16 Actors Who Took Parts Out Of Childish Glee

Being an actor is the best job in the world. You’re basically paid to play pretend. (The hard part, of course, is getting to the point when you are paid for it at all.) It is, however, still a job, and the reasons why actors pick roles often reflect that -- say, they need to pay the rent, or buff up their resume, or their boss says, “I know you’re busy, but…”

But then again, there are times when actors just have fun. Have you ever had fun typing numbers into a spreadsheet? Do you ever feel like a child flipping burgers? Of course not, not even birthday clowns find their jobs fun (especially not birthday clowns). But actors do get to pick gigs just to have a good time. It might not be every day, of course -- but here are a few cases when they totally did that.


Who Framed Roger Rabbit BOB HOSKINS jumped at the chance to play Eddie Valiant, being a self-described cartoon buff. A lot of people have worked with Laurence Olivier, but I've actually worked with Bugs Bunny!

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel


Batman Begins CILLIAN MURPHY has admitted to being obsessed with Batman as a kid. I did the film in part just to be near the Batmobile.

Source: The Seattle Times


V for Vendetta STEPHEN FRY likes characters who change throughout a story-but that's not the only reason why he took the role of Deitrich. I hadn't been beaten up in a movie before, and I was very excited by the idea of being clubbed to death.

Source: FilmFocus (archived)


Jennifer's Body MEGAN FOX welcomed the chance to do a lot of h!t-talking. It's fun to be able to say the sh!t that [ennifer] got to say and get away with it.

Source: ComingSoon.net


Captain America: STANLEY The First Avenger TUCCI really liked the script- and Dr. Erskine's accent. I've always wanted to do a German accent. It's SO much fun.

Source: SlashFilm


The Mandalorian BILL BURR never cared for Star Wars, and wasn't very excited when offered a part- I until he saw the was immediately show pretty SO was much spaghetti psyched to be a a western. part of it.

Source: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


Chicago CATHERINE ZETA-JONES really wanted to sing All That Jazz, the song that opens the musical. She wanted it SO badly that she turned down the lead role for the chance.

Source: Yahoo Entertainment


Masters of the Universe FRANK LANGELLA took the part of Skeletor with glee, as his four-year-old son was constantly pretending to be He-Man. When they offered me Skeletor, I couldn't resist. I couldn't wait to play him. CRACKED.COM

Source: CBS News


Iron Man JEFF BRIDGES took the role of Obadiah Stane because he admired both Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. -and because he got to shave his head. I looked at the comic book and said, 'Ooh! The guy's bald!''

Source: E! Online


24 KAL PENN had serious issues about being cast as a stereotypical terrorist. But he took the role anyway, because it gave him the chance to blow stuff up.

Source: New York Magazine


Zootopia KRISTEN BELL took no convincing at all to do a two- word cameo as Priscilla the sloth. She's completely bananas about sloths, to the point that she'll have a meltdown near one.

Source: SlashFilm


Alien: Resurrection WINONA RYDER took the role before she knew a single thing about it. I didn't really care if I died in the first scene. I just wanted to be able to tell my brothers I was in an Alien movie.

Source: Winona-Ryder.org


Guardians of the Galaxy GLENN CLOSE might look out of place as Nova Prime, what with her serious actress cred. But she always wanted to be in a fun movie like this one, so she didn't think twice.

Source: Vulture


Mad Max: Fury Road MELISSA JAFFER didn't think twice when she had the chance to play the Keeper of the Seeds-and even did her own stunts. After all, not every day is a 78- year-old actress cast in a role where she gets to kick ass.

Source: NPR


Journey 2: The Mysterious Island MICHAEL CAINE just wanted to go bumblebee riding with The Rock. Not for his own sake, though- -but SO his grandchildren could boast about how cool their grandad is.

Source: Digital Spy


CHRISTOPHER Starcrash PLUMMER played the Emperor of the Universe in a cheap Star Wars rip-off because it was shot in Rome. Give me Rome any day. I'll do porno in Rome, as long as I can get to Rome.

Source: The A.V. Club