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12 Actors You Probably Didn’t Notice In These Movies

Whether it was before they were famous or just the briefest of cameo roles, you might be surprised to discover the movies the following actors and actresses featured in:

Kevin Hart – The 40 Year Old Virgin

Now one of America’s most successful comedians, Hart featured as CJ in Scary Movie 3 shortly before making a cameo appearance in the slightly more bearable movie, The 40 Year Old Virgin, playing a disgruntled Smart Tech customer back in 2005.

Seth Rogen – Donnie Darko & Anchorman

One of Hollywood’s most beloved comedy actors had small roles in both of these major movies. Firstly, he featured as one of the Donnie Darko bullies back in 2001 and three years later he was given a handful of lines as a cameraman for channel 4 news.

Nick Offerman – Sin City

Parks and Rec’s very own Nick Offerman featured as Mr Shlubb AKA Fat Man in 2005’s Sin City – a slightly different role to his portrayal of Ron Swanson as we know and love him for now.

Quentin Tarantino – Little Nicky

No stranger to a small cameo role is the legendary director, who here portrays a preacher who recognises Adam Sandler’s character as the devil’s son in Little Nicky from 2000.

Cate Blanchett & Peter Jackson – Hot Fuzz

It’s becoming common knowledge that Oscar winning actress Blanchett makes a small appearance as Nicholas Angel’s girlfriend Janine in Hot Fuzz, albeit wearing a hazmat suit, mask and goggles. What you may not know is that Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, also shares a small cameo, playing the crazed Santa Claus who stabs Angel in the hand during the opening montage.

Kristen Stewart – Panic Room

The Twilight star was indeed Jodie Foster’s diabetic daughter in David Fincher’s Panic Room from 2002. She even received a nomination for a Young Artist Award for her performance. Stewart also appeared prior to that in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas where she played a young ring toss girl.

Josh Hutcherson – Kicking and Screaming

Almost a decade before girls started going crazy for him in The Hunger Games, Hutcherson starred alongside Will Ferrell in the soccer based, Kicking and Screaming in 2005. A year later he also featured as Robin Williams’ son in RV: Runaway Vacation.

Ryan Gosling – Remember the Titans

The first time we were all properly introduced to the recently Oscar nominated actor was in Disney’s 2000 American football flick, Remember the Titans in which we also saw a young Hayden Panettiere.

Chris Pratt – Moneyball

Before he became one of Hollywood’s sought after actors, Pratt featured as baseball player Scott Hatteberg alongside Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in baseball based, Moneyball, back in 2011.

Ryan Reynolds – X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Seven years before the release and subsequent success of Deadpool, Reynolds had actually already played the role of Wade Wilson alongside Hugh Jackman in the origins story behind Wolverine – which wasn’t adored quite as much.

Elijah Wood – Back to the Future 2

This one isn’t that difficult to spot given the fact that Wood hasn’t changed at all since the release of Back to the Future back in 1989. The Lord of the Rings actor played a young gamer boy who takes on Marty McFly at some classic video games.

Megan Fox – Bad Boys II

You can be forgiven for missing this one as Fox made the briefest of appearance dancing in a nightclub scene in 2003’s Bad Boys II. Controversially, she was wearing a stars and stripes bikini, a red cowboy hat and six inch heels at the tender age of 15…

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The Monuments Men – Review

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The Monuments Men is rather a tough film to understand. Not because of the storyline but because it struggles to decide what kind of movie it wants to be. This Second World War caper maintains a comedic element throughout which makes it difficult to take its subject matter seriously enough.

George Clooney stars in and directs the true story of a group of old timing misfits, brought together due to their love of art. This unique band of brothers are sent into the heart of battle in order to prevent the Nazis from stealing and ultimately destroying some of the world’s most famous pieces of art. This all towards the end of the war, which means the Nazis have almost admitted defeat, adding more incentive to demolish culture’s finest products.

Clooney has already proved himself in the director’s chair with successful outings in The Ides of March and Good Night, and Good Luck. However, where these films both had a true thought provoking backbone behind them, The Monuments Men struggles to pick apart its audience’s brains. This may partly be down to the film’s mighty cast including Clooney himself, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban and Jean Dujardin. Add in recent Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Brit Hugh Bonneville, this is a cast with a wealth of experience and talent. Yet the film struggles to get the best out of any of them and this therefore makes it difficult to fully engage with any of the characters and ultimately the story.

The Monuments Men will make you laugh and it will also sadden you. And right here is it’s primary downfall. The film fails to set a tone and passes you by without making any real impact, which is a shame, as the storyline of such an epic tale is really not done justice.

In it’s defence, the film is clever and quirky and the vast array of World War II scene locations are beautiful and extremely detailed.

The Monuments Men had all the ingredients to produce a great piece of film, but in an attempt to stretch to a more mainstream audience, it backfires and is anything but monumental. It’s attempts to balance the comedy and drama fail and the audience are left unattached and unengaged.

6/10