The new series of Drunk History (Wednesdays 10pm) is all about celebs harking back to yesteryear (while absolutely hammered) and that got us thinking: what horrors lurk in the past of our favourite famous people? Behold, the cringiest ‘before they were famous’ adverts we can find, for your viewing pleasure:
Yep, before Vin Diesel landed the role of Dominic Toretto in the Fast and Furious movies, he could be found wearing leather vests and shark tooth necklaces while attempting to flog rubbish toys.
Ben Affleck has certainly been through some highs and lows during his acting career, having starred alongside then-fiancee JLo in the 2003 flop ‘Gigli’ before landing the role of Batman in the upcoming Batman v Superman. But our favourite performance from Ben has to be this Burger King commercial.
It’s no secret that women have been swooning over Brad Pitt for years, but while most of us know him as a Hollywood heartthrob and star of films including Fight Club and Ocean’s Eleven, others may be more familiar with his work selling Pringles.
Jennifer Lawrence may be up for an Oscar this month but The Hunger Games actress previously confessed she kicked off her career playing a spoilt teenager in an ad for MTV’s My Super Sweet 16.
Before Steve Carell landed the role of annoying office manager Michael Scott in the US version of The Office, he briefly dabbled in promoting healthy fried chicken.
While we’re no strangers to a baby-faced Leo DiCaprio, if you haven’t seen him in this cheesy cheese commercial before you simply haven’t lived.
It’s hard to believe that just two years after appearing in this Lisa Frank advert, Mila Kunis went on to play Jackie Burkhart in That 70s Show, having told producers she was turning 18 when she was in fact just 14.
Who knew Elijah Wood was such a big fan of cheese? The Lord of the Rings star appeared in this commercial for… (pouring copious amounts of cheese on vegetables?!) in 1990.
Kristen Stewart had clearly mastered the art of the vacant expression long before she landed the role of vampire loving Bella Swan in the Twilight movies, as this 1999 Porsche advert proves.
Just five years before he started playing Tommy Solomon in the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun, Joseph made sure his fake father wasn’t skipping the most important meal of the day by feeding him Pop Tarts.
Naomi Watts is known to have had a short stint on Aussie soap Home and Away before making it in Hollywood but what most people probably don’t know is that she also starred in this rather cringey tampon commercial.
Naomi’s not the only famous actress who made some extra cash promoting Tampax though. Here is Courteney Cox pre-Monica Geller in Friends fame.
We can hardly believe that this advert for Heinz tomato ketchup came out seven years before Matt LeBlanc stole our hearts as Joey Tribbiani alongside Courteney in Friends.
The Cast of Friends
Not content with embarrassing just Courteney and Matt, here is the entire cast of Friends in nothing but their underwear for the first ever commercial for the show. It later got banned.
Aaron Paul may have been 10 years away from playing drug dealer Jesse Pinkman when he appeared in this 1999 advert for Corn Pops, but he already had his scruffy Breaking Bad look nailed.
We’re not sure if Bruce Willis landed the role of John McClane in Die Hard as a direct result of his camp performance in this alcopop commercial, but it would be pretty funny if he did.
Mark Ruffalo probably wishes he could turn into the Hulk for real and destroy all evidence of this embarrassing Clearasil advert.
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