Many celebrities are known to be a fan of LEGO... or CFOL... Celebrity Fan Of LEGO.
I thought it would be fun to start a thread to list all the known as well as a few surprise CFOLs. Let's keep this thread going by only listing 1 CFOL per person.... they don't necessarily have to have a Minifigure to their credit.
I'll start by mentioning someone who is not only a surprise CFOL, but also has a Minifigure of one of his acting rolls... soon to be 2 completely different Minfigures.
My pick is British actor Robert Pattinson, who became a world famous A-Lister actor for his starring role in the very successful 5 movie Twilight saga (2008-12) series of movies, where Pattinson plays love struck vampire Edward Cullen. During the 5 years of filming on location in Oregon, British Columbia and Louisiana, Pattinson admitted on interview to having LEGO as a child, and on building some of the LEGO sculptures and other larger LEGO sets while passing the time on film locations for months.
Pattinson's real acting break was back in 2005 when he played very popular Cedric Diggory (House Hufflepuff) in the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Even though the HP Goblet of Fire sets first came out in 2005, Pattinson's Cedric Diggory Minifigure (3 different) weren't created as a Minifigure until the 2018-2019 re-release of HP Goblet of fire sets 75946, 75948, and as a CMF. I wonder if this has anything to do with Pattinson becoming an A-Lister since the first 2005 release?
Now in 2020 with the filming of The Batman movie (first of a trilogy planned), Robert Pattinson plays the title role. So there will be more LEGO Minifigures with Pattinson as the Batman Minifigure. With Robert Pattinson being in pandemic lockdown in London, and again on set for The Batman movie... Pattinson has again found LEGO as quarantine therapy!
There are already a lot of The Batman custom MOC Minfigures out on the internet, but a likely licensed The Batman Minifigure of Pattinson is still a year away, due to the film having a delayed release of early 2022.
Other CFOLs (with or without Minifigures)?
Excellent thread idea, @Istokg!
Video on Daniel Radcliffe's quarantine passing of time with LEGO...
Of course Daniel Radcliffe has had many figurines of himself (not just LEGO), as he discusses on the UKs Graham Norton Show....
Obviously wrote the song 'Lego House'. Also recently auctioned off a load of his old lego sets and custom builds (the news articles show a bust of him) built by others for him I guessing.
£4K for a handful of bricks worth pennies. But touched by Ed Sheeran and they are worth a small fortune.
Here's a promo for Jurassic World, along with his co-star....
However, I dislike him for manifold reasons, mostly though, it hinges around this: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-45668735 The TL:DR is that he avoided prosecution of a speeding offence because he employed a lawyer ("Mr. Loophole©" no less) who was content to use a technicality to "get him off". It's not a big thing really, just strikes me that David Beckham could afford to pay a "driver" for less than he paid a "lawyer" to avoid a fine or a ban and that anyone who was not a "celebrity" would have been "cooling their heels" on the bus. Fwiw he was subsequently banned from driving for using his mobile phone too: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48213106
It bothers me that the whenever a topic regarding celebrities who love LEGO is brought up, Mr. Beckham is almost always held up as someone "good" and I don't see that, sorry. I think we can do better than to trot him out as representing us in some way. I don't think he's an ambassador for the hobby, I don't think he deserves any mention, any credit. Not that I'm suggesting you were here, but others have elsewhere.
Apologies for this probably unpopular opinion too, but furthermore, I think on the whole we'd all do well to stop looking up to celebrities and realise that they're no better than us, particularly in a shared hobby/interest.
David Beckham was good at kicking a ball, he strikes me as being pretty pedestrian in all other respects. If we have to, I think we can find more deserving candidates if we're going to credit celebrities as being LEGO fans that we like and respect.
I thought about not bothering to defend my rash comment on this, but I don't want to be an unreasonable internet troll. When I see him or see him mentioned in relation to LEGO, it bugs me, I get irrational and the urge to destroy things is strong, sorry.
(Allegedly Mrs Beckham is a bit of a snob.....)
Every celebrity I've posted about so far has had LEGO minifigs made into their likeness.
But probably the first CFOL, notorious American author Norman Mailer, who back in the 1960s created a huge LEGO structure in his living room (much to his wife's dismay). Mailer, who couldn't stand the feel of plastic, nor the sound of 2 LEGO bricks being put together (rather bizarre) had his friends come by and assemble this 20,000+ piece sculpture to his instructions. He would sent friends to pick up cases of Samsonite LEGO to bring back to his Brooklyn penthouse to continue work on his construction.
Ironically the NY Museum of Modern Art wanted to display this construction in their museum, but there was no way to dismantle this construction without destroying it, so that idea was nixed.
Mailer passed away decades ago, and this unusual model is long gone.
One other thing about Norman Mailer's LEGO model... it is mentioned (but not pictured) in the 1987 WORLD OF LEGO TOYS book by Henry Wiencek. (I too am mentioned in that book... on page 30.)
I don't know whether it's a distinctly British thing (whether politeness or indifference) but it's interesting that someone like 'he who shall not be named' (DB) can be possibly the world's most recognisable celebrity yet can walk round a DIY store without being mobbed or intruded upon too much regardless what you think of him personally.
Whatever one thinks of the chap (to be honest I don't think about him much) I was pleased to read that he chose to shop at a local independent sweet shop rather than getting his Halloween sweets from Poundland like everyone else.
He correctly knows the plural of LEGO... ;-)
Another A List celebrity who is a CFOL is Brad Pitt. He had LEGO as a child, and when he was with Angelina Jolie, he used to build LEGO architectural constructions with his children.
Now that he is divorced, he still finds time to build with LEGO as therapy against stress (and likely the Pandemic). So many can relate to that scenario.