Video: Most Amazing Celeb Moments Caught on Tape
By Brooke Tarnoff Posted Dec 15th 2009 03:55PM
We'll always remember the people who snagged their 15 minutes on the Internet, for better or worse - Chris Crocker, the wedding dance party, Christian the Lion - but it's not just vids of regular Joes and jungle cats lighting the web on fire. Celebs appear in viral videos all the time these days, whether showing their funny sides on purpose (a la 'SNL' digital shorts) or caught enjoying an on-set tirade dangerously close to recording equipment. In honor of the "aughts," let's take a look at the Most Amazing Celeb Moments Caught on Tape after the jump.
The Fall of Hasselhoff: Once the very definition of buff masculinity, former 'Baywatch' hunk David Hasselhoff became a one-man cautionary tale on the dangers of drinking in 2007. His young daughter captured footage of the actor lying on the floor, drunkenly grazing on a Wendy's hamburger and slurring expletives. The Hoff's shameful binge flew around the web at the speed of light.
D*ck in a Box: 'Lazy Sunday' was Andy Samberg's first foray into viral video, but adding pop star Justin Timberlake to the successful formula of 'SNL' digital shorts was the key to one of the most-forwarded memes of time immemorial (or at least since the invention of the Internet). Even your mom laughs when you sing "Step one: cut a hole in the box."
Michael Richards' Racism: While 'SNL' was JT's vehicle to bring his sense of humor to the people, some stars' moment of Internet fame exposes something much less flattering. Michael Richards of 'Seinfeld' revealed the ugly underbelly of his comedy with racial epithets during a stand-up routine in 2006. His jaw-dropping rant preceded public apologies, but it was a career-ender anyway.
Prop 8 the Musical: Stars share more than jokes and prejudice on the web - some use the viral machine to promote their politics. Celebs like Jack Black, John C. Reilly and Neil Patrick Harris banded together during the controversial California Prop 8 debate in 2008, making this pro-gay marriage musical to voice their opinions.
Alec Baldwin Voicemail: A testament to the power of YouTube: Alec Baldwin left his 11-year-old daughter a nasty voicemail, calling her a "rude little pig" in 2007. It was widely shared via the video-only site, after a bunch of enterprising individuals set the audio track to pictures of the disgraced actor.
Joaquin Phoenix on 'Letterman': Letterman pulls in millions of viewers on his televised broadcast, but his audience is just a fraction of the people who watched Joaquin Phoenix deliver the weirdest, most uncomfortable interview of all time. Joaquin's beard graced computers around the world for weeks after his 'Late Show' appearance in February.
Britney Spears Almost Drops Baby: Viral video might be the worst thing to happen to Britney's sense of privacy. In 2006, a paparazzo caught footage of Britney nearly dropping a months-old Sean Preston. Stumbling with a baby might not be Internet wildfire for a normal parent, but when you're the Princess of Pop, your every misstep has the potential for legend-of-the-web status.
'Office' Cast on Writers' Strike: We remember the 2007 Writers' Strike as the season of reruns. For TV writers, it was a battle to get paid for Internet revenue - a major source of income for studios. The writers and actors of 'The Office' took to Battlefield Web to drum up support. Their video made the rounds - and the writers finally won their demands. Sort of.
Christian Bale Freakout: Alec Baldwin should have warned Christian Bale: don't say ugly things near devices capable of recording audio. The track of Bale flipping his lid on the 'Terminator Salvation' set was remixed, sampled and set to video, bringing great shame to Bale and great joy to its vast Internet audience.
Rickrolling: When Rick Astley made the video for 'Never Gonna Give You Up,' he had no way of knowing he'd someday be part of the most aggressive viral Internet prank of all time. From 2007-2008, the "rickrolling" craze meant you never knew when a clip of this video would show up in the middle of whatever you were trying to watch online.
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