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When celebrities get to Hollywood they have one goal and that’s to become famous. Many will go to extremes for their first break through roles. We’ve all heard stories of aspiring actors and actresses who got a nose job, breast implants, or lost a significant amount of weight for a role. But did you know that some actors and actresses even go as far as to change their names? Some celebrities do it for privacy reasons while others do it because their names are too long or too hard to pronounce. You may be aware of some of the celebrity name changes but a few may surprise you.

Tom Cruise

Fox News

Fox News

There are numerous rumors as to why Thomas Cruise Metaphor IV changed his name to Tom Cruise. Some rumors suggest that his manager coaxed him into it because it was significantly easier to say. Others are confident it’s because Cruise was mad at his father for abandoning the family and not paying child support.

Charlie Sheen

Fan Pop

Fan Pop

Like Cruise, many people are aware that Sheen is not Charlie’s real last name. He was instead born Carlos Irwin Estevez. While Charlie ended up taking his father’s last name (actor Martin Sheen), his brother Emilio Estevez did not.

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