10 Weird Jobs A-List Actors Had Before They Became Famous

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Some jobs are not always glamorous or amazing and the following A-list celebs can confirm this.

Some celebrities have paid their dues. Megan Fox used to dress up like a banana, Whoopi Goldberg was a phone sex operator, and Brad Pitt was a limo driver for strippers. But, at the end of the day these actors have quit their 9 to 5 to live their dream. Check out these 10 actors that had weird jobs before becoming an A-List celebrity. christopher-walken

#10 Christopher Walken was a Lion Tamer

Christopher Walken joined a traveling circus and was briefly a lion tamer. In an interview he said, Shelba the lion was very old and “really more like a dog“.

#9 Sylvester Stallone cleaned Lion Cages for a living

Waiting for acting career to take off, the Rocky actor cleaned up lion cages at the Central Park Zoo.

#8 Jon Hamm was a set dresser for porn films

Before landing the role of a lifetime on AMC’s ‘Mad Men’, Jon Hamm worked on the set of pornos. ”Essentially, , naked people. It wasn’t a great job but the money was useful,” he said. “I had to get by—I wanted to be an actor.”   whoopi-goldberg-the-view

#7 Whoopie Goldberg worked in a Mortuary and was a phone sex operator

The comedian and actress took a job as a mortuary beautician after she earned her license. Her boss played a prank on her by pretending to be dead and sitting upright to wave at her. “That’s the worst thing that could ever happen to you here, and it won’t,” he told her. “So there’s nothing to be scared of.” On “The View” she opened up about working as a phone sex operator“When I was younger, the money was great,” she said. “See now, people would know my voice.”

#6 Hugh Jackman was a party clown

Before becoming Wolverine on X-Men, Hugh Jackman was a party clown. He earned $50 per show now he earns millions. “I just love making a fool out of myself,” he said. “I made my living as a clown at kids’ parties for about three years. I was Coco the Clown and I had no magic tricks and I remember a six-year-old standing up at a party saying ‘Mummy this clown is terrible, he doesn’t know any tricks’ – and he was right.”

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#5 Matthew McConaughey was a chicken coop cleaner

While Matthew McConaughey lived in Australia as an exchange student, he earned money by cleaning chicken coops“Those types of trips are really ones that leave a lasting impression,” he says.

#4 Brad Pitt was a chicken mascot and a limo driver for strippers

Brad Pitt worked at El Pollo Loco and he had to dress like a chicken, hand out flyers, and attract customers to the restaurant. During the same year, as he struggled to become an actor, he chauffeured strippers in a limousine. “My job was to drive them to bachelor parties and things,” he told People magazine. “I’d pick them up, and at the gig I’d collect the money, play the bad Prince tapes and catch the girls’ clothes.”

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#3 Matt Damon was a breakdancer

It is rumored that as a student at Harvard, Matt Damon used to breakdance for money at Harvard Square. Though many sources claim this is true, Damon insists that this is a rumor started by friend Casey Affleck. Affleck abides by his story, and talk show hosts have been asking Damon to spin on his head ever since.

#2 Megan Fox was a banana mascot

One of Hollywood’s biggest actresses was once a banana. The actress used to wear a banana costume to attract customers to a smoothie shop in Florida. On the Ellen DeGeneres show, she admitted that it was the only real job she had. As a joke, DeGeneres had a man dressed as a banana sneak up from behind and scare her. tmnt-2014-megan-fox-01

#1 Mariah Carey was a hat checker

Before working on the movie ‘Glitter’ and selling millions of albums Mariah Carey worked as a hat checker. According to IMDB, Carey “stated that she got fired from all her jobs because of her attitude and was concentrating on becoming a [backup] singer and mixing demos.”