One of the most popular and strangely enduring posts on the site was a one I ran last February: 12 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were in Movies You’ve Seen (Seth Rogen in Donnie Darko!). Basically, it’s a collection of now stars who you wouldn’t have noticed during the movie’s original run because they weren’t famous, but who would stand out to you now if you were to re-watch the movie.
In the comments of that post, there were a lot of other suggestions, and I went through a collected the best 17 for this reader-suggested sequel (there were a slew of TV suggestions, as well, which I’ll hold for a later post).
Except for Phillip Seymour Hoffman (but not Todd Louiso), all of these came as a surprise to me, even Fillion. I have no idea how I missed that, and I’m a little embarrassed to admit it.
Courtney Cox in Masters of the Universe
Michael Shannon in Groundhog Day
Jim Carrey in Peggy Sue Got Married
Phillip Seymour Hoffman AND Todd Louiso in Scent of a Woman
Nathan Fillion in Saving Private Ryan
Aaron Paul in Mission: Impossible III
Liam Neeson in Krull
Jason Segel in SLC Punk
Mischa Barton in Notting Hill
Jane Lynch in The Fugitive
Gerard Butler in Tomorrow Never Dies
Jack Black in Waterworld
Ben Affleck in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The Movie)
Jane Krakowski in National Lampoon’s Vacation
Richard Dreyfuss in The Graduate
Justin Long in Galaxy Quest
Matthew McConaughey (and Neal McDonough) in Angels in the Outfield