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
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
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
4 John Mayer
3 Neil Patrick Harris
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.