You can’t expect your first gig in show business to earn you an Oscar nomination. But, where do you start?
For most actors it’s in the world of television commercials. Quick to shoot, easy to get, and occassionally cringeworthy to watch, television commercials. Here are 8 stars who began their careers in hilarious 80’s and 90’s ads:
To begin, let’s look at Leonardo Di Caprio. Before he was trying to find out what was eating Gibert Grape, he was chowing down on Bubble Yum bubblegum. Skip to 0:15 for Leo’s bit (or, watch the whole thing to see a Galapagos tortoise… really):
Next, check out Mila Kunis in this “awesome” commercial for 1990’s cult girls’ stationary brand, Lisa Frank. It’s so “awesome” how she manages to say “awesome” so frequently. In fact, it’s surprising that she managed to fit in any other words at all:
It’s easy to be upstaged by a doll that grows it’s own hair, but Kirsten Dunst still manages to own her role as an adorable little mum in this ad for ‘Baby Dolly Surprise.’
Lessons learnt from this 1988 Pringles advertisement starring Brad Pitt: 1) You can use your tube of Pringles as a periscope 2) Brad Pitt has ALWAYS been good looking:
In this 1980’s advertisement for Burger King, Ben Affleck takes a call from a girl he fancies. Nothing special. But – wait for the plot twist – the girl thinks that she’s calling Burger King! Affleck plays the romantic lead in this thirty-one-second thriller: