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The 14 Weirdest Dreams In Hollywood
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From Robert Downey Jr.’s Tesla-coil skyscrapers to Kate Winslet’s baby-eating hamsters, Empire reveals what really boils in those creative subconsciouses, while dream expert Kelly Bulkeley PhD provides analysis — without us telling him who’s enjoying the in-sleep entertainment...

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WORDS NICK DE SEMLYEN
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The 14 Weirdest Dreams In Hollywood | Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.

“I’m coming into a modern city and the buildings are charging each other with electricity, like big Tesla coils. Then I go on a date with two twins and they kill me at the end. Analyse that.”

Dr. Bulkeley Says: “This sounds like the dream of a maniacal superhero! Or someone with extraordinary creative talents he struggles to control. Or perhaps just someone who’s pulling our leg. As a brief set of images, whether from a dream or not, it does accurately portray the up-and-down psychology of a manic episode. During such episodes the cognitive line between waking and dreaming can effectively disappear.”

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