The surprisingly smart movie stars
Talking to host Robot IR-2 (voiced by ‘Babylon 5’ actor Ed Wasser, no less), she explained how astronomers measure the size of asteroids from millions of miles away.
She even explained the ‘Yarkovsky Effect’ - something to do with light shining on asteroids and pushing them off course.
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Nice shirt... Cameron on NASA show (Credit: Rex)
We never knew Diaz was such an expert, and she certainly dispels the ‘dumb blonde’ stereotype.
But she’s not the only movie star who is smarter than she looks…
The grizzled ‘Men in Black III’ star is a whiz on the stock market, and has apparently made far more from stocks and shares than he has from acting. For a while he ran Marketprobabilty.com - a site which gave traders “a mathematical edge” – and also co-managed a hedge fund back in 2010 that was worth a cool $40 million-ish. No wonder he was cast in the ‘Wall Street’ sequel.
The ‘Expendables’ and ‘Rocky IV’ star split his adolescent years between two disciplines: captaining the Swedish Karate team (saw that one coming), and chemistry (not so much). After gaining a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree from the University of Sydney, the Swedish born Lundgren earned a place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston– only to drop out weeks later to pursue acting. We’re not sure he would have suited the lab coat look anyway.
Former child star Foster became fluent in French after attending a French language prep school in LA – meaning the actress dubs her own performances in the French language versions of her movies. Impressive, oui? She also understands German, Spanish and Italian.
Legendary ladies man Warren Beatty has an eidetic memory – that’s photographic memory to you and me. Beatty’s talent only extends to phone numbers though, as the ‘Heaven Can Wait’ star can reportedly recall anyone’s digits once seen. Handy, considering the size his little black book would otherwise be.
Wanting to be closer to his girlfriend, Steve Martin only enrolled at California State University after she moved away to nearby UCLA. The relationship didn’t work out, but Steve ended up liking his Philosophy course so much he genuinely considered becoming a professor in the subject. The actor, who also has a reported IQ of 142, played on his philosophical background throughout his early stand-up work.
Natalie, Sly and Kate all have impressive noggins (Credit: Wenn)
Don’t let Sly’s slurred speech and choice of movies fool you, the action star has a reported IQ of 160. In the early ‘70s Stallone dropped out of his drama course at the University of Miami to live the dream as a penniless actor in New York – later cashing in his career achievements for the remaining credits to finally graduate in 1999. He was also voted “student most likely to end up in the electric chair” by his high school classmates, but let’s leave that one off the CV.