Reilly's fascination with clowns came at an early age, when he was trained by his church group in the art of clowning and was sent out to nursing homes -- which is one way to keep the elderly population in check. The actor claims that clowning taught him the true essence of being a performer, allowing him to make peace with the existential absurdity of both being a widely praised dramatic character actor and the guy Will Ferrell bounces his fart jokes off. The macabre collection came many years later, when in the '90s he received his very first clown canvas as a birthday present from his wife. Over the years, Reilly has gathered up over 100 clown paintings (his preferred ones are the old, faded portraits from the '50s and '60s for optimal nightmare fuel efficiency), which he found by visiting vintage shops and eventually going online and scouring eBay. We can't imagine all the government watchlists he must be on by now.
For the sanity of his family, Reilly isn't allowed to keep any of his ghastly artwork in the house. Instead, all hundred-plus clowns are hung and hidden around his office. Unfortunately, that office is also their guest house, so if you're ever in the position to have a sleepover at John C. Reilly's house, we hope you like falling asleep to the distant echoing of squeaky shoes and mirthless chuckling.