Instead of dry turkey and undercooked yams, some celebrities are seeking personal pleasures:
Brad Pitt? Feeding channels. He says: “Once you get into it, cooking is a true art form.” . . David Duchovny likes home shopping channels. . . Eminem? animals. I used to watch the TV show “Pet Rescue”. Julia Roberts? Day soaps. . . Cate Blanchett taps gin and bakes bread. . . In addition to money, Bill Gates collects “Star Trek” junk.
Nicolas Cage: “Meanless channel surfing. I know it’s horrible, but nothing else relaxes me. It’s a slide show. Like having a giant video jukebox.” . . Salma Hayek once told the Halifax Daily News: “I’m a shopaholic. My house is full of exercise equipment and rotisserie cookers advertised on TV. My friends had an intervention and they said: ‘We have to stop this.’ ”
Penelope Cruz: Bowling. “Matt Damon taught me. Now I adore him.” . . Calista Flockhart: ping-pong. . . Pamela Anderson: Feather Bowling. What?! Kid Rock taught him. What the hell are feather bowls? . . . Christy Turlington collects pottery. . . James Woods: “I like to wash the dishes. When you’re done, you’ve accomplished something and it gives you time to reflect.” (Let him crawl to my house).
Devoted Hollywood fans
Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, pilots, fly their own planes. . . William H. Macy? Wood turning or wood cutting, or something out of wood. He says: “I even bought a lathe. Spinning adjusts for attention span. I think I have the mind of a chimpanzee.” . . Teri Garr: “I am ashamed of my horrible habit. I play solitaire on the computer. Jennifer Love Hewitt, to the dolls. . . Kelsey Grammer, first editions. . . Jennifer Tilly, 1920s hats. . . Sarah Michelle Gellar, old books. . . Lucy Liu plays the accordion. . . Shaquille O’Neal, fish, but she won’t touch any worms for bait. . . Mick Jagger makes homemade jams that he gives to his friends.
And they are also players.
Will Smith, Madonna, Sting, chess. . . Uma Thurman: Gardening. . . Alicia Silverstone: “When I’m low I take off all my clothes and garden naked.” . . The Royal Highness of him Prince William the King Light? Photography . . Sir Michael Caine: Avid cook. He uses herbs and spices that he grows himself. . . Rosey Grier: Embroidery. Needlepoint? For a big, tall, tough former NFL Giant?
Keanu Reeves? Crosswords . . . Sandra Bullock can knit a sweater in two days. . . Julianne Moore: Also knitting. . . Russell Crowe too. When his wife was pregnant, he knitted knitted and pearled booties, a matching hat and a baby blanket. . . LeAnn Rimes: “I like to do my laundry and get everything out of the dryer while it’s still hot.” (That she meets Alicia Silverstone, who likes to take off her bra and cover her soles.)
Brendan Fraser? Extensive collection of vintage Polaroids. . . John Malkovich makes cakes and flower arrangements “but my main interests are shopping and sewing.” . . What about hobby, plus Delaware Joe Biden’s half-time getaway relaxation? Be president.
Also, everyone may try to forget that a turkey today costs more than a Chevy. . . Another one too, if you’re going on a road trip: Know that this is when repairmen close all roads and open all detours. . . And because I myself am trying not to be a turkey, I leave tomorrow and see you on Monday.