In the most Nick Offerman-y news you’ll read today, the man otherwise known as Ron Swanson was recently revealed to have taken wood from the set of his former show, using it to create hand-carved canoe paddles for his co-stars.
In one way, the story shows why Offerman is so beloved by those who’ve acted alongside him; in another, it seems like some sort of borderline-illegal behavior.
If any of us “borrowed” wood or clothes or supplies from our work, we might just get fired. But in Hollywood, where entire worlds are built on sound stages only to be ripped apart and thrown away a few months later, stars regularly do exactly that. Out of love and respect for Mr. Offerman and his wood reclamation project, here are 5 other memorable set thefts engineered by big name celebrities.
Harry Potter’s glasses
The Thief: Daniel Radcliffe
The Movies: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”
The Crime: Radcliffe began his life of crime at the age of eleven, pilfering Harry Potter’s signature eyeglasses as a souvenir while production on the film was winding down. They say that a thief always returns to the scene of the crime — so sure enough, when Radcliffe finished filming his final scene as The Boy Who Lived, he took those glasses too. “The ones from the first film are absolutely tiny now,” he told the UK Daily Mail, confessing to his crime. “But, they are very sweet.” Don’t feel so bad, Daniel — Emma Watson stole three of Hermione’s cloaks.
The Avengers’ “A”
The Thief: Robert Downey Jr.
The Movie: “The Avengers”
The Crime: In a clever pay-off, the epic battle of New York resulted in Tony Stark’s recently-completed tower being repeatedly battered as letters fell off his name — eventually revealing only the “A” that would remain as the tower became home to The Avengers. In real life, Downey saw the 30-foot-high letter on set and joked that he wanted it for his office. It helps to have accomplices when you’re pulling off a set robbery, and sure enough the prop guys arranged to have a semi truck deliver the massive letter to the pleasantly surprised movie star.
Various superhero gear
The Thief: Ryan Reynolds
The Movies: “The Green Lantern,” “Deadpool”
The Crime: Possessing a rare mix of acting chops, humor and physicality, it’s no surprise that Ryan Reynolds has played a number of superheroes over the years, and been rumored to nearly play even more (Flash, anyone?).
The 39-year-old star must have one heckuva display room in his house too,because every time he plays a comic book character he gets sticky fingers. “I’ll probably get into trouble for saying this,” he told ComicBookMovie.com while filming his most recent hit about the Merc with the Mouth. “But I’ve waited 10 years to do this movie, so I’m leaving with a fucking suit.”
Ryan Reynolds also stole Green Lantern’s ring from the set of that 2011 movie, but gave it away to a young fan at Comic-Con … and since we’ve now all seen that movie, we know why he was so eager to get rid of it.
The Thief: Josh Hutcherson
The Movie: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
The Crime: As every “Hunger Games” fan knows, Peeta gives Katniss a locket in a famous sequence from the books and movies. But in real life, Hutcherson is apparently doesn’t believe in the rule of no take-backs. The actor claimed the locket worn by Jennifer Lawrence for himself and brought it home — yet another prop that could probably fetch tens of thousands of dollars in an auction, but is instead gathering dust somewhere.
The Thief: Chris Pratt
The Movies: “Guardians of the Galaxy”
The Crime: Much like Peter Quill, the actor who portrayed him has been known to steal valuable possessions while risking life and limb. “I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe,” the actor confessed to Panzer TV shortly after his scenes had wrapped.
But before you call the cops on Pratt, you should know that he’s been using his ill-gotten gains for the power of good.”[I stole it] so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone, say, like Russell Wilson and go visit kids,” he explained. Sure enough, after the movie became a huge success, Pratt was spotted at children’s hospitals, even letting the young patients put on Star-Lord’s signature duds.”If it was a big enough movie to where it would mean something to a kid who’s sick in the hospital for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them, I’ll do that.”