See the Cast of ‘Total Recall’ Then and Now
Released in 1990, Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Total Recall‘ starred action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger as Douglas Quaid, a man who visits a company that specializes in implanting false vacation memories. Through a series of disastrous events, Quaid soon finds himself visiting Mars as a secret agent on a dangerous mission — or does he? The film, which notoriously went through 42 screenplay drafts, was a huge commercial success, and has gone on to become one of the most beloved sci-fi movies of all time. Twenty-four years later, we revisit the cast of the film and see what they’re up to now.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Douglas Quaid
Then: Action superstar and ‘Terminator’ Arnold Schwarzenegger played Douglas Quaid, a construction worker who has disturbing dreams of Mars, so he visits the company Rekall, which specializes in implanting false vacation memories. This leads him on a dangerous journey to Mars as a special agent, causing him to question reality and his own identity. Previous versions of the film might have starred Richard Dreyfuss or Patrick Swayze. When Schwarzenegger got involved, he negotiated total control over the script and director, personally selecting Paul Verhoeven, director of the original ‘RoboCop,’ to helm the film.
Now: Schwarzenegger has since reprised his role as the Terminator in ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day,’ as well as the 2003 film ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.’ He appeared in films like ‘Last Action Hero,’ ‘True Lies,’ ‘Jingle All the Way’ and ‘Batman and Robin.’ In 2003, Schwarzenegger became the Governor of California, retiring from acting and remaining in office until 2011. He recently made a return to acting, appearing in the films ‘The Last Stand,’ ‘The Expendables 2,’ ‘Escape Plan‘ and ‘Sabotage,’ which hits theaters this week. He’ll next appear in ‘Terminator: Genesis‘ and ‘Expendables 3.’
Sharon Stone, Lori Quaid
Then: Sharon Stone played Lori, Quaid’s wife who is later revealed to be an agent sent to monitor him. Stone was known for roles in ‘Above the Law’ and ‘Action Jackson.’
Now: Stone reunited with director Paul Verhoeven two years later for her most notorious film, ‘Basic Instinct,’ and also appeared in films like ‘Sliver,’ ‘Casino’ and ‘Diabolique.’ In the aughts she starred in ‘Catwoman,’ ‘Broken Flowers’ and ‘Alpha Dog,’ and reprised her role for ‘Basic Instinct 2.’ More recently, she played the mother of porn star Linda Lovelace in the biopic ‘Lovelace,’ and she can be seen next in ‘Gods Behaving Badly.’
Rachel Ticotin, Melina
Then: Rachel Ticotin played Melina, Quaid’s partner in the Rekall program, who is revealed to be a member of the resistance movement, fighting against Governor Cohaagen.
Now: Ticotin has since appeared in ‘Falling Down,’ ‘Natural Born Killers,’ ‘Turbulence,’ ‘Con Air’ and ‘Man on Fire.’ She also starred in both ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ and its sequel, and had recurring roles on ‘LOST‘ and ‘Law and Order: LA.’ More recently, she guest starred on episodes of ‘Unforgettable’ and ‘NCIS: Los Angeles.’
Ronny Cox, Vilos Cohaagen
Then: Ronny Cox, who previously starred in Paul Verhoeven’s ‘RoboCop’ as Dick Jones, played Vilos Cohaagen, the corrupt governor of the Mars colony who is mining harmful ore. Cox was also known for roles in ‘Deliverance’ and ‘Beverly Hills Cop.’
Now: Cox, who is also an accomplished singer-songwriter, has since appeared in the films ‘Murder at 1600,’ ‘Forces of Nature,’ ‘Deep Blue Sea’ and ‘Imagine That.’ He starred on TV shows like ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ ‘Stargate SG-1′ and ‘The Starter Wife,’ and he guest starred on ‘Medium,’ ‘Dexter‘ and ‘Leverage.’ Up next he’ll star in ‘The Reach’ with Michael Douglas.
Michael Ironside, Richter
Then: Michael Ironside, known for roles in films like ‘Scanners’ and ‘Top Gun,’ played Richter, Cohaagen’s chief lieutenant who has a grudge against Quaid for sleeping with Lori, who is actually Richter’s wife.
Now: Ironside has since appeared in a ton of movies and television shows. His film credits include roles in ‘Free Willy,’ ‘The Next Karate Kid,’ Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Starship Troopers,’ ‘The Machinist’ and ‘Terminator: Salvation.’ He guest starred on shows like ‘Smallville,’ ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘Cold Case.’ More recently, you may have seen him in ‘X-Men: First Class’ (pictured above right), or episodes of ‘Justified‘ and ‘Community.’
Marshall Bell, George/Kuato
Then: Marshall Bell played George, a member of the resistance whose brother, Kuato, the resistance leader, is attached to his abdomen. Bell previously appeared in ‘Twins’ with Schwarzenegger.
Now: Bell has since starred in ‘Dick Tracy,’ ‘The Chase’ and ‘Airheads,’ and reunited with Rachel Ticotin for ‘Natural Born Killers.’ He also appeared in Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Starship Troopers,’ as well as the films ‘Identity,’ ‘Capote,’ ‘Rescue Dawn’ and ‘Hamlet 2.’ More recently, Bell appeared in ‘The Rum Diary,’ ‘To the Wonder‘ and ‘The Bling Ring.’
Dean Norris, Tony
Then: Way back when, Dean Norris had a little role in ‘Total Recall’ as Tony, a disfigured man who knows Quaid by his alternate Mars persona, Hauser, and strongly dislikes him. Norris previously had supporting roles in ‘Police Academy 6′ and ‘Lethal Weapon 2.’
Now: Norris also appeared with Schwarzenegger in ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ and had a small role in Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Starship Troopers.’ He also appeared in the films ‘Gattaca,’ ‘The Cell,’ ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ ‘Evan Almighty’ and ‘The Heartbreak Kid.’ These days you know him best as Hank Schrader from the hit AMC series ‘Breaking Bad,’ but for years he popped up on tons of TV shows like ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Nip/Tuck’ and ‘LOST.’ Norris recently appeared in ‘The Counselor,’ and can be seen next in Jason Reitman’s ‘Men, Women and Children.’ He also stars on the CBS series ‘Under the Dome,’ which is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King and is premiering its second season this summer.
Lycia Naff, Mary
Then: Lycia Naff played Mary, better known as the prostitute with three breasts. She previously appeared in a handful of made-for-TV movies, had recurring roles on ‘St. Elsewhere’ and ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ and had a supporting role in ‘Lethal Weapon.’
Now: Naff starred in the pilot episode of ‘The Flash’ TV series in 1990, and in the B-movie ‘Chopper Chicks in Zombietown.’ She guest starred on the shows ‘Father Dowling Mysteries’ and ‘Law and Order’ in 1991, and then left acting to pursue a career in journalism. In recent years, she worked for several publications, including People Magazine and OK! Magazine, and she has been a longtime staff member at the Miami Herald. She didn’t leave acting behind entirely, though — in 2007, Naff appeared in an episode of ‘Without a Trace,’ and in 2008, she guest starred on ‘Ghost Whisperer.’