Gallery | 11 Movie Stars Who Own The Internet
- Keanu Reeves
This is dating ourselves, since the beginning of Keanu Reeves's Internet takeover began in 2010, when a photo of Reeves surfaced online. What made the photo so exceptionally Internet-worthy was the fact that Reeves was alone on a park bench, eating a sandwich. The "Sad Keanu" meme quickly sprung up around it. (When Vulture told him about the meme, he endorsed it... sort of.) Reeves doesn't have much a presence beyond this meme but man, what a meme it was.
- Nicolas Cage
Cage is another actor who has stayed off of social media for the most part but who is embraced by the Internet just the same. Whether it's a scene from "The Wicker Man" where he's yelling about bees or the fact that he publicized a movie called "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" by talking about his commitment to a movement he referred to as "nouveau shamanism" (it involved him sewing artifacts into his costume and painting himself like a Caribbean voodoo icon), the Internet eats up his every movement. To get the full effect of Cage's sway, head over to the One True God sub-reddit. You won't be sorry.
- Chuck Norris
OK, this is really lame and really old, but for a while everyone was reading that site that made up fake "facts" about Chuck Norris. And sometimes it still makes us giggle.
- Benedict Cumberbatch
This year, at the MTV Movie Awards, Cumberbatch's "Star Trek Into Darkness" bad guy lost horribly to a bunch of YA personalities. But that doesn't mean that he's not a fan favorite. In fact, the Internet clamors over news of the "Sherlock" star, who has hosted a Reddit AMA (around the time of "The Fifth Estate"'s release) and become the subject of an obsessive Twitter account launched by one of his neighbors (creepy). There is even a tumblr devoted to otters that look like Benedict Cumberbatch. You can't make this stuff up. (He stays off social media because he claims it's a skill he doesn't have. As if there is anything he can't do!)
- Tom Hiddleston
If there is one person who gives Cumberbatch a run for his money in terms of being an irrepressibly charming British guy, then it's probably Tom Hiddleston, who plays the rascally god Loki in the "Thor" movies. It should tell you that one of his most popular fan hubs is called "Hiddlessmiles," and that he keeps connected to his fans through a series of social media outlets. It also doesn't hurt that he is goofy and outgoing in public, leading to things like this uncanny dance off video with Cumberbatch and an equally wonderful collection of his outstanding impressions. (Who even does Alan Rickman anymore?)
- Aaron Paul
The most recent evidence of "Breaking Bad" and "Need for Speed" star Aaron Paul's lordship over the Internet: his epic Coachella photo bomb. Paul is one of those actors who doesn't mind you taking his photo -- he just wants to make sure he's in it enough. Oh, and he's also big into social media, popping up on Twitter, Reddit, and occasionally uncomfortable Instagram photos where he talks about how much he loves his wife (we get it). Paul seems like one of the sweetest men in existence, which makes his Internet presence that much more awesome.
While people think of Pharrell as a world class musician and producer, he's also been making huge inroads into movies -- he played drums on the "Man of Steel" score last summer, contributed tunes to "Despicable Me 2" and next month can be heard alongside Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr on the score for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." The Internet also thinks he's the best. Between his goofy Vivienne Westwood hat blew up the web (we love Arby's tweet the most) and the "Happy" videos that everyone and their mom has been making, Pharrell has the Internet in a vice-like grip. Actually, it's more like a really enthusiastic hug. If you want to see what happens when memes collide, by the way, check out this photo of Grumpy Cat wearing the Pharrell hat at the MTV Movie Awards.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
Since leaving the governor's office, Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a lot of time on his hands and, specifically, a lot of time on his hands to get into Reddit. After hosting a Reddit AMA last January, as a promotional move for his sorely underrated thriller "The Last Stand," the once and future Terminator has had a heavy hand in the social media site, frequently visiting the fitness sub-reddit (and hosting additional AMAs). It has gotten to the point where people think he would be a really, really good Reddit moderator. And for good reason, too!
- Ricky Gervais
If there is one man who has corralled the epic stupidity of Twitter for his personal enjoyment, then it's Ricky Gervais. From mouthing off with his personal views on religion to taking ridiculously photos of himself, mostly in the bathtub (he even got Conan in on the act), to his hilarious photos of animals (Ellen ran them down recently), his twitter is one of the most well-cultivated and entertaining in the world. For further evidence of his Internet dominance, just watch the super long version of the "Muppets Most Wanted" Unscripted. Hope you have 30 minutes to kill.
- Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel seems like a super sweet guy, so it's weird classifying him as a bully. But that's kind of what he is up to on the Internet. His Facebook account is an embarrassment of riches, often responsible for pushing forward projects that normally wouldn't have much weight. This is what happened when he began rallying support for the "Riddick" sequel by posting early pre-production artwork (when the movie itself was far from a sure thing) but reached its Zenith when he basically hoaxed his way into a gig for Marvel. When he posted something about taking a mysterious meeting with Marvel, the fans reacted in force -- countless articles were written and the post got over 200,000 "likes." Except that Diesel never actually took a meeting with Marvel. He was just having fun. Still -- that led to an actual meeting with Marvel and Diesel voicing a character in "Guardians of the Galaxy" (forget the fact that a photo he took from within the "Guardians" recording studio made its way onto his Facebook page months before he was actually confirmed as the voice). See what I mean? Kind of a bully.
- Bill Murray
Proof positive that just because you've got a few grey hairs doesn't mean that you can't keep the Internet in hysterics, Murray's online assault is multipronged and always evolving. We should probably start out with the series of impromptu hang sessions with total strangers, many times ending his interaction with the phrase, "And no one will ever believe you." (Thanks to things like digital photography, more people do -- like when Murray crashed a private karaoke room. Or when he joined in on somebody's kickballgame.) Maybe the best example of this is when a fan asked Murray for an autograph and Murray turned him down… Only to later star in the same fan's short film. But Murray reached "legendary" status earlier this year when he partook in a Reddit AMA, giving a series of longwinded, thoughtful, deeply hilarious answers, like when he agreed to do "Garfield" because he thought the Coen Brothers were involved, or when he described being Bill Murray as, "It's kind of a shock. It's kind of a shock to wake up every morning and be bathed in this purple light." Oh, and how could we forget about Murray's sartorial sense, which continually walks the fine line between deeply amazing and outright nightmarish. While golfing, Murray recently wore a pair of shorts emblazoned with the Pabst Blue Ribbon logo. Need I say more?
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