An Inevitable Scandal: Hollywood Stars Who Can't Seem to Stay Out of Trouble
The stars of Hollywood have been covered by the shadow of scandal since the birth of the film industry. From Fatty Arbuckle's murder trial to the many husbands of Elizabeth Taylor, scandals have become synonymous with the land of movies. Today's stars are not immune to the dirt of scandal either. Despite their talent, many of Hollywood's brightest stars have and continue to be tripped up by tabloid fodder.
Lindsay Lohan is the poster child for the modern tabloid scandal in Hollywood, which is a shame, because when she first appeared in films like "The Parent Trap" and "Mean Girls," she looked like the real deal. Since then, a number of DUI incidents, rehab stints and a constant presence in the tabloids has made her known for her off-screen activities. Due to her substance and legal issues, she became uninsurable by many of the movie studios, causing her to lose out on coveted roles. However, she has tried to mount a comeback. She posed in Playboy magazine in a Marilyn Monroe-inspired shoot before hosting Saturday Night Live in March. She's set to appear as Elizabeth Taylor in the film "Liz and Dick" in 2012. While things may seem to be on the mend, until she stays completely free of any tabloid behavior, it's tough to expect her not to appear on the front page of next week's National Enquirer.
Like Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen saw his career turn from promising young actor to tabloid sensation. Unlike Lohan, Sheen has now survived for 20 years based on his scandals rather than his acting prowess. From the accidental shooting of his ex-fiancée Kelly Preston to him being named as a client of infamous madame Heidi Fleiss, Sheen seemed to relish in his bad behavior. All of this culminated in his walking off the set of "Two and a Half Men" in 2011. From there, Sheen spiraled into self-parody, a move that ended with a nationwide tour and a roast on Comedy Central. While he may have burned most of his bridges in Hollywood, he still has enough pull to star in the upcoming series, "Anger Management." While his latest attempt at a comeback may prove to be fruitful, his history of substance abuse makes him more than likely to become another story for the scandal rags.
At one time, Mel Gibson was one of the biggest actors in Hollywood. Best known for his roles in action films, there was always a cloud of darkness surrounding his persona. There was his well-known alcohol abuse as well as ultraconservative religious beliefs. But, in 2006, after a DUI stop, Gibson made a number of anti-Semitic remarks that soon became the topic of conversation amongst the tabloids and the nightly news. This was followed in 2010 by a taped argument between Gibson and his then-girlfriend Oskana Grigorieva, which featured a number of racial remarks from Gibson. He has since struggled to make a comeback with the Jodie Foster directed "The Beaver." It failed at the box office. His coming film, "Get the Gringo" is set to be released straight to DVD in 2012, but it may find some resistance due to recent allegations of anti-Semitism from screenwriter Joe Eszterhas.
Kim Kardashian is a star in an untraditional sense. Instead of being a movie star, she is a reality-television mogul. Since her show has become a cornerstone of the E! Network, Kardashian has seen her name in a number of scandals, including a sex tape and a short-lived marriage with NBA star Kris Humphries. While she has tried to change her image, she is setting herself for more gossip with her rumored relationship with hip-hop star Kanye West.
One of the rare breed of actors who was immensely successful for a long period of time, Tom Cruise was the victim of bad publicity in 2005 after a series of missteps that saw him arguing for his controversial Scientologist beliefs and for declaring his love for his current wife Katie Holmes in the infamous couch episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." While his career is still going, it has yet to see the heights it once touched. The coming film "Rock of Ages" will probably see Cruise on his best behavior while he promotes his work, but it only takes one off-color question to let him loose.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was a huge action star in the '80s and '90s before becoming the Governor of California in 2003. His term, however, ended in scandal as it was revealed he had cheated on his wife, Maria Shriver, with a housekeeper. He also fathered a child with this housekeeper. Now, reentering the film world with Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables 2," Schwarzenegger will be in the public eye again for the first time since the scandal erupted. With an autobiography coming out in the summer of 2012, there are sure to be more interesting tidbits about Schwarzenegger's life to come.