We've all done jobs we didn't really want to do from time to time. Whether it's on our way to the top, or inversely, on our way down from it, at some point or another we've all had to take any work we could get.
For most people, this often just means temporarily delaying childhood career dreams, but for actors it can mean being cast in certain, shall we say, more revealing roles. It seems that when you want some easy cash - or just a change of pace - you can always get a role in an adult film.
Here are seven actors and actress who dabbled in saucy films during their careers.
1. Sylvester Stallone
Six years before taking his breakout role as the incomprehensible boxer in Rocky, Sylvester Stallone was cast as the titular Stud in the 1970 softcore porno, The Party at Kitty and Stud's. Stallone was paid $200 for his contribution, which apparently prevented him from having to sleep in a bus station. Although relatively benign by some of today's standards, The Party at Kitty and Stud's got a hardcore makeover once Stallone hit the big time. But as you can imagine, he was unavailable for the reshoots.
2. Tom Sizemore
Let's be clear, Tom Sizemore has been in some really good films. In the 1990s he rose to prominence featuring in films such as Natural Born Killers, Heat, and Saving Private Ryan. However, after appearing in Black Hawk Down, Sizemore's career seems to have crashed. In 2004 he decided to try and rectify things by launching xxxtom.com, a website featuring clips of him with various women - many of which, it has been speculated, were prostitutes.
3. Simon Rex
Now Simon Rex isn't exactly a Lawrence Olivier Award winning actor, but you might have seen him in Scary Movie 3, 4 and 5, as well as in TV series such as Jack and Jill. However, before all this he appeared in a different movie franchise - namely the Young, Hard & Solo series.
4. Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan is of course an international superstar that needs no introduction, however back in 2006, he admitted he did once appear in a soft-core Hong Kong adult comedy with the dubious name of All in the Family. However, he wasn't the only big name star. Sammo Hung, who appeared in the TV series Martial Law, also had a role.
5. Joanie 'Chyna' Laurer
Like Tom Sizemore, former professional wrestler and low-budget action star, Joanie Laurer decided to do things the other way round - entering the porno biz after achieving mainstream success. With fellow wrestler, Sean "X-Pac" Waltman, Laurer sold a sex tape, tastefully named 1 Night in China, through Vivid Entertainment. In fact, in 2011 she followed it up with a sequel starring actual adult film professionals. The followup was given the classy title of Backdoor to China.
6 - 7. Adam West and Burt Ward
Considering Adam West and Burt Ward appeared in the 1960s Batman television series together, I find it only pertinent that they should be included together on this list. But don't worry. They weren't actually in an adult film together.
In fact, following the end of the series in 1968, the actors, who played Batman and Robin respectively, found it hard to get legitimate acting work. So they increasingly turned to racy late night flicks to pay the bills. To be fair, they never acted in a 'sex-role' while the films in general were nowhere near as explicit as I imagine Backdoor to China is. However, with names like The Happy Hooker Goes To Hollywood, Young Lady Chatterley II, Virgin High, and Hot Under the Collar - I think we can get an idea of the content.
Which of these adult movie starring actors are you most surprised by?