Early Roles That MCU Actors Would Like You To Forget About

Going from child star to movie star isn’t easy. That’s a lesson young actors have often learned the hard way. Scarlett Johansson managed to push through after her breakout role in Robert Redford’s “The Horse Whisperer” (1998), which she made when she was just 13. Over the course of her career, Johansson’s movies have made over $15 billion, with many of them featuring ScarJo in above-the-title roles. However, she may consider herself lucky to have made it to “The Horse Whisperer” in the first place, as her earlier roles showed promise, but not profit. 

In 1994, she played John Ritter’s daughter in Rob Reiner’s “North,” starring Elijah Wood as a kid searching the globe for the perfect mom and dad. “North” earned scathing reviews, including a rare zero stars from Roger Ebert, who famously wrote: “I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it.” Tell us how you really feel, why don’t you? Moviegoers felt similarly, sinking “North” with just a $6.5 million take-home. After ScarJo’s next film, “Just Cause,” didn’t fare much better, her agent probably thought a “Home Alone” movie was a slam dunk. Except that movie was “Home Alone 3,” and it didn’t star Macaulay Culkin. The film’s bad reviews and a poor box office performance might have sent Johansson on the first bus back home, but she thankfully stuck around Hollywood long enough to film “The Horse Whisperer” instead, and the rest is history.

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