Everyone has got to start somewhere, and this is true for film stars as well as any other profession. For many of today’s stars, somewhere was actually pretty decent and a look back through history shows that there have been some fantastic debut films by Hollywood’s finest. This includes Natalie Portman in Leon: The Professional, Ed Norton in Primal Fear, Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun, Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween and Richard E. Grant in Withnail and I. Not all actors can look back on their first major theatrical release with such great pride, however.
Many of today’s stars started off with some rather embarrassing, yet entertaining, performances. Often it has little to do with the performer themselves, and instead it is to do with the film. Starting off as an actor you cannot pick and choose like the established stars, which means that often a performer will pick a role which they would not have done otherwise. These embarrassing debut films add some charm to these stars, and many of them will be able to look back and laugh on their first performance (this is probably quite easy when you have more money than you know what to do with).
Each performer on this list has worked their way up the ladder and gone on to become established stars in the movie industry. This shows that they have worked hard to reach the top, even if there is a performance or 2 which they may cause them to blush.
Here are the top 10 embarrassing debut film performances from Hollywood’s stars.
10 Clint Eastwood - Revenge of the Creature
The name Clint Eastwood instantly conjures images of a tough, grizzly anti-hero and “The Man with No Name,” but this is not how Eastwood’s career began. His debut role was a lab technician in the Revenge of the Creature, which was the sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon. It was hardly a classic, and fortunately Eastwood’s screen time was minimal to save his blushes. Eastwood’s character is conducting an experiment which he thinks has gone wrong as one of the rats is missing, but he then embarrassingly finds the missing rat in his lab coat.
9 Benicio del Toro – Big Top Pee-Wee
8 Jack Nicholson – The Cry Baby Killer
7 Julia Roberts – Firehouse
6 Jennifer Aniston – Leprechaun
Before she was earning big bucks as Rachel on F.R.I.E.N.D.S or appearing in numerous romantic comedies, Jennifer Aniston was trying to break into the industry. This rather hilariously came in the form of the cult hit Leprechaun in 1993. Aniston landed the lead role as Tory Redding, and it is not her performance that may cause her to blush. Instead, it is the fact that it is a horror film about a sadistic leprechaun that goes on a killing spree to find its pot of gold. The tagline “Her luck just ran out” also adds to the comedy value and make it a must watch.
5 Leonardo DiCaprio – Critters 3
4 Angelina Jolie – Cyborg 2
3 Nicole Kidman – BMX Bandits
2 Courteney Cox – Masters of the Universe
1 Arnold Schwarzenegger – Hercules in New York
When Schwarzenegger decided he wanted to crack the film world following his success in bodybuilding, he was given the opportunity in 1969’s Hercules in New York. This was many years before his breakthrough roles, and this meant that his accent was a lot stronger in this film than any other. It would turn out to be a complete disaster of a film, with a painful performance from Schwarzenegger that saw his voice dubbed over upon release. He also wrestles/boxes a man in a very cheap bear costume, ensuring that this is the most cringe-worthy entry on the list but also quite an entertaining watch. Arnie was credited as “Arnold Strong Mr Universe” in the film.
Sources: examiner.com, imdb.com, rogerebert.com, independent.ie, x-entertainment.com, theguardian.com, sbnation.com, commentaramafilms.blogspot.co.uk
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