Celebrity Choosing Ceremony
In "Divergent," the latest phenom hopeful from the YA book-to-film genre, society has been split into five different functional factions.*
Each year, as a rite of passage, all the 16-year-olds in the city are gathered together and asked to formally select which one of these groups they’d like to commit to based on their interests and personalities and so forth.
It’s an intriguing concept, this Choosing Ceremony business, so we wanted to have a bit of fun with it by hosting a celebrity sorting session of our own. See if you agree with our top four picks — the “Divergent” faithful will get that number choice — for each.
Abnegation (The Selfless)
Angelina Jolie: She may not let a year go by between mirror checks, but otherwise the "Unbroken" director is all Abnegation. Not only did she adopt three children from underprivileged nations around the globe and step up as a U.N. goodwill ambassador, but she also helps run a number of humanitarian organizations and is said to donate a third of her salary to charity.
Sean Penn: The two-time Oscar-winning actor has long positioned himself within the fray of political and social activism, but it’s been Sean Penn’s hands-on disaster relief work in New Orleans and Haiti which have really made him worthy of the grey threads of Abnegation.
Tom Hanks: Tom Hanks would be a shoo-in for Amity if it weren’t for the fact that he’s just so very charitable. He’s been a quiet supporter of dozens of organizations, but he selflessly doesn’t boast about his many contributions. As his wife Rita Wilson put it, “He’s very discreet, he doesn’t make a big deal about it and he’s very consistent.”
Amity (The Peaceful)
Matt Damon: Hollywood’s resident Mr. Nice Guy Matt Damon does not seem to have a mean bone in his body. Not only is he witty and self-deprecating and full of that everyday man persona, but the proof is in the pudding as he genuinely doesn’t seem to have an enemy to his name (okay, except for Jimmy Kimmel).