These actors who took roles for the sake of their kids prove that parents will do just about anything for their children. Sometimes these usual heroes agree to play the villain; other times it means having to sing and dance for the whole world to see. No matter how silly they may look or feel, these thespians scored big brownie points with their kids.
There are several Oscar-winning actors who took roles in kids' or young adult movies just to impress their kids. Yes, that’s Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx under all those special effects as the villainous Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Cate Blanchett, Gary Oldman, and Kate Winslet are a few more Oscar winners who were looking to dazzle their children. Four-time Tony Award winner Frank Langella as Skeletor may just be the only bright spot in Masters of the Universe.
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Veteran actor Gary Oldman has had a long and impressive big-screen career. Many of his most memorable roles have come from playing the villain, such as in Léon: The Professional and True Romance. The Oscar-winning actor was certainly not an obvious choice to take on the role of Harry Potter's wizardly godfather Sirius Black in 2004's third Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
And of course I've got kids of my own now, and they love me being in the Harry Potter films. I'm now part of a phenomenon. You become incredibly cool to your kids, and you get a young fan base. So you became the cool dad at school. You're suddenly hip.Great kid-friendly role?
Turns out Sir Michael Caine can do it all. The British actor got to show off his singing and dancing in the 1992 musical fantasy The Muppet Christmas Carol. The Walt Disney/Jim Henson production is an adaptation of Charles Dickens's timeless tale, A Christmas Carol.
By the time the early 1990s rolled around, the Oscar winner had already played everything from a violent gangster to a womanizer. Despite his impressive filmography, his young daughter had not been able to see a single one of her father's movies. Caine explained why it was so easy to take the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the Muppet movie:
To start, my daughter, who is the mother of my grandchildren, was then 7, and she had never seen me in a movie. I had never made a movie that a 7-year-old can see. And so a man mentioned the Muppets and I said, 'That’s it! I’ll do that!' And it’s A Christmas Carol, it’s a fabulous tale! You’ll be old Scrooge, it’ll be marvelous! And it was absolutely perfect at that time for what I wanted. I could make it, and my daughter could see it. That’s why I did it. And it was lovely.Great kid-friendly role?
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Unfortunately for Ryan Reynolds's three kids, they won't be able to see his Deadpool movies for quite some time because they are (very) R-rated. However, the Canadian star was thrilled to play the titular investigator in Detective Pikachu. Reynolds did both the voice and facial motion-capture work in the 2019 hit movie. The live-action mystery is based on the Pokémon franchise.
Reynolds accepted the role as the wise-cracking detective with his kids in mind:
When I first heard about this film... Detective Pikachu, I was excited to do a film that my kids would love. For me, that's a big one because then I can watch it with them.Great kid-friendly role?
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Raúl Juliá was a classically trained actor with an impressive dramatic resume. He endeared himself to American movie fans when he took on the role of patriarch Gomez Addams in two 1990s installments of The Addams Family.
There really isn't a lot to love about 1994's Jean-Claude Van Damme-starring action movie Street Fighter. It's a bad movie that absolutely tanked critically. However, there is one thing that saves the campy video game adaptation from total wreckage, and that's Juliá's scene-stealing performance as the movie's supervillain M. Bison.
Turns out the actor was suffering from terminal stomach cancer when he took the role. Despite being in pain and severely underweight, it was important enough for Juliá to be in the movie because his kids were big fans of the Street Fighter video game:
My children play the video game and as soon as I mentioned the title of the film all of a sudden their faces lit up.
The actor passed in 1994, the same year the film was released.Great kid-friendly role?