Not all action actors were known for kicking ass, before their career started making sense. Some started out in adult movies, others in goofy TV shows, but there are a few world-renowned big names, who actually began their journey in romantic comedies, or romcoms for short. Their very first roles weren’t necessarily in romcoms per se, but they did dip their toes in this genre quite early, before becoming huge action stars.
1. Channing Tatum
Today Mr. I’ll-be-playing-Gambit-soon-but-not-really is best known for his hilarious 22 Jump Street movies, and just a tiny bit for that male stripper role in the movie you’ve probably not seen like 10 times. But things weren’t always as action-packed. Before all the neck-breaking scenes he appeared alongside Amanda Bynes in the Shakespeare-inspired She’s the Man, which definitely wasn’t the most macho flick to start with.
2. Robert Downey Jr.
I don’t think I need to point out who RDJ is known for today, but for the sake of consistency, I’m willing to let you know that Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark, and Sherlock Holmes, and many-many other characters. But mostly Tony Stark. He was born to play that role, and it’s going to be a sad day for all the Marvel fans, when Iron Man retires. Either way, RDJ’s early movie career wasn’t made of money and CGI. In the movie The Pick-Up Artist we saw him as a sad conman, while in Chances Are, Downey was trying to figure out Cybill Shepherd and Mary Stuart Masterson. Oh, and let’s not forget Only You, where he starred alongside the future Aunt May – Marisa Tomei.