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When you need to keep the checks coming in to continue climbing up the ladder to Hollywood’s upper echelon, you’re probably not thinking about thespianism.

Mekhi Phifer and Beyonce in Carmen

photo: MTV screen capture

At least we hope that’s the logic that motivated these 15 A-listers who starred in struggle movies. They went to outer space, sang, shucked and jived their way to some of the most horrible films in the history of cinema. Hit the jump and see their humble beginnings in the trashiest of movies.

Photo: MGM screen capture

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