The anatomy of an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video
By Eric Sandler
It happened. You were at work or in class or maybe even shopping for groceries when you got the type of burning Facebook notification that seems to jump out of your pocket -- or maybe that's just every kind. Let's be honest though, you knew it was coming. You've seen friends, family members and even that guy you're not totally sure you've ever even met on your timeline doing it.
It came with a snarky message too: "And now I will nominate three people: John, it's your turn to cool off a bit. Christine, it's got to be pretty hot out there in Texas. And my daughter Emma, you always knew you were my favorite, right? You all have 24 hours to get to it!"
Now you really have no choice but to make a video or else risk seeming like a heartless monster who doesn't care one bit about helping to find a cure for ALS (and we know that's just not you, so don't worry). Here are a few pro tips and inspiration points to get you started on your ALS Ice Bucket Challenge journey ...
The Surprise Proposal
How The Celebs Did It:
The George W. Bush
Challenged By: "Several Americans"
Nominated: Bill Clinton
Famous Last Words: "I do not think it is presidential to be splashed with ice water."
The Anna Wintour
Challenged By: Bee Shaffer
Nominated: Roger Federer, Dominic West
Famous Last Words: "Ahhhhhh!!!!!!"
The LeBron James
Challenged By: DJ Steph Floss, Brandon Williams, Kevin Durant, Kevin Hart
Nominated: LeBron Jr., Bryce Maximus, President Barack Obama
Famous Last Words: "Eh ... ah ... ahhhhhh!!!!!!"
The Kermit the Frog
Challenged By: Vince McMahon
Nominated: Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell
Famous Last Words: "I am, to the best of my knowledge, the first to do it absolutely ... naked."
The Will Smith
Challenged By: Unclear
Nominated: Jay Z and Beyoncé ... at the same time
Famous Last Words: "There's ice in there, so don't like slam it on my head."
The Oprah Winfrey
Challenged By: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tyler Perry
Nominated: Steven Spielberg, Manish Dayal, Dame Helen Mirren
Famous Last Words: "I am ready for the ice now."
The Gwyneth Paltrow
Challenged By: Unclear
Nominated: Chris Martin, Cameron Diaz, Stella McCartney
Famous Last Words: [Loud screeches ...]
The Tom Cruise
Challenged By: Hugh Jackman
Nominated: Adam Goodman, David Ellison, Brad Grey
Famous Last Words: "Hit it."
The Katy Perry
Challenged By: HelloGiggles, Allison Williams, Steve Tisch
Famous Last Words: [Silence ...]
The David Beckham
Challenged By: Ryan Seacrest
Nominated: Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Leonardo DiCaprio
Famous Last Words: [Anxious laughter ...]
The Dave Grohl
Challenged By: Zac Brown
Nominated: Jack Black, John Travolta, Steven King
Famous Last Words: [Cue dramatic orchestral interlude ...]
The Ashton Kutcher and Wilmer Valderrama
Challenged By: Topher Grace
Nominated: Jon Cryer, Robert Rodriguez
Famous Last Words: "This is '70s ice, so it's colder than normal ice."
The Bill Gates
Challenged By: Mark Zuckerberg
Nominated: Elon Musk, Ryan Seacrest, Chris Anderson
Famous Last Words: "I'm here to join the people bringing attention to Lou Gehrig's Disease!"
The Patrick Stewart
Challenged By: N/A
Famous Last Words: Just watch the video ...
The John Mayer
Challenged By: Jason Becker
Nominated: Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth
Famous Last Words: "Jason, this one's for you and everybody suffering from ALS -- let's end it."
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