People go through great lengths to hide their guilty pleasures. We'll listen to that cheesy '80s song with headphones only, or hide those pony cartoon DVDs inside The Wire box sets, or browse that dick joke website in private mode. While there's a shocking lack of hard research in this area, every single person on the planet probably has something like that ... except, of course, for celebrities.
No, it's not that celebrities don't like stupid things; it's that their stratospheric egos have rendered them incapable of feeling any shame. That's why so many famous people will readily admit to having image-shattering "guilty" pleasures. For instance ...
5 Anthony Hopkins Fucking Loves American Idol
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Anthony Hopkins is arguably one of the greatest actors of his generation, and we can generally trust him to have quality taste in film and television. For example, he once wrote a letter to Bryan Cranston about how much he loved Breaking Bad. Hopkins marathoned the show, and wanted to let Cranston know how great he was because, we quote, "there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bullshit in this business, and I've sort of lost belief in anything really."
Sickening bullshit ... like Mob Wives, maybe? Mob Wives is more or less The Sopranos for the reality TV crowd on a good day, and a confusing mess to the Real Housewives crowd on any other day. Yet Hopkins claims to love this too. We're reasonably certain that's grounds for having his "Sir" title revoked.
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It does have one thing in common with Breaking Bad: They're both about people losing their hair.
Mob Wives is Hopkins' idea of a perfect night in, but it's not quite enough to really get him going. That spot in his heart belongs to an even more brutal show: American Idol. In particular, he's a big fan of both Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, but for different reasons. He likes how Randy is fair but upbeat with every contestant, and even imitated his "Hey, dawg!" (please imagine that, because we can't). On the other side of that coin, he thinks it's great that Cowell is "so brutally honest. There's no political correctness with him. He says it as it is." Spoken like Hannibal Lecter at a Trump rally.
"Holy shit, Seacrest is looking this way! Keep it together, Anthony."
The biggest mark of his dedication to Idol is that he once said he wanted to make an American Idol feature film, somehow. We hate to break it to you, Anthony, but they already did that, and it killed any potential future career moves for Justin Guarini.
4 Michael Bay Is Obsessed With West Side Story
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Back around 2003, New York Times writer Rick Lyman wrote a book about movies by sitting down with a bunch of directors and letting them pick a film to watch with him. When he got to Michael Bay, he was probably expecting an internet video of teenagers detonating homemade bombs hastily constructed out of a jar of olives and a bottle of mouthwash. Much to Lyman's surprise, Bay picked and proceeded to geek the hell out over this movie:
According to Bay himself, the 1961 film version of West Side Story is what got him into filmmaking in the first place. He begrudgingly took a class on musical theater at Wesleyan, only to find that he fucking loves musicals. He'd been teetering back and forth over whether he was better suited to photography or filmmaking, and a weakly-spray-tanned Natalie Wood pushed him toward one day making talking trucks punch each other for two and a half hours.
Bay learned from every aspect of West Side Story. We'll let him explain this in his own words:
He's been trying to recreate the feeling that a movie has gone on for too long since then.
You're reading that correctly. Michael Bay thought that Robert Wise's visualization of New York City was a creation on par with the construction of Dagobah. If we keep reading, it makes sense how he could somehow put Transformers together from the shreds of "When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way."
Michael Bay is all about putting the camera where it logically cannot be (in front of Shia Labeouf).
You see? The Autobots and Decepticons aren't dumb and loud! They're just part of a world within a world! Of course, this probably means that if Bay had seen Star Wars or something in college, The Rock would be a musical.