Is it just us, or is crowdfunding the newest celebrity trend? Despite the huge fortunes some actors and filmmakers have acquired over the course of their careers, many have been turning to websites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo to finance their pet projects.
While for some of them (read: Adam Carolla) this makes total sense, others have made $350,000 per episode of Scrubs and can probably afford to finance whatever indie film they’d like to create in their spare time.
Here are a few of the stars who’d like you to help them make their dreams come true with the help of your wallet:
Stephen Lovekin/Getty ImagesAmount Raised: $3.1 Million (of $2 million goal)
Project: To create the film Wish I Was Here, a follow-up to Braff’s Garden State, but most assuredly with fewer songs by The Shins.
Taylor Hill/FilmMagicAmount Raised: $5.7 Million (of $2 million goal)
Project: The Veronica Mars Movie Project, the long-awaited film adaptation of the cult-favorite TV show starring Bell. (Series creator Rob Thomas was behind this Kickstarter campaign).
David Livingston/Getty ImagesAmount Raised: $902,428 (of $1 million goal)
Project: Filming his next movie, Road Hard, about a disheveled, once-famous man named Bruce who convinces himself he must "get off the road."
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicAmount Raised: $2,783 (of $32,000 goal)
Project: To film a music video for the Girls star's music side project/hobby.
Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicAmount Raised: $46,000 (of $85,000)
Project: To make a horror movie called Evil Blessings. We don't believe it's about boy-band members who've come back from the dead.
Jemal Countess/Getty ImagesAmount Raised: $410,000 (of $1,250,000 goal)
Project: To create The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.
Mike Marsland/WireImageAmount Raised: $267,000 (of $500,000 goal)
Project: To create three feature films based on some poems he wrote. HOWEVER, the proceeds will all be donated to a non-profit called the Art of Elysium that helps kids with serious medical conditions, so it’s kind of give-some get-some (assuming the movies make more than a half-million dollars).
Amount Raised: $73,764 (of $65,000 goal)
Project: To make a documentary about the late stand-up comedian Moms Mabley.
Amount Raised: 5,067 British pounds (of 100,000 pounds goal). In U.S. dollars, that's $7,677 (of $151,510)
Project: The Irish comedian (Bridesmaids and the HBO show Family Tree) is using his voice -- and his humor -- to raise funds on Indiegogo to create Skyballs, a hot-air balloon in the shape of a giant scrotum (yes, you read that right) to heighten awareness for testicular cancer. "A massive flying ballsack will be impossible to ignore,” O'Dowd says hilariously in a video about the project, which is in collaboration with the U.K.-based Male Cancer Awareness Campaign (MCAC). “And hopefully chip away at the taboos still surrounding this nasty little cancer.”