What 16 Hot Male Actors Over 40 Looked Like For Their First Role Vs. Now

Even if dating them would be a little bit weird, every girl has had a little crush on an older celebrity at least once in her life. Maybe you never got the appeal of George Clooney’s gray hair, but you think Will Smith is still totally smoking hot. Or maybe you can’t get enough of Paul Rudd’s ageless-ness or Robert Downey Jr.’s badass attitude. Either way, it’s hard not to think some older male actors are attractive.

It’s even harder not to think they’re cute after seeing what they looked like when they were younger. Actually, I think most of these dudes look better now then they did back in the ’80s and ’90s, and that’s because men age really well and life is unfair. Here are what 16 hot male actors over 40 looked like for their first roles vs what they look like right now.

Leonardo DiCaprio

We're starting with my imaginary boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio, because why wouldn't we? Leo started making movies when he was really young. His first role was in Critters 3 in 1991, and he quickly went on to much bigger and better things, because he's a great actor and he deserves an Oscar, damnit! Now Leo has a lot of facial hair that kind of makes him look like a caveman, but it's fine, he's still gorgeous and wonderful.

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Paul Rudd

I thought Paul Rudd had started off his career with Clueless, but I was wrong. His first role was in the movie Runaway Daughters in 1994, a year before Clueless made him even more famous. The right isn't the best picture of him, because Paul Rudd literally hasn't aged. He looks exactly the same as he did in the '90s, and that is just terrifying. But amazing. But terrifying.

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John Stamos

OMG can we just appreciate this picture of John Stamos on the left please? This is supposedly a picture of John when he starred on the soap opera General Hospital in the early 1980's. John did a few other random roles before he made it big as Uncle Jesse in Full House and became gorgeous. He is just getting hotter with age. I mean, come on, man.

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Will Smith

I thought Will Smith had barely aged until I looked for a recent photo of him on our photo source site, and I was like, wait, is that a young Bill Cosby? It's just that he's rocking a turtleneck and that hat, and I want to be like Will, stop. Will has changed so much since his rapping days with DJ Jazzy Jeff in the 1980's. He no longer raps at all, actually, and he doesn't wear his amazing/ridiculous '90s getups either. Now he's a serious actor who has a slightly odd family life who we all still love anyway.

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Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has been in so many things, but one of his first roles was in a movie called No Way Out from 1987. Look at him! He looks so young and like so much of a stud. When I see old pictures of Brad Pitt, then I understand why my aunt is obsessed with him. Now, Brad always has something weird going on with his hair and... I don't know. I'm just not that into him anymore. But that's not the point. Brad still does so much amazing acting, and he does a lot of humanitarian work with Angelina Jolie.

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Ben Affleck

When I think of young Ben Affleck, I think of him as one of the douchiest characters ever in Dazed and Confused. But Ben started his career before then, and one his first roles was in a movie called Daddy in 1991. He looks so pre-pubescent! Ben Affleck got better looking as he got older, and I think right now is a really good time for him. He's also been doing more directing lately, and luckily, his career did not completely fail after Gigli.

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George Clooney

George Clooney might look pretty old now, with his gray hair, but come on guys - no matter how old you are, you have to admit that he is still so handsome. Okay, you don't have to, but he is, in my opinion. And look at him when he was younger! One of George's first roles was in a movie called Combat Academy that came out in 1986. George is still making so amazing films, and he finally ended a lifetime of being a bachelor. He's growing!

Matthew McConaughey

Did anyone else realize that Matthew McConaughey was really, really attractive when he was younger? Because he was, and this dark picture is proof. Before one of his most famous roles in Dazed and Confused, Matthew had a role in a movie called My Boyfriend's Back in 1991. Although he's famous for playing a lazy stoner who just kind of floats through life, Matthew has been pursuing more serious roles lately, and has really showed off his acting chops.

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Johnny Depp

Ahhhh, look at young Johnny Depp. So beautiful. So perfect. Johnny's first role was in Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, and since then, he has done so much with his career. Even in his older age, Johnny is still seen as a Hollywood hunk, and he probably always will be. He's so original and awesome that even when he makes a terrible movie (and it happens quite often), we all still forgive him.

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Jake Gyllenhaal

In case you didn't realize, Jake Gyllenhaal has been acting since he was a kid. Here is he is in his first role in City Slickers in 1991. How adorable is he?! Jake really made it big in cult-favorite movies like Bubble Boy and Donnie Darko, and now he plays a good variety of roles. Also, he looks amazing with facial hair.

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Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. plays a superhero and has aged very well, so you probably don't even realize how old he is. But here he is, in his first role in the movie Pound in 1970. 1970! That is almost 20 years before I was born. RDJ has been acting since forever, and he's done so much with his career. He's also been through a lot with his personal life, as he was a child actor who went down a really bad path with drugs and drinking. He's since gotten control of his addictions, and now we all know him as Iron Man.

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Idris Elba

Well, I just found out that Idris Elba played opposite Beyonce in Obsessed, so there's that. Anyway, Idris has been around for a while, and this is him around the time of one his first roles in Sorted in 2000. I think Idris has aged so well, and looks even better as an older man, no?

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Jared Leto

Can we talk about young Jared Leto because OMG. Before Jared got big on My So-Called Life, one of his first roles was in a movie called How To Make An American Quilt in 1995. I can't believe how young he looks! And how different he looks without long hair.

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Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg started out his career as a rapper in New Kids On The Block in the 1980's, and his name was Marky Mark. This is something Mark Wahlberg would like us all to forget completely, but we never will because it was amazing. He tries to be a really serious actor now, and he is, but then you think of Marky Mark and just smile.

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Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx is another actor who started off his career as a musician, in 1994. Has Jamie Foxx aged at all? No, I don't think he has. Is he an alien? Where did he come from? Can I have his genes?

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Bruce Willis

You might be like, ew, Bruce Willis is old and bald, but don't say that. Bruce Willis is still very attractive, and also, look at him when he was younger. Here he is in one of his first roles in the movie The First Deadly Sin in 1980. He was a total catch.

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Which of these actors is your favorite? Who is your least favorite? Which surprised you the most? Tell me in the comments.

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  • 04Romi

    Gyllenhaal is 34…

  • Ycp18

    Mark Wahlberg was in Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch not New Kids On The Block. That was his brother Donnie Wahlberg.