Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Breakthrough Roles #1

Success stories are always associated with luck, but we all know it's all the hard work that increase your chances. This is especially true in the entertainment industry.

In this post, we are going to look at actors who spent years trying to live the dream and make it big in Hollywood. But sometimes it could mean playing many forgettable roles before hitting gold. The following are just three of examples of actors who has been prominently featured in movies, yet we don't seem to notice them until that one breakthrough performance.

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#1 Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen moved to Los Angeles at the age of sixteen, spending years doing stand-up comedy and starring in movies like;


... But didn't make it to the big leagues until he starred alongside Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up [2007].

#2 Gerard Butler
Not at all surprising by now, but still I find it funny that even though I never forget a face, I didn't recognise Gerard Butler's even when he was clearly featured in movies like Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life [2003] and also;


... But almost none recognise him until he was in SPARTA!! *ahem*... Moving on.
#3 Jesse Eisenberg
After becoming the face of the Facebook movie (Bad pun, I know), nobody will be forgetting Jesse Eisenberg anytime soon. But his big break certainly wasn't The Social Network [2010], nor was it;


... I bet nobody even noticed that he was in that movie until after Zombieland [2009], if you're ever curious enough to backtrack his career. It's not his fault, really. M. Night Shyamalan has been slowly losing his magic after Unbreakable [2000].

That's all I have at the top of my head for now. But I can also recall two other movies which starred virtually-unknown actors at the time it was made, but fast forward years later and they are now A-list celebrities. So stay tuned!

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