This Sunday, Showtime premieres Penny Dreadful, a new horror series that stars Josh Hartnett. Hartnett hasn’t completely fallen off the radar, but he’s definitely been in the spotlight less than he was when he started out in the late ’90s. Back then, Hartnett was a Heartthrob with a capital H, profiled in everything from J-14 to Bop, his picture adorning the walls of teen bedrooms and junior-high lockers across America. His return to the mainstream is exciting — but he’s not the only ’90s hottie on television right now. Here are 15 teen heartthrobs from the ’90s and the recent TV shows you can watch them on.
Now That Publicists Control Interviews, Let’s Thank Twitter for Revealing Which Celebrities Are Secretly Terrible
Back in 1970, Esquire ran a remarkable Lee Marvin interview, conducted by Roger Ebert. Actually, “conducted” is a bit of a strong word; as was his style in those days, he merely sat back and observed, the piece less a Q&A and more a series of impressions of the man. Marvin, who was drunk when the session began, spends the afternoon drinking more beer, listening to records, groping his girlfriend, joking about his infidelities, and talking shit. It’s a great interview — and the kind of thing you can’t imagine any star doing today. “These days the publicists only want to present the soundbite opportunity,” Ebert said of the piece years later, and he was right. We seldom get the chance to observe actors being, it seems, anything close to their actual selves. Except on Twitter. And that brings us to Jason Biggs, who (in this and many other ways) is no Lee Marvin.
Surprise! Bono’s not as squeaky-clean as his humanitarian image suggests. The Irish rocker provided a strongly worded defense of his use of offshore accounts to the Observer yesterday, dismissing critics of his bald-faced tax evasion as “the cranky left.” In fact, Bono argues, his finances are in line with the Irish government’s longstanding goal of “tax competitiveness.” Bono’s flawless liberal credentials have also come under fire for exacerbating Africa’s reliance on foreign aid, bringing his image as one of the world’s most vocal humanitarians into question. But Bono’s far from the first famous philanthropist who’s failed to put his money where his mouth is. Here’s our list of celebrities whose charities haven’t done quite as much good as one would hope.