Landing a big role very early in your acting career is the exception to rule. For most actors — even the biggest superstars on the planet — it has taken years of hard work for them to make a name for themselves. And along the way, they’ve all taken minor roles here and there to make ends meet and hone their craft. Of course, it’s always fun to look back on those roles now that they’re big superstars, and we’re going to have some fun right now.

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Airows recently compiled a great list of clips from early roles played by some of the biggest names in the business right now. In some cases you won’t even recognize the actor on screen, and in others they’re instantly recognizable. Whichever is the case though, there are some pretty funny ones to be found in the list.

Below you’ll find five examples from the blog’s collection, and there are 22 more to be found if you head over to Airows’ post.

Michael B. Jordan in The Wire:

Megan Fox in Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Holiday in the Sun:

Seth Rogen in Donnie Darko:

Jessica Alba in Never Been Kissed:

Denzel Washington in Carbon Copy (0:33):

 

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