The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is one of the most successful fundraising campaigns in history as far as niche causes go. Over $100 million is flowing into organizations dedicated to researching the disease and finding a cure.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.
– The ALS Association
The campaign caught on like wildfire, reaching dozens of major actors and politicians the world over. The best will always be a matter of debate, but seeing just who was willing to take the plunge (get plunged on?) is as interesting as it is to watch the challenge itself. Here are just some of the best celebrity ice bucket challenges from the recent ALS fundraising campaign.
Henry Cavill, decked out in his Superman threads on the set of Batman v Superman, not only snuck in some self-promotion with his supersuit, but also showed off his superpowers with the marathon ice waterfall that was to come:
Bill Gates showed off his engineering know-how by building his own rig and pulley and drenching himself:
Patrick Stewart brought some English class and sophistication to the challenge. First, he wrote out his donation to the cause, then found another way to make first contact with the ice cubes:
Hulkamania ran wild with it:
Known for doing his own stunts (including running around the side of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai), Tom Cruise wasn’t immune from the shock of the temperature:
This glacier-water edition complete with a helicopter airstrike in the middle of the mountains surrounded by evergreen forests and snow from Paul Bissonnette:
The Simpsons’ animated version put the show’s animators to work:
The liquid nitrogen bucket challenge, which is essentially not safe for anyone (including for the budding young scientist who did this), took the challenge to a whole new level at a very low temperature:
Thanks to Jimmy Fallon and the New England Patriots’ challenges, the entire roster of the New York Jets took up the cause at training camp:
And the presidential treatment from George W. Bush: