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10 Times IFC Stars Shined on the Big Screen

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With Bill Hader owning the box office these days, with star turns in both Finding Dory and The BFG, we got to thinking about our favorite movies featuring the stars of IFC. From indie dramas, to cult hits, box office behemoths to comedy classics, the stars of Portlandia, Documentary Now!, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Maron and Todd Margaret have popped up in some of the best movies of the last two decades. It wasn’t easy to narrow down, but here are our favorite movie roles from some of IFC’s brightest stars.

10. Will Arnett, The Lego Movie

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If we just look at his TV work — from Arrested Development to 30 Rock and Todd Margaret — Will Arnett is a national treasure. And with his turn as Batman in The Lego Movie scoring The Dark Knight his own spin-off flick, it looks like the man formerly known as GOB finally has a movie franchise to call his own. While he may not be the Batman we deserve, he will always be the smug, sarcastic Batman that we need.


9. Carrie Brownstein, Carol

It’s pretty remarkable to think that Carrie Brownstein had such a memorable turn in this critical darling of a film, considering she’s only been an actor for a few years. Before Portlandia, she was best know for fronting the indie-punk trio Sleater-Kinney, and yet here she was in 2015 playing Genevieve Cantrel, a young woman who has a dalliance with lead Rooney Mara in Todd Haynes’ awards season favorite. Watch the video above where Carrie talks about loving the film’s script, and her brief (but crucial) role. (Catch up on Portlandia right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.)


8. Scott Aukerman, Austin Powers in Goldmember

Yes, that’s Comedy Bang! Bang!‘s own Hot Saucerman in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it part as a Young Nigel, Austin Powers’ proud papa. Scott was much more known for being a writer on cult comedy shows like Mr. Show at the time, so his brief appearance in the third Austin Powers outing was more of a bit part than a star turn. As Scott said of the role in a 2013 interview, “Who knew being Michael Caine’s body double in Austin Powers 3 was in my future? If I could go back and tell Young Me that I would end up doing that, I wonder what reaction he would give. ‘Who is Austin Powers and why should I care?'” Just call him Scott Cameoman. (Click here to see all airings of Austin Powers in Goldmember on IFC. Catch up on Comedy Bang! Bang! right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.)


7. Weird Al Yankovic, UHF

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What, did you think we were going to pick Al’s brief turn in the Halloween II remake? UHF is THE Weird Al movie. Full of over-the-top parody, a killer collection of crazy songs, and a star making turn by future Kramer Michael Richards, “Weird Al” both wrote and starred in this ’80s family night staple. Heck, the term “cult classic” could have been coined just for the “Wheel of Fish” scene. (Catch up on Comedy Bang! Bang! right now on IFC.com and the IFC app. Click here to read 10 things you may not know about UHF.)


6. Jack McBrayer, They Came Together

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Few have seen They Came Together, the David Wain-directed, Paul Rudd/Amy Poehler rom com spoof, and that’s a shame. With a murderer’s row of comedy heavyweights, and enough silliness to keep you giggling for days, They Came Together is a cult classic waiting to happen. McBrayer — who we loved on Todd Margaret‘s third season — plays one of Rudd’s friends, who gives advice almost as bad as his jump shot.


5. Seth Meyers, American Dreamz

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The Documentary Now! cocreator turned up in the 2006 Hugh Grant pop music spoof American Dreamz as a slick agent with the awesome name of Chet Krogl.


4. Bill Hader, Tropic Thunder

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Hader was still making a name for himself on SNL when he got cast opposite an unrecognizable Tom Cruise in this comedy classic. Playing an assistant to the most foul mouthed, grotesque, and yet oddly effective producer Hollywood has ever seen, Hader got laughs by playing it straight. In fact, Tom Cruise could learn a thing or two about playing it straight from the guy.


3. David Cross, Waiting for Guffman

While Todd Margaret star David Cross would no doubt jokingly site Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel as the highlight of his feature film career, for us, he will always be the Blaine, Missouri UFO expert from Christopher Guest’s classic mockumentary who visits the same alien landing site every day for two years. With far too much time on his hands and a loose understanding of how anagrams work, we’ll just have to take his word for it when it comes to the greatest mystery of our time.


2. Fred Armisen, Anchorman

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Fred was still fairly new to SNL when he landed a cameo in Anchorman, the first film collaboration from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Playing a club owner who could not get enough of Ron Burgundy’s sweet jazz flute, Fred nearly stole the scene out from under the comedy icon, launching a killer career in movies in the process. (Catch up on Portlandia right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.)


1. Marc Maron, Almost Famous

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Marc spent most of the early days of his career doing stand-up and brooding in the back of dark bars, but he did pop up occasionally in the odd cameo. In 2000, he showed up in Almost Famous as a furious music promoter who tried to keep the rockers in Stillwater from fleeing without finishing their full set. (Fans of Marc’s WTF Podcast will recognize his “Lock the gates!” line from the opening of every episode.) With Maron coming to an end, maybe it’s finally time for “Angry Promoter” to get his own movie. (Watch the final season of Maron anytime on IFC.com and the IFC app.)

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The Brockmire Premiere Is All Truth

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At long last, the Brockmire pre-premiere has arrived. Which means you can watch it right now—on IFC.com, at Funny Or Die, on IFC’s Apple TV and mobile apps, on Youtube, on Facebook, on the AMC apps, and right here. So grab some headphones and get watching.

No seriously, get headphones.

Because whether he’s giving a play-by-play or ruminating on the world around him, Jim Brockmire calls it like he sees it. And how he sees it is very NSFW. His take on life is actually quite refreshing, even to the point of being profoundly sage. For proof just look at these pearls of unconventional wisdom from the premiere…

Brockmire On The Internet

“If I need porn I just buy a nudie mag, like my father and his father before him.”

Brockmire On Sex-Ed

“Kids, a strap-on is a belt with d— on it that mommies use to f— daddies.”
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Brockmire On The Perfect High

“Somewhere between 10 cups of coffee and very low-grade cocaine.”
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Brockmire On The Tardiness of Spring

“Old man winter’s reaching his hand inside your coat to give that thing one more squeeze.”

Brockmire On Keeping Perspective

“I thought I hit rock bottom in a handicap restroom in Bangkok where a Thai lady-boy snorted crank off my johnson while a sunburnt German watched us on the toilet”
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Brockmire On Humanity

“If you want to look directly into the gaping maw of oblivion, don’t look up to the heavens. Just look in the mirror.”
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See these nuggets and more in the first episode of Brockmire, and see the whole season beginning April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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