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10 Real Men Before They Were Famous


People are rarely born famous, unless they’re lil’ Kardashian kids, then sure, their every step is a media sensation, am I right?
These 10 guys are some of the manliest celebs on the planet. How did they get famous, and, most importantly, what did they look like before the fame hit them? Some of them were a bit hairier, others were pro athletes, some started their career in ridiculous ads, but absolutely all of them made it to the top. Each one of these celebs is like a modern icon of masculinity (in one way or another), so let’s try to guess how these boys turned into men.



1) Brad Pitt
During his early years Brad delivered hardware, drove strippers around in a limousine, and danced around for el Pollo Loco wearing a chicken suit. Obviously, he used one of those jobs to make a few connections and eventually ended up in the biz.


Can you find Brad Pitt in this picture of a childhood basketball team the Cherokee Rejects?

1) Brad Pitt 1


Probably playing tennis, or something.

1) Brad Pitt 2


Guess who starred in a Pringles commercial.



2) Johnny Depp
Before he was cool, Mr. Depp had a sh#tty job just like most of us. He was a telemarketer. That’s the guys who called you in the middle of the day and tried to sell you stuff you don’t need. In Johnny’s case, he was pushing ball pens. Next time you complain about your job, remember, it could’ve been worse!




Hold on to your ovaries, girls, JD has a puppy and he’s not afraid to use it! 2) Johnny Depp 2



3) Bryan Cranston
As most of the 80’s celebs, Bryan started as a TV commercial star. One of his first gigs was this hilarious Shield Soap commercial in 1987 (yes, he’s that old)


Look at that handsome little dude! That’s Bryan back in 1963

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Seriously, is he really the one who knocks?

3) Bryan Cranston 3
3) Bryan Cranston 4



4) Aaron Paul
Bryan’s partner in crime – Aaron Paul – did a lot of commercials in the late 1990’s – early 2000’s, so you might have seen him on TV before he was cooking meth with Malcolm’s dad. I definitely remember some of these ads, especially the Vanilla Coca Cola one.


I pitty the fool who pisses off Mr. T, even if it’s for a “1-800-COLLECT” commercial (1999)

4) Aaron Paul 1


Aaron fighting his Corn Pops addiction in a Kellogg’s commercial. (1999)
4) Aaron Paul 2

Hell yeah, Vanilla Coke! Hey, if I had to stick my head into a fence to get some of that godly nectar – I’d do it too (2002)

4) Aaron Paul 3

5) Jason Statham
Who even is this man? Do you remember seeing him anywhere before the Transporter movies? Just so you know, he was a semi-decent pro-diver back when he had hair.


Jason Statham’s first acting job was dancing all oiled up in leopard underwear. Neat!


6) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
He’s always been a pretty chill and easy-going dude, and that’s what made him famous. I mean, of course, his physique pretty much screams “made for action movies” but it’s the charisma that got him this far.

“Come on, dad, really? You wanna get hurt again?” – The Rock, probably

6) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 1


This is Dwayne at 16. 16! He looks older and bulkier than most of the 30-year-olds

6) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 2


12-0  – a seasonal record!

6) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 3

7) Tom Hardy
Easily one of my favorite actors of the last 15 years. This dude is probably the least typecast actor in Hollywood! Maybe, Christian Bale can give him a run for his money, but we’ll get to him sooner than later.
Tom has starred in like so many movies, ranging from WTF to amazing, but just to name a few:

Black Hawk Down7) Tom Hardy 1


Star Trek: Nemesis7) Tom Hardy 2


Sweeny Todd7) Tom Hardy 3


Bronson7) Tom Hardy 4


The Dark Knight Rises(L-r) TOM HARDY as Bane and CHRISTIAN BALE as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM and © DC Comics


And, of course, the best action movie of the decade – Mad Max: Fury Road7) Tom Hardy 6

8) Chris Pratt
Starlord? Who’s Starlord?
I love Chris and I think he deserves his own article *wink-wink*, so, not to spoil too much, I’ll just say that some people change when they get rich and/or famous, but not Chris Pratt! He just gets more awesome.


Of course he loves Ren & Stimpy!


This is him being a decent human being and teaming up with another Chris to make one kid’s day

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And that’s Chris not giving a sh#t after he became famous.
8) Crisp Rat 3



9) Robert Downey Jr.
Way before his Iron Man days, RDJ was just a nerdy kid, like many of us, and that what makes him so relatable, IMO

9) Robert Downey Jr. 1

He even made thome awethome friends in his youth. And yes, that’s Mike freaking Tyson!

9) Robert Downey Jr. 2

10) Christian Bale
Can you believe this little rad geek grew up to become the hero Gotham deserves? He looks so dope, though, like he’s the coolest guy on the block.
10) Christian Bale 1

Witness Christian in all his glory! Instead of a thousand words, here’s a picture
10) Christian Bale 2