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Who hasn't lied on a resume in order to get a job? Making it as an A-List actor or actress is a one-in-a-million chance, so this list of celebrities who lied to get parts shouldn't really surprise anyone. Leave your judgment at the door and check out these famous actors who lied to get movie roles.

Do you speak German? Ja. Are you a skilled horseback rider? Of course. How old are you? I’m exactly the age you need me to be to appear in this movie. Language skills can be learned, horseback riding can be taught, and age is just a number. Let’s face it, when young actors desperate for work arrive in Hollywood, lying about a skill set or their age is just a technicality. Unless, of course, that fib comes back to haunt them.

One famous actress on this list lied that she loved horses, when in fact she was not only terrified of them, but also allergic. Another actor said he had mad volleyball skills, but when it came time to serve and volley, he looked like a fool in front of the film’s cast and crew. Several actors have lied about being able to ride horses. Like, way more than you might expect. Read about those stories and other famous celebrities who lied to get ahead in Hollywood.


Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list These Actors Lied To Land Major TV And Movie Roles
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During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2012, Mila Kunis admitted she told a sort-of lie about her age in order to land the part of Jackie Burkhart on That '70s Show. All the actors who auditioned for the show had to be at least 18 years old. Kunis was 14. She explained to Leno, "Legally I was 14, but I told them I was a little bit older... I told them I was gonna be 18, which is not technically a lie, cause at one point... I was gonna be 18."

Eventually, the producers figured out Kunis was underage, but put it aside because she was the best fit for the part. The Ukraine-born actress stayed on the show for eight seasons before transitioning to a career on the big screen.

Films Acted In: Black Swan, Oz the Great and Powerful, Ted, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Book of Eli, + more

Age: 34

Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list These Actors Lied To Land Major TV And Movie Roles
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George Clooney was desperate to land decent roles and knew he needed to get into the Screen Actors Guild to have any chance of success in Hollywood. During an audition, he lied and said he was in a movie called Cat People. Unfortunately, for Clooney, the casting director he lied to was also the casting director on Cat People.

"You couldn't get a job without getting into the Screen Actors Guild, so everybody would make up these credits just to get in. They didn't have internet then so you got away with anything.

"I remember lying to a casting director about Cat People. She was like, 'You were in that?' I was, like, yep, and she goes, 'Because I cast that.' I finally just said, 'I can't get in the SAG. Help me!' She helped me get a job on a film called The Predator. The movie never came out. But I got my SAG card."

Films Acted In: Batman & Robin, South Park: Bigger^! Longer & Uncut, From Dusk till Dawn, Gravity, O Brother^! Where Art Thou?, + more

Age: 56

Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

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Laurence Fishburne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list These Actors Lied To Land Major TV And Movie Roles
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Laurence Fishburne got his start acting at 11, when he played Josh Hall on daytime soap One Life to Live. He eventually left One Life to Live to play Tyrone Miller, AKA Mr. Clean, in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now when he was just 14. How could a 14-year-old boy be allowed to play a soldier in a notoriously grueling movie about the Vietnam War?

He lied. Fishburne told Coppola he was 16. The actor was on set for the film from 1976-1978, living in the jungles of the Philippines, working alongside several of the most acclaimed actors in cinema, including Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Marlon Brando, and Robert Duvall. Fishburne credits Coppola for having a major influence on his craft: "As an actor, Coppola trained me. That was my training ground."

Films Acted In: The Matrix, Apocalypse Now, Man of Steel, The Matrix Reloaded, Boyz n the Hood, + more

Age: 56

Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

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Rachel McAdams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list These Actors Lied To Land Major TV And Movie Roles
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Rachel McAdams really wanted to work with acclaimed director Terrence Malick. When considered for the part of Jane in To The Wonder (2012), she was asked whether she liked horses or had an issue working with them. McAdams lied, saying she loved horses. In truth, she's allergic to, and was terrified of, horses.

McAdams controlled her allergies with antihistamines and overcome her fear of horses. She said during an interview with The Guardian, "My first day of the shoot I was in the middle of a corral with 50 horses who had never before been touched by humans. It's like when people ask if you can ride for a medieval film – you think you can just get away with it. And I did, somehow!"

Films Acted In: Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, Sherlock Holmes, Midnight in Paris, + more

Age: 39

Birthplace: London, Canada

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