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10 Celebrities With Hidden Talents That You Would Never Guess

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In today's world, everyone wants to believe they're special. While there's nothing wrong with having confidence in yourself, it's necessary to have something in mind when proving your skill sets to the public.

However, some people have more talent than others, and failing to recognize you have a knack for something can certainly affect one's self-esteem.

But, it's even more unfair to the average Joe if these multi-skilled individuals are celebrities. Not only can they act, sing or dance, but they have another skill that you're not aware of.

Interested to learn what hidden talents some famous people have that you don't? Here are 10 celebrities whose secret skills will boggle your mind.

1. Bob Barker

Along with being the formerly beloved host of The Price is Right, Bob Barker is also a black belt in karate.

After Barker showed off his ability to throw a punch in 1996's Happy Gilmore, he revealed he was trained under Chuck Norris, who at one time even broke his ribs. He only started practicing martial arts just shy of his 50th birthday and participated in the sport until he turned 75.

"Maybe I should blame it on Chuck Norris. He probably kicked me in the neck. God knows he kicked me everywhere else," Barker said when he was discussing his 1999 health .

2. Michael Jackson

Renown for his amazing voice, singing wasn't the only artistic endeavor the "King of Pop" would do. The "Beat It" singer was also a talented sketch artist and painter, who especially liked to draw chairs.

"[Jackson] loved chairs…He thought chairs were the thrones of most men, women and children, where they made their decisions for their daily activity. He was inspired by chairs," said Brett Livingstone-Strong, the co-owner of Jackson's art collection.

3. Susan Sarandon

Not many people can say they're an Academy Award-winning actress and a ping pong star, but Susan Sarandon sure can. In fact, Thelma & Louise star loves the sport so much, she's even SpiN, a ping pong club that has locations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto.

"Ping pong cuts across all body types and gender – everything, really – because little girls can beat big muscley guys. You don't get hurt; it is not expensive; it is really good for your mind. It is one of the few sports that you can play until you die," Sarandon told The Guardian about why she loves ping pong.

4. Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul, best known for his role as Jesse Pinkerton in Breaking Bad, turns out to have another skill than just making faux meth.

Paul appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he told the late night talk show host he had the bizarre ability to tell a dog's gender just by petting their fur. Of course he had to prove his hidden talent on the show, and spoiler alert, he was extremely accurate.

5. Terry Crews

Before he became the famous actor we all knew today, Terry Crews had a short-lived NFL career. Since he wasn't as talented as the other players, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star took to making portraits to make ends meet.

"I would get cut from a team, so I would go back into the locker room and ask the players if they wanted their portraits painted," Crews said in an interview with Jimmy Fallon.

"That's how I survived, I was always on the end of the roster, I was never a big superstar. It would literally take me about two months to do a painting, and they would give me like $5,000 and I would survive off that, my whole family survived off that," he added.

6. Pierce Brosnan

Before he was James Bond, Pierce Brosnan was a fire-eater. He attended a workshop on the skill in 1969 and has retained the skill ever since.

He even appeared on The Muppets to show off his daredevil act, which definitely impressed the crowd.

"It worked in rehearsal, blew them all away. Then we went for a take, and the prop guy said, 'Hey, man, I’ve got this [fuel], it’s clean, it doesn’t smell, it doesn’t taste.' I said, 'Shit, that’s great. Let’s use that,'" he told Men's Journal.

"So we went into the song, 'Hot Hot Hot.' I blew the flame, f*cking thing came back into my mouth and blew my mouth up. It was crazy. It was like rocket fuel," he added.

7. Geena Davis

Unlike most of these other stars, Geena Davis only took up archery after she became famous.

The A League of Their Own actress was already 41 when she started practicing archery, but she was such a natural, she was even considered for the 2002 Sydney Olympics.

Despite failing to make the roster, she still is involved in the sport to this day.

"I take everything too far," Davis told Entertainment Tonight. "I'm at the Olympic trials in my forties for something I just took up!"

"It was the most out-of-body experience I’ve ever had," Davis said about the nerve-wracking experience. "It was fabulous. I will never forget about it."

8. Ricky Gervais

Contrary to popular belief, being a comedian wasn't the first way Ricky Gervais tried to make it big in the industry.

It turns out Gervais had a keen interest in singing back in the 80s, and was even part of the musical duo, Seona Dancing. Despite being involved in the group decades ago, The Office actor is still hesitant to talk about his failed endeavor.

"I sneak a song into everything I do. I wrote a song for The Simpsons, I wrote a song with David Bowie for Extras. I’m a frustrated, failed musician," Gervais said on The Graham Norton Show.

When Norton attempted to discuss his musical career, Gervais was quick to shut him down.

"That’s called Seona Dancing, let’s move on," Gervais said, pointing to a picture of the musical duo on the show's screen. "I’m not embarrassed by that, I’m embarrassed by this. Everyone’s going, ‘What the f*ck happened?’ I’ll tell you what happened: Pizza happened."

9. Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson may be a complex individual, but if you look past his tough exterior, you'll find out he does have a soft spot - for pigeons. Now that he's retired, he spends his free time with his pet birds, which the former boxer has defended since he was a child.

"The guy ripped the head off my pigeon. This was the first thing I ever loved in my life, the pigeon," Tyson revealed. "That was the first time I threw a punch."

"I have loved pigeons since I was nine. They were my escape. I was fat and ugly. Kids teased me all the time. The only joy I had was pigeons," he continued.

Tyson even had a short-lived television series called Take on Tyson, where he showcased his newfound hobby of pigeon racing.

10. Bob Dylan

As a high-profile musician for nearly 60 years, it may come as a shock that music wasn't Bob Dylan's first love.

As a talented iron sculptor, the "Blowin in the Wind" singer has been practicing his craft since he was a child, and even had his own show at the London’s Halcyon Gallery, where seven of his wrought-iron gates were exhibited.

"I've been around iron all my life ever since I was a kid. I was born and raised in iron ore country - where you could breathe it and smell it every day. And I've always worked with it in one form or another," Dylan said.

"Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow. They can be closed but at the same time they allow the seasons and breezes to enter and flow. They can shut you out or shut you in. And in some ways there is no difference," he added.

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[H/T: NME, The Daily Beast, The List, Time]

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