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8 Movies You Totally Forgot David Oyelowo Was In

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David Oyelowo has always been “that guy” in “that thing…I think.” The 38-year-old actor has been appearing in various films and TV series since the late ’90s, usually letting bigger stars like Matthew McConaughey, Forest Whitaker or James Franco pull focus. But thanks to his star-making role in the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic, Selma, Oyelowo soaked up the spotlight at the Independent Spirit Awards, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, BAFTAs and Oscars. But before all the accolades, Oyelowo was in more movies than you think. Here’s a few examples of where you might’ve seen him before:

8. The Paperboy

When most of us think of The Paperboy, we think of Nicole Kidman’s crazy performance, or how it was a stepping stone for Matthew McConaughey’s journey to turning his career around after all those rom-com nightmares. But Oyelowo gave a superb performance. If that one speech where he reveals to the young and naive Efron about what he let his big brother do behind closed doors didn’t leave you with your mouth ajar, you might wanna reevaluate your capacity to feel emotion.


7. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

There was a lot going on in the first prequel Planet of the Apes movie: Andy Serkis becoming Caesar through motion capture, the ape rebellion and James Franco. So it’s understandable that we all may or may not have forgotten that Oyelowo played the money-hungry company head. He wasn’t in there for too much time, but he was the one who inadvertently caused the calamitous events that would soon transpire because he refused to listen to wise counsel.


6. The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland is Forest Whitaker’s game. He won Best Actor at the Oscars for his performance as Uganda President Idi Amin, one of the world’s most savage figures. After Whitaker, the recognition goes to James McAvoy for playing Scottish Dr. Garrigan. But, yes, poking out between these talents is Oyelowo playing the small role of Dr. Junju.


5. As You Like It

Shakespeare is so rooted in classical acting training that anyone’s who’s anyone has been featured in a Shakespeare play in some capacity. But Oyelowo’s Orlando in the Kenneth Branagh-directed As You Like It from 2006 often goes overlooked.


4. Derailed

Perhaps it’s because the thriller starring Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston wasn’t all that memorable to begin with, but we definitely didn’t register Oyelowo pulling up in the picture as a police officer. We were already trying to wrap our heads around the fact that this was like Fatal Attraction, except for the crazy one-night stand it was a crazy third party voyeur of the one-night stand.


3. The Help

Oyelowo reunited with his As You Like It co-star Bryce Dallas Howard on the Oscar-winning The Help (Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress in 2012). Trust us, he’s there. If you look closely during those church scenes, you’ll find him playing Preacher Green, the man who helps inspire the maids in his congregation to reveal the injustices. But be careful not to blink or you might miss him.


2. Lincoln

By Oscar time, the only names anyone associated with Lincoln were Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field. All three were up for Oscars, and Lewis won Best Actor for his role as America’s 16th President, but Oyelowo kept up alongside them as Corporal Ira Clark. It’s funny to listen to the speech he gives Lincoln about the future of the civil rights movement, alluding to Martin Luther King.


1. Jack Reacher

“We don’t find this guy unless he wants to be found.” This line was one of the more memorable ones from the Tom Cruise action flick, and we totally forgot that the future Selma star was the one who said it. It happens. Hey, we pretty much all forgot everyone else in the Mission: Impossible movies or who that rocker women was in Rock of Ages. (Christina Aguilera, I wanna say…)

Honorable mentions (because you should still remember these appearances, as they only recently came out): Louis Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler (opposite Forest Whitaker), the high school principal in Interstellar (opposite Matthew McConaughey) and Lawrence in A Most Violent Year (opposite Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain).

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Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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