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Hollywood apprenticeships? No Sorcerers here.

July 14, 2010

CageNic Cage sold popcorn. Jerry Bruckheimer worked in a mail room, Alfred Molina in a morgue and Jay Baruchel screamed like a girl!!!

Disney movie “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” debuts on Friday telling of a modern-day, master sorcerer (Cage) named Balthazar Blake who recruits an apprentice named Dave (Baruchel) to help him battle his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath ( Molina). Disney asked the film’s stars and mega-producer Bruckheimer (the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies and “CSI” TV shows) what their first jobs were — if they ever were apprentices — and below is what they had to say. One hint: in each case, we can pretty much guarantee, it’s better to be a movie star!

Nicolas Cage

My first job was selling popcorn and candy at the Fairfax movie theater in Los Angeles. I would watch movies there and try to figure out how I was going to go from the popcorn stand to the screen.

BaruchelJay Baruchel

When I was a very skinny, strange looking 12-year-old boy I was murdered. Yup. That’s right, murdered. By an orange gelatinous monster in a swimming pool. During the mid 1950s. If any of this sounds insane it is because my first job ever was appearing in an episode of the Nickelodeon show “Are You Afraid of The Dark?” entitled “The Tale Of The Deadman’s Float.” It was awesome but I won’t lie—I reeked of chlorine for a long time. And I screamed like a girl. A very skinny, strange looking girl—with a super high voice.

Alfred Molina

My first job was working in a morgue, or Mortuary as we call it in England. It was a hospital mortuary, and my job was to wheel the cadavers down from the wards, and fill in the tags with all the relevant information. It was dreary, and boring, but it paid really well, considering the amount of work involved.

Jon Turteltaub (Director)

My first job, believe it or not, was working for Dick Clark when I was 17 years old on a TV special called ‘Whatever Became of…’   It was insanely cool.  So cool that I’m not even mentioning my real first job picking dead azaleas off my neighbor’s bushes for ten dollars.

BruckheimerJerry Bruckheimer (Producer)

After I graduated college, and before I went to Hollywood to try and produce movies, I was hired beneath the ground floor at the age of 21 by the advertising firm of MacManus John & Adams, which had offices near Detroit, where I grew up.  My parents wanted me to become a doctor, lawyer or dentist.  I wanted instead to be a low paid employee in the mail room of an advertising agency that handled the General Motors account.  I wanted an outlet for my creativity, but I couldn’t afford to live anywhere else but at home in Michigan.  I worked hard, doing mail runs on weekends, and people started to notice that I was always around doing my job.  Soon they allowed me to produce my own commercials, and I did one which spoofed ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ to sell Pontiac automobiles.  It was mentioned by Time magazine and won a few awards, and the big New York-based advertising firm of BBD&O then hired me, where I continued to learn how to tell stories in 60 seconds or less.

Teresa Palmer (the actress portraying Becky Barnes)

At 15, my first job ever was to dress up as Strawberry Shortcake at my local supermarket.  So every weekend I would get into my costume and parade through the aisles of the supermarket with the massive plastic head balancing on my shoulders! It got so hot and claustrophobic in that suit that the following summer, I upgraded my job to drive-thru teller at Burger King!

Toby Kebbell (the actor portraying Drake Stone)

It was a paper round. I was the highest-paid paper boy because I did an extra three rounds on Sundays.

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