Most people love to see the rich and famous brought back down to Earth. This largely has to do with the fact that popular figures are seen as having it all – as being perfect in each and every way, while the ordinary person is generally far from perfect.
However, the truth is that celebrities are human just like everyone else. And in some cases, whether it is due to bad luck, birth defects or horrible accidents, many stars (more than you might expect, in fact) have or have had notable physical imperfections.
1. Rivers Cuomo – Uneven Leg
Rivers was born with one of his legs greatly (almost 2 inches) longer than the other. After his band’s success with the ‘Weezer’ album, otherwise known as the “Blue Album”, (1994), Rivers Cuomo decided to address the problem. In order to correct the issue, Cuomo endured a painful surgical procedure where his leg was deliberately broken and encasing it in a brace that gradually stretched the leg over several months – basically, just think of the sequence in the movie ‘Gattaca’ (1997) when Ethan Hawke has to have his legs extended in order to grow taller.
On the upside, the experience scarred Rivers in more ways than one, as it motivated him to write the song “The Good Life” for the 1996 album ‘Pinkerton’. The album cover also featured an x-ray picture of his broken leg.
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