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Clips from superstar actors’ early roles show what they were like before they were famous

Before They Were Famous

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):


Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.