Your first job probably wasn't your top choice, right? As is the case with many first times- it's pretty awkward or embarrassing to share with the world. Well, the same goes for actors: even legends have to start somewhere. What's funny is that these celebrities don't have a choice who can trace their careers back to the beginning, thanks to the wonders of the internet. So here's a list from least to most embarrassing, terrible titles great actors starred in to pay their dues.
10.) Jack Gleeson as 'Little Boy' in Batman Begins
That's right- before Gleeson got the opportunity to portray the evil king Joffrey in HBO TV hit Game of Thrones, he played a cute little kid who gets saved by the Batman himself! Here's the proof...
I bet Joffrey wouldn't approve...
9.) Aaron Paul on The Price is Right (as a contestant, no less)
Yeah, you heard me. Before Aaron Paul made it with his iconic role as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad cooking meth, he was on this iconic game show only dollars away from winning back in 2000. Maybe it's for the best he didn't though seeing how it turned out.
8.) Laurence Fishburne as Cowboy Curtis in Pee-Wees' Playhouse
Badass actor Laurence Fishburne is known for roles such as Morpheus in The Matrix films and FBI Agent Jack Crawford in the
Hannibalseries. However, back in the late 80's/ early 90's, Fishburne portrayed the singing, dancing, camp Cowboy Curtis in family show, Pee-Wees Playhouse!
7.) Quentin Tarantino as Elvis Presley in Golden Girls
During the episode Sophia's Wedding, there is a group of Elvis impersonators. What you maybe didn't know is that Elvis is one of Tarantino's biggest idols- and he therefore couldn't refuse to pass up this minor role, despite later proving his success came from him being behind the camera.
I guess the love of cameos never really dies...
6.) Leonard Nimoy as Narab in Zombies of The Stratosphere
Before portraying a Vulcan, legendary actor Leonard Nimoy played a martian in 1952 sci-fi serial, Zombies of The Stratosphere. This, by today's standards at least, looks absolutely terrible and cheesy. At the time I guess it was just their Avatar though- at least Star Trek graced the Earth in the end.
5.) Jenifer Aniston as Tory in Leprechaun
I guess you could class this as Warwick Davis' most embarrassing role, too, seeing as he continued to star in this crappy franchise. Leprechaun was an extremely cheesy and terrible 'horror' that began with this film in 1993, before Jen got her life changing gig on Friends. The film actually spawned 7 sequels, including Leprechaun In Space and Leprechaun In The Hood.
4.) Emilia Clarke as Savannah in Triassic Attack
Before Daenerys hit the small screen in HBOs' Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke was suffering through jobs such as her role in Triassic Attack, a flop of a TV movie back in 2010, just a year before she got her life and career changing gig. We definitely prefer her with dragons, I'd say...
Well, Danys' character is all about evolving from dark experiences...
3.) Matthew McConaughey as Vilmer in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
Yeah, just when you thought there were no more disappointing sequels to the horror classic- this one emerges from the dark depths of terrible films. I would class this as Renee Zellwegers' most embarrassing, too, but she's barely taken seriously in her other roles such as Bridget Jones. Agents of both parties were furious, and demanded the films' release be postponed to protect the actors careers' back in the 90's- ensuing in the films' final poster being of both of their faces. Lol.
Thankfully, we've all forgiven at least one of these famous actors, who truly redeemed himself in Interstellar, True Detective, Dallas Buyers Club, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
2.) George Clooney as Batman in Batman & Robin
George Clooney has spent the years since these terrible Batman adaptations remaking his image in order to be taken seriously, which he's done well in for the most part with films like Gravity, Three Kings and The Ideas of March, but can we ever really forgive those Bat-nipples or Bat-puns? Enough said.
1.) Ellen Page in I Downloaded a Ghost & Ghost Cat A.K.A The Cat That Came Back
2004 was a dark time for all of us- especially acting legend and LGBQT activist Ellen Page when she starred in I Downloaded A Ghost as a teenager. What's equally as bad is that she also starred in (the just as bad) Ghost Cat in the same year! A film that didn't even know it's own genre and could never be taken seriously. Thank god she managed to put all of that behind her...