Also, being friends with the That Guy with the Glasses crew sort of helps.
    • She is also a science fan and has expressed her admiration for Carl Sagan and his Cosmos successor, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
    • On a more personal level, Matilda was a favorite childhood book, and getting the title role in the 1996 movie version was an honor for her, and something she truly wanted to do justice to.
  • Mark Wahlberg was featured as a client on an episode of West Coast Customs, getting an SUV pimped out as a mobile office he could take on shoots. One of the main requirements? A built-in Xbox 360.
  • Masi Oka. He's a fan of manga like Eyeshield21, One Piece, and Pluto. His love of World of Warcraft and other MMOs inspired him to make a movie about teen gamers. He admits playing Hiro is essentially being himself with a thick Japanese accent. Oh, and he does special effects and CGI work, with Industrial Light and Magic no less, on the side.
  • Max Landis, son of famed director John Landis and scriptwriter for Chronicle, is at the very least aware of TV Tropes, as can be seen by him comment here. He has also made a short film discussing The Death of Superman and written a fanfic about Spiderman villain The Shocker.
  • Megan Fox:
    • She's a big Star Wars and Lord of the Rings fan and loves comic books, especially Fathom, which she was attached to star in the film version (currently sitting in Development Hell). She also likes video games especially Halo if this Facebook status update is to be believed. It's known her and her husband Brian Austin Green do own a copy of Halo: Reach. Plus she wanted to play Rainmaker in a Gen13 movie.
    • This was used in Friends With Kids. There was a scene where Fox's character was introducing her new boyfriend, played by Adam Scott, to video games. Fox is an experienced gamer and Scott was not. So they just set up a real game off camera and ad-libbed the scene.
    • She's also an anime fan, and says she got hooked after watching Cowboy Bebop and InuYasha on [adult swim]. She also loves Sailor Moon and Gundam Wing and has a desire to film live action versions of both.
    • She's also a fan of the original Thundercats and added that to her list of cartoons she wants to turn into movies.
  • Michele Boyd. Just read her resume.
  • Natalie Dormer, in addition to having several geek-cred roles, has the phrase "Fear is the mind-killer" tattooed on the inside of her left wrist. She also once showed up to a photo shoot wearing a She-Ra T-shirt.
  • Neil Blomkamp, director of District 9, plays and makes video games.
  • Nicolas Cage:
    • Sold a truly gigantimous comic book collection during his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley. Named his kid Kal-El. Collects geodes. Has a tattoo of Ghost Rider. Might have played Superman, had Superman Lives not fallen through. Hell, he takes his screen name from Luke Cage, Power Man! It's a gag very close to the truth in comic-fan circles, that his role as Johnny "Help, my head's on fire!" Blaze was the result of auditioning for every comic book movie going until they gave him one.
    • That last one has a partial aversion, though... he was offered the role of the Green Goblin in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movie, but turned it down, probably because he doesn't like to play bad guys.
    • Apparently, playing Dr. Tenma in the recent CGI adaptation of Astro Boy was something he wanted to do for a very long time.
    • According to David X. Cohen, Cage spends large sums of money collecting trilobites.
  • Horror producer and director Oren Peli was a video game designer before becoming a director. In fact, his work as a video game designer basically paid for Paranormal Activity.
  • Paul Giamatti is an avid collector of comics and rare books, particularly the works of HP Lovecraft.
  • Apart from his obvious geek credentials, Sir Peter Cushing built model soldiers and wargamed with them according to H. G. Wells's Little Wars rules.
  • And Ian Mcdiarmid (Darth Sidious) has confessed to liking Batman.
  • Robert Downey, Jr. has said himself that he has had nerdgasms. One suspects he would have had at least one when he was chosen to play Iron Man. (Terrence Howard, who played James Rhodes in the first movie only, was also a big fan of Iron Man, and Gwyneth Paltrow simply borrowed some of the comic collection that belongs to her husband, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin).
  • Robert Pattinson of Twilight (and Harry Potter!) fame is a Doctor Who fan who once asked Sylvester McCoy for his autograph. Which makes for a Hilarious in Hindsight when he costarred with David Tennant in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire shortly before he replaced Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor.
  • Robin Williams, believe it or not.
    • He was confessed to an addiction to the internet, being an anime fan, and even referenced Doctor Who in an interview. Really, if you think about it, it's not all that surprising, considering his first television role was an alien in rainbow suspenders. He actually named his child after Princess Zelda. And, according to the Dork Tower webcomic arc that provided the page image, he's a Warhammer player. He was also an active online gamer. Ever been sniped during a round of Call of Duty? It might have been him...
    • It's even better than that for being an anime fan. In One Hour Photo, the Neon Genesis Evangelion toy he gives to the little boy is his, and that line about "It being one of the good guys..." was a little stealth joke by him (apparently he must hate Asuka). He also intentionally mispronounced the word "evangelion" just to troll fans of the anime. He also auditioned for the role of Gendo in Rebuild. What could have been....
      • He would have probably been offered a cameo as the chairman of SEELE in the trilogy.
    • It's also been heavily implied that he was a goon. At least, he correctly answered the "stairs" question.
    • He also went on record saying that if they ever made a Live-Action Adaptation of Pokémon, he wanted to play Professor Oak.
    • And he expressed interest in playing The Joker for both the Burton film AND the Nolan film!
    • In a interview he said he wanted to be Riddler and if he can't be Riddler he at least wants to be a random loony in Arkham Asylum. The guy desperately wanted to be in a Batman movie in any role possible (don't we all?).
    • Williams was also a huge fan of classic cartoons, especially the works of Chuck Jones. He wrote a foreword to Jones' autobiography, "Chuck Amuck", presented him with an honorary Lifetime Achievement Oscar, and hired him to produce some animated footage that was used in the movie Mrs. Doubtfire. He also appeared in the documentary The Life of Chuck Jones: Betweens & In-Betweens (2000).
    • Robin and his daughter Zelda starred in a commercial for the 3DS remake of Ocarina of Time.
    • Robin also stated he played Battlefield 2 as a sniper, and the 2 stands for "2 in the morning".
    • Williams was also a huge fan of Wizardry back in the day. Considering the difficulty of that series, one can only imagine the hysterical outbursts he would have when his party was wiped out.
    • He was also a big fan of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and helped familiarize Judith Hoag (who played April in the first TMNT movie) with the property.
  • Rosario Dawson is an avid comic book fan, particularly of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. In fact, she's the co-creator of a series called Occult Crimes Taskforce. She is also an avid Star Trek fan who admits to speaking Klingon.
  • Ryan Reynolds is a pretty big fan of Deadpool, the character he is now known for playing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Well, until Wade Wilson is converted into Deadpool, at which point Scott Adkins takes over). Similarly to Nick Cage, he got that role and a role in Green Lantern by auditioning for every single comic book character possible until someone finally gave him one.
  • Samuel L. Jackson, actor, bad motherfucker, and comic book collector. His most prized collection, original copies of the Lone Wolf and Cub manga. Has a framed picture of Ultimate Nick Fury in his living room and actually asked if he could portray him in Iron Man and the upcoming Avengers movie (which then got extended into a nine-film contract with Marvel). Which makes sense, since Ultimate Nick Fury was based on him in the first place. Word is that he allowed them to base Ultimate Nick Fury on him so that if they put Nick Fury in a movie he'd have an excuse to play him. He also asked to be in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, is a huge anime fan (Voice actor for Afro Samurai), and may or may not be an excellent chess player. He actually had the initials BMF etched into his light saber, and is the only reason purple light sabers exist- Jackson badgered Lucas for one until he got it. He also plays EVE Online, and was the voice of Tenpenny in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. He's also admits that he wished that a role in the film version of Mamma Mia! was offered to him, because he happened to be an ABBA fan.
    • Not to mention him repeatedly hosting the Video Game Awards.
    • He's also a Breaking Bad fan. While shooting The Avengers in Albuquerque (where the series takes place), he allegedly snuck on the set and asked for a walk on cameo. Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad, refused. He also appeared on Talking Bad, the show hosted by uber-geek Chris Hardwick, in a Heisenberg shirt.
  • Shane Black, who has been hired to direct the US adaptation of Death Note, is a big fan of the manga. So much so, in fact, that he said "NO!" to Executive Meddling-induced Adaptation Decay.
  • Steve Martin:
  • Tim Curry is reportedly a big fan of Scooby-Doo, making him a Promoted Fanboy when he provided voice work for Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost and Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King. He would've made an appearance in the live-action movie, but turned it down because just like his fellow Scooby-Doo fans, he loathes Scrappy-Doo.
  • Tom Hanks is a big Star Trek fan and wanted to play Zephram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact but was already committed to a different film. Furthermore, he's a huge space nerd; Ron Howard commented on Hanks' knowledge of the US space program during the making of From the Earth to the Moon.
  • Tom Hiddleston is pretty much the biggest Shakespeare nerd outside of Kenneth Branagh and academic professors. And he fanboys for Loki like crazy in interviews, to the point where some people think it's contributed to Loki's Misaimed Fandom. And he has confessed that he one ran around impersonating a velociraptor from Jurassic Park. He also wrote a fan letter to Kieron Gillen, writer of Journey into Mystery, praising him for his portrayal of Kid Loki.
  • Vin Diesel:
    • He's really big into Dungeons & Dragons. He's actually so into Tabletop RPGs that he's written his own campaign setting, and one of his several tattoos is the name of his player character. He's also quite the avid video gamer and started his own video game production company Tigon Studios, releasing The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, a game considered to be much better than the movie it was a prequel to. He's also written the preface to a hardbound collection of D&D artwork (Thirty Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons published by Wizards of the Coasts, current publishers of D&D). He once answered the interview question "Jedi or Sith?" with "I'd be Chaotic Neutral". During the filming of The Chronicles of Riddick, he kept bugging Dame Judi Dench to play D&D with him. Dench later confirmed that not only did Diesel ask, she complied, as discussed in this interview.
    • He's also secretly on World of Warcraft, playing with his wife, and Baldur's Gate 2 is his favourite PC RPG.
    • In mid August of 2012, he briefly changed his Facebook profile picture to an image of the superhero The Vision which many are interpreting as either a hint of a role in Marvel's Avengers 2 or that he's sending a hint to Marvel studios that he would be interested in such a role. Either way, he's apparently a fan of the character.
  • Vic Mignogna:
    • Probably best known for voicing Edward in Fullmetal Alchemist, he's a diehard Star Trek nerd. He conducts panels at conventions in which he challenges the audience to stump him at original series trivia. By his own admission, he used to tape-record the audio of TOS episodes and fall asleep listening to them at night, and got his mother to teach him to sew just so he could make a Trek costume to wear to conventions. He plays racquetball with Michael "Worf" Dorn, and at Genericon 2011, he informed those attending his Trek panel that he went to see the film reboot with Dorn because "what's more awesome than seeing the Star Trek movie with Worf?"
    • He also regards himself as a Promoted Fanboy, since he now does conventions with George Takei and Nichelle Nichols and the other actors he grew up revering, and he has to outwardly be cool and calm when on the inside he's freaking out because Sulu knows his name.
    • He's also a Star Wars cosplayer... who makes custom lightsabers.
  • Will Smith is an Ultraman and Civilization fan.
  • In a featurette for his episode of Stephen King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes, while talking about his character, William H. Macy makes a reference to The Firesign Theatre (in particular, Nick Danger).
  • Zac Efron:
    • He's a Death Note fan according to this interview. And it just so happens that he looks like Light Yagami... He also likes Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, Naruto, and he's a video game addict. He likes American Comic Books as well. He was also rumoured to be put in a Live Action Full Metal Panic! movie, but, as he stated: "Not bloody likely."
    • He's also supposed to be a big Star Wars fan and has talked about wanting to be Luke Skywalker. And he got pretty close to that when he did the voice of Anakin Skywalker in Episode III of Star Wars: Robot Chicken
    • He recently asked to be shown around the Stargate Universe set when he was at the studio... then asked to be sent a screening of the first episode, because he loved Stargate.
  • Zack Snyder is a huge comic fan, to the degree that he originally refused to direct the adaptation of Watchmen — because he agreed with the fandom's general opinion that the book was inextricably tied to the comic book medium itself, and was thus unfilmable. He only reconsidered when he realized that his refusal just meant that the studio would get somebody else, and that somebody else probably wouldn't share his reverence for the original novel (and would thus be more amenable to Executive Meddling).
  • Film and voice actor Eddie Deezen is the world's biggest fan of The Beatles (a claim that he has successfully defended several times) he is a pop-culture expert of monumental proportions. Since 2011, Eddie has been a contributing writer for mental floss, and, concentrating on not only The Beatles, but on baseball, American history, and classic comedy acts like Laurel and Hardy, the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges, and Martin and Lewis.
  • Whoopi Goldberg is an avid sci-fi fan who asked to be cast on Star Trek: The Next Generation in literally whatever part they could think up for her even if she was just in the background doing the cleaning.note  She also hosted the Battlestar Galactica finale panel at the UN for the show's fans.
    • Not just a fan: Nichelle Nichols as Uhura was what made her want to be an actress in the first place.
  • Clint Eastwood: He is an enormous Jazz fan and likes Spencer Tracy.

    Animated Film Directors, Animators & Voice Actors 

    Live Action Film Directors 
  • French director Alain Resnais was a huge fan of comics, especially American comics and fan of The Sopranos and Alias.
  • Alfred Hitchcock was such a fan of the cartoons of Charles Addams that the two struck a friendship. Hitchcock owned two cartoons of Addams in his private collection.
  • Edgar Wright has been quoted as saying on his TV show Spaced, "It's a show by geeks, for geeks." Also, he casually mentions the difference between the Green Goblin and Hobgoblin on the commentary track to Hot Fuzz. And this is before we get to Scott Pilgrim.
  • Watch Eli Roth in any list show about horror movies; you can tell he's still amazed he gets to make horror movies for a living. He attends the Ain't It Cool News annual film festival Butt-Numb-a-Thon (a 24 hour straight showing of classic and new films in Austin, TX) religiously...whether or not he has a film to promote.
  • Federico Fellini was a huge movie fan and especially adored Laurel and Hardy and The Marx Brothers. He was also a colossal comic book reader and enjoyed drawing cartoons and caricatures his entire life. Apart from that he has a fascination with clowns and the circus, an obsession that went back to his childhood and would be referenced countless times in his work.
  • James Cameron has such a strong desire to make a Battle Angel Alita movie, that he already has a fleshed out script and more than 1 year of design work completed. Unfortunately, he's not certain when he'll ever get around to actually making it. Answer to question 'Have you seen Inception?':
    "I haven’t. I’ve been traveling. I think this is what happened with people and Avatar. I want to see Inception the right way. I’m not going to watch it on an airplane. I’m not going to grab it on the run. I want to have that experience."
  • George Lucas shares a passion for Walt Disney, along with his friend Steven Spielberg. But he is also a huge comic book fan. He wrote the foreword to the republication of classic comic books stories like Tales from the Crypt and the Donald Duck stories of Carl Barks. The "rolling boulder" scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark was directly inspired by a similar scene in a Donald Duck story by Barks
  • Guillermo del Toro:
    • He has said that "video games are the comic books of our time... It's a medium that gains no respect among the intelligentsia."
    • He thinks BioShock has one of the most immersive worlds out there.
    • He enjoys Left 4 Dead partly because he had an idea very similar to the game, and someone else made. Once, at a book signing, he even defended video games as an art form, and teased a massive game he's working on, called Insane and having "Lovecraftian" influences. And by "massive", we mean it'll take two or three years to finish; the tentative release date is in 2013.
    • His film Pacific Rim has been openly stated by him to be a love letter to giant robot and mecha fiction, with notable influence from Neon Genesis Evangelion (though he has claimed to have never watched it) and, to a lesser extent, Gunbuster (Hideaki Anno is even given special thanks in the credits to PR). He has also recently been spotted holding personally-purchased copies of the two Puella Magi Madoka Magica films.
  • Kevin Smith:
    • Often references comic books and Star Wars in his films, and mentions various other nerdy interests of his Evening With Kevin Smith movies.
    • He named his daughter Harley Quinn.
    • He founded a charitable organization named The Wayne Foundation, after both Wayne Gretzky, and Bruce Wayne's fictional charity.
    • Being a friend or close associate may automatically grant One of Us status. Seriously, just listen to any random show on the Smodcast Internet Radio network.
  • John Carpenter, as it turns out, loves video games more than his involvement with F3AR would indicate, although horror games aren't as prominent as one would think.
  • Peter Jackson:
    • He personally selected developer Michel Ancel to develop the King Kong tie-in game because he was a fan of Beyond Good & Evil, and because of the inconsistent quality of The Lord of the Rings games. He was supposed to do a new Halo game with Bungie, but that ended up being cancelled.
    • Peter Jackson allegedly got hooked on Halo 2 online multiplayer during the production of King Kong, leading to his attempts to adapt or work on a Halo property, which eventually became District 9.
    • He also has a friendship with the Perry Twins (the two original sculptors for Games Workshop, and is taking sculpting lessons from them in his spare time.
    • He is also a huge Tintin fan, which explains why he and Steven Spielberg made a Tintin movie in 2011.
    • He is apparently so much of a Doctor Who fan that he offered to direct an episode in exchange for a life size Dalek.
  • Robert Rodriguez:
    • He was such a huge fan of Sin City that he shot a scene from Booze, Broads, and Bullets in his basement, and then showed it to Frank Miller as proof that he could make a loyal adaptation of the comics.
    • He also started playing video games with his kids in order to make Spy Kids 3 more realistic.
    • Which is to say nothing of his Hetero Life Mate, Quentin Tarantino.
  • Stanley Kubrick loved to watch The Simpsons during the last years of his life. According to the show's creator, Matt Groening, it must have been a strange experience for him, because Kubrick movies are referenced so often in the series.
  • Martin Scorsese: He is on record as a huge fan of The Rolling Stones. He used their music in many of his movies, even directed the concert movie Shine A Light. Apart from that Scorsese was also a technician on Woodstock in 1969 and devoted an entire documentary series Martin Scorsese Present The Blues about his love for blues music. Two of his other documentary series A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese expressed his love for both American movies and Italian movies. Scorsese is a huge admirer of Stanley Kubrick, John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and Federico Fellini and also loves to watch Fawlty Towers.
  • Michael Bay is a huge anime fan, and says that was part of why he agreed to direct the Transformers movies.
  • Steven Spielberg:
    • He's apparently into video games and Transformers, which he got into playing with his kids. He once famously said, "I will accept video games as a story-telling medium when someone can honestly say, 'I cried at level 17.'" note  He currently has a deal with EA to help develop games, one of them Boom Blox.
    • Spielberg was one of the creative forces that developed the Gameworks mega-arcade chains.
    • The Medal of Honor series essentially started when Spielberg decided to try making a video game version of Saving Private Ryan.
    • His favorite two games are Myst and Monkey Island.
    • On that note, Ron Gilbert (creator of Monkey Island) said Mr. Spielberg enjoyed visiting Lucas Arts and playing whatever they were cooking up.
    • He was also quoted on The Castle of Cagliostro as having the best car chase scene in any film, ever.
    • He is a HUGE fan of the original Ghost in the Shell manga. He's one of the influencing factors that a live action movie is being made.
    • His wife Kate Capshaw said that her first experience with him had him asking if she wanted to play an arcade game he had in his office.
    • Oh, and he's producing the Xbox Live Halo TV series.
    • Spielberg is a huge admirer of Walt Disney, whose animated films emotionally uspet him when he was younger. Apart from that he also likes Looney Tunes.
    • Like Peter Jackson mentioned above, Spielberg is also a huge Tintin fan, which explains why both directors made a Tintin movie in 2011.
  • Terry Gilliam is a huge fan of MAD, Tintin, the early Walt Disney cartoons, Jan Švankmajer, Philip K Dick, Gustave Doré, Stanley Kubrick and Federico Fellini. Much like Fellini he too is a cartoonist who eventually became a film director.
  • Wes Anderson has placed Neon Genesis Evangelion on his list of top 5 dvds.
  • Quentin Tarantino is virtually the defintion of a film geek. He fills his movies with zillions of pop culture references to movies, music, comics, books and other stuff he enjoys.
  • Woody Allen is a geeky intellectual who enjoys referencing culture and philosophy in his work, yet he also enjoys watching baseball. He admires The Marx Brothers, Ingmar Bergman, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Peter Sellers and is a fan of Jazz and Captain Beefheart. He still plays clarinet in his jazz club every Monday evening. His biggest musical influence is Sidney Bechet.
  • Mel Brooks has a genuine passion for old 1930s and 1940s Hollywood movies, self evident in each of his own spoofs. He admires The Marx Brothers, The Ritz Brothers, Sid Caesar and Woody Allen, but also adores Hollywood musicals.

    Porn Actors & Directors 
  • Former porn star Jessica Steinhauser (better known as Asia Carrera) is a member of Mensa, a classically trained pianist who performed at Carnegie Hall as a child, builds her own computers, and plays Unreal Tournament.
    • Her review of one version of Photoshop was published in Maximum PC magazine. On a side note, she has discounted Sharon Stone's claim to being a member of Mensa.
    • Loads of porn actors and actresses are secret geeks. For example Stoya is a huge sci-fi fan and has been an IT nerd since a very early age.
      • Alt Porn Star Darling has talked about her love of role playing games. Both pen and paper/board and Live action varieties. She has also compared BDSM roleplay to LARP.
      • There is a porn star named Phoenix Askani.
      • And another who goes by Diana Prince.
      • Avena Lee has the Dragon Ball dragon tattooed on her lower back.
      • Porn star / import model Francine Dee has a tattoo of Mew down there.
      • Nicki Hunter has Comic Con on her yearly list along with the AVN Expo, and even starred in a porn parody of Avatar.
      • There's a pornstar named April O'Neil. If that wasn't enough, she is a Doctor Who fan and played Deanna Troi in a parody, which she considered a dream role. She also gave the world what Wil Wheaton described as "probably the most meta cosplay in the world".
      • This video makes it very clear that Bobbi Starr knows her video games quite well.
      • Alana Evans is not only a hardcore gamer, but actually hosts a show about sex and gaming on SiriusXM.
      • Phoenix Marie plays World of Warcraft and is a classic car buff who restores her own cars.
      • Tommy Gunn has his own truck specially modified in case of a zombie apocalypse.

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