ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos have been all over the Internet for several weeks now, and nearly $90 million has been raised for the cause. In case you missed it, the premise of this viral video trend is to dump a bucket of ice water on your head, in order to spread awareness of this horrible disease and then nominate three other people to do the same. If you want to stay warm and dry (weak!), it’s suggested that you donate $100 to the cause, but if you get wet (and you should), the suggested donation is $10. Every major and minor celeb (and your cousin, parents, neighbors and dentist) have gotten in on this and made their own viral videos. While there have been lots of funny videos, many have been truly heartfelt; And some videos have even been both, because these celebs know they can win their fans over and generate awareness and cash for the cause, with both heart and humor. Here are ten celebs who took the challenge to heart the most.
10. Jamie Kennedy
Funny man Jamie Kennedy has a big heart (and not just because he has a pacemaker) and really took the plunge for the Ice Bucket Challenge. Kennedy didn’t simply have water poured over his head for the video, a friend of his from Philly (Jamie’s hometown), grabs him by the neck and plunges his head in and out of a tank of ice water several times, like a mafia hit man out for revenge. The clip is hashtagged with #phillystyle, but really, it should be #gangsterstyle. Kennedy then pours the water over his head and falls backwards into a pool, but not before nominating Avicii, PJ Burns and the new owner of the Clippers, Steve Ballmer, who just happens to be a billionaire.
9. Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen thinks he is too cool for ice. He took the Ice Bucket Challenge very seriously, pouring a bucket with $10k in cash over his head. He then says that, “ice is gonna melt, but this money will actually help people.” So true! Sheen then challenged the very rich cast of his former show, Two and A Half Men, Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher. And of course, he challenged his nemesis, show creator Chuck Lorre. Sheen debuted his video on TMZ, so the awareness would be spread to an even bigger audience than his “tiger blood” normally garners.
8. Jimmy Kimmel
Late night show host and professional prankster, Jimmy Kimmel accepted the challenge from several people, including Toronto’s beloved Mayor, Rob Ford. Kimmel was on “a very important fly fishing trip” during the challenge, so he put his own spin on it, having his friend and wife stuff ice cubes into his flying fishing overall suit. Burr! He then tells everyone to donate to specifically to Project ALS, which is a charity he has been involved with for years, and put their website address on screen. It should be noted that Ben Stiller and his wife, Christine Taylor also asked their fans to direct their donations to Project ALS specifically. Kimmel then nominated the man he always makes an apology to, Matt Damon.
7. Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated by David Beckham. At the time he accepted the challenge, DiCaprio was in Alberta, Canada, learning how the Canadian tar sands impact the climate. DiCaprio has always supported environmental causes and it was great he could take the opportunity to spread awareness of both issues. In front of a lake, surrounded by a large, but organized group of locals, DiCaprio and several other people completed the challenge. It’s safe to assume the environmentalist/actor used water from the lake. DiCaprio nominated Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. Harper was also nominated by Toronto’s Mayor, Ford.
6. Stephen Hawking
Most people don’t realize that famed theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking actually suffers from ALS. In fact, he is probably one of the most, if not the most, visible person suffering from this terrible disease. Hawking is almost entirely paralyzed and communicates via a speech-generating device. A scientific anomaly (no pun intended), Hawking was diagnosed with ALS at age 21, and is now 72 years old, but most people die from the disease within years of being diagnosed. Technically, Hawking did not complete the challenge himself (because he had pneumonia last year, he didn’t think it was wise to get doused with ice water) and had his children do it for him, which was pretty smart of him.
5. Eminem and Rihanna
Eminem and Rihanna did their own ice bucket challenges while together on tour in Eminem’s hometown of Detroit. Eminem did the challenge after being nominated by Dr. Dre. For his challenge, Eminem took his hat off, got doused, then put his hat back on and said if the challenge “weren’t for charity, I’d be so f***ing mad.” This tough rapper definitely has a heart. Next up, it was Rihanna, who looks like she took a lot more water than Slim Shady did. Someone should have offered her an umbrella (no pun intended) because she was clearly wearing a wig, which probably got ruined. But hey, it was all for a good cause.
4. John Mayer
John Mayer has a reputation for being a ‘douchebag’, but he enthusiastically threw a cold bucket of water over his head, without a complaint, even calling the water refreshing. He then nominated David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen, perhaps in an effort to have the two rivals unite for a great cause. But, perhaps the most heartfelt moment of the video was Mayer asking his fans to go to JasonBecker.com, to donate to him directly. A friend of Mayer’s, Becker is a guitarist and composer who has worked with David Lee Roth (hence Mayer’s nomination). Becker was diagnosed with ALS circa 1990, and was given 3-5 years to live, but is still alive today. Becker speaks through a computer similar to Hawking’s.
3. Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris made his Ice Bucket Challenge a family affair, featuring his adorable twins Harper and Gideon. His video was shot on a New York City stoop, where he is currently performing in the Broadway musical, Hedwig and The Angry Inch. Harris was challenged by three people, including Ben Affleck (which he said was flattering) and Cookie Monster (yes, Cookie Monster counts as a person). Before he gets doused, in an adorably tender moment, Neil tells his daughter to move away, as not to get wet. Neil nominates David Franco, actress Christina Hendricks and his “nemesis,” Nathan Fillion.
2. Cookie Monster
Cookie Monster’s Ice Bucket Challenge was one of the most heartfelt and quite frankly, one of the cutest. Most people probably think that Cookie Monster would just end up dousing himself with cookie crumbs, but he was very committed to the cause and someone (or some monster) off-screen actually poured a bucket of water over his head. The passionate blue Muppet then went on to nominate his friend Maria (from Sesame Street), Neil Patrick Harris, Marshall Rover and Janelle Monae. He ends the video by putting the empty bucket over his head and asking who turned out the lights. Silly Monster!
1. All Of These People
There’s nothing like a viral video trend, especially one for a good cause, to make people Internet celebrities for fifteen minutes or so. While all of these people had good intentions, they weren’t quite able to complete the challenge. Here is a compilation of some very funny and heartfelt Ice Bucket Challenge fails by ordinary folks who are now minor Internet celebrities.