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10 Unforgettable “That Guys” in Movies

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When you make a movie, you have main characters and then you have That Guys – background characters that have their own plotlines but aren’t really driving the story. This month, we celebrate them.

10. The Accountant, Drive Angry

William Fichtner is a perpetual That Guy (most notably in the opening scene of The Dark Knight), but his best role was as a Satanic accountant in Drive Angry.


9. Bill Lumbergh, Office Space

As played by Gary Cole, Bill Lumbergh only has a few dozen lines in Office Space, but they’re all infinitely quotable.


8. The Chewlies Guy, Clerks

The structure of Clerks lends itself perfectly to lots of That Guy appearances, but the top of the heap is Scott Schiaffo as the gum salesman with the cancerous lung.


7. Scotty, Boogie Nights

The late lamented Philip Seymour Hoffman was a master at That Guy roles, and his turn as a boom mic operator in Boogie Nights is unforgettable.


6. Harry Ellis, Die Hard

The “obnoxious boss” role is one of the best jobs a That Guy can get, and Hart Bochner nailed it as the sleazy Harry Ellis.

5. Jesus, The Big Lebowski

The Coen Brothers sometimes seem to cast their movies with nothing but That Guys, but John Turturro as Jesus in The Big Lebowski is one of their best.


4. Versace Salesman, Rush Hour 2

Jeremy Piven hams it up like it’s Easter dinner in Rush Hour 2 as a Versace salesman in an unforgettable bit.


3. Mike Damone, Fast Times At Ridgemont High

As the sleazy older guy who coaches Mark Ratner on the ways of love, Robert Romanus was amazing as That Guy in Fast Times At Ridgemont High.


2. Walter Peck, Ghostbusters

William Atherton was so odious as EPA lawyer Robert Peck in Ghostbusters that people threw things at him on the street after the movie came out.


1. Ned Ryerson, Groundhog Day

Stephen Tobolowsky is the king of That Guying, and he nailed the role of Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day so hard that it made his whole career.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…