Charlie Sheen: a highly addictive drug that melts faces. It’s called winning.

I have a secret obsession that, due to circumstances this week, I can no longer hide from the general public.

And it’s all Charlie Sheen’s fault.

Wait. That sounded REALLY wrong in light of his history with alcohol and women. I didn’t mean it like that. I’ve never met Charlie Sheen.

But I love him.

This may strike you as odd, because prior to this week, I had no strong feelings about Charlie Sheen at all. He was decent in Major League, and I loved his minor part in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But other than that? I always thought he was mediocre at best.

I also should admit that I’ve never seen an episode of Two and a Half Men. I’ve heard good things about it. But never got around to watching it.

So how did I fall in love with Charlie Sheen?

Easy. I absolutely love it when celebrities go crazy. Like it’s up there for me with Springsteen shows and shoes. And when it happens, I turn into a TMZ junkie, treating Harvey Levin as my personal lord and savior and deliverer of all truly hilarious crazy celebrity information.

And this week, Charlie was the star of the crazy show.

And once I knew that Charlie Sheen was, in fact, a highly addictive drug that would melt my face off, I was addicted.  To winning.  And tiger blood.  Just like Charlie.

When ordinary people go crazy, it’s kind of sad.  But when celebrities go nuts, it’s usually for their career because of the whole any publicity is good publicity axiom. But there’s a fine line between entertaining crazy and Mel Gibson crazy. You don’t want your celebrities to be too scary. Like I wouldn’t be remotely surprised if Mel Gibson went on a killing spree. And not in the good, only killing bad guys kind of way.

Charlie Sheen, however, is the good kind of crazy. He’s probably not going to go on a murderous rampage. A misogynistic bender? Sure. A rant about the most random stuff on the planet? Absolutely. Jack Nicholson/Britney Spears-style desecration of his enemy’s car with a golf club/umbrella/baseball bat/dead raccoon, etc? That goes without saying. Randomly joining a cult and worshipping aliens? That’s next week. Killing spree? Nah. Not Charlie. That’s just not his style.

Which brings me to my list of the top ten crazy celebrities of all time. It’s a somewhat arbitrary scale, as I define “best” as being the sum total of times that the celebrity in question has been arrested plus the number of tabloid covers, multiplied by the number of divorces, multiplied to the power of the number of hookers who have come forward to talk about the celebrity, then divided by the number of stints in rehab. Then add 20 crazy points for every time the celebrity has been declared legally dead, then survived. Of course, there are other factors as well. Anti-Semitic rants add crazy points, but take away popularity points on the crazy scale. So Michael Richards, for example, doesn’t make the list, because he’s just a racist. Mel Gibson is crazy AND a racist. See the difference?

And without further ado, the list.

10—Lindsay Lohan. I almost feel bad putting her on this list. Which is why she’s ranked number ten. It’s kind of sad. She actually needs help. But she’s such a trainwreck that you can’t look away.

9—Winona Ryder. Really Winona? Did you REALLY need to shoplift? I mean, okay, you haven’t had any decent movies in awhile, but come on. If Johnny Depp had to get a tattoo of your name covered up, you don’t need to shoplift. But I was all in favor of keeping her out of jail. Because if she’s in jail, she can’t entertain me with crazy antics. Free Winona!

8—Tom Cruise. Okay, admittedly, his particular brand of crazy is getting old. But he put a face on the insanity of Scientology, and for that, he belongs on this list for forever and ever. I never want to see another movie he’s in, but I have to admit, I like seeing what bizarre stuff he’s up to. And because he’s hobbit-sized, he has the highest crazy-to-height ratio of anyone on this list. Not the highest crazy-to-weight ratio because Lindsay Lohan is frighteningly anorexic, but still. Fly your crazy flag as high as you can, Tom. Which in your case is about Snooki height.

7—Angelina Jolie. This may seem like an odd choice because Angelina isn’t trainwreck crazy. She doesn’t get arrested or show up ridiculously high in public. But she’s certifiable. When she married Billy Bob Thornton they wore vials of each other’s blood around their necks. Then there was the making out with her brother at the award show thing.

And the adopting 90 million kids. But she’s proof that being crazy doesn’t mean you can’t get someone as hot as Brad Pitt. She’s an inspiration to aspiring crazy people everywhere.

6—Christian Bale. Okay, I know American Psycho was just a movie. And I know that in theory he was just acting in it. And maybe he’s a fantastic actor. But the dude scares me. Seriously. If I saw him walking down the street one day, I think I’d run.

And did you see him in The Fighter? I mean, I didn’t see the movie but from the previews, he looked like Skeletor.

But he makes the list because his rant when he went nuts on a movie set was hilarious. I just hope I never meet him.

5—Kanye. I was with you when you said George W. Bush hates black people. And I agree that I’d pick Beyonce over Taylor Swift. But you’re insane. Literally. You don’t even have the alcoholic/Scientologist/super hot excuse. You’re just nuts. Which is okay, because it’s fun to hate you. Mostly because you get upset about it.

4—Robert Downey Jr. He’s actually probably the highest functioning crazy person on this list. I love his movies and he owns up to his craziness. He doesn’t deny the drugs, the booze, the rehab, or anything else. But he makes great movies and deserves to be as crazy as he wants in peace because he’s not hurting anyone. And as long as you keep being crazy in an awesome way, I will keep seeing your movies to support your addictions/insanity.

3—Britney Spears. Do I need to explain? Didn’t think so.

2—Marlon Brando. How does he rank so high? Easy. He wasn’t acting in Apocalypse Now. They hired Marlon Brando expecting Stanley Kowalski to show up on the set.

And instead, Marlon showed up in the jungle bald, fat, and completely insane. What’s not to love?

1—Mel Gibson. Okay, okay, I shouldn’t be amused by Mel Gibson’s insanity. I am, after all, Jewish, and he’s made it pretty clear that he hates my people. But that’s why I like him. Because he’s SO insane that his hatred of Jews actually makes us look better. So on behalf of my people, thank you Mel Gibson. Keep up the good work.

So Charlie, I’ve appreciated the amusement you’ve provided in the last couple of weeks, and you’re doing a great job. But you’re not quite in the top ten yet. Don’t worry though. Making it onto my craziest celebrities list is just like getting to Carnegie Hall. You need to practice, practice, practice.

We’re all rooting for you Charlie. We know you can do it. It’s how you got over a million Twitter followers in like a day. It’s called winning.

Once Harry Potter, always Harry Potter. Unless you’re immortal.

I was watching the Pillars of the Earth miniseries (thanks to my parents, because I don’t get Starz… I object on principle to anything that should end in an “s” but ends in a “z” instead), and I realized something. Matthew McFayden, who plays Prior Phillip, is and will forever be Mr. Darcy.

Don’t get me wrong, Colin Firth ALSO is and forever will be Mr. Darcy.

But so is Matthew McFayden. I don’t care that he played an ugly guy in Frost/Nixon and now a monk in Pillars. He is Mr. Darcy.  And there’s nothing he can do about it.

Unfortunately for some actors, it doesn’t matter if they’re really great at their craft or not, because a truly amazing movie role can ruin an actor for any other roles.

Take Elijah Wood. He’s cute, young, and a pretty good actor. But he’s Frodo now. No one is ever going to be able to look at him in a movie and NOT start talking about “my precious.”

Same with Daniel Radcliffe. The poor kid became a superstar, but he is now Harry Potter. (How many of you just said “Harry Potter” in an English accent, entirely because I said it? That’s going to haunt him for the rest of his life. It’s just so fun to say. ‘Arry Pohtah. Love it.)

Matthew Broderick had the same problem, after becoming a household name as Ferris Bueller. And now he’s doing theatre. Because he has to. But I bet anyone who sees him in a play is still standing around at intermission going “Bueller… Bueller…” And that wasn’t even his line!

Some actors DID manage to escape this curse, however. The best example might just be Harrison Ford. In the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, it looked like he was going to be Han Solo forever.

Then BAM! He plays an even MORE awesome role! Melanie Griffith’s love interest from Working Girl.


But seriously, he played incredibly memorable roles repeatedly in multiple movie franchises, and that kept him from being strictly Indiana Jones OR Han Solo.

(No, I didn’t NEED to use all of those Harrison Ford pictures.  But he’s cute, even if he’s a million years old now.  So I did it anyway.)

Carrie Fisher wasn’t so lucky. She’s going to be Princess Leia even after she dies. And poor Yoda. He never got another job. (Although Miss Piggy and the Cookie Monster sound a lot like him. Hmmm…)

Tom Hanks, by all rights, should be known for all eternity as Forrest Gump. That was EASILY one of the best characters in any movie. Ever. Hands down.

But Tom Hanks is the exception to any acting curses. Because he’s just that good. Who would have ever seen that coming from the guy who was in Joe Versus the Volcano? (Although, I have to admit, I secretly love that movie and quote it all the time. No one except my dad ever knows what I’m talking about. But the brain cloud thing was awesome.  And wherever we go, whatever we do, we are taking this luggage!)

Then there’s my favorite category of actors: the ones who play themselves in every single movie. I don’t mean they’re doing cameos as themselves. I mean, they’re playing very different characters, who somehow all end up EXACTLY like the actor him or herself.

My personal favorite of these is Jack Nicholson.

I love him. I’d watch him in anything. But there’s not a whole lot of range there. And he’s won Oscars! Really, Academy Awards committee? Really? Were you just scared that if you DIDN’T give it to him, he’d come after you with an axe, Shining style? Because I get it if that’s the reason. (Check him out in Tommy though. 1975. He sang in that movie. Seriously. It’s nuts.) But when Jack smashed that person’s car with golf clubs back in the ‘90s, no one was surprised. Because that’s just how Jack is. And all of his characters reflect that. I guess when you’re that awesome/crazy, you can pull that off.

Samuel L. Jackson certainly manages it. And he plays the same psycho in most of his movies too. But he’s entertaining as hell, which might be because he manages to drop more F bombs per minute than anyone else in the world, except my dad. (Who I think looks up to Samuel L. Jackson as a personal hero for that reason. My family is weird.)

Then there are the actors who played memorable roles, but they’re just not good enough for it to ruin their career. Yes. I mean Keanu Reeves. I still look at him and think of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (and their Bogus Journey, aka every other movie Keanu Reeves has been in… Harsh? Maybe. But I can’t watch anything that wooden unless it’s growing leaves and has birds nesting in it).

But maybe it’s not that he’s a bad actor. Maybe there’s a supernatural reason that he avoided this curse. (The video is short, and totally worth watching!)

So to sum up: “San Dimas High School football RULES!”
(Please tell me someone got that reference…)