Daryl Hannah's Arrest: When Actors Commit Too Much to Their Roles
Poor Daryl Hannah. Not only is her first name a boy's name,
but she just got arrested at an environmental White House protest. Cut her some
slack, guys. Clearly she's confused her real life with her life as a mermaid in
Ron Howard's 1984 film Splash and was just trying to save what she presumed was
her natural habitat.
Unfortunately, actors confusing their film roles with
their real life is a very serious affliction for many stars and often the
results are worse than Daryl Hannah's run in with the law. We've tracked down
some of the most notorious Hollywood role confusion.
5. Kevin Spacey Goes on Singing Tour as Bobby Darin
The most memorable Kevin Spacey performance in his career
may be his turn as crooner Bobby Darin in 2004's Beyond the Sea, especially if
we discount his performances in American Beauty and The Usual Suspects and L.A.
Confidential and frankly the majority of Spacey's filmography. But it was a
very important film for Kevin Spacey!
Spacey, as a lifelong fan of Darin's,
went to painstaking lengths to portray the singer's life "with respect," which
meant removing anything negative or controversial or anything that could me
misconstrued as interesting from the film. Not one to rest on his laurels,
Spacey decided to become Bobby Darin to promote the film, going on a country
wide tour where he sang the songs featured in the film. Commitment to his
craft, or just his way of covering up any similarities between him and his character
4. Nic Cage Fixates on Elvis After Wild at Heart
The most eccentric part of Nic Cage, besides his chaos theory-based style of choosing film roles and an ever changing hairline?
Probably his love of the King, Elvis Presley. Not content in merely emulating
the style of Elvis in the David Lynch film Wild at Heart, Cage quickly broke
the bank in collecting Presley memorabilia, not stopping until he married
daughter Lisa Marie Presley in a whirlwind four-month romance. Cage's pop
culture fixation later shifted to Superman when he named his son Kal-El. But if
you ask us, he's just projecting his anger after not getting a role in 3000 Miles to
3. Dan Aykroyd Tries Busting Ghosts IRL
The mere mention of the '80s classic Ghostbusters conjures
up memories of Ecto Coolers and a catchy synth-heavy theme song that will not
leave your subconscious at any costs. The film is good enough that you almost
wish that ghosts were real so the gang could do some busting in real life.
guess what, reclusive Ghostbuster cast member and Saturday Night Live alum Dan
Aykroyd actually does believe in ghosts! A self-described spiritualist, Aykroyd
has made numerous appearances on Larry King Live describing his belief in
aliens and ghosts. He even incorporated his love of the paranormal into his own
brand of vodka, the promotional video having to tide us over until they finally
get their act together on Ghostbusters 3.
2. Russell Crowe Punches People On and Off Screen
It seems like there was a period of time where Russell Crowe
just couldn't help himself from getting in the occasional scrap, whether in an
Australian hotel in 1999 or a New York hotel in 2005 (come to think of it, it
sure seems like Crowe's aggression stems from hotels). This series of
altercations caused Crowe a great deal of issues with the police.
they could have swept it under the rug if he just explained that he was getting
in character for 2005's Cinderella Man, where he played champion boxer James
Braddock. How is he expected to live up to his reputation as a method actor if
he can't take the occasional swing at someone who's pissing him off? It could
have been the difference between an Academy Award nomination!
1. Kate Hudson, Still a Groupie After Almost Famous
Who didn't fall in love with Kate Hudson for her performance
as Penny Lane, the mystifying groupie (sorry, Band-Aid) who toys with the
emotions of Cameron Crowe's 14-year-old Rolling Stone writer surrogate in
the autobiographical Almost Famous? Unfortunately Hudson did not follow her
character's motto of "never taking it seriously" in 2000 when she married the
Black Crowes frontman Christopher Robinson.
Though they eventually had a child
together, in 2006, Kate emulated another film of hers, How to Lose a Guy in Ten
Days, when they filled for divorce. She recently had a child with Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy, ensuring that her children will be able to start a
rock-n-roll super group to support her in her old age.
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