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12 Hollywood Bad Boys We Love

Samuel L. Jackson

His bad boy persona kicked off with his role as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction in 1994, and he faced his fair share of drug charges some years ago. Yet, in spite of his rough exterior and past, he’s now quite a socially conscious and humble guy. Best of both worlds, right?

Mark Wahlberg

He’s no longer known as the rapper, Marky Mark, who struggled with drug addiction during his teenage years. Wahlberg has cleaned up his act since then, and he is now one of the most successful actors in the business with box office hits like Ted and Transformers under his belt.

Robert Downey, Jr.

He was THE Hollywood bad boy before he turned over a new leaf, leaving the crippling drug addiction and crime of his younger years behind him. He’s now the highest paid actor in Hollywood, starring in films such as Iron Man and The Avengers.

Jude Law

You would probably think Jude Law is a stand-up guy based on his alluring British accent and work in films like The Holiday, but he's made some major real-life lapses in judgement. He may not have had any run-ins with the law, but he made quite a name for himself after the infamous affair with his children’s nanny resulted in his breakup with Sienna Miller. 

Sean Penn

The Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Milk actor is perhaps most widely known for his hatred of the paparazzi. Specifically for dangling a photographer from his ninth story hotel balcony after he caught the man hiding in his room. That reaction was a little extreme, but you have to admit that you’d be pretty angry too if you caught a stranger hiding in your room!

Christian Bale

He saves the day and fights the villains as Batman on screen, but his rap sheet in real life isn’t quite so blemish-free. He’s widely known for his bad temper, but he kind of redeemed himself by visiting victims of the Aurora shooting who were attacked during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises.

Mel Gibson

His infamous drinking problem and anti-semitic rants have caused him to lose some fans over the years, but he doesn’t seem to care that much about what people think of him. Being one of the most famous actors/directors in the world, claiming a fortune of over $800 million dollars, and having Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ on his resume, we can understand why.

Charlie Sheen

Does he really even need a caption? His infamous firing from Two and a Half Men echoed around the world along with the rants and violent acts that followed, causing him to look like a true lunatic. We hope the Men at Work actor has received some help by now.

Johnny Depp

As he rose to stardom, Depp’s younger years were infamously filled with endless partying and drug usage. His roles in Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, and Transcendence have helped carry on his mysterious, dark onscreen personality, even though he’s now a father and is abstaining from substances.

Colin Farrell

He loves to smoke, drink, and curse onscreen and off, and he’s actually been sued twice for alleged harassment (both cases were dropped). Yet, all those characteristics combined with his Irish accent and his disheveled look make for one irresistible face that you can catch in True Detective, Total Recall, and In Bruges.

John Mayer

His songs, such as, “Your Body is a Wonderland” and “Free Fallin’”, may make you fall to your knees, but his personality sure won’t. He’s widely known to be less than friendly in person and has broken the hearts of both Taylor Swift and Katy Perry in recent years.

Russell Brand

Another Katy Perry ex, Russell Brand, hasn’t exactly made his disgust for authority and yearning for trouble any secret. He’s apparently given up the drugs for now, but his surly attitude hasn’t changed much. His eccentricities come through quite well on screen, though, particularly in films like Rock of Ages and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.