VOTD: 25 Actors Before They Were Famous, in 3 Minutes

I’ve always had this fascination with seeing current rich and famous figures in their humble beginnings, and the success of tabloid columns and webpages devoted to that very topic suggest I’m not the only one. When some A-list faces are as familiar to us as those of our actual loved ones, seeing long-ago photos or videos of them is amusing in the same way that seeing pictures of your friends as little kids is amusing. “Before They Were Famous: 25 Actors in 3 Minutes” collects some especially amusing snippets of today’s biggest stars, including Angelina Jolie, Ryan Gosling, Jack Nicholson, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in some of their earliest acting gigs. Watch the video after the jump.

They’re not all first-time roles — I’d argue that Seth Rogen in Donnie Darko hardly counts as even a pre-fame role, as he’d already starred in Freaks & Geeks by then — but the clips collected here run the gamut from the late ’50s to the early ’00s, from casting call tapes to cult classics. (No phone sex ads, though.)

Whether it’s Nicole Kidman rocking an extra-thick Aussie accent as a teenager in BMX Bandits, Sarah Jessica Parker donning an Annie ‘do for 3-2-1 Contact, or Daniel Craig teaching future American Pie star Thomas Ian Nicholas how to joust in A Kid in King Arthur’s Court, it’s fun to see that even the most powerful players in Hollywood weren’t always the polished, glittering stars we know today. Though, honestly, in some cases I wished some of these actors would consider revisiting their former selves — if Sean Connery ever wanted to do another musical, I’d be more than happy to watch.


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Here’s the complete list of clips from the video:

Jim CarreyCopper Mountain (1983)
Ryan GoslingAre You Afraid of the Dark (1995)
Denzel WashingtonCarbon Copy (1981)
Daniel CraigA Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995)
Keanu ReevesOne Step Away (1985)
Nicole KidmanBMX Bandits (1983)
Seth RogenDonnie Darko (2001)
Courtney CoxMasters of the Universe (1987)
Jake GyllenhaalCity Slickers (1991)
Jennifer AnistonLeprechaun (1993)
Natalie PortmanDeveloping (1994)
Jack NicholsonLittle Shop of Horrors (1960)
Joseph Gordon-LevittRoseanne (1993)
Jack BlackThe Neverending Story III (1994)
John CusackClass (1983)
Arnold SchwarzeneggerHercules in New York (1969)
Sarah Jessica Parker3-2-1 Contact (1980)
Angelina Jolie - Lookin’ to Get Out (1982)
Sandra BullockHangmen (1987)
Steve BuscemiMiami Vice (1986)
Jackie ChanSnake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978)
Ben StillerThe Hustler of Money (1987)
Scarlett Johansson – VTM Casting Call (1993)
Harrison FordDead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966)
Sean ConneryDarby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)

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