Jumps on Oprah's Couch
All Tom Cruise was supposed to do was go on "Oprah" and push his latest flick "War of the Worlds." No one anticipated that the mega-star would wind up causing a hailstorm of bad press when he over-exuberantly jumped up on Op's couch declaring his love for new girlfriend Katie Holmes. The moment has gone down in as one of the most uncomfortable in talk show history.
In July 2008, actor Christian Bale lashed out on the set of Terminator Salvation, flinging profanities and insults at a crew member. Months later, an embarrassing audio clip of the incident was released to the masses. The Dark Knight star issued a public apology, stating he "acted like a punk" and that the outburst was "inexcusable."
It's Not Easy Being Sheen
Charlie Sheen's strange meltdown has gone nuclear. Last October, he was hospitalized after he was allegedly found naked in a trashed Plaza Hotel room with a frightened prostitute. The Two and a Half Men actor reportedly checked into Promises rehab facility shortly after.
Well, that is all so 2010. Charlie is upping the ante in 2011. Just two months into the New Year, and the party animal has been hospitalized again for allegedly partying with porn stars. You'd think a rehab specialist who makes house calls would be enough to keep the star from self-destructing. But over the past few weeks, the actor has waged a public battle against critics and friends. His nonsensical, paranoid and borderline megalomaniacal rants on talk radio got his sitcom cancelled for the remainder of the season. He has appeared on multiple television shows defending his lifestyle and claiming that he cured his addictions with his mind. He's a celebrity gossip gift that keeps on giving. He has turned his personal struggles into a public spectacle. To his credit, most celebrities try to avoid the spotlight when wrestling with their demons. Charlie Sheen is practically selling tickets to his wrestling match.
Jumps in a Christmas Tree
Usually over the holidays people put presents under the Christmas tree. Kiefer Sutherland decided to go another way in 2006 while serving as tour manager for Rocco DeLuca and Burden. The Emmy-winning actor jumped in the evergreen in his London hotel lobby on a dare, which was caught on film by the crew shooting the band's documentary "I Trust You To Kill Me."
Stuns Letterman During Interview
In 2009 a heavily bearded and seemingly disinterested Joaquin Phoenix appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" to promote his film "Two Lovers." The interview was so odd and tense that at the end, his frustrated but still funny host said, "Joaquin , I'm sorry you couldn't be here tonight. " The joke was ultimately on Letterman and the audience when Phoenix later admitted it was all part of a mockumentary about his retirement from acting, that he made with his brother-in-law Casey Affleck called, "I'm Still Here." Joaquin returned to Letterman the following year, clean shaven and apologetic.
Actress Lindsay Lohan has openly struggled with alcohol and drug abuse since 2007, when she was arrested for a DUI and later pled guilty to cocaine use. In 2010, Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating probation after receiving a second DUI. During the hearing, the Mean Girls star was photographed with a defiant four-letter word beginning with the letter "F" painted on her middle fingernail.
Kill The Lights
If there's one thing that makes Sean Penn crazy, it's the paparazzi. In February 2010, the Milk star was charged with battery and vandalism for allegedly breaking a photographer's camera and kicking him in his legs. Penn was sentenced to probation and community service.
Whitney Museum of Artless Answers
R&B singer Whitney Houston has been on a downhill slide since the late 1990s, when a gaunt appearance and an increasingly unprofessional demeanor left fans of the Grammy winner concerned. Houston's antics culminated in 2002 when Diane Sawyer questioned the star about her drug use. Houston said, "Let's get one thing straight. Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Crack is whack."
It's tough to forget Mel Gibson's 2006 DUI tirade that angrily targeted the Jewish faith. "F**king Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," Gibson told a Jewish officer, after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. His attack continued at the Los Angeles police station, where the Braveheart star taunted a female sergeant, infamously calling her "sugartits." Gibson later apologized, stating that his comments were "blurted out in a moment of insanity."
On May 3, 2007, a seemingly tipsy David Hasselhoff was videotaped lying on the floor, shirtless, while clumsily trying to eat a Wendy's cheeseburger. Clearly incoherent, the Baywatch star cursed and argued with his daughter, who could be heard pleading with him to quit drinking. As a result of the publicized booze-and-burger binge, the Hoff's visitations rights with his two daughters were briefly suspended.
Heaven Can't Wait
A confused and scantily clad Anne Heche was hospitalized on August 19, 2000, shortly after her very public breakup with actress Ellen DeGeneres. The actress knocked on the front door of a rural California home where she made nonsensical statements to its residents, claiming that she was God and would take everyone back to heaven in her spaceship. The strange episode was reportedly a result of mental illness stemming from an abusive childhood. Heche later penned an autobiography aptly titled, Call Me Crazy.
Mariah Carey suffered a highly publicized breakdown in July 2001, which came to a head just before the release of her semi-autobiographical movie, Glitter. The singer appeared unannounced at MTV's Total Request Live and behaved erratically, handing out Popsicles and performing a striptease for fans. Carey rambled on about wanting "one day off when I can go swimming and look at rainbows and eat ice cream." Shortly thereafter, the songstress canceled her appearances and checked into a psychiatric hospital.
Few can forget the 2006 Laugh Factory incident, where comedian Michael Richardslaunched a racist tirade, targeting show hecklers. Better known as Kramer from Seinfeld, Richards repeatedly used the N-word and was videotaped shouting at a black audience member, "Shut up! Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a f**king fork up your ass!" The star later apologized.
Who can forget Kanye West's now infamous incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards? The rapper stormed the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Best Female Video, literally grabbing the mic out of her hands. "I'm sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time," West interrupted on live television. In typical West fashion, he later posted a rambling apology on his personal blog.
In May 1996, comedian Martin Lawrence was reportedly seen in Los Angeles wandering around a busy Ventura Boulevard, waving a loaded gun and shouting things like, "Fight the power!" at passing cars. Reports say that Lawrence's wacky excursion into traffic might have been drug-induced.
A voicemail message of an angry Alec Baldwin screaming at his pre-teen daughter was released to TMZ in April 2007. In the audiotape, the 30 Rock actor can be heard shouting, "I don't give a damn that you're 12 years old or 11 years old, or a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass who doesn't care about what you do." He then calls his beloved daughter "a rude, thoughtless pig." Baldwin later issued a public apology.
Failure To Communicate
Russell Crowe went ballistic in a New York City hotel room in June 2005 while trying to place a call to his wife in Australia. Unable to dial out, a frustrated Crowe lodged the hotel telephone at the face of a hotel employee, causing minor facial injury. The Gladiator star later pled guilty to third-degree assault.
Wacko Jacko Strikes Again
The last few years of Michael Jackson's life sadly depicted the King of Pop in questionable situations, and some think he outdid himself when he was seen dangling his nine-month-old son over a Berlin balcony in November 2002. The singer held the boy with a one-armed grip over a metal railing while waving to fans four stories below.
Breaking Short-Fuse News
In 2008 Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly had a vintage video clip surface from his stint as an anchor at Inside Edition in the early 1990s. The clip shows an angry O'Reilly freaking out over a poorly written teleprompter, causing the now-famous conservative commentator to go on an obscenity-laced rant.
Sweatin' To The Oldies superstar Richard Simmons freaked out at an Arizona airport in March 2004 when a passerby spotted Simmons and shouted, "Look, Richard Simmons. Drop your bags, let's rock to the '50s." The fitness guru stormed over and slapped the man in the face, retorting, "It's not nice to make fun of people with issues." Simmons was arrested on a misdemeanor assault, but the charges were ultimately dismissed.
Nothing To Kidd About
In 1996, Superman starlet Margot Kidder suffered a major meltdown, in part due to her bipolar diagnosis. In a fit of extreme paranoia, the actress hacked off her hair with a razor and spent three days living on the streets. Kidder was discovered in a neighbor's bushes, missing teeth and clearly shaken.
Close Shave For Spears
In 2007 after divorcing Kevin Federline, a determined Britney Spears walked into a California hair salon and began to shave her head with electric clippers, in plain view of the paparazzi. A bald Spears then went straight to a tattoo parlor where she got inked and stated, "I'm tired of everybody touching me." Days later, the angry pop singer was photographed seemingly attacking a photographer's car with an umbrella.
In April 1996, a naked Robert Downey Jr. was caught speeding down Sunset Boulevard, throwing "imaginary rats" out the car window. Having battled alcohol and drug addition for years, the Iron Man star was arrested for possession of heroin, cocaine and an unloaded .357-caliber Magnum handgun. Downey once compared his numerous relapses to a loaded gun in his mouth, explaining, "It's like my finger's on the trigger, and I like the taste of gunmetal."
The fame-seeking couple from MTV's The Hills reached an all-time low in January 2010 when it was revealed that Heidi Montag received 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day, including a G-cup breast augmentation, rendering her nearly unrecognizable. Montag and husband Spencer Pratt then appeared to file for divorce, which was later revealed to be a publicity stunt.
Dazed & Confused & Naked
In 1999 Austin, TX, police allegedly responded to a noise disturbance and stumbled upon a naked and "high" flying Matthew McConaughey pounding away on a pair of bongo drums. The butterscotch stallion was arrested for possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, though the drug charges were later dropped.
Widely known for her erratic behavior, singer Paula Abdul was seen going a bit bonkers in LAX airport back in early 2008. A witness claims to have seen the former American Idol judge hyperventilating and yelling into her cell phone in a "deep, rage-filled 'Poltergeist' voice," while randomly screaming three names over and over again. Good times.
In July 1991, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman) was arrested in Sarasota, FL, for indecent exposure in an adult theater. Suffice to say, Pee-Wee was caught with his pee-pee out. Reubens was haunted by the arrest for years, refusing to give interviews or make public appearances.
During one 2007 UK tour show Amy Winehouse slurred song lyrics, stumbled into a guitar stand and even threatened show hecklers who were unhappy with her performance, stating, "First of all, if you're booing, you're a mug for buying a ticket. Second, to all those booing, just wait 'til my husband gets out of incarceration. And I mean that."