Are you proud of your first job? If the answer is “no” then congratulations! You’re normal! While most of us have the luxury of being embarrassed in private, an actor’s resume is very public knowledge. And while some people get their big break right away, most of us start at the bottom. Here are 10 Famous Actors With Embarrassing Early Movie Roles.
Over the years, Hollywood has had a love-hate relationship with Ben Affleck. And to be fair, he’s starred in a few box office duds. But if you’ve been so distracted by the hype, you might not remember one of his earliest roles; 1992’s movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Before he was Batfleck, the actor was cast as “Basketball Player Number Ten”. A pretty generic term for a future two time Oscar-winner. Over the course of his career, Affleck has given audiences plenty to argue about. And depending on what side of the Batcave you’re on, he’s either the best or worst thing to ever happen to the Batfranchise. But as far as Buffy is concerned, the actor has barely left an impression.
It’s hard to imagine what movies would be like without Tom Cruise in them. And if he would have stuck with his original plan of becoming a priest, we might not have met characters like Ethan Hunt, Les Grossman, or Maverick. The actor got his start on the big screen in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1981 dud Endless Love. But wait - isn’t that the name of an epic song by Lionel Richie? It sure is! That tune was written for the movie, but that seems to be where all the praise ends. It’s widely regarded as the worst movie on Cruise’s resume, and he’d probably be happier if we could all just agree to stop bringing it up.
As Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen, Emilia Clarke has shown he can hold her own around large beasts. But before she became a Khaleesi, the mother of dragons was actually practicing her skills on dinosaurs. In a 2010 made for T.V. movie called Triassic Attack, Clarke gets caught up in the middle of a classic “haunted dinosaur bones” situation. The movie is exactly as tacky as you’d expect, but it obviously didn’t hold the actress back in any way. Since she’s now one of the most instantly recognizable characters in entertainment today.
Viewers will probably recognize Jon Hamm as Mad Men’s Don Draper. But, just in case you’ve been living under a rock, he’s also made appearances in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock, and Bridesmaids. But before he put himself in front of the camera, he actually worked behind it. At the end of the 90’s, he was working as a set dresser- the person who organizes props in a scene. The job itself is commonplace on every production, but the environment where Hamm was doing set-dressing is a little more interesting: in the world of soft-core pornography. The actor has come a long way since leaving his off-screen post. Winning two Golden Globes, and being nominated for a pile of other awards.