The film industry is populated by movie stars whose images are so pervasive in our culture that it can sometimes be difficult to imagine a world without them. But even the biggest celebrities started out small, waiting for that role that would eventually take them to the next level of success.
For many actors, these breakout roles are among the most defining. Despite his many dramatic roles, Jim Carrey is still remembered by many for his performance as pet detective Ace Ventura. Others, like ‘Wonder Woman’ star Gal Gadot – who early in her career appeared in 2009’s ‘Fast & Furious’ – find their most iconic role years later.
24/7 Tempo has identified the movie roles that launched today’s biggest Hollywood stars. Each of the actors included starred in one of the 10 highest-grossing films of the past five years – according to data from box office mojo – yet first found fame years before.
Of course, the careers of many successful actors include as many failures as successes. These actors who turned down blockbuster roles and walked away from parts that could have defined their careers.
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