Martin Schoeller’s Mad Celebrity Portraits

Published February 20, 2014
Updated June 6, 2020

Swapping the Hollywood smoke and mirrors for zany props and settings, Martin Schoeller's celebrity portraits are a sight to behold.

What do you get when you cross a bunch of famous faces with an ever so slightly unhinged photographer? A series of tongue in cheek crazy celebrity shots by Martin Schoeller that bring out the best (and worst) of some of our favorite film stars and sporting heroes.

The mad scientist of the photography world, Martin Schoeller has overseen shoots for the likes of Vogue, Time and GQ Magazine. Originally the protégée of the great Annie Leibovitz, his creativity has led him to place countless awards on his mantel. Here are some of Schoeller’s shots at their most zany.


Gracing the silver screen as both the survivor of a zombie apocalypse and the founder of Facebook (although not at the same time), actor Jesse Eisenberg is well known for his comedic, neurosis-laden quirkiness. In true Schoeller style, Eisenberg puts the scream in ice-cream.

Martin Schoeller Celebrity Portraits

Often regarded as one of the greatest rappers and luckiest men of all time (see wife, Beyoncé), Jay-Z has his fair share of adoring fans, apparently spanning the animal world as well. It’s not quite “Lady and the Tramp”, but this romantic dinner for two isn’t far off.

Celebrity Portraits Quentin Tarantino

Director Quentin Tarantino often treads the fine line between all-around raving lunatic and fearless cinematic genius. Better known for his highly acclaimed, blood-filled flicks like “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill”, Tarantino can now add “breaking free from a straightjacket” to his list of achievements.

Martin Schoeller Celebrity Portraits

When not battling the Joker or chatting with Wilfred, it appears that Batman delights in fishing. Out of his natural habit of film sets and red carpets, Schoeller presents a Christian Bale looking remarkably at home on the seafront.

Celebrity Portraits Sean Combs

Better known as the rapper P. Diddy, Sean Combs is a true entrepreneur, trying his hand at everything from acting to managing a booming business empire. With such a relentless spirit, Schoeller provides an apt answer to just what drives Combs. With multiple Diddies staring outward, it’s not Combs’ belief in God to compels him forward; it’s his belief in himself.

Celebrity Portraits

Ben and Jerry, Fred and Ginger, Laurel and Hardy; all dynamic duos at the top of their game. A match made in heaven in Ocean’s Eleven, A-list actors Brad Pitt and George Clooney are among the most recent additions to the list, seen here taking time out of their busy schedules to enjoy some classic croquet.

Celebrity Portraits Neil Patrick Harris

Finding fame in the hit sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”, Neil Patrick Harris has wooed and wowed countless women as suave sweet-talker Barney Stintson.

CChris Pine

Best known for his role in the most recent “Star Trek” franchise, Chris Pine is rising to fame at a gas-like speed.

Celebrity Portraits By Martin Schoeller

Mike Myers, the Canadian actor endowed with perfect comic timing is to Hollywood what the jester is to a royal court. Responsible for the likes of “Wayne’s World”, “Austin Powers “and “Shrek”, this portrait of Myers’ sophisticated silliness is well-deserved.

Zack Galifianakis

Another actor known for his distinct, off-the-wall approach to humor, Zach Galifianakis makes up an integral facet of “The Hangover” wolf pack and has given some of the strangest celebrity interviews in history.

Celebrity Portraits Ryan Reynolds Jumping

Easy on the eyes A-lister Ryan Reynolds is a well-seasoned silver screen superstar. Reynolds’ works range from innocuous rom coms to Marvel Comics’ classic “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”.

Celebrity Portraits Jane Lynch

Most recognized for her role as the scheming Sue Sylvester on “Glee”, in this photograph it appears that actress Jane Lynch has difficulty leaving Sue—or at least her Seussian track suits—at the work place.

Celebrity Portraits Paul Rudd

Comic veteran Paul Rudd has hypnotized us with his handlebar mustache in “Anchorman”, even gracing Central Perk’s famous couch with a rather well known bunch of friends. But unless you want candy floss for a pet, you might avoid his dog salon.

Tina Fey Steve Carrell

When “Date Night” hit the theaters, audiences were presented with an acting assembly of truly epic proportions, with “Office” funny man Steve Carell and “Mean Girls” creator Tina giving moviegoers a night to remember. Much like the events that transpired in “Date Night”, in this Schoeller snapshot it doesn’t appear that the duo wants to remember this one.

Celebrity Portraits Shaun White

Drifting away from the guys and girls of Tinseltown, Shaun White can be found snatching up Olympic gold medals or sweeping the X Games’ snowboard and skateboard slopes. A winter wunderkind, White’s use of an umbrella highlights his own fun, lighthearted energy that he brings to every sporting event.

Jack Black Illustration

At this point, most have seen “School of Rock” at some point in their lives. If not, chances are that people have heard a sophomoric and silly Tenacious D jam. Completely immersed in the comedy scene, Schoeller highlights this by submerging the illustrious Jack Black into a bathtub.

Celebrity Portraits Bridesmaids

The women featured in this photo have quickly become the first ladies of comedy, after their hit film “Bridesmaids” stormed the box office in 2011. And as evidenced by their confident, mean mugs, they sure as hell aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

Celebrity Portraits Owen Wilson

Continuing on with the wedding theme, Owen Wilson is another comic character who knows how to rock the big day in style. One half of the terrible twosome responsible for “Wedding Crashers”, Wilson’s simultaneously strange and classic features render him a mainstream and indie favorite.

Celebrity Portraits Will Arnett

We all know that one person who sits around playing “Call Of Duty” in their pajamas all day, but Will Arnett takes it to the next level. In a perfectly posed portrait, the “Arrested Development” star and “30 Rock” resident is better known for his appearances on TV, rather than behind it.

Celebrity Portraits Daniel Radcliffe

With future acting prospects potentially ruined by his early cinematic successes, in this portrait, Daniel Radcliffe seems to be having difficulty recalling the spell that will finally separate him from his wizardly past.

Celebrity Portraits Jason Segel

Comedy hero and proud puppeteer Jason Segel is no stranger to the big screen. With a long list of films in the bag including “Knocked Up” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, Segel is featured doing one of the more normal things in his career.

Celebrity Portraits Chris Rock

Stand-up comedy is a tough gig but one that Chris Rock has conquered time and time again on “Saturday Night Live” and beyond.

Usain Bolt

Sprinting superstar and Olympic gold winner Usain Bolt has become the sporting world’s most famous face. You might remember this particular trademark pose from the track side.

Paris Hilton

With a flourishing fashion career, regular reality TV slot and a penchant for paparazzi-filled parties, it’s rare that Paris Hilton is out of the public eye. Striking a Lady Gaga-esque pose, this portrait—and Hilton’s modest choice in apparel—presents a puzzling picture.

Stephen Colbert

The president of political satire, Stephen Colbert was once a regular on “The Daily Show “and now hosts his own comic cable TV show, “The Colbert Report”. Don’t be fooled by the glitz and glamour of award shows and great guests; as suggested in this portrait, it doesn’t seem to pay that well.