Long before it was a thing, Otter Disaster and I used to play a wide-ranging and never-ending game that we called “Hey, It’s That Guy!”  (Somebody else later made a website about it, but we were TOTALLY firsties.)  Not so long ago, I was utterly startled to find a young Scarlett Johansson as the daughter in ‘Eight-Legged Freaks,’ but the REAL shocks came when I accidentally viewed a late night episode of ‘Californication.’  In addition to Agent Mulder in the lead role, I found myself shocked to recognize a few of his conquests from their other roles as well:  Chandler’s ex Janice from ‘Friends,’ Diane from ‘Loveline,’ and most shockingly, Gracie, the youngest daughter from ‘The Nanny.’  Sure, everyone grows up, and preteen actresses will eventually grow up into full-grown women, but the moment where my brain finally kicked into gear was something of a full-frontal revelation (and, no, that is not merely a clever metaphor.)

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) knows the face, but completely blanked on the name, asking: What’s the most surprising (you should excuse the expression). “actor reveal” you’ve ever encountered?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Praion
    April 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    The realisiation that Walther White is Malcoms Dad.

    • Mark
      April 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm — Reply

      Wait What!
      Oh that’s awesome

    • April 8, 2013 at 12:36 am — Reply

      He was also Jerry Seinfeld’s dentist.

  2. Hannah
    April 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm — Reply

    That Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, is also The Shredder from the old TMNT.

    Also that Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers is Donnie Thornberry.

    Both pretty cool.

    • Matty B
      April 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm — Reply

      I second Uncle Phil as The Shredder. That was pretty awesome.

  3. April 7, 2013 at 8:09 pm — Reply

    The Kid from Sling Blade is the Guy from The Fast and the Furious TOKYO DRIFT!

  4. April 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm — Reply

    Realizing Kaylee from “Firefly” was the girl from that Disney show “Flash Forward” that I watched after school a few years earlier.

    Finding out that Mr. Feeny was KITT thanks to someone on the MS forums. That still boggles my mind.

  5. Solid Muldoon
    April 7, 2013 at 11:09 pm — Reply

    Watching Animal House and realizing that Otter was Jonny Quest.

  6. April 8, 2013 at 9:38 am — Reply

    Watching Big Momma’s House 2 and realizing the youngest daughter is Hit-Girl.

  7. April 8, 2013 at 9:48 am — Reply

    Figuring out that the kid Batman saved in Batman Begins grew up to be King Joffrey.

    Had there not been an internet meme, I might still not have put it together.

    Also, realizing that Captain Kirk was the voice of Jack Frost.

  8. April 9, 2013 at 12:19 am — Reply

    Not an actor reveal but a character: that Machete Cortez is the Spy Kids’ weapons supplier and “Uncle Machete” Actress wise, Allison Scagliotti playing a boy raised as a girl on an episode of MENTAL.

    • April 9, 2013 at 10:13 pm — Reply

      Actually, it was stated by Trejo and Rodriguez that it isn’t the same Machete, it is just the same name and the same actor. Really made me sad, too, because that would have been awesome if they were the same character.

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