It is not easy to make it big in the glamorous world of Hollywood. But there are some famous actors who landed career-defining roles in totally unexpected ways. Some were literally spotted on the streets or in restaurants eating lunch, while others were discovered totally by mistake. There are also those actors who made it big much later in life. Whatever their reasons for making it in show business – these actors have one thing in common: with a little bit of luck, mixed in with natural beauty and talent, and a sprinkling of magic fairy dust, they got their big break. And the rest, as they say, is history. So read on to find out how these actors became accidentally famous.
How a Bar Brawl led to Mad Max
Oscar-award winner Mel Gibson never intended to audition for Mad Max. He had just been in a bar-room brawl the night before and his face looked like a “busted grapefruit”. However, he gave his friend a ride to the audition and director George Miller noticed him. Miller thought that his beat-up appearance would be a good fit for a villainous role in his post-apocalyptic sci-fi film.
Mel Gibson on the set of Mad Max. Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images
When a clear-faced Gibson returned a few weeks later, Miller changed his mind and decided to cast him as the film’s lead instead. Without this breakthrough role early in Gibson’s career, we would never have such iconic movies such as Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ..
We can truly say that Max Max set Mel Gibson off on a great acting and directing path.