Many of us are unaccustomed to behaving frivolously and spontaneously. This is a pity, since a carefree attitude and childish merrymaking are known to improve brain activity and even prolong life. So don’t be afraid to ape around. Cultivating a composed and respectable image can of course be useful, but maintaining it 24/7 won’t do you any good either.
Getzkick presents you with this fascinating collection of photos that prove that even the most seriously-minded historical figures weren’t averse to occasionally forgetting about their important tasks in favour of acting a bit silly. After all, everyone needs to be themselves once in a while!
Robin Williams, dressed as a cheerleader, 1980.
Charlie Chaplin, hanging out with (or, rather — between) friends, 1923.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger share a dance at the Cannes Film Festival, 1990.
Marilyn Monroe pulling funny faces, 1953.
President Ford showing off his skills to Pelé.
Sharon Stone and Ellen Barkin tease a 19-year old Leonardo DiCaprio at a Vanity Fair Oscar party, 1994.
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor cast off their shoes — and their British stiffness — to indulge in a spot of childish mayhem, 1959.
The Dalai Lama as he really is.
King George VI of England, coming down a playground slide, 1925.
Ernest Hemingway, kicking a beer can up to the sky, 1959.
The Beatles vs Muhammad Ali, 1964.
Paul Verhoeven and Arnold Schwarzenegger on the set of Total Recall, 1989.
Gérard Depardieu and John Travolta, 1982.
Che Guevara, at a Shanghai kindergarten, 1960
Nancy Reagan sitting on Mr. T’s lap.
Famous Italian musician and actor Adriano Celentano on a kids tricycle, 1955.
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