Almost every famous actor started out in roles they're not too proud of, such as Annoying Fast Food Worker, Fat Man in Tunnel, or Racist #2. However, some actors began their careers in strange fringe projects or even in entirely different industries before getting their big break -- and as it turns out, these previous jobs can range in quality from "embarrassing" to "worthy of song and legend."
8The Force Awakens Cast Were Stock Photo Models
Much like the original Star Wars, The Force Awakens used mostly unknown actors for its three lead roles, because when you're starting a new franchise, it's best to secure actors that you don't have to pay a whole lot. Their previous credits were sparse; John Boyega (Finn) had a lead role in the indie British sci-fi movie Attack The Block, Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) had a supporting role on Girls, and Daisy Ridley (Rey) only had a handful of television episodes to her name.
You'd think that random television cameos would be the smallest start you can get, but Ridley has the bizarre resume distinction of being the heroine in an interactive video designed to teach people about CPR. It's basically role-playing a driver's education course, with periodic choose-your-own-adventure breaks to allow students to make split-second decisions that will either save a person's life or doom them to die in a cold, concrete tomb while two grown men stare helplessly on like they got lost on their way to Chili's.
"No, you don't have time to order skillet queso! GO GET HELP!"
Meanwhile, John Boyega spent the early days of his career playing the parts of Student Sitting on Bench, Student Sitting at Computer, and Student Unusually Happy to Be in Line.
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All of which fall under the umbrella of Student Meeting Diversity Quota.
One Imgur user discovered that a suspiciously Boyega-esque person had shown up in a number of stock photos around the University of Nebraska campus, filling the auspicious role of The Only Black Guy at the University of Nebraska. Boyega later confirmed that it is indeed him in the photos, and that he had used the money he earned from the session to buy new shoes, which is more than any of us have ever received to pose for photographs that we didn't really want to be in.
Adam Driver, however, had his first brush with fame in high school, where the South Bend Tribune photographed him complaining about mayonnaise:
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"It reminds me too much of me!"
Apparently, Driver's school was levying an outrageous 50 cent upcharge to any student who wanted the condiment on their sandwiches, and he volunteered to become the face of the student body's dissent. Judging by his role in The Force Awakens, time has done nothing to diminish his anger.
7Jason Statham Was A Naked Music Video Backup Dancer
Jason Statham today is what Jean-Claude Van Damme was decades ago -- the ultimate symbol of detached, manly badassitude. His venomous, British voice makes it seem like he might want to rip your heart out at any moment, and the fact that he does most of his own fighting and stunts means that holy shit, he probably could. This is not a human that you want to fuck with at any point, in any way. So it may come as somewhat of a shock that Statham began his career as a dancing underwear model gyrating his statuesque physique in '90s dance music videos. Here he is, towering over a landscape of mushrooms with his identical twin like a pair of mythological titans:
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"Romulusing" his "Remus," if you will.
As an actor in the the music video for "Comin' On" by the Shamen, Statham got himself oiled up, donned a pair of leopard-print trunks, and proceeded to Chippendale's the living hell out of everything around him.
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This is what George Lucas originally envisioned for hyperspace travel.
Statham sexed himself up a second time for the "Run To The Sun" video by Erasure, covered in chrome body paint to bring all of us to the gates of Valhalla with his clearly improvised dance moves.
Drax the Destroyer of Poon.
If The Expendables 4 doesn't end with Statham crushing his enemies in a vicious dance-off, there is no justice in this universe.