When somebody first starts out in show business, they have to take some not entirely dignified roles in order to gain experience, build out their resumes, and provide Youtube with hilarious fodder for after they get famous. For example...
It's every young actor's dream to appear alongside an icon of stage and screen, even if it's only on a deodorant commercial. It's a sign that you're entering the big leagues, where the pay is better and people offer you better drugs. So when a young Jennifer Lawrence landed a role on Monk, she was probably really excited. Until they brought out the costume.
That thumbnail is deceptive. She's in the costume with the head on for the vast majority of her screen time -- which clocks in at a grand total of 44 seconds. Her actual, non-feline face only appears 36 seconds into the clip.
As she later explained, the role she thought she accepted was significantly downgraded to this scene and a mere two lines of dialogue -- a mortifying state of affairs made worse by the fact that all of her friends and family were watching for her to appear. Then she had to be like, "That's me in the costume, riding the lead character like a sweaty mule." Still less embarrassing than Passengers, though.
Idris Elba can make anything look good. For the best possible example, take his one-episode turn as "Space Pizza Delivery Guy" on Space Precinct.
Created by the same guy who did Thunderbirds (the 1960s' greatest marionette sci-fi show), Space Precinct was one of Britain's attempts at replicating the success of Star Trek. As a low-budget knockoff, Space Precinct could only afford low-budget actors -- which included one Idris Elba. Or at least, the body of Idris Elba, because his voice was latter dubbed over by what sounds like a Buzz Lightyear action figure that'd suffered a nasty stroke.
Space Precinct was cancelled after 24 episodes, and while that sounds bad, remember that's, like, seven years in British TV terms.
You might know Amanda Seyfried from her role in the Mamma Mia franchise, but if you're looking for an even more melodramatic saga, we heartily recommend this series of young adult novels that she modeled for back in 2003.
... her time working at a crappy summer camp ...
... and when she went back in time to make friends with her own mom.
In 2006, television was made roughly 1,000,000 percent more interesting with the arrival of 30 Rock, which saw Tina Fey and Scott Adsit helming an SNL-esque variety show under the watchful corporate eye of Alec Baldwin, back in the days when it was still okay to like that guy.
The two were hired for the gig (along with another writer) after one of the pinball machine higher-ups caught a Second City improv show and figured that with their comedy chops, they'd create perfect dialogue for a.... medieval-themed... pinball game? Those have dialogue?
Both Adsit and Fey recorded several characters each, a fact that's notable for two reasons: 1) Medieval Madness went on to become one of the most beloved games in pinball history, and 2) one of the characters voiced by Fey, a princess, possesses one of the worst Cockney accents in anything history.
When you sign up for a role on Star Trek, you have to accept that you'll be doing some weird crap. You know, like playing host to an alien parasite, fleeing from a man-eating dust bunny, kissing William Shatner, that sort of thing. And then there was Ashley Judd's role...
"The Game" centers around an ultra-addictive video game that turns the crew of the Enterprise into ether dribbling pixel junkies or zombies tasked with hunting down anyone who isn't addicted yet. This is all despite the fact that the game in question looks like it wouldn't have made it past QA for the Dreamcast.
It's therefore up to the only two non-addicted crew members, Wesley and Ashley Judd's Robin Lefler, to stop the game. But the bad guys are closing in, meaning the only way to avoid capture is to pretend they're hooked on the game too. Which leads to ... this (be prepared to get weird looks if you watch this at work):
This episode ends with the duo managing to disable the game and take back the ship, after which Robin never makes another appearance. We can't imagine why.
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