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10 Actors Who Made Movies Specifically for Their Kids

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When it comes to choosing a work proposal, one must take into consideration a number of factors. For actors, something similar happens, except enhanced: picking a bad role could end their career while, on the other hand, choosing the right one could launch any actor to stardom, even if they are still taking their very first steps. This happened with Heath Ledger, who, back when he took on the role of The Joker for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, was strongly associated with teenage and romantic movies. He initially received backlash for his casting, as no one trusted Ledger’s abilities, yet this became his most iconic role. Unlike the rest of us, the characters chosen by artists will stick with them for the rest of their careers, hence the importance of selecting parts that represent them and enhance their skills. Otherwise, they may be faced with the same fate that befell George Clooney regarding his role as Batman in the 1997 film, a role that he still regrets today and begs his family not to watch.

Despite the many factors that actors must bear in mind when taking on future projects, oftentimes there is one thing that prevails above everything else: their love for their family. This is how many actors end up accepting roles to please their children or even to impress them. Such was the case with Richard Harris, known for portraying the wise Albus Dumbledore, Hogwarts’ headmaster, for the first two movies of the Harry Potter

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saga. Harris turned down the role three times, even though the pay rose with each new offer. Eventually, however, he gave in when his granddaughter, who was 11 years old and a fan of the Harry Potter books, vowed that she would never speak to him again. Amusingly, many iconic film roles would not have happened if it weren’t for the actors’ children wanting them to occur. In this article, we will go over 10 actors who made movies specifically because of their children.

Angelina Jolie has been involved in a number of projects for grown-up audiences, such as Gia, A Mighty Heart, and Wanted. However, in 2008, she stepped into kids’ movies to give voice to Master Tigress, one of the main characters in Kung Fu Panda. Her goal was to be a part of a family-friendly production that she could enjoy alongside her children. In fact, when filming Kung Fu Panda 3, per People, Jolie went one step further and invited four of her kids — Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and Knox — to join in by voicing some of the animated film’s supporting characters.

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When Michael Sheen got the offer to join the cast of Twilight in the movie New Moon as Aro, one of the leaders of the Vulturi clan, the actor went along happily. Sheen, known among other things for his performances in plays and biographical movies, decided to be part of this teen saga mainly because of his daughter, who was a huge fan of Stephanie Meyer’s novels. Sheen later mentioned that, besides taking part in the project, he had read the books and liked them even more than he had expected he would.

Jennifer Garner went above and beyond to please her children, per Cinema Blend, and apart from accepting a role in a project, she was also part of the production team. That project happened to be Yes Day, the 2021 Netflix movie directed by Miguel Arteta and inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s book of the same name. For one single day, Katie, Nando, and Ellie’s parents would say yes to everything they wished for. Garner’s children have loved the story ever since they read it and, as a family, they do one Yes Day a year. A sequel for this film was announced in July 2021, and is expected to feature the same cast.

Jamie Foxx is yet another actor on this list whose roles are mostly in R-rated films. Some of his most prominent roles were as Ray Charles in the biopic Ray and Max Durocher in Collateral. However, in 2014, he jumped into the skin of Electro, Spider-Man’s supervillain antagonist in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the saga directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield. The reason he accepted the role, later reprising it in the film Spider-Man: No Way Home, was his four-year-old daughter, who was a big fan of this Marvel superhero.

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