Whoa, No Way…Where Has The Time Gone?
How many years have passed since the first Lord of the Rings movie was released? 8 years, or 10…or maybe at a stretch 12 years ago? Hmm. It might feel like that, but it actually it was 16-years ago when the franchise was first unleashed. Whoa, no way…where has the time gone?
These other cast reunions will shock you regarding how time flies…
#1 Lord Of The Rings: 2001 Vs. 2017
What do you get when a man, an elf and three hobbits walk into a bar? A Fellowship reunited!
Five members of the Lord Of The Rings cast enjoyed a mini-reunion in 2017. Dominic Monaghan, who played Meriadoc Brandybuck in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy, shared pictures of himself hanging out at a restaurant with Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Billy Boyd (Peregrin Took) and Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins).
It’s been 13 years since they were all on screen togethers, in 2003’s Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The stars portrayed J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters in the Oscar-winning trilogy.
The entire project took eight years to finish — with all three movies shot simultaneously in New Zealand. Principal photography reportedly lasted 274 days between October 1999 and December 2000. The cast would return every year from 2001-2003, for at least six weeks of extra pickup shots.
Over the course of filming the trilogy the cast formed a close bond, which they famously immortalised with matching tattoos.
While the onset adventures may be done and dusted, it’s clear this is a friendship that goes ever on and on.
#2 About Thelma & Louise: 1991 Vs. 2014
The selfie (top photo) they took at THR’s reunion shoot became a globally trending news item and speaks volumes to the enduring fan base of Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis’ game-changing film, Thelma & Louise.
The Ridley Scott-directed drama about two Southern women on the run after murdering a rapist shocked audiences — and the business — when it was released in May 1991.
The film quickly entered the cultural zeitgeist for its bold and tragic finale, its unapologetic depiction of female subjugation in modern America and -— some may say most importantly — the major-film debut of Brad Pitt, who drawled his way into stardom as J.D., the hustler who steals more than Thelma’s heart.
#3 Forrest Gump: 1994 Vs. 2014
Forrest Gump, Bubba, and Lieutenant Dan Taylor together once more after 20 years apart. Life really is like a box of chocolates.
The trio posed for a photo while they were all at an event for the Gary Sinise Foundation, which honours America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.
Tom commented on his picture: “Hadn’t seen these old friends for too long.” His fans agree!
#4 Married With Children 1987 Vs. 2014
This now classic show followed the lives of Al Bundy, a once glorious high school football player turned hard-luck women’s shoe salesman. His obnoxious wife, Peggy. Their attractive, promiscuous, and clueless daughter, Kelly. Not to forget their girl-crazy, wisecracking son, Bud.
Their neighbors are the upwardly mobile Steve Rhoades and his feminist wife Marcy, who later gets remarried to Jefferson D’Arcy, a white-collar criminal who becomes her “trophy husband” and Al’s sidekick.
Most of the storylines involved Al’s schemes being foiled by his own cartoonish dim wit and bad luck.
#5 That ’70s Show: 1998 Vs. 2013
The stars of That ’70s Show delighted fans with a mini reunion.
The handsome bunch appear to have barely aged a day since the show wrapped in 2006.
In an interview last year Topher, 37, revealed that he would be open to doing a That ’70s Show reunion but also acknowledged that most of the actors are too busy with their careers now.
“A year and a half ago, we all got together and had a blast,” said Topher Grace. “I mean, all six of us together for a dinner. We all love each other. It’s like, yeah, we’d love to do [a reunion]. I’d love to do it!”
But Ashton was not convinced about getting the gang back together for more screen time in a recent interview.
“Whenever something is great, the first thing people want to have happen is to have it rebuilt, redone; they want more of what they love, but the minute you try to do that, in a lot of cases you end up losing the thing that was beautiful about it in the first place.”
#6 Friends: 1994 Vs. 2004 Vs. 2017 (Minus Chandler – That’s James Burrows, The Show’s Director, With The Beard)
The cast of the 1990s hit comedy, minus Matthew Perry, reunited on NBC’s Tribute to the show’s Director, James Burrows.
They reminisced during the two-hour tribute that featured clips from the respected director’s roster of shows.
Perry, who played Chandler, did not attend the show due to rehearsals for his West End play, but did tape an introduction to his former co-stars.
“We experienced friendship, family, heartbreak, babies, everything together.”
– Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc all took part in the special.
Stars from Burrows’ other shows, such as Will & Grace and Cheers, were also there.
The Friends cast started their stint on the sofa reminiscing about the many games of poker they played together off-screen, and offered titbits to host Andy Cohen about their time on the show, both on and off-screen.
Cox revealed that she, Aniston and Kudrow ate lunch together for 10 years while filming the sitcom, eating the same salad, prepared by Aniston, every day.
And they revealed they were good friends away from the studio too, with Kudrow saying “we really wanted to connect” in real life.
‘We adored each other’
“At the beginning it was not a hard thing, we really just wanted to hang out with each other, it was not ‘ugh we have to do this?’,” said Aniston.
“We just really fell in love and adored each other instantly and would hang out at each others’ houses and watch the show together.”
She added: “We experienced friendship, family, heartbreak, babies, everything together. And we also had a wonderful experience with the world loving us as well.”
Burrows, 75, has directed hundreds of TV episodes over the last 40 years, with Cheers, Will & Grace, Taxi, Frasier and Friends in his portfolio. Stars from those series also appeared in the tribute show, with several actors from each of the shows appearing and sending recorded messages.
#7 Pretty Woman: 1990 Vs. 2016
Pretty Woman cast reunited for the 25th anniversary and revealed a Post-It note made the hit happen. Silver fox Richard wasn’t on board with the idea at first – but Julia managed to get him to change his mind.
The 65-year-old actor – who played businessman Edward Lewis – revealed he was initially reluctant to star in the film because he disliked the original script, which was a cautionary tale about class and prostitution in Los Angeles.
Asked why he initially declined the offer to appear in the movie, Gere told the Today show: “Well, there wasn’t a part. There was just nothing. The joke was [it was just] a suit. “You could put a suit on a goat and put it out there, and it would work.”
However, the acclaimed actor had a change of heart during a phone conversation with director Garry Marshall, who was willing him to accept the role in the reworked film, which had by then evolved into a romantic comedy with a large budget.
The phone conversation was overheard by Gere’s future co-star Julia Roberts – who played the part of Vivian Ward – where she passed a Post-it note to him.
Gere explained: “She turned it around and she pushed it to me, and it said, ‘Please say yes!'”
They also revealed the rom-com was originally meant to be a dark story called 3,000 – a reference to how much Julia’s character was paid. The film originally was a cautionary tale in which Vivian was a drug addict who was eventually discarded by Edward.
“Richard’s character threw my character out of the car, threw the money on top of her and drove away and the credits rolled,” Roberts said.
After the film was picked up by Disney and Marshall came on board, however, it was re-worked into the modern day Cinderella story that made it famous. Thank goodness!
The film is responsible for launching 21-year-old Julia Roberts to super stardom, and its popularity hasn’t waned, even after a quarter century. Gere, with whom Roberts reunited nearly 10 years later for “Runaway Bride,” said that he gets recognized for the film to this day, even in some of the most remote corners of the world.
“It was in Borneo. They’ve got bones in their ears. I’d taken a missionary flight. I’m in the middle of nowhere, and they put me in this boat and they take me down to the longhouse. We pull up on shore and they start going ‘Pretty Woman’, man! ‘Pretty Woman’, man!’”
#8 Back To The Future: 1990 Vs. 2016
Great Scott! Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson reunited for Back To The Future’s 30th anniversary.
When one fan asked why Marty was such an iconic character, Michael replied: ‘It’s (Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gale’s) fault. They created a really interesting character.
‘What (Christopher) does in the movie that people don’t really appreciate is that he lays all the exposition… All the stuff that’s brilliant is also serving the story.
‘With Marty, it’s the same thing. It’s his curiosity. He’s just a cipher for the audience to take in what’s happening and see their feelings reflected back. I don’t know if I did that on my own, as I just fell into the rhythm that Bob and Bob created.
‘So, Marty was just everyman. Marty was every kid. He was just supposed to represent everyone’s reaction to what was happening.’
The first film was the most successful movie of the year when it was released, grossing $383million worldwide.
The action comedy starred Michael as Hill Valley teenager Marty, who is accidentally transported from 1985 to 1955 in his friend, scientist Doctor ‘Doc’ Emmett Brown’s invention, a time machine made out of a converted DeLorean car.
Unwittingly, his then-teenage mother Lorraine Baines (Lea) ends up having a crush of Marty, and in the process ignores the romantic intentions of his future father George (Crispin Glover) – putting Marty’s birth and whole existence in jeopardy.
Of course, not helping matters is the fact that the DeLorean’s ‘fuel’, plutonium, isn’t quite so readily available in ’50s small-town America, meaning Marty and Doc have to work out a way how to get the teen back to 1985.
The film was so successful, two sequels Part II – set in a futuristic Hill Valley in 2015 – and Part III – set in the Old West in 1885 – were released in 1989 and 1990 respectively.
#9 Four Weddings and a Funeral: 1994 Vs. 2014
NICE TO SEE HUGH. Hugh Grant reunited with Andie MacDowell at a Hollywood bash many years after they starred in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
He joked: “I’m just depressed at how much better preserved you are than I am after 22 years. It’s amazing. You’re still a southern peach and I am, according to Twitter, a scrotum.”
Hugh starred as the hapless Charles opposite Andie (Carrie), his love interest in the 1994 Richard Curtis romcom.
“You’re still a southern peach and I am, according to Twitter, a scrotum.”
– Hugh Grant”
MacDowell, who was giving Grant the prize for his role in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” said he was “the only man who I know who can make the F-word sound charming.”
The pair made beautiful music together in the 1994 film, in which they played two characters that were clearly made for one another, but had a devil of a time making the right connection, at the right time. It also broke Grant big in the U.S., thanks to his quick smile and floppy-haired charm.
Oh, Man, where has the time gone?