21 Actors Who Landed Huge Roles In Bizarre Ways

You probably think actors land their most famous roles by having fancy, high-powered lunches and nailing super-formal auditions. But it turns out Hollywood is just as insane and random as the rest of the world. Probably moreso. So actors get cast in iconic, career-making roles for truly bizarre reasons.

Reasons like:

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Pamela Anderson went to a football game in a beer T-shirt. TEFR THE They put her on the jumbotron, and the crowd cheered. They next brought her down oFor details, read 7 Celebrity Careers That Launched by Accident

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Kit Harrington walked into his audition with a black eye. The night before, he'd got into a fight with a stranger while on a date in McDonald's. HarriFor details, read 6 Crazy Auditions That Landed Actors Their Famous Roles

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Gunther's actor only got the part for his coffee skills. James Michael Tyler showed up for an audition for extras with coffee experience. His CoffeFor details, read 6 Crazy Auditions That Landed Actors Their Famous Roles

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Johnny Depp didn't plan to audition. He was just accompanying his friend Jackie Earle Haley. But Wes Craven had him read for the minor part of his filFor details, read 7 Celebrity Careers That Launched by Accident

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Ryan Reynolds was forced into X-Men Origins: Wolverine. When the Deadpool role in the famously terrible movie opened up, Reynolds says he was essentiaFor details, read Famous Actors Who Were Tricked Into Being In Bad Movies

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Paul Bettany was tricked into appearing in Dogville. Stellan Skarsgard told him filming would be a nonstop party. The movie was actually about a sex sFor details, read Famous Actors Who Were Tricked Into Being In Bad Movies

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Richard Donner wasn't convinced at first by the Omen kid. So at the audition, he challenged young Harvey Stevens to come at me. Before the director For details, read 6 Crazy Auditions That Landed Actors Their Famous Roles

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Rosario Dawson was discovered sitting on her front stoop. Photographer Larry Clark and young screenwriter Harmony Korine told her she'd be perfect forFor details, read 7 Celebrity Careers That Launched by Accident

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Keanu wasn't quite a star when he joined The Watcher. Then The Matrix made him a superstar-but The Watcher didn't offer him any more money, despite whFor details, read Famous Actors Who Were Tricked Into Being In Bad Movies

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Marilyn Monroe was photographed an a munitions plant. a0 A photographer for Yank (a magazine intended to boost morale of troops overseas) snapped a phFor details, read 7 Celebrity Careers That Launched by Accident

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Ryan Gosling was cast because he wasn't handsome. That sounds dumb now, but Notebook director Nick Cassavetes said, I want you ... because you're notFor details, read 6 Crazy Auditions That Landed Actors Their Famous Roles

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Harrison Ford came to Star Wars as a carpenter. He'd already appeared in George Lucas' American Graffiti, but he returned to carpentry and only reunitFor details, read 6 Crazy Auditions That Landed Actors Their Famous Roles

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Wayne Knight got Jurassic Park because of Basic Instinct. During the infamous interrogation scene, where Knight nervously watches Sharon Stone cross hFor details, read 6 Horrifying Stories Behind Famous Movie Sex Scenes

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Evangeline Lilly acted in a phone sex ad. She was working as a stewardess for Air Canada when a scout for the Ford modeling agency spotted her. The phFor details, read 7 Celebrity Careers That Launched by Accident

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Richard Dawkins was tricked into appearing in Expelled. Dawkins was told he was interviewed for a film called Crossroads, about how religious ideas peFor details, read Famous Actors Who Were Tricked Into Being In Bad Movies

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John Wayne started in the prop department. But whenever they needed extras for movies back then, they just grabbed whoever was standing around. BecausFor details, read 7 Celebrity Careers That Launched by Accident

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Mel Gibson drove a friend to an audition. The night before, he'd got into adrunken brawl, so he showed up covered in bruises. The director told him toFor details, read 7 Celebrity Careers That Launched by Accident

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Rory Mccann didn't have his audition script. His sister printed out just the opening lines, by mistake. When he came to the audition, he saw everyone For details, read 6 Crazy Auditions That Landed Actors Their Famous Roles

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Linda Blair was very comfortable with her Exorcist role. She listed out to director William Friedkin the many actions of the character she was auditioFor details, read 6 Crazy Auditions That Landed Actors Their Famous Roles

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