See the Cast of ‘Mallrats’ Then and Now
In 1995, Kevin Smith followed up his directorial debut ‘Clerks’ with the comedy ‘Mallrats,’ starring Jason Lee and Jeremy London as two nerdy friends who, recently dumped by their girlfriends, spend the day at the local mall trying to win them back. Featuring an ensemble cast of Smith regulars (and a then relatively unknown Ben Affleck in a supporting role), the film wasn’t quite a box office success, but went on to become a cult classic following home release. 19 years later, we revisit the cast of the film and see what they’re up to now.
Jason Lee, Brodie Bruce
Then: Jason Lee played Brodie Bruce, a guy who lives in his mom’s basement and has broken up with his girlfriend Rene over refusing to introduce her to his mother. Lee was previously a skateboarder who had recently transitioned to acting, with ‘Mallrats’ giving him his first major film role.
Now: Lee went on to star in several other Kevin Smith films, re-teaming with Ben Affleck for ‘Chasing Amy’ and ‘Dogma,’ and having supporting roles in ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,’ ‘Jersey Girl,’ ‘Clerks II,’ and ‘Cop Out.’ He also notably appeared in the films ‘Almost Famous,’ ‘Vanilla Sky,’ and ‘Dreamcatcher,’ and starred in the hit sitcom ‘My Name Is Earl from 2005 to 2009. In recent years, he’s had a recurring role on ‘Raising Hope,’ guest-starred on ‘Men at Work,’ and played Dave Seville in the ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ films.
Jeremy London, T.S. Quint
Then: Jeremy London played T.S. Quint, who plans to propose to his girlfriend Brandi, but once he discovers she has to appear on her father’s dating show, becomes so jealous that she breaks up with him. London had previously starred on the TV series ‘I’ll Fly Away,’ and his twin brother, Jason London, had previously appeared in the film ‘Dazed and Confused’ with Jeremy’s ‘Mallrats’ co-star Ben Affleck.
Now: London found most of his success on television, with long-term major recurring roles on ‘Party of Five’ and ’7th Heaven.’ He also starred on the short-lived HBO series ‘Tell Me You Love Me,’ and in several made-for-TV movies with titles like ‘Basilisk: The Serpent King’ and ‘Wolvesbayne.’ In 2010, London claimed he was kidnapped and forced to do drugs, a story that few believed but was later confirmed by an investigating detective, and his kidnapper sentenced to prison. London then appeared on the fourth season of ‘Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,’ and has since starred in the films ‘Alien Opponent,’ ‘Snow Beast,’ and ‘Don’t Pass Me By.’
Shannen Doherty, Rene Mosier
Then: Shannen Doherty had just ended her four-year run on ‘Beverly Hills, 90210′ when she was cast as Rene, Brodie’s girlfriend who dumps him and heads to the mall. Doherty was also known for roles in the ’80s films ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ and ‘Heathers.’
Now: Doherty went on to star on the WB series ‘Charmed’ from 1998 to 2001, and has appeared in a ton of TV movies, including the campy ’90s classic ‘Friends ‘Til the End’ and more recent releases like ‘Encounter with Danger’ and ‘Witchslayer Gretl.’ She made a cameo as herself in Kevin Smith’s ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,’ and she had a recurring role on the updated ’90210′ series, appearing in eight episodes from 2008 to 2009. In 2010, she competed on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Up next, she’ll play poet Charles Bukowski’s wife in the biopic ‘Bukowski,’ and appear in the films ‘Undateable John’ and ‘Back in the Day.’
Claire Forlani, Brandi Svenning
Then: Claire Forlani played Brandi Svenning, T.S.’ girlfriend who agrees to do her father a favor and appear on his new dating show. Forlani was still a relative newcomer who previously appeared in ‘Police Academy: Mission to Moscow.’
Now: Forlani went on to star in the films ‘Meet Joe Black,’ ‘Mystery Men,’ ‘Boys and Girls,’ and ‘Antitrust.’ From 2006 to 2007, she had a recurring role on ‘CSI: NY,’ and returned in 2010 for a couple of episodes. In recent years, she’s been less high profile, appearing in ‘In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale’ and ‘Beer for My Horses,’ and starring on the ‘Camelot’ mini-series. She’s also appeared in a handful of ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ episodes. You may have also seen Forlani using a thick Scottish accent in a series of commercials for Dewar’s Scotch whisky — though the actress is English.
Ben Affleck, Shannon Hamilton
Then: Ben Affleck played Shannon Hamilton, an arrogant clothing store manager who has a particular agenda with Rene. Affleck was then known for roles in ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘School Ties.’ Not long after, Kevin Smith helped Affleck and pal Matt Damon negotiate a deal to get their film ‘Good Will Hunting’ made — the film went on to earn them the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Now: Affleck also starred in Smith’s films ‘Chasing Amy,’ ‘Dogma,’ and ‘Jersey Girl,’ and made brief appearances in ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ and ‘Clerks II.’ Over the years, he’s starred in films like ‘Armageddon,’ ‘Pearl Harbor,’ ‘Daredevil,’ and ‘Hollywoodland.’ More recently, Affleck has turned to directing, helming films like ‘Gone Baby Gone,’ and directing and starring in ‘The Town’ and ‘Argo,’ the latter of which won the Oscar for Best Picture. In 2013, he appeared in ‘To the Wonder’ and ‘Runner, Runner,’ and up next, he can be seen in David Fincher’s thriller ‘Gone Girl,’ and playing Superman in Zack Snyder’s ‘Batman vs. Superman’ film.
Joey Lauren Adams, Gwen Turner
Then: Joey Lauren Adams played Gwen Turner, one of Brandi’s friends. Her character was named after filmmaker Guinevere Turner, whose film ‘Go Fish’ inspired Kevin Smith to write ‘Chasing Amy,’ which would star Joey Lauren Adams two years later and feature Turner in a supporting role. Adams was previously known for her small role in ‘Dazed and Confused’ with Ben Affleck.
Now: Adams also appeared in the films ‘Bio-Dome,’ ‘Big Daddy,’ and ‘The Break-Up,’ and reprised her ‘Chasing Amy’ role for a brief appearance in ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.’ She’s guest-starred on the Rob Thomas shows ‘Veronica Mars’ and ‘Party Down,’ and has had recurring roles on ‘United States of Tara’ and more recently, ‘Switched at Birth.’ In 2013, Adams appeared in the film ‘Blue Caprice,’ and next she stars in ‘Animal,’ an upcoming indie horror film produced by Drew Barrymore.
Michael Rooker, Jared Svenning
Then: Michael Rooker played Jared Svenning, Brandi’s father who makes his daughter appear on his game show in order to try and get her away from T.S., whom he doesn’t approve of. At the time, Rooker was well-known for roles in ‘Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer’ and ‘JFK.’
Now: Rooker has since appeared in the films ‘Rosewood,’ ‘The Bone Collector,’ ‘Slither,’ and ‘Jumper.’ He’s well-known these days for playing the role of Merle on AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead,’ and has also appeared on shows like ‘Psych’ and ‘Burn Notice.’ In 2010, he reunited with ‘Slither’ director James Gunn for the film ‘Super,’ and up next, he’ll appear in Gunn’s Marvel film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’
Jason Mewes, Jay
Then: Kevin Smith’s longtime friend Jason Mewes played Jay, one-half of stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob, who previously appeared in ‘Clerks.’
Now: Mewes reprised the role in every Kevin Smith film — save for a few — including ‘Chasing Amy,’ ‘Dogma,’ ‘Clerks II,’ and their very own film, ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.’ He also starred in Smith’s ‘Zack and Miri Make a Porno,’ proving he had more to offer than just the stoner persona, and had a small role in Ben Affleck’s ‘Gone Baby Gone.’ Recently, he was a regular cast member on the FEARnet series ‘Todd and the Book of Pure Evil,’ appeared with Smith on his short-lived movie chat show ‘Spoilers,’ and lent his voice to ‘Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.’
Kevin Smith, Silent Bob
Then: Kevin Smith starred in his own film as Bob, the silent half of Jay and Silent Bob, reprising their roles from ‘Clerks.’
Now: Smith went on to write and direct the films ‘Chasing Amy,’ ‘Dogma,’ ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,’ and ‘Clerks II’ — all of which featured Jay and Silent Bob. He also wrote and directed ‘Jersey Girl’ and the horror film ‘Red State,’ and directed — though did not write — the Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan comedy ‘Cop Out.’ After teasing the hockey film ‘Hit Somebody’ and his own retirement from directing in recent years, Smith now says the hockey movie will no longer be a movie, and his next projects are the horror film ‘Tusk’ due out sometime this year, and ‘Clerks III,’ which will be his final film … so he says, for now.
Ethan Suplee, William Black
Then: Ethan Suplee played William Black, Brodie and T.S.’ friend who is angrily struggling with one of those Magic Eye optical illusion pictures at the mall. Suplee was known for his recurring role as Frankie Stechino on the ABC sitcom ‘Boy Meets World.’
Now: While Suplee also made minor appearances in ‘Chasing Amy’ and ‘Clerks II,’ he found plenty of success outside the Kevin Smith universe over the years, appearing in films like ‘American History X,’ ‘Blow,’ ‘The Butterfly Effect,’ ‘Art School Confidential,’ and ‘The Fountain.’ In 2005, he reunited with ‘Mallrats’ co-star and friend Jason Lee for the hit TV series ‘My Name Is Earl,’ which ended its run in 2010. Since then, Suplee has guest-starred on ‘Raising Hope’ and had a recurring role on the FX series ‘Wilfred,’ and more recently, he had a supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ Top that one, Ben Affleck. You can see Suplee (who has slimmed down some over the years) next in the upcoming Elizabeth Banks comedy ‘Walk of Shame.’