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10 Actors Who Took On A Role For Their Kids | ScreenRant

From Johnny Depp to Will Smith and Idris Elba, sometimes actors feel the need to diverge from the genres they usually act in and to do more family-friendly movies, especially when they have children. In fact, many actors agree to do certain movies in order to please their kids.

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The power of children over their parents can never be underestimated, even in Hollywood. They can heavily influence which roles their actor-parents decide to take on.

10 Ryan Reynolds: Detective Pikachu

Ryan Reynolds has done quite a few movies, but very few of them are suitable for children. Between Deadpool and The Hitman's Bodyguard, Reynolds' movies are not exactly rated PG-13.

That's why the actor decided to voice the titular Detective Pikachu. In the movie's commentary track, the actor, who has three youngsters with Blake Lively, explained he was excited to be able to make a film that his children would be allowed to watch now while they are young. As far as the rest of Reynolds' filmography is concerned, his kids will have to wait until they are of age to see his R-rated work.

9 Jodie Foster: Nim's Island

People know Jodie Foster for her iconic roles in dramas and thrillers, movies like Silence of the Lambs, or Panic Room. But not so much for being a comedy actor. She has been in countless movies ever since she was a child, but when the opportunity to be in the 2008 adventure/comedy Nim's Island alongside Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler came around, Foster saw the chance to make a movie her kids could see.

She didn't want to be in a CGI-packed film but rather preferred a role in a movie that was simpler, with a "back to nature" angle. Plus, her children got to go to Australia while she shot the movie, and which child wouldn't like the chance to pet a koala?

8 Viggo Mortensen: Lord of the Rings

As Aragorn, Viggo Mortensen is one of the most iconic characters of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Yet, the actor didn't initially have any intention of playing the son of Arathorn. In fact, he explained in a TV interview that he was a last-minute replacement in The Fellowship of the Ring.

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Mortensen had not read Tolkien's books but his son, who was 11 at the time, convinced him to do the films. The actor had no idea who the character of Aragorn was or that he would ultimately become king at the end of the trilogy.

7 Michael Sheen: Twilight

Fans can thank Lily, Michael Sheen's daughter who was 10 at the time, for the actor being Aro in the Twilight saga. When he was asked to play the role, Sheen wasn't familiar with the Twilight story but his daughter reportedly "squealed with delight" when he told her he was up for the part of one of the Volturi vampires.

Sheen wasn't interested in playing this villain at first, but he accepted the role when he realized that it would make his daughter happy. He then proceeded to read the books and enjoyed them more than he expected.

6 Julianne Moore: Hunger Games

Julianne Moore is proof that some actors don't really have a say when it comes to doing certain movies. It's the case of Julianne Moore, whose children insisted that she take part in The Hunger Games franchise.

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Her son Caleb was a fan of the books first and then his sister Liv incited their mother to read the trilogy. After loving the books, Moore became President Coin in the second movie of the franchise and her popularity with her children increased drastically.

5 Jaime Foxx: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

At only four years old, Jamie Foxx's daughter was a huge Spider-Man fan. So when the opportunity to be in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 presented itself, Foxx could not pass on it. He played the villain Electro and even took his daughter to the set to tell her he was going to be up against her favorite superhero.

There's nothing better to win brownie points with children than being in a movie franchise they are obsessed with, and even if Foxx had been in the animated film Rio before joining Spider-Man, it appears that it is being set to meet Peter Parker that made a difference for his daughter.

4 Kate Winslet: Divergent

Sometimes actors want to do a film so that their kids can see what they do for a living, and sometimes they do a movie so that their kids think they are cool. It's the reason Kate Winslet took on a role in the Divergent franchise. At the time her daughter was 13 and her son 10, both at an age where popular young adult books series becoming movies is the talk of the schoolyard.

Kate Winslet had been in major blockbusters, like when she played the iconic Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic, before but never in a popular franchise. When it was announced that she would play Jeanine in Divergent, Winslet instantly became cooler in the eyes of her kids and their friends.

3 Garry Oldman: Harry Potter

Just like Kate Winslet, Gary Oldman wanted to improve his "cool" ratings with his sons. When the opportunity to be a part of the Harry Potter film franchise came along, the Oscar-winning actor jumped on the chance to be the cool guy at school.

Before becoming Sirius Black, Oldman had done a lot of critically acclaimed movies, but not a lot that may have captured the interest of his sons, Gulliver and Charlie. At the time, Oldman was also a single dad, and being in Harry Potter allowed him to reach a younger fanbase while doing a series of films that would keep him close to his own children.

2 Cate Blanchett: Thor Ragnarok

The Oscar-winning actor Cate Blanchett wasn't very familiar with the Marvel Cinematic Universe before her children dragged her into it. The main reason why she accepted the role of Hela in Thor: Ragnarok was because her children were huge fans of the Marvel films.

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Blanchett has said that the movie allowed her to "speak the same language" as her children. Of course, she was also interested in working alongside Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth, but being the first female villain of the MCU was a way to get closer to her kids.

1 Jennifer Garner: Yes Day

Not only did Jennifer Garner star and produced the movie Yes Day, but she has been wanting to make it ever since her own children became obsessed with the book of the same name by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld. In fact, Garner has been doing "Yes Days" with her kids Violet (15), Seraphina (12), and Samuel (9) for years.

In the film, Jennifer Garner, who is known for various movies like the action-packed Elektra or the TV series Alias, plays a woman who used to say "yes" all the time when she was younger but started saying "no" a lot more after becoming a mother.

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