Actors’ Horror Beginnings

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars all got their first big break in the world of horror.  We all know about Johnny Depp in Nightmare on Elm Street and Kevin Bacon in Friday the 13th, but there are other big stars, like George Clooney and Ben Affleck, who also had their origins in horror that a lot of people are unfamiliar with.  Man vs Horror presents a handy guide to the early origins of some of your favorite actors (I will make another post for actresses at a later date):

Ben Affleck in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Before he was the bomb in Phantoms, Ben Affleck was a basketball player in a very small role in 1992’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  

Jack Black in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer 

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Before his spectacular break out role in High Fidelity, Jack Black played a pot head employee at the resort that our protagonists were staying at.

Jim Carrey in Once Bitten

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Before he was wearing green masks and solving pet crimes, Jim Carrey was bit by a vampire in this quirky horror comedy from the 80s.

George Clooney in Return to Horror High

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Before he was the dreamy Dr. Doug Ross in ER, George Clooney was a cop in this little seen 80’s horror/comedy.

Leonardo DiCaprio in Critters 3

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Before he was the “KING OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!!”, Leo was the stepson of a corrupt landlord in this ridiculous 80’s sequel.

John Goodman in C.H.U.D.

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Before he was the greatest half Jewish bowler in Southern California, John Goodman was a cop in this little gem from the 80’s.

Tom Hanks in He Knows You’re Alone

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Before he dressed in drag and played a toy cowboy, Hanks had his very first role in this 80’s slasher.

Matthew McConaughey in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:  The Next Generation

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Before he was the dreamboat in romantic comedies, McConaughey played the sadistic leader of a terrorist organization in this strange sequel in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series.

Viggo Mortensen in Leatherface:  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

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Before his breakout role as Aragorn, Viggo was a sadistic member of the Sawyer family in this underrated entry in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series.

Paul Rudd in Halloween:  The Curse of Michael Meyers

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Before he was the funny everyman, Rudd was the adult Tommy Boyle in this Halloween sequel

Billy Bob Thornton in Chopper Chicks in Zombietown

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Before he played a simpleton who murdered his mother, Billy Bob was in this classic Troma flick from the 80’s.

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