Hollywood sure loves the pokey. Why do you think they make movies like “Caged Heat” or “The Shawshank Redemption”?
But, for some stars, landing a role behind bars gets just a little too literal. These 10 stars spent some all-too-real time in lockup.
Lindsay Lohan: Having trouble keeping up with LiLo’s legal battles? You’re not alone. The actress-turned-bad-girl has been in jail multiple times, with mini-stints ranging from a mere 84 minutes to 14 days.
Robert Downey Jr.: In the 1990s, while struggling with drug addictions to cocaine and heroin, the Iron Man actor was behind iron bars twice. The court allowed Downey to complete filming “In Dreams” before the second lock-up.
Martha Stewart: Homemaking maven Stewart may not seem like the jailbird type, but she spent five months in prison (and five more on probation) after a conviction for obstructing justice and lying to the government about insider trading.
Richard Hatch: Winner of the first season of “Survivor,” Hatch has now been to jail twice for failing to pay the IRS taxes on his 2000 winnings.
Paris Hilton: It may not have been as plush as a stay at one of her family’s hotels, but socialite/star Hilton slept behind bars for 23 days as a result of a probation violation stemming from driving with a suspended license.
Zsa Zsa Gabor: Vintage glamor queen Gabor spent 72 hours in jail after slapping a cop who had the audacity to pull her over. She went on to parody the incident in several movie comedies.
James Brown: Soul icon Brown served three years starting in 1988 on charges of failing to stop for a police officer and aggravated assault, the result of an incident that began when he took a loaded gun to an insurance seminar.
Keifer Sutherland: The man known as TV’s Jack Bauer didn’t let his jail time interrupt his show’s filming. He managed to do his time for DUI during the writers’ strike.
Paul McCartney: Sir Paul doesn’t just have the distinction of being knighted: he’s also spent time in a Tokyo jail. McCartney was caught with a bag of marijuana in his suitcase by Japanese officials.
Wesley Snipes: Some celebs don’t get off lightly for being famous. Snipes began serving a three-year prison sentence in 2010 for three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file income taxes.