I don’t know if I’ve ever told you guys how much I LIVE for weird actor connections? It’s a little like six degrees of Kevin Bacon only Kevin Bacon is not required at all, it’s just looking at…the weird ways actors are connected.
So my favorite is Chris Evans and all the ways he’ s connected to the Marvel Universe. The big one is Push, the 2009 movie with pre-Captain America Chris Evans, which also featured Ming-Na Wen, Corey Stoll, and Djimon Hounsou, who would go on to star in the Marvel vehicles Agents of SHIELD, Ant-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy, respectively. Chris Evans was also in The Losers, where he worked alongside Hounsou’s future GotG costar, Zoe Saldana, and Idris Elba, who would go on to portray Heimdal in the Thor franchise. He was also in Snowpiercer, a criminally underappreciated movie, with future Fantastic Four actor Jamie Bell, a reboot of a series where Evans originated the role of the Human Torch. Tilda Swinton, who would later go on to be in Doctor Strange was also in Snowpiercer as well as Octavia Spencer, who hasn’t done any Marvel projects as far as I know, but when she had an Oscar run last year for Hidden Figures it was pretty damn cute how excited Evans was for her. (and Spencer, of course, was in Black or White with Anthony Mackie, who is the Falcon in the Marvel movie franchise)
And this is just what I’ve observed from movies I watch or ones that I know a little bit about! I didn’t have to research this. All I did was look up when Captain America was released to write this. I can’t imagine all the other weird ways the casts of the Marvel movies are connected, because this is just how they are connected through one actor. And that isn’t even looking at his earlier work, where I know he acted opposite Scarlett Johansson several times.
My other new favorite one is Game of Thrones because it appears Tom Wlaschiha has been in quite a few things where his Game of Thrones costars acted alongside him or were guest stars, but the kicker is that while they were on Game of Thrones they never actually acted together. Michelle Fairley, who played Catelyn Stark, was a guest star on his show Crossing Lines. He was in the movie Resistance, which starred Iwan Rheon, who portrayed Ramsay Bolton in GoT. Wlaschiha guest starred on the show Tatort, which Sibel Kekilli, the actress who played Shae, is in.
Acting is such a weird business, man.