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    Movie buff and hardcore fan? Here’s something you may not know about your favourite star

    Friends forever
    This one is for all those Friends fans. Did you know that Matthew Perry is missing part of his middle finger? We bet not all of you would have noticed. A young Perry lost it when it accidentally got caught in the doorway as he was shutting it. Quite typical of the bumbling Chandler Bing, don’t you think?  The actor is also known for spending days together on his XBox. “I play a lot of video games, a lot of XBox 360. I played Fall Out 3 so often I had to go to a hand doctor. I used my hand too much and had to get injections.” Bet you are going to revisit all the episodes of Friends just to find that finger.

    Hall of fameRobert David Hall
    People are all too familiar with actor Robert David Hall, who plays the straight forward and private Dr Albert Robbins, the coroner in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In the show, he uses prosthetic legs, as the story arc suggests he had them amputated when a drunk driver crashed into him. In reality, Hall had to have both his legs amputated in 1978 after a car accident. Since then, he has incorporated his disability into most of his characters, which show his limp openly. ‘‘I don’t want to be lumped in just as some disabled guy. I’m an actor. I’m proud of the profession,’’  he says.

    No pain, no gain
    Christian Bale joins the missing finger club. The actor lost his in a dirt biking accident. “I had an accident when it got chopped off. You have something as extreme as that—you’ve lost the end of your finger—but it didn’t hurt. I just kept looking at it, going, ‘Why is that not hurting?’ It (the finger) looks horrible. Everyone else almost faints looking at it,’’ he said. The actor has since surgically repaired his finger. He even went on to do a photo shoot focussing on his heavily bandaged finger. However, what we do admire is his capability to transform his body so easily. He shed 63 pounds for his role in The Machinist and then put on much more for his role in American Hustle. Way to go, Bale!

    Index story
    Actor Daryl Hannah may have style and a great set of skills when it comes to ballet and martial arts, but what she doesn’t have is most of her left index finger. Hannah, who will be seen in Death Squad, a futuristic apocalyptic film, reveals the injury took place when she was three years old. Playing at her grandmother’s home, little Hannah had stuck her finger in the pulley of a well, only to have it squashed and cut off. Clearly conscious of it, she has since masked her hand with a prosthetic finger in her later films, including when she played Elle Driver in the martial arts slugfest Kill Bill Vol I and II.

    Getting plucky1
    He is best known for his brilliant guitar riffs and solos with band Black Sabbath. But what most people don’t know is that Tony Lommi lost the tips of his  two fretting fingers in an industrial accident when he was 17. The 67-year-old musician says, “The bones were sticking out of them. I was so much in shock it didn’t even hurt at first.” From then on Lommi adjusted his approach to guitar, with down-tuned strings to ease his playing, creating a signature sound. So had it not been for the tragedy, we would never have had his brand of music!Getting plucky
    He is best known for his brilliant guitar riffs and solos with band Black Sabbath. But what most people don’t know is that Tony Lommi lost the tips of his  two fretting fingers in an industrial accident when he was 17. The 67-year-old musician says, “The bones were sticking out of them. I was so much in shock it didn’t even hurt at first.” From then on Lommi adjusted his approach to guitar, with down-tuned strings to ease his playing, creating a signature sound. So had it not been for the tragedy, we would never have had his brand of music!

    — Compiled by
    Aakanksha Singh Devi & Mrinalini Sundar

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