See the Cast of ‘The Truman Show’ Then and Now
Released in 1998, ‘The Truman Show’ starred Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, a man who discovers he’s been living in a world that’s been constructed as a reality television show with him as the star his entire life. The satirical dark comedy was a massive critical and commercial success, and showed audiences a different side of the typically goofy Carrey. Sixteen years later, we revisit the cast of this contemporary classic and see what they’re up to now.
Jim Carrey, Truman Burbank
Then: Jim Carrey played Truman Burbank, a man who was chosen from six unwanted pregnancies and adopted by a corporation to have a reality show built around him and his life to be filmed 24/7 for public consumption without his awareness. Carrey wanted to take on more diverse roles after appearing in comedies like ‘Ace Ventura’ and ‘Dumb and Dumber’
Now: Carrey went on to portray legendary comedian Andy Kaufman in ‘Man on the Moon,’ and appeared in the romantic drama ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,’ as well as the dark comedy ‘I Love You Phillip Morris,’ in which he and Ewan McGregor played gay lovers. But he didn’t stay away from comedy: he also starred in ‘Me, Myself and Irene,’ ‘Bruce Almighty’ and ‘Yes Man.’ More recently he appeared in ‘Kick-Ass 2′ and ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,’ and he can be seen next reprising the role of Lloyd Christmas in ‘Dumb and Dumber 2′ (officially titled ‘Dumb and Dumber To’).
Laura Linney, Hannah Gill/Meryl Burbank
Then: Laura Linney played Hannah Gill, an actress playing the role of Meryl Burbank, Truman’s wife. Meryl is a nurse who often shows off the product placement for the reality show. Linney previously appeared in the films ‘Congo’ and ‘Primal Fear.’
Now: Linney has since starred in ‘Mystic River,’ ‘Love, Actually,’ ‘The Squid and the Whale’ and ‘The Savages.’ She also appeared on the HBO miniseries ‘John Adams’ and starred on the hit Showtimes series ‘The Big C,’ the latter of which ended its run in 2013. More recently she appeared in the films ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ and ‘The Fifth Estate.’
Ed Harris, Christof
Then: Ed Harris played Christof, the creator of ‘The Truman Show’ who gets zealously involved with its (and Truman’s life’s) direction. Harris previously starred in ‘Apollo 13′ and ‘The Rock.’
Now: Harris has since appeared in ‘Pollock,’ ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ ‘The Hours,’ ‘A History of ‘Violence’ and ‘Gone Baby Gone.’ He portrayed presidential nominee John McCain in the 2012 HBO film ‘Game Change,’ starred in Michael Bay’s ‘Pain and Gain,’ and was the voice of mission control in ‘Gravity.’ He can be seen next in the films ‘Snowpiercer’ (which recently scored a US release for June 27, 2014) and ‘Cymbeline’ (adapted from the Shakespeare play of the same name).
Noah Emmerich, Louis Coltrane/Marlon
Then: Noah Emmerich played Louis Coltrane, an actor who plays Marlon, Truman’s longtime best friend who swears he would never lie to or betray Truman. Emmerich previously had supporting roles in the films ‘Beautiful Girls’ and ‘Cop Land.’
Now: You probably know Emmerich from films like ‘Frequency,’ ‘Miracle,’ ‘Little Children’ and ‘Super 8.’ He had recurring roles on the shows ‘White Collar’ and ‘The Walking Dead,’ and currently stars on the FX series ‘The Americans.’ He recently starred in the film ‘Blood Ties,’ and can be seen next in ‘Jane Got a Gun’ with Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor.
Natascha McElhone, Sylvia/Lauren Garland
Then: Natascha McElhone played Sylvia (last name unknown), an actress who stars as Lauren Garland, Truman’s college schoolmate and his lost love. When she tried to reveal the truth about the show to him, she was removed. McElhone was a relatively new talent who previously appeared in ‘The Devil’s Own.’
Now: Since then she has starred in ‘Ronin,’ ‘FeardotCom,’ ‘Solaris’ and ‘Big Nothing.’ She played Karen van der Beek on the hit series ‘Californication’ with David Duchovny since 2007, and recently appeared in the 2013 version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as Lady Capulet, Juliet’s mother. She can be seen next in the upcoming film ‘Heaven and Earth.’
Paul Giamatti, Simeon
Then: Paul Giamatti played Simeon, the control room director of ‘The Truman Show.’ Giamatti had big years in 1997 and 1998 — a then-rising star, he appeared in ‘Private Parts,’ ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding,’ ‘Dr. Dolittle’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan.’
Now: Giamatti is a rather big name now, mostly thanks to his starring turn as cult comic creator Harvey Pekar in the 2003 film ‘American Splendor.’ He also starred in ‘Sideways,’ ‘Cinderella Man,’ ‘Fred Claus,’ ‘The Ides of March’ and ‘Rock of Ages.’ In 2008, he reunited with Laura Linney for the HBO miniseries ‘John Adams,’ in which he played the title role, and he also guest starred on ’30 Rock’ and ‘Downton Abbey.’ In 2013, he reunited with Natascha McElhone for ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and he also recently starred in the films ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘Saving Mr. Banks.’ He can be seen next as The Rhino in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’
Peter Krause, Laurence
Then: Peter Krause played Laurence, Truman’s boss, who always interrupts Truman whenever he starts talking about his dream of moving away to Fiji. Krause was previously best known for his recurring role on the sitcom ‘Cybill.’
Now: Krause hasn’t appeared in many more films — he starred in 2004′s ‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’ and 2006′s ‘Civic Duty,’ and more recently in the 2011 film ‘Beastly.’ He found the most success on television, starring on Aaron Sorkin’s short-lived ‘Sports Night,’ the HBO series ‘Six Feet Under,’ ‘Dirty Sexy Money,’ and, more recently, ‘Parenthood,’ where he’s played Adam Braverman since the show began in 2010.