ByAllanah Faherty, writer at Creators.co
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We might know them as the ultimate action star, the superhero or the jolly drunk king on TV and cinema screens, but before all of that they were regular actors just trying to get jobs and make a buck like anyone else in Hollywood.

Take a look at some of Hollywoods biggest stars in some of their earlier, more bizarre roles and see if you can believe just how far they've come:

Vin Diesel

[Credit: Universal Pictures/Warner Bros.]
[Credit: Universal Pictures/Warner Bros.]

We all know tough guy Vin Diesel from his role as Dom Toretto in the Fast and Furious franchise, but did you know that Vin also voiced the gentle giant in the 1999 animated film The Iron Giant?

Chris Pratt

[Credit: Marvel/Warner Bros. Television Distribution]
[Credit: Marvel/Warner Bros. Television Distribution]

Chris Pratt is now a super star thanks to his roles in films Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy, and TV series Parks and Recreation but before all that he guest starred in nine episodes of The O.C.! In the shows fourth and final season Pratt played a environmentalist, left-wing activist named Ché who lead main character Summer astray while she attended Brown University.

Kaley Cuoco

[Credit: Warner Bros. TV Distribution/Disney-ABC Domestic TV]
[Credit: Warner Bros. TV Distribution/Disney-ABC Domestic TV]

These days Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting plays the much beloved Penny on The Big Bang Theory, however she got her sitcom start way back in 2002 as vapid-airhead Bridget Hennessy in the show 8 Simple Rules when she was just 17-years-old!

Mark Addy

[Credit: HBO/Universal Pictures]
[Credit: HBO/Universal Pictures]

These days Mark Addy will be most recognizable as Robert of House Baratheon, the First of His Name from Season 1 of Game of Thrones, but before he was married to Cersei and Lord of the Seven Kingdoms he was Bill Miller in the sitcom Still Standing. Not only did Addy appear in a sitcom prior to the dramatic Game of Thrones, but he was also Dave in the The Full Monty, and Fred Flintstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas — talk about a genre-spanning career!

Chris Evans

[Credit: Marvel/Columbia Pictures]
[Credit: Marvel/Columbia Pictures]

While Chris Evans is now famous for his roles as superheroes Captain America and Johnny Storm, he was once more well known for wearing cream than lycra! In the teen comedy Not Another Teen Movie, Evans played Jake Wyler the popular jock trying to get retribution on his ex-girlfriend Priscilla, and in one of the more memorable scenes wore nothing but a bit of whipped cream and a couple of cherries, behold:

Glenn Close

[Credit:Saban Films/TriStar]
[Credit:Saban Films/TriStar]

Elegant actress Glenn Close has been in so many varied roles that rarely anything she does is a surprise — recently she popped up in Guardians of the Galaxy as Nova Prime, and 2011 she played a woman living as a man in Albert Nobbs. However one very surprising role she did take on was the role of the pirate Gutless in Hook. While at first the name may not ring a bell, the scene of Gutless being locked in the 'boo box' with a couple of scorpions by Dustin Hoffman's Captain Hook certainly will:

Bryan Cranston

[Credit: Amazon Studios/Saban Brands]
[Credit: Amazon Studios/Saban Brands]

Before he landed the role of a lifetime as Walter White in Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston was a jobbing acting for what seems like a long, long time. You may recognize him from his early TV series success as Hal in Malcolm in the Middle, but Cranston also did a bit of voice work in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series, including voicing the monster Snizzard! In 2017 Cranston returned to his Power Rangers roots when he played Zordon in the reboot film. Interestingly, Cranston's friendship with Power Rangers producer, Haim Saban, is also what lead to the Blue ranger being named Billy Cranston.

Which of these strange roles surprised you the most?

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