Throughout the month of August, the world’s biggest celebrities have been donating their money and dryness for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But now the campaign has entered the animated realm, with a shirtless Homer Simpson taking the plunge.
The Duff-loving Simpsons icon challenged “Flanders, Lenny…and Flanders again” – as well as Donald Trump. He then tries to take the easy way out by pouring a glass of ice water on his head (with fake shivering and all), but he’s blindsided by a pile of cold stuff – including hockey players, penguins, Santa Claus, a polar bear and an ice cream truck – with a twist at the end.
Real-life celebrities have continued to raise awareness this week – and the most memorable Ice Bucket video of them all belongs to surrealist director David Lynch, who accepted the challenge from his Wild at Heart and Blue Velvet star Laura Dern, who requested that he use iced coffee instead of water.
After adding a double-shot of espresso in his ice bucket, Lynch inexplicably blares his way through an off-key trumpet version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and accepts the caffeinated soak. Like a real trooper, he even takes on a second bucket, as challenged by actor Justin Theroux (Mulholland Dr., The Leftovers). He then, for reasons only Lynch understands, nominates one Vladimir Putin to pay it forward.
A grizzled-looking Mark “Luke Skywalker” Hamill also takes part with his own goofy video, nominating Kinks members Ray and Dave Davies, along with “Kinks fans around the world and all the cast members for Episode VII.” He starts off with a bit of deception, saying he’s “symbolically fulfilling the challenge” by using an eye-dropper full of water, “in light of the California drought.”
“Not wet enough!” yells the cameraman, triggering a full bucket surprise from three nearby individuals. (“At least we watered the grass,” Hamill deadpans into the camera.)