Dodgeball 10 Year Anniversary: Where Are They Now?

Matt Haupert@@matthaupFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2014

Dodgeball 10 Year Anniversary: Where Are They Now?

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    A full decade has now passed since Vince Vaughn first grabbed life by the ball in the hit sports comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

    In the years since, Vaughn has continued to use and reuse his same schtick over and over again to enjoy continued Hollywood success, and co-star Ben Stiller has continued to hit it big with popular flicks like Night at the Museum.

    Not all of the stars of Dodgeball, however, have stayed on such a pleasantly predictable ride.

    Between the actor who was arrested for robbing a bank at age 78 and the actress who used a grizzly bear as the best man in her wedding, the lives of the stars of Dodgeball have proved to be as entertainingly bizarre off the screen as they were on it.

    Ten years after its release, take a look at where a few of the stars of Dodgeball are today, including an update on one actor that you probably forget was even in the movie in the first place.

Vince Vaughn: Peter La Fleur

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    In the decade since Dodgeball was released, Vince Vaughn, who starred as the hero Peter La Fleur, has continued doing exactly what he has done his entire career.

    Vaughn has released a number of films since 2004, playing almost the exact same "grown-man-who-hasn't-grown-up" type character in every single one. Wedding Crashers was his biggest hit, The Internship and Delivery Man are his latest.

    Vaughn is set to appear in two more films to be released in 2015.

    Always a source of inspiration, Vaughn's increasingly boring career inspired a Los Angeles Times article titled "10 things that I hate about Vince Vaughn these days."

    It's hard to disagree with any of them.

    On a personal note, Vaughn was married to Kyla Weber in 2010.

Christine Taylor: Kate Veatch

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    Christine Taylor, who played Vaughn's love interest and the object of Stiller's affection Kate Veatch in Dodgeball, has been married to Ben Stiller since 2000.

    The couple currently has two children, ages 12 and nine.

    Taylor hasn't been particularly active in the film industry since the release of Dodgeball. She did make a cameo appearance in another Stiller flick, Tropic Thunder, and has appeared in a variety of television shows including Arrested Development (Sally Sitwell), Burning Love (Symphony) and the voice of Mrs. Khaka Peu Peu in one episode of Phineas and Ferb.

Ben Stiller: White Goodman

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    The past decade has been kind to Ben Stiller, who has been expertly balancing his movie star with his life as a dad. Approaching 15 years of marriage with Christine Taylor, Stiller is raising two kids while staying active in the film industry.

    Since Dodgeball, Stiller has found success with Tropic Thunder, Madagascar and Night at the Museum, all of which he had starring roles in. In addition, Stiller is starting to rack up as many credits as a producer as he does as an actor.

    For those of you who miss the vintage "weird" Ben Stiller that we all loved when he was White Goodman, the super villain of Dodgeball, prepare for celebration: Zoolander 2 has been announced, and everyone's favorite idiot model will be coming soon to a theater near you.

    One more bit of trivia:

    When Christine Taylor voiced a character on Phineas and Ferb, Stiller voiced the character's husband.

    Even on the Disney Channel, Taylor apparently can't escape the shadow of her husband.

Rip Torn: Patches O'Houlihan

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    When Rip Torn played Patches O'Houlihan in Dodgeball 10 years ago, his career was already a fruitful one, filled with a plethora of acting successes both on screen and on stage.

    In the decade since, however, Torn has made more headlines with his run-ins with the law than he has with his acting career (though he did land an Emmy nomination in 2008 for 30 Rock) . Most notably, in 2010 he was arrested for breaking into a bank drunk with a loaded revolver.

    Torn pleaded guilty, and somehow managed to get three years probation and no jail time. If nothing else, he must have at least felt like the most badass 78-year-old on the block.

    Oh, and by a total coincidence, Torn wasn't asked to reprise the role of Agent Zed when the Men in Black franchise released its third installment in 2012.

    Total coincidence.

Justin Long: Justin

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    When Justin Long appeared as Justin in Dodgeball 10 years ago, his career was just barely getting started.

    Long's face became well known when he started appearing as the Mac Guy in Apple's "Get a Mac" Campaign a few years later, as shown in the video above.

    Then he took off.

    Since 2004, Long has appeared in dozens of films, including Accepted, Zack and Miri Make a Porno and He's Just Not That Into You. Rarely the star but always part of the cast, Long hasn't exactly become an A-list celebrity, but he's certainly carved out a lucrative career for himself.

    In addition, Long is now dating fellow movie star Amanda Seyfried.

    Most shocking?

    The baby-faced man is now 36 years old, and still looks like he probably needs a parent to help get him into rated-R movies. 

Stephen Root: Gordon

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    Don't let those goofy goggles fool you—Stephen Root, who played the lovable Gordon, is an incredibly successful, incredibly talented actor, and had been for many years before appearing in Dodgeball.

    In the 10 years since, Root hasn't slowed down one bit. A star of film and television, some of Root's most notable appearances in the past decade include a role in No Country For Old Men, the voice of Bill Dauterive in King of the Hill, Eddie Gauthier in True Blood and dozens of other roles.

    Classically trained, Root has continued to do readings of Shakespeare plays, which is one of his original passions.

Joel David Moore: Owen

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    Unlike most of the actors mentioned previously on this list, Dodgeball really did represent one of the absolute highlights of the career of Joel David Moore, who played Owen.

    Though he has appeared in many films and television shows since then, Moore has only had a couple memorable appearances, including Norm Spellman in Avatar and Ben in Hatchet.

    He's still plugging along today, recently starring in Katherine McPhee's music video for "It's Not Christmas Without You," as well as playing Colin Fisher in Bones and the leading role of Guy in #Stuck.

    That's the American Dream right there—stay in the film industry long enough, and you just might get a shot at stardom, playing a generic love interest in an irrelevant Christmas video.

    Moore was married in 2009, but only two years later he and Kineret Karen Ben Yishay Moore were separated and filing for divorce.

Alan Tudyk: Steve the Pirate

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    Though we regrettably had to say goodbye to Steve the Pirate at the end of Dodgeball, actor Alan Tudyk was here to stay.

    Since 2004, Tudyk has burst on to the scene with a number of memorable movie roles, including the voice of the Duke of Weselton in Frozen, the voice of King Candy in Wreck It Ralph and the racist Phillies skipper Ben Chapman in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42.

    Turns out Tudyk—who credits his improv skills for a lot of his success and his versatility—is just as lovable, and just as entertaining, when he takes off the eye patch.

Jamal Duff: Me'Shell Jones

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    Note: Video contains NSFW language

    If actor Jamal Duff, who played the imposing Me'Shell Jones in Dodgeball, looked more like a football player than an actor, that's because, well, he was.

    Duff played in both the NFL and the XFL before launching his film career, but he has focused on acting over the past 10 years. Duff has appeared in The Game Plan and Django Unchained.

    It seems that Duff has used his size and imposing physical presence more than his acting skills to carve out his career, but hey, whatever works, right?

Missi Pyle: Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky

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    If you weren't aware, the actress who played Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky in Dodgeball didn't look quite as terrifying as the film made her seem.

    In fact, in real life, Missi Pyle looks like this.

    In the years since Dodgeball, Pyle's career has been all over the place. She's done plenty of movies, including, most notably, her role as Constance in the Academy Award-winning film The Artist.

    Her acting career has been rich and varied, but the most intriguing and bizarre twist to her career has been her involvement in the band Smith and Pyle, whose song "Spankin" you can hear in the video above. The band broke up in 2011, as Pyle decided to focus more on her family than her career.

    Speaking of family:

    Pyle was married to National Geographic star Casey Anderson in a country-themed wedding in 2008. Their best man was a bear named Brutus.

    Really, did you expect anything less of Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky?

Jason Bateman: Pepper Brooks

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    Remember when Arrested Development was a brand new show and one of Jason Bateman's most widely known roles was his turn as commentator Pepper Brooks in Dodgeball?

    Oh, how a decade can change things.

    In the years since, Arrested Development has completed three seasons, taken a multiyear hiatus, and completed a fourth season on Netlfix, all starring Bateman as Michael Bluth.

    Bateman's career, in the meantime, has suddenly taken off. Three decades after he originally appeared in Little House on the Prairie in 1982, Bateman has become one of the most sought after faces in comedy, starring in films such as Identity Thief, Bad Words and Horrible Bosses and playing critical roles in Juno and Up in the Air.

    Some way, some how, Pepper Brooks has become one of the biggest stars out of the entire wacky cast of characters in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

Julie Gonzalo: Amber

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    Once just the annoying cheerleader from Dodgeball, Julie Gonzalo, who played Amber, has blossomed into a successful actress and producer.

    Also in 2004, Gonzalo played Shelby in A Cinderella Story, then later went on to play Parker Lee in the television series Veronica Mars and more recently landed the role of Pamela Rebecca Barnes in the TNT drama Dallas.

    Now 32 years old, the film and television star has certainly aged well.

Lance Armstrong: Himself

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    In case you've forgotten, Lance Armstrong made this inspiring cameo in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, telling Vaughn about how love and support from his family helped him keep racing in the wake of cancer.

    His performance didn't launch a successful acting career. If you missed the news, his racing career isn't looking so hot these days either.

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