Old job: President of the Philippines, 1998-2001
New image: Action-movie-star-turned-president Joseph Estrada was ousted in 2001 after serving less than half his term amid a flurry of corruption charges. Estrada has also admitted to having numerous children out of wedlock and reportedly made crucial policy decisions with the help of a "midnight cabinet" of old drinking buddies. He was finally convicted of "plunder" in 2007 and sentenced to life imprisonment, but was pardoned by his successor, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, just a few weeks later under a deal in which he promised not to go back into politics.
But Estrada broke his promise and entered the 2010 presidential election, doing so, he told the New York Times, "so I can clean up my name and prove to those who removed me that they were wrong." Instead, what he got was a new legal mess with months of challenges over whether he was eligible to run, having already served as president. Estrada eventually won his case, but lost the election to Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino, son of former President Corazon Aquino.
Now Estrada is preparing to defend himself from a U.S. lawsuit filed by the daughters of a Filipino publicist who say the former president was complicit in their father's killing in 2001. Estrada has joked about the case, telling the Philippine Daily Inquirer, "That's bullshit. What will they get from me? Where will I get the money?"
Estrada remains popular among poor Filipinos and continues to influence the country's politics through control of his party, but the country might be better off if the action hero went back to focusing on his movie career.