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Video: Before They Were Famous

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 18, 2011 at 5:47AM

Matt Damon made his on screen debut in the 80s coming-of-age film Mystic Pizza. He had one line, spoken to his mother while eating lobster: "Mom, do you want my green stuff?"
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Matt Damon made his on screen debut in the 80s coming-of-age film Mystic Pizza. He had one line, spoken to his mother while eating lobster: "Mom, do you want my green stuff?"

A Youtube movie posted earlier this week called "Before They Were Famous" shows 25 name actors in three minutes of clips from their pre-fame days. Some highlights: a childish Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Rosanne (plus a painful laugh track), Arnold Schwarzenegger's bare and buff torso and Sarah Jessica Parker dressed up as a Little Orphan Annie lookalike.

Take a look below. It's amazing how much you can recognize each actors' unique mannerisms even in their much-younger selves.

This article is related to: Video, Web/Tech, Headliners, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, YouTube


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.