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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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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

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

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.