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You Won't Believe Who The Kid From 'Kazaam' Grew Up To Be

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | January 15, 2016 |

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | January 15, 2016 |

There was a sweet spot in 1996 where Shaquille O’Neal was convinced he could translate his success on the basketball court to success not only in movie theaters but also in the rap game. His play at all kinds of new fame was called Kazaam, a mess of a movie about a tough young kid who befriends a giant genie who lives in a boombox.

Shaq’s wish for movie stardom hasn’t really panned out, though he has popped up in a string of embarrassing comedies, like Freddy Got Fingered, Scary Movie 4, Jack and Jill, Grown Ups 2 and Blended. But what became of his kiddie co-star?

Take a look at actor Francis Capra from then and now.

Yup. Capra grew up and leaned hard into the tough guy niche, covering himself with tattoos. And hey, it helped get him a recurring role on Veronica Mars as the gruff but lovable gang leader Weevil, a part he reprised in the series’ crowdfunded 2014 movie and short-lived spin-off Play It Again, Dick.

H/T to How Did This Get Made who mentioned this mind-melting “Where Are They Now” nugget during their Kazaam ep.

Kristy Puchko is the film editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.