Jodie Foster – Taxi Driver
Nope, Jodie Foster didn’t break onto the scene with The Silence of the Lambs. Instead, like most actors with surprising breakout roles, Foster became a household name as a child star! It all started with the iconic, if controversial, film Taxi Driver. At the age of just 14, Foster starred as the one and only Iris, a young prostitute with a heart of gold.
Even today, Foster considers it one of the most challenging roles she’s ever undertaken. However, it was clearly worth it, as Foster remains one of the biggest names in Hollywood! Today, though, she works mainly behind the camera as a director.
Matthew McConaughey – Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
Believe it or not, but the 1994 film Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation was so bad that both of the breakout stars, Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey, flatly refused to talk about it for years. That’s right! The Next Generation also brought an end to the Chainsaw series, until a remake in 2003. Ouch!
McConaughey admits that the shooting also impacted the end result: “We were shooting in 103 degree weather, 16 hour days, and it was…very carny,” he explained to George Stroumboulopolous. However, as a Texas native, he did admit it was “fun” to star in a Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie!