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."
The Force Awakens Cast Were Stock Photo Models
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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.
Unit9"No, you don't have time to order skillet queso! GO GET HELP!"