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  • Oscar Isaac on Random Movie Stars You Forgot Played Villains In Blockbuster Movies

    (#7) Oscar Isaac

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    Since his breakout roles in Inside Llewyn Davis and Ex Machina, it seems like Oscar Isaac has been everywhere. He was Poe Dameron in the most recent Star Wars flicks, showed up in Annihilation, played big bad Apocalypse in the X-Men movie of the same name, and more. But Oscar Isaac was already on the blockbuster radar even before those breakout performances. A decade ago, he played the villainous Prince John in Ridley Scott's deconstructionist take on the Robin Hood story, and the following year portrayed a baddie in Zack Snyder's stylized Sucker Punch, playing the hospital orderly-cum-brothel owner Blue Jones.

    Just two years later, Isaac headlined the critically acclaimed Inside Llewyn Davis, directed by the Coen Brothers, and the rest, as they say, is history.

  • Dwayne Johnson on Random Movie Stars You Forgot Played Villains In Blockbuster Movies

    (#15) Dwayne Johnson

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    These days, you can't throw a rock (no pun intended) without hitting a movie Dwayne Johnson is in, but back in 2001, he was much better known as a wrestling personality. In fact, while The Rock had made a handful of dramatic appearances in TV shows, Johnson's role as the Scorpion King in 2001's The Mummy Returns was actually his big-screen debut. Too bad he had to spend a large chunk of it as just a head dodgily CG'd onto a giant scorpion body.

    That doesn't seem to have impaired his breakthrough from the world of wrestling into the world of tentpole movies, however. Since The Mummy Returns, Johnson has become a central character in the blockbuster Fast & Furious franchise, not to mention taking lead roles in flicks like Jumanji, Rampage, the first G.I. Joe sequel, and Doom, as well as lending his voice to Disney's Moana. And in an industry dominated by superhero films, that career path has led inexorably to his forthcoming turn as the eponymous (anti)superhero Black Adam for DC.

  • Robert Downey Jr. on Random Movie Stars You Forgot Played Villains In Blockbuster Movies

    (#5) Robert Downey Jr.

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    Today, we know him as Iron Man, but in 1998, Robert Downey Jr. was known primarily for his substance use problems and the "bad boy" image he earned as a result. He was arrested in 1996, and again in 1997 and 1999, when he was ultimately sentenced to three years at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison. That made casting him as the villain in U.S. Marshals, the big-budget flick following Tommy Lee Jones's character from The Fugitive, a gamble, in spite of the fact that Downey had a breakout performance a decade earlier in Less Than Zero.

    In between arrests and stints behind bars, Downey managed to film a couple of high-profile thrillers around the same time, including a gig as the long-haired serial killer Vivian Thompson in Neil Jordan's In Dreams, opposite Annette Bening the same year she essayed a central role in American Beauty. Fortunately for Downey, he would eventually shed his "bad boy" persona - even poking fun at it in Tropic Thunder - and make a major career comeback with his turn as Tony Stark.

  • Timothy Olyphant on Random Movie Stars You Forgot Played Villains In Blockbuster Movies

    (#9) Timothy Olyphant

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    Timothy Olyphant has made a name for himself on the small screen even more than he has on the big screen, playing lead roles in hit series like JustifiedDeadwood, and Santa Clarita Diet. That doesn't mean he's a stranger to the movies, though. He was the lead in the 2010 remake of The Crazies and a villain in Live Free or Die Hard, and recently he showed up in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood.

    Way before any of that, he made his feature film debut as the psychotic copycat Mickey in Scream 2. While Mickey is more pawn than villain, his is the hand that holds the knife the majority of the time, even if the plot is driven by Laurie Metcalf, who plays the mother of Billy Loomis, one of the slashers from the first movie.

  • Christopher Eccleston on Random Movie Stars You Forgot Played Villains In Blockbuster Movies

    (#13) Christopher Eccleston

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    Christopher Eccleston was already a familiar face on British TV by the time he played the villainous foil to Nicolas Cage's professional car thief in the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, but he was still five years out from landing the role most of us know him for - playing the eponymous ninth Doctor in the long-running Doctor Who series.

    In 60 Seconds, Eccleston plays Raymond Calitri, an entitled British smuggler and crime boss working in Long Beach, CA. Calitri compels Cage and his crew to swipe 50 high-end cars in 72 hours. "Compels," in this case, by sticking Cage's brother in a car crusher and threatening to off him if the car thieves don't deliver. As you might imagine, Calitri doesn't make it out of the picture in very good health, but Eccleston certainly did, going on to much greater fame in the following years, including that aforementioned turn on Doctor Who, not to mention other villainous turns like Destro in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Malekith in Thor: The Dark World.

  • Jared Leto on Random Movie Stars You Forgot Played Villains In Blockbuster Movies

    (#8) Jared Leto

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    Director David Fincher was a hot property in 2002, coming off the success of films like Se7en and Fight Club. He opted to divert his success into the Hitchcock-adjacent thriller Panic Room, starring Jodie Foster and a young Kristen Stewart as a mother and daughter who take refuge in the eponymous panic room to escape three home invaders. One of those home invaders is none other than Jared Leto.

    These days, Leto is something of a star himself. He played the Joker in Suicide Squad and had a villainous turn in Blade Runner 2049, and he's slated to play the lead in the upcoming Morbius movie. But Leto wasn't exactly unknown even when he donned cornrows in Panic Room. He'd had a major role in Urban Legend, appeared in Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, played the lead in Requiem for a Dream, and even worked with Fincher once before, appearing as the "something beautiful" that Edward Norton's character wants to destroy in Fight Club.

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