What 20 Iconic Movie Characters Would Look Like Today
Some teen films were the leap to success in the career of many actors. Especially if the roles they played were part of a cult movie. Even though years have passed and the actors are no longer the same age as when they played their characters, we could not imagine someone different playing the same role.
Today, at Bright Side we let our imagination run wild and compiled some iconic scenes to see what their actors would’ve looked like playing the same characters years later.
1. Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash in Clueless
Clueless was released in 1995 and its plot, which has a touch of comedy, revolves around the problems of 2 upper-class teenagers. Its success made it a cult film in pop culture. The protagonist was Alicia Silverstone, who at the age of 18, achieved great popularity and recognition. Currently, Alicia is 45 years old and has continued her career as an actress and activist.
This film was also a great opportunity for Stacey Dash. When she played her character as a friend of the protagonist, she was 28 years old. Since then, Dash has made appearances in films and has participated as a contributor to a news network.
2. Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz in The Mummy
The Mummy was released in 1999 and is a classic adventure film. It starred Brendan Fraser when he was 31 years old — the actor has been considered one of the highest-grossing actors in Hollywood. However, several events in his life made his film career difficult. In spite of everything, at the age of 52, he continues to act and has the recognition of the public.
Rachel Weisz achieved great fame with this film. She is a talented actress who has won multiple awards, including an Oscar. In addition, she has participated in large and well-known film productions. When she worked in The Mummy, Rachel was 28 years old. She is currently 51.
3. Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls
In 2004, Mean Girls was released. This movie is considered one of the best teen comedies. It is also a pop culture reference, thanks to its iconic one-liners. Lindsay Lohan, who was 18 years old at the time, was the main character and her starring role positioned her as one of the most popular teen actresses. Today, Lohan is 35 years old and still active in the show business.
Alongside Lohan, Rachel McAdams also established herself as a prominent young actress. She has appeared in successful films and has won a few awards for her performances. Although her role was that of a teenager, McAdams was 26 years old when she played Regina George.
4. Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler in Armageddon
The year Armageddon was released was 1998. Despite the scientific errors in the story and the negative reviews, it grossed quite a lot of money around the world. In addition, it was nominated for several categories at the Oscar awards, like the best original song, sound, sound effects editing, and visual effects.
The romantic couple played by Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler gave us a love story in the middle of an apocalyptic situation. Today, Liv is 44 years old and has participated in important films, like the trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Affleck, who is 49 years old, has had a brilliant career as an actor, for which he has won several awards.
5. Rachel Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr. in She’s All That
She’s All That is considered one of the most popular teen movies of the 1990s. This romantic story was released in 1999 and starred Rachael Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr. During its shooting, Rachel was 18 years old.
In 2021, Netflix released a new adaptation of this film. As part of the cast, the participation of Leigh Cook was confirmed, now as the mother of the protagonist. Meanwhile, Freddie Prinze Jr. has had several roles in films and TV series.
6. Kate Hudson in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a romantic comedy that was released in 2003. It starred actress Kate Hudson. 2 years before the premiere, she was nominated and won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for the movie Almost Famous. Although she is now 42 years old, her acting career has not stopped.
7. Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada
Clothes and a pair of boots from a prestigious brand became emblems of this movie. The Devil Wears Prada was released in 2006, and its protagonist was the young Anne Hathaway. Through playing this character she became really well-known. Hathaway, now 38 years old, is a prestigious actress who has won several awards, like an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
8. Kirsten Dunst in Bring It On
Bring It On hit movie screens in 2000. Between cheerleaders and choreography, Kirsten Dunst was the young protagonist of the story. Since she was very young, she has stood out for her great performances, which led to recognition and awards. Currently, Dunst is 39 years old.
9. Uma Thurman in Kill Bill
Kill Bill is one of Quentin Tarantino’s greatest productions and was released in 2003. The main character of this film is The Bride, played by Uma Thurman. Considering her his muse, Quentin created the character along with the actress.
The fame Thurman achieved thanks to Kill Bill led her to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Moreover, The Bride was named one of the 100 greatest characters of the last 20 years. This brilliant 51-year-old actress has had great success in the cinema.
10. Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz in There’s Something About Mary
There’s Something About Mary is a comedy that was a huge success in the United States, and was the fourth highest-grossing film of 1998. The stars of this story were actors Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz, whose chemistry helped make this film an iconic comedy.
Ben Stiller has worked on other film projects and has worked as a director and producer. Cameron Diaz was one of the most recognized celebrities of the ’90s and participated in dozens of films. Years later, she made the decision to leave the film industry to dedicate herself to personal projects. Currently, Ben is 55 years old, and Diaz is 49.
11. Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi in Life Is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful is an Italian drama that was released in 1997. This touching story won several international awards, including an Oscar and a Goya Award. It was directed by actor Roberto Benigni, who was also the screenwriter and star of the movie. He has been recognized with several awards and at 69 years of age, he is still active in the world of cinema.
Actress Nicoletta Braschi was Roberto’s partner in the story, as well as his wife in real life. She has participated in several films directed by him. Currently, Braschi is 61 years old and has continued her career as an actress.
12. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman
In 1990, Pretty Woman hit the silver screen to become one of the most successful rom-coms of all time. Julia Roberts’ iconic character led her to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy). In addition to her excellent performance, her wardrobe, which included thigh-high boots and the blue and white dress, will always be remembered.
Roberts’ romantic partner was actor Richard Gere. His character in the film allowed him to establish himself as a well-known actor. When Richard starred in the film, he was 41 years old. 31 years after the premiere, he continues his career in acting and, in recent years, as an activist as well. Gere is now 72 years old.
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