Being a celebrity or a movie star often means having a lot of downtime. Working 18 hours on a movie set all day can mean 16 hours of waiting and 2 hours of acting. So, it’s no wonder they need to find ways to fill the time while still staying screen-ready at a moment’s notice.
Just like anyone else, sometimes games can become a bit of a problem in a celebrity’s life when they get severely addicted. Here’s a look at some very famous people who have or had legitimate gaming addictions.
5. Ashton Kutcher
Back when he was on That 70’s Show, before losing his car or becoming a successful investor, Ashton couldn’t get enough GoldenEye on Nintendo 64. In an interview with the CEO of Airbnb, Kutcher revealed that he started a production company at the age of 21, because…
“I was sorta just sitting around playing Bond all day. I’m REALLY good at GoldenEye. It’s the last videogame I played, by the way, so everything else falls apart after that. I was like, literally, my thumbs are going to fall off from playing this game.” – Ashton Kutcher
He’s not the only famous guy that had to quit games cold turkey…
4. Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan’s video game addiction was extreme. Back in the days of playing Quake on PC in the 90s, he spent $10k a month to get a crazy commercial T1 line in his home in order to get the best possible connection. He would play Quake all day long, and he finally had to quit cold-turkey because he was playing 10 hours a day.
I don’t think you should ever escape reality, Life can be a magical, intense, fantastic experience if you manage it correctly. If we were offered the real world as a video game, the real world would be so much more fantastic. We just don’t think of it that way because we’re so used to it.
Joe hasn’t touched a game since, he’s worried he’ll get severely addicted again, especially since games have come so far since then.
3. Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel is an unapologetic nerd, and got his start playing Dungeons and Dragons. He loves to game, and got sick and tired of seeing bad movie tie-in games, so he decided to launch a studio and put out a Riddick game that was well-received.
“The video game culture was an important thing to keep alive in the film because we’re in a new era right now. The idea that kids can play video games like Grand Theft Auto or any video game is amazing. The video games are one step before a whole other virtual universe.” – Vin Diesel
2. Mila Kunis
“Let’s just say that I had to quit the game, going on a good year now…” Before going on to explain the intricacies to a confused Jimmy Kimmel.
She had a special chat channel with friends that she knows in real life that play together, presumably a bunch of other celebrities who want to be a able to use voice chat without being recognized all the time.
1. Daniel Craig
Not even James Bond is immune to the grasp of a great game. While he isn’t putting in double-digit hours, in an old interview he said he’s really into Halo and games with deep stories, but he has to be careful to keep it to a few hours at a time, and that if his now-ex GF sees the Xbox out, it’s game over. He would wait for her to leave the house to get in some time on his console.