12 famous people who started as extras in films

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12 famous people who started as extras in films

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Actor/director Ben Affleck (left) and actor/producer Matt Damon speak onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif. Both men were extras in 1989’s “Field of Dreams.” (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

A major motion picture starring several Academy Award winners is set to be filmed in Cincinnati and the casting company recently announced that they’re looking for extras to star in the film.

The movie “The Old Man and the Gun” will star big names such as Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, according to the Internet Movie Database.

While being an extra may not seem like a gig that will launch your career into show business, you might be surprised at how many stars started their career in show business as extras.

Here are 12 famous people who made one or more appearances as movie extras before hitting the big time, according to website Mental Floss:

1. Brad Pitt

Pitt was an extra billed as a “Partygoer/Preppie Guy at Fight” in 1987’s “Less Than Zero.”

2. Clint Eastwood

Eastwood was a member of Central Casting in the 1950s and was an uncredited extra in several films before landing leading roles.

3. Sylvester Stallone

Stallone played an extra in Woody Allen’s 1971 film “Bananas” as a subway mugger. He was also an extra in Jane Fonda’s 1971 psychological thriller “Klute” as a disco patron.

4. Marilyn Monroe

Monroe’s first ever screen appearance was as an extra in “Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!” in 1948. Monroe had only one line and can also be briefly glimpsed sitting in a canoe with another actress.

5. Bruce Willis

Willis played as an extra in the courtroom scene of Paul Newman’s 1981 film, “The Verdict.”

6. Jackie Chan

Chan, as a teenager, was an extra in two Bruce Lee films, which were “Fists of Fury” from 1971 and “Enter the Dragon,” from 1973.

7. Ben Affleck

Affleck was an extra for the Fenway Park scenes in 1989’s “Field of Dreams.”

8. Matt Damon

Damon, joining Ben Affleck, was also an extra for the Fenway Park scenes in 1989’s “Field of Dreams.”

9. James Dean

In the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy “Sailor Beware” from 1951, Dean was an extra with one simple line: “The guy’s a professional.”

10. Megan Fox

Fox played an extra in 2003’s “Bad Boys 2” as a dancer in a club scene.

11. Clark Gable

Gable served as an extra in several silent films from the 1920s, including Erich von Stroheim’s “The Merry Widow.”

12. Renée Zellweger

Zellweger was an extra in the 1993 film “Dazed and Confused.”

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