Cheap Thrills, which hits theaters today, is about an escalating series of dares proposed to a few desperate men, which they must carry out in exchange for cash provided by a twisted couple. But behind every story there's a grain of truth, and the ensemble of actors in the flick have done their fair share of things for money that maybe they shouldn’t be so proud of. Things like:
Pat Healy - Home Alone 3 (1997)
The start of Cheap Thrills has a long and very respectable resume, having taken turns in Magnolia, Rescue Dawn, Ghost World, and the excellent, under-the-radar indie horror The Innkeepers. In fact, you have to go all the way back to the very first role of his career to find some garbage. But what wonderful garbage it is. Pat first flexed his acting muscles in Home Alone 3, otherwise known as “The one without Macaulay Culkin.” Although with talent like Scarlett Johansson and the janitor from Scrubs, how bad could it really be? (Really bad, is the answer. Really, really bad.)
David Koechner - Whatever it Takes (2000)
The man who brought Champ Kind to life in Achorman has quite a different resume from Pat Healy. The obviously hilarious actor has taken most jobs that have come his way, and as he told us, he is totally not ashamed of it. And why should he be? Money is money, even when it comes in exchange for acting in a God-awful “reimagining” of Cyrano de Bergerac starring a 22-year-old (but just as smug) James Franco. More power to you, Dave, because this comedy probably had you laughing - or not laughing; it’s awful - all the way to the bank.
Sara Paxton - Superhero Movie (2008)
The beautiful former Today’s Girl also starred in The Innkeepers alongside Pat Healy. She’s also just now making a name for herself, and we’re seeing big things on the horizon for the starlet. Unfortunately, in order to move to that horizon, she’s had to navigate some pretty terrible seas. Some of the black marks on her record are (and we’re just guessing, because we’d have to see these to be sure, and we’re not willing to do that) the Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker, Return to Halloweenton, and a 2004 made-for-TV reboot of Mr. Ed. But the blackest of the marks is her turn in the triumphantly terrible spoof Superhero Movie.
Ethan Embry - Disturbing Behavior (1998)
The bassist from The Wonders cut his early acting teeth on '90s angsty-teen movie goodness like Empire Records and Can’t Hardly Wait. But that strategy went awry with Disturbing Behavior, which starred a murderer’s row of hunky and sultry '90s actors (James Marsden, Nick Stahl, Katie Holmes), but fell flat with a plot that centered around a mind-control conspiracy that doubled as a ham-fisted metaphor for conformism. Sorry, Ethan, but we just can’t excuse taking a role in what is basically The Stepford Wives with Trapper Keepers.
Everyone has skeletons in their closet.