Sometimes people take desparate measures while they try to make it big in Hollywood. Here’s a list of famous people who had lesser known starts in lower places. Feel free to shower after you read this list.
1. James Lipton
The man who is most famous for fawning his way through interviews with actors on his show Inside the Actors Studio, James Lipton, just opened up about his year of pimping in 1950s Paris. Indeed, the Dean of the Actors studio describe his time soliciting French hookers with whirlwind panache. It is as if he was the main protagonist in a trashy novel, to which, if truthful, this story could probably be adapted.
“[A prostitute and I] became great friends. When I ran out of money, I said, ‘I have to go home.’ She said, ‘No, you don’t. I’ll arrange for you.’ So she arranged for me to do it. I had to be okayed by the underworld; otherwise they would’ve found me floating in the Seine ... I represented them a [whole bordello], but her especially. I did a roaring business, and I was able to live for a year. The French mecs didn’t exploit women. They represented them, like agents. And they took a cut. That’s how I lived. I was going through my rites of passage, no question about it. It was a great year of my life.”
2. Simon Rex
If you do not frequent Twitter or Vine, then you may not know about the bizarre humor of Simon Rex, which has help him gain over 500,000 followers across all platforms.
Outside of 160 character messages and 6-second videos on social media, this 38-year-old Californian spot’s is firmly planted on the D-list, with a spot as VJ on MTV for two years, a record deal with Diplo’s Mad Decent in comedy rap trio “Three Loco,” and appearances in Scary Movies 3, 4, and 5, just to name a few gigs.
Simon got his start in the entertainment business in the 1993 franchise Young, Hard, & Solo volumes 2 and 3, wherein he engaged himself in a style known as masturbation porn. His performances in that sector show biz ended in 2000 with Hot Sessions volumes 11 and 12. If his skeezy appearance and style of humor weren’t indicators enough, perhaps it will be clear by his rap name, he is Dirt Nasty.
3. Sylvester Stallone
Did you know Stallone wrote the script for Rocky? If you were no privy to that piece of sly knowledge, this next one will knock your socks off. A year before he starred in the landmark film, the Italian Stallion was, in his own words “was at the end, at the very end, of my rope. Instead of doing something desperate, I worked two days for $200 and got myself out of the bus station."
Stallone took a non-penetrating role in a soft core nudie called Party at Kitty and Stud’s. This film was later re-cut and renamed Italian Stallion to exploit its now-famous co-star.