10 Male Celebrities With Fake Names And The Names They Rejected

  
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Brad Pitt, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Stewart are just some of the big name stars that have ditched the small names that they were born with. Whether to make their names easier to say, aiming for a fresh start, to sound more like a woman’s name (you’ll never guess who), or just to sound super freaking cool, check out the 10 male celebrities on this list who use fake names as well as the real names they’ve rejected.

10. Louis C.K., a.k.a. Louis Székely

When Louis Székely decided to try his hand out at comedy, he figured he’s need a last name that was a little easier to say. Opting for a few initials instead of a full name, if you were wondering what C.K. stands for, well, you’re out of luck. Louis chose C.K. because they sound like his actual Hungarian surname, Székely (which, if you want to get all technical and fancy about it, is pronounced [ˈseːkɛj]).

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9. Joaquin Phoenix, a.k.a. Joaquín Rafael Bottom

Joaquin, along with his brothers and sisters, River, Rain, Summer, and Liberty were all originally Bottom’s instead of Phoenix’s. Joaquin’s parents John and Arlyn were once members of the Children of God. When the family decided to leave the group, they decided to change their last names to Phoenix, a nod to the mythical bird that rises from its own ashes, symbolizing the family’s new beginning. While working as a child actor, Joaquin used the name Leaf Phoenix, but when he was 15 went back to Joaquin Phoenix, fully leaving behind his former name of Joaquín Rafael Bottom.

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