Hollywood Celebrities You Didn’t Know Started as Movie Extras

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Many famous Hollywood celebrities had a humble beginnings. After all, it takes hard work and perseverance to be able to find success in such a competitive industry. So whether you are just starting out or wondering when your coveted big break is coming, let these celebrities inspire you!

Here are some big names who started out as movie extras:

1. Channing Tatum

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Nowadays, the name Channing Tatum is enough to draw a big audience whenever a movie he stars in comes out in cinemas. Movies like Magic Mike and 21 Jump Street have made him a sought-after movie star. But Tatum took several years before his career really started to take flight. In fact, despite having zero experience in acting, he got his start as the uncredited extra in the 2005 Tom Cruise movie War of the Worlds. Tatum played an injured boy during the church scene. It may not have been much, but it was enough to inspire him to get his acting career going.

2. Megan Fox

Megan Fox attends the premiere of the movie "Eagle Eye" held at the Mann's Grauman Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Los Angeles, September 16, 2008. (Pictured: Megan Fox). Photo by Lionel Hahn/AbacaUsa.com

Megan Fox is one of Hollywood’s sexiest actress. Before making her film debut in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen opposite Lindsay Lohan, Fox was an extra in Bad Boys 2. Unfortunately, her role as a “Stars-and-Stripes Bikini Kid Dancing Under Waterfall” role did not even make the final cut.

But that didn’t stop Fox when it came to pursuing her Hollywood dream. She now has several blockbuster films under her belt, including the Transformers franchise and the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.

3. Matt Damon

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If you have seen the 1988 cult classic Mystic Pizza, then you’ll find the steamer guy quite familiar. That’s because he happens to be the eighteen-year-old Matt Damon in his first film ever. But this wasn’t Damon’s only role as a movie extra, as he also appeared in another film that same year called The Good Mother and then in the 1989 film Field of Dreams. More than a decade later, Damon is not just appearing in movies, but he is making them as well.

4. Ben Affleck

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One of Damon’s longtime friends is Ben Affleck. The duo have found success in Hollywood and even worked on several projects together. They happen to start out similarly as well. Affleck’s first movie role was alongside Damon in Field of Dreams and he went on to do Buffy the Vampire Slayer as one of the basketball players.

5. Marilyn Monroe

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Many regard Marilyn Monroe as one of the most iconic actresses in history, as she emerged during the time Hollywood dynasties didn’t try to push their sons and daughters to the industry. Like many Hollywood stars, her good looks landed her several modeling gigs, and eventually, she got a movie role along the way. Monroe was a waitress named Evie in the 1947 film Dangerous Years, and she got her first speaking role in 1948’s Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hey!

6. Renee Zellweger

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The 1993 film Dazed and Confused features a bevy of big Hollywood stars namely Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, Ben Affleck, and Matthew McConaughey. If you can recall, there was one scene with a bunch of pretty girls in a pickup truck, and if you look closely, you’ll notice that one of them is none other than Renee Zellweger. Zellweger is now a huge celebrity in Hollywood, but how she tells much about what it means to have a humble beginning.

7. Clint Eastwood

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Actor/director Clint Eastwood attends the 'Tribeca Talks - Directors Series: Clint Eastwood with Darren Aronofsky' during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

With his successful career as an actor and a filmmaker, it’s hard to imagine Clint Eastwood as an extra. But when Eastwood was just starting out, he was an extra for movies like the 1973 film Breezy, where he had an uncredited role as the “Man at Marina.”

Other notable extra roles that Eastwood got included that in Tarantula, Revenge of the Creature, and Lady Godiva of Coventry. Years later, Eastwood is practically a Hollywood icon with several accolades to his name.

8. Brad Pitt

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Brad Pitt is undeniably one of the biggest names in Hollywood, and he has a career that many rookie actors would want for themselves. But like everyone on this list, Pitt was a struggling actor trying to find his niche in the industry and to land himself a memorable role. He got several movie extra roles such as “guy at beach with drink,” “airport cop,” and as a partygoer/peppie guy at fight in the 1987 movie Less Than Water. Pitt definitely has gone a long way since then and has been a prominent figure in the industry with his slew of movies and award-winning roles.

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