While many have toiled and worked for hours to get where they are today,. these popular actors never even thought they would be so hugely popular today. These actors got the skills but their goal in life was to never make it big in the acting industry. A little luck went a long way for them because without lady luck smiling on them, these popular actors would have never caught the acting bug.
Today Johnny Depp is one of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood. His movies always rock the theaters. despite the recent controversies, Depp is still a well-known figure in the industry. The guy had a very uneventful childhood. He left school while he was 15 to pursue music. He got married and came to LA to become a musician. There he met Nic Cage, who suggested he become an actor. Depp accompanied Jackie Earle Haley to an early audition for A Nightmare On Elm Street. Some sources claim Wes Craven’s teenage daughter talked her father into giving him an audition because she thought Johnny Depp was ‘dreamy’. Well, we don’t blame her AT ALL!!!
You may know her as Ahsoka Tano from the Star wars Disney+ shows or as Claire Temple from Netflix Marvel shows. Dawson has hit it big in the industry. But she was never planning to become an actor to honest. Fame found her. A 16 year old Dawson was sitting on her front porch when a photographer Larry Clerk and his associate Harmony Korine discovered her. Korine was writing the script for Kids at the time and thought Rosario dawson would be perfect for Ruby. Dawson aced the role and then starred in movies like Rent and Sin City. The rest is history.
How many of you knew Hollywood’s Magic Mike was actually a real life Magic Mike? Channing Tatum rolled through a number of odd jobs in his younger days. One of them was working for an LA strip club. Steven Soderbergh based the story of Magic Mike off of Channing Tatum’s real life experiences. Tatum was never planning to become one of Hollywood’s most popular actors. he always wanted to be a model. Fate had other plans for him we guess.
Unlike the other entries in this list, Copley actually wanted to be an actor. But he had moved past his ambitions because he thought he no longer had the time to pursue it. Back when fame hadn’t kissed him in the cheeks. Copley found his calling in the business side of the film industry. He was South Africa’s youngest TV producer at the age of 24. He would befriend Neill Blomkamp and together they could pursue something they shared a mutual interest for – Design. When Blomkamp made his directorial debut with District 9, he repaid the favor he owed to Copley by casting him as the lead. Blomkamp would make two more movies – Chappie and Elysium. Both had the South African actor in the main role.
Right now, Mel Gibson has become somewhat of a laughing stock in the industry, because of his racist rants and controversial on-set drama tales. But back then, he was one of Hollywood’s most profitable stars, having starred in films like Mad Max. The story of how he got the part in Mad Max is actually very interesting. Gibson was there to drop one of his friends for the Mad Max audition. He was never there to take part in it. But the guy had got into a bar fight the previous night and that had left his face nasty and disfigured. The director saw him and wanted him to play the villain in 3 weeks time. Gibson returned after 3 weeks with a fully healed, superstar, good-looking face and bagged the role of the lead.