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Celebrities' Secret Skills

Viggo Mortensen - actor, song-writer, poet, painter and photographer!
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Keanu has been rockin out with his band Dogstar for over ten years!
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There are a ton of actors out there that have more than one talent. From painting, to dancing, to singing in a band, some celebrities seem to be able to do it all. Check out what your fave celebs are up to when they aren't making movies or putting out albums.

Josh Hartnett Paints

Josh Hartnett, star of Pearl Harbor and Hollywood Homicide, is more than just a teen heartthrob. In high school, Josh was a football star who had a passion for painting. When Josh Hartnett tore a ligament in his leg while playing ball, he starred in the school's version of Huck Finn to keep himself busy. "I never really considered acting as a career, I kind of fell into it. Originally, I wanted to be a painter. But, after being Huck Finn, they gave me a standing ovation and it was so cool that I decided then and there to keep doing it," said Josh. After he finished filming 40 Days and 40 Nights, Josh Hartnett took a break to travel in Africa and brush up on his oil painting hobby. "It relaxes me because it's just me and the canvas and there's no right way or wrong way."

Andre 3000's Canvas

Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000 of Outkast) isn't satisfied only taking the hip-hop world by storm, so he's making waves in the art scene too. Andre has been painting since he was a kid and now that his music career is on fire (is there a person on the planet who hasn't heard Hey Ya?) he's taking time to pursue his other gift. In a case of art immitating life, Andre 3000 paints with a bold, funky, surreal style, which is the same way he approaches his music.

David Arquette Sprays Up a Storm

So you all know that David Arquette married his Scream co-star (and Friends star) Courtney Cox, and that he's been in some cool movies but did you know that he is also a graffiti artist? Yup, David Arquette even spray-painted an ocean scene on the outside of their bedroom wall so they could pretend they were at the beach!

Viggo Mortensen - Lord of the Poems

You know Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings trilogy but did you know he's a published poet too? In 1993, Viggo published Ten Last Night, which is a collection of his poems. Then in 1999, Mortensen released Recent Forgeries, a collection of his poems, paintings and photography. The book also comes with a CD of Viggo Mortensen's songs. Can you say multi-talented?

Keanu Reeves' Band

Blockbuster star of The Matrix and Speed, Keanu Reeves is another actor who started up his own band, Dogstar. And what does Keanu Reeves have to say to people who think he's just using his movie fame to get his music heard? "I admit that my acting career has given us some opportunities to be heard, and we are grateful for that. But in the end it comes down to the music, and I feel good about what we are doing."

Jack Black Sings a Song

And one actor whose music career is taking off just as well as his acting career is Jack Black. You'll remember him from School of Rock as the crazy substitute teacher or Colin Hanks' dumb older brother in Orange County. Jack Black's hilarious band, Tenacious D, has made almost as many headlines as his acting antics.

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