While it may seem like a wonderful thing to be a famous person, it can’t be easy being in the public eye all the time, especially if you are under any kind of duress. Whether suffering from mental illness, a traumatic brain injury or simply in need of some down time, celebrities often find their personal issues and episodes exposed for the entire world to see, and in turn, critique. Which—let’s just be honest here—is enough to drive even the sanest person a little wonky, even under the best circumstances. Whether that means a trip to a mental health facility or simply losing it on the paparazzi seems to make little difference to the public—we can be pretty quick to label a celebrity 'crazy' before looking into the details, when the truth is that celebrities, like everyone else, are susceptible to life-changing events which can serve to alter their personalities—and the pressure of being in the public eye is something that surely doesn’t help. Although we’re fairly sure that Mel Gibson doesn’t have any excuse for his antics. Like ever.
Here are some of the celebrities that have seemed a little off to us.
10 Faye Dunaway
We wouldn’t say that Faye Dunaway is crazy so much as she just doesn’t take any guff. Consider the time that she allegedly threw a cup of…um…liquid into director Roman Polanski’s face after he didn’t allow her a bathroom break while filming a scene for Chinatown (in her defense, being locked in a car when you have to pee is pretty much unbearable). While the actress has definitely earned her stripes, it is interesting to note her rigidity and lack of patience with interviewers—meaning that she’s been known to give the boot to anyone who doesn’t stick to the script. See her Tweet on May 12, 2014:
9 Mariah Carey
8 Gary Busey
7 Nicolas Cage
6 Naomi Campbell
5 Britney Spears
4 Lindsay Lohan
3 Amanda Bynes
2 Charlie Sheen
1 Mel Gibson
It’s hard to tell if Mel Gibson is a lunatic or just a jerk. While he enjoyed a considerable amount of success early on in his career, his comments about Jewish people (blaming them for all the wars in the world during a DUI arrest in 2006), gays and lesbians and about, well, every race other than Caucasian, were inexcusable, not to mention out of left field. And while most of his statements are really just too graphic to mention here, it’s also worth examining how poorly he treated his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, and mother of his child, following their break-up—let’s just say general comments included the words “pig in heat.” Lunatic or not, the Passion of the Christ star is just plain old mean.
Sources: ew.com, macleans.ca, people.com, independent.ie, huffingtonpost.com, dailymail.co.uk, newsfeed.time.com, businessinsider.com, gawker.com, huffingtonpost.com, mirror.co.uk
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