Celebrity meltdowns and gaffes
It's not always glitz and glam for the famous. Sometimes they garner the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Here's a look at some memorable celeb meltdowns and major blunders.
Alec Baldwin may take the crown for public meltdowns. First he got kicked off a plane for refusing to turn his phone off because he was playing "Words With Friends." Then he went on a Twitter rampage cursing out a Daily News reporter who attended his fiancee's yoga class to take a picture of her ring. And most recently, Baldwin allegedly punched a photographer, also from the Daily News.
In 2007, David Hasselhoff had perhaps one of the most bizarre breakdowns ever. The former "Baywatch" actor was videotaped sitting in a room of his home, intoxicated and shirtless. Not only was the actor slurring his words, he was also slobbering on a cheeseburger. Hasselhoff then admitted to have a drinking problem.
Lindsay Lohan has been in the news one too many times. With several rehab visits, DUIs and a few jail sentences, it's been a rough few years for the actress. In 2011 she was also accused of stealing a $2,500 necklace while visiting a jewelry store in Venice, Calif. Now the star is on a two-year probation.
Oscar-winner Sean Penn had a violent clash with paparazzi in 2009 when he reportedly kicked a photographer, damaged his camera and threatened to kill him. Penn was then sued by the paparazzo, who claimed he needed knee surgery after the incident.
He may have made the term "winning" a catchphrase in 2011, but in reality Charlie Sheen went from being named the highest-paid actor on TV by Forbes, to being in the heat of a very public meltdown. He first received substance abuse treatment at his house and then he was fired from the show "Two and a Half Men," for insulting his producer Chuck Lorre. And we can't forget about the three "goddesses" -- his ex-wife Brooke Mueller, a model and a porn star -- with whom he lived.
Sometimes a movie set can be a dangerous place, especially when Christian Bale is involved. During the filming of "Terminator Salvation," audio of Bale screaming at the director of photography, Shane Hurlbut, was caught. Although the photographer tried to apologize, it seems there was no excuse for distracting the actor.
When Tom Cruise began his romance with Katie Holmes in 2005, it seems he wanted the whole world to know just how happy he was. When the actor appeared on "Oprah," he not only gushed about Holmes but also began jumping up and down on Oprah Winfrey's couch.
After her divorce from Kevin Federline in 2006, Britney Spears' behavior put her on the cover of almost every tabloid. She had everyone talking about her new hairstyle -- a shaved head -- and her attack on a paparazzo's car with an umbrella.
Isaiah Washington, who played Dr. Preston Burke on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," caught bad publicity in 2007 after a homophobic slur against co-star T.R. Knight. Washington's meltdown cost him his role on the show.
During his promotional tour for the movie "Two Lovers" in February 2009, Joaquin Phoenix made a memorable appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" with a beard and sunglasses and appeared to be incoherent and largely unresponsive. A few months before, the Oscar-nominee had said he would retire from acting to pursue a career as a rapper. On a return appearance on the "Late Show" in 2010, he told Letterman that his earlier behavior and purported career change were part of the mockumentary "I'm Still Here."
Michael Richards: Michael Richards, who played the eccentric Kramer on the TV show "Seinfeld," turned his comedy show into a night of horror in 2006. The comedian began screaming racial slurs to black audience members, and the rage was caught on tape. Richards then went on the "Late Show with David Letterman" to apologize. >>Watch the interview
Oscar winner Mel Gibson sought rehab treatment in 2006, three days after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
In 2001, actress Winona Ryder was charged with shoplifting $5,500 worth of merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. Security guards testified that she told them she was asked to steal the items to prepare for a role, but her attorney said it was all a misunderstanding. Ryder was convicted of grand theft, shoplifting and vandalism and acquitted of burglary and sentenced to 3 years of probation and 480 hours of community service and thousands of dollars in fines.
Ever since he took a plea deal on charges of beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, Chris Brown has been trying to redeem himself. But when asked about the incident two years later on "Good Morning America," Brown lost composure. After his interview with "GMA" co-host Robin Roberts, the singer allegedly couldn't contain his anger and broke a dressing room window with a chair.