To get into the film fraternity, (forget about prospering in it) is in itself a big challenge. With extremely tough competition from Godly looking men and women to exceptionally talented and gifted actors, it is hard to get even a bite at the cherry. Most of the big Hollywood actors and actresses, who are now given the status of Celebrities, had to struggle to get their big break in the silver screen. Many of the stars whom we worship today once had to do less savory jobs, given their current status, in order to make ends meet. Here is list of top 10 Hollywood superstars who quietly started their careers in a different genre of A-rated movies.
David Duchovny, better known for his role as Mulder in the ‘X-Files’ series, made his first appearance in 1990s in an episode of the soft porn erotic series “Red Shoe Diaries” as a man who loved sex stories before his career took off.
Jackie Chan, the martial artist and the most loved actor of Hong kong, played a role lecherous rickshaw driver in 1975 in the Hong Kong based porn-com movie “All in the Family” in his debut appearance on big screen. The movie had him in a role where the character had an extramarital erotic relationship with a married woman but the most surprising fact was, for an actor who is known for his innovative action skills, the film didn’t have any fighting sequence. Commenting on the indecorous start of his illustrious career, Chan also recently went on the records saying he has no regrets about naughty start of his career as even Marlon Brando was comfortable shooting naked.
Matt LeBlanc famous for his character in the “Friends” series, Matt started his journey by starring in the soft porn series “The Red Shoe Diaries” in the mid-90s with a role of a hunk who in a sequence of an episode wooed his secretary and went on to get intimate with her in the elevator.
Sylvester Stallone, now famously known for the Rocky and Rambo series, made his first appearance in 1970 as a S&M loving character stud in a soft core porn flick “The Party at Kitty and Stud’s” which was later re-released “Italian Stallion” to earn cash bathing on the fame Stallone found later.
Cameron Diaz, a big name in Hollywood today, started out only at 19. She had her shot with the camera in a raunchy soft porn solo movie titled “She’s No Angel” where she went naked. Although she tried to block the distribution of her old skin flick by getting the photographer jailed with charges of blackmail, the photographs sadly leaked their way into the internet to let us know about her actual start in the industry!
Helen Mirren, now a famous British actress, started her career in 1979 in a controversy-stricken epic movie named “Caligula”, where she played the role of a naughty courtesan and Roman empress that had plenty of her skin on show and quite a few sequences of simulated coitus. The movie as a whole was so graphic and incestuous that it went under the scissors of censor boards and was largely edited before it got released. Even then, the movie release was banned in Canada and Iceland.
The legendary Brunette beauty began her career in 1949 with a photo shoot perfectly naked that made their way to the Playboy center spread and the rest is history. Although not in the same league of modern porn actors, it made quite a stir in simpler generation back then.
Best known for her role as Ari Gold’s wife in HBO’s Entourage series, the “Red Shoe Diaries” graduate Perrey Reeves started her career in 1994 in an episode of “The Last Motel” where she went topless for quite a few scenes.
Famous as pornographic model and actress, Sasha Grey got her first mainstream break for Steven Soderbergh for his movie “The Girlfriend Experience”. Later on she also tried her hands into fashion modeling and music.
The multi-talented Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Governor of California, is famously known and most loved for his role as “The Terminator”. But before the Austrian winner of Mr. Olympia 1970 graced the silver screen, he did a stint as a model for a Gay magazines called “After Dark”. In 1977, for a section, now infamously known, “Musclebound for Glory” in the aforesaid magazine he posed for several shots absolutely nude in front of the camera.
Fame is a difficult game to play. Whether it be achieving or retaining, none of it happens over night. Now a day, with the internet and plenty of television shows on view, it provides the platform for the aspiring actors to get noticed. But back then, when today’s big and established Hollywood stars where fighting their way into the limelight, solely having the talent didn’t count. They had to go through a lot just get that initial attention. As the present day stands, provided the type of performances these above mentioned stars have mesmerized us with over the years, their shaky past doesn’t harm their present stardom at all!