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Way Back When: Adam Scott

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Adam Scott is everywhere these days — after catching our attention in the John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell comedy ‘Step Brothers’ and the short-lived Starz series ‘Party Down,’ he’s moved on to woo Leslie Knope in ‘Parks and Recreation‘ every week. But Way Back When, Scott had a whole host of obscure roles in TV and movies. Let’s explore!

‘Boy Meets World’

Adam Scott played high school criminal Griff Hawkins in the 90s TGIF classic ‘Boy Meets World.’ He was always up to no good, that Griff, orchestrating crime like an amateur mafia boss with the help of Frankie (Ethan Suplee) and Joey the Rat, played by Blake Soper — you may remember Soper from the Nickelodeon show ‘Salute Your Shorts,’ and he went on to form Rilo Kiley with another former child star, Jenny Lewis.

But back to Adam Scott. Scott lays on his slick streetwise criminal accent real thick-like in this collection of clips featuring Griff Hawkins and friends getting into their usual shenanigans.

‘Hellraiser: Bloodline’

Just a year or so after ‘Boy Meets World,’ Scott grew out some long, greasy goth boy hair and put on his big boy suit for ‘Hellraiser: Bloodline,’ the fourth installment in the long-running series. Oh, and his character’s name is Jacques. The jokes — they write themselves. In this deleted scene from the 1996 movie, Jacques meets his painful death at the hands of his annoyed partner after saying “Screw America.” ‘Hellraiser’ movies are super patriotic, y’all. The best part of this clip is “Inserts: Jacque’s [sic]  painful & gruesome death,” which will forever remain a mystery, like his hair.

‘Star Trek: First Contact’

Scott played “Defiant Conn Officer” in this ‘Star Trek’ film, bringing a whole new layer of hilarity to Ben Wyatt’s recent ‘Star Trek’ fanfic on this season of ‘Parks and Recreation.’ Watch the clip below, in which Worf tells the “Defiant Conn Officer” to prepare for “ramming speed” (we’re starting to get how easy fanfic might be here), but no! There’s another ship coming! And it’s the Enterprise! Sweet baby ears of corn, everything is going to be okay.

‘Party of Five’

This show’s title is so misleading. Their lives were anything but a party. It was all “My parents are dead! Why won’t you love me?!” Ugh. But then Adam Scott shows up in season five as some writer in college that Neve Campbell mistakes for a delivery boy for whatever reason, and she assumes he just wants to ask her on a date because the whole world revolves around her because her parents are DEAD DEAD DEAD. Turns out Adam Scott wants to date her anyway, even though she turns her head to the side and over-enunciates “God,” like, a lot. That’s the signature Neve Campbell move. Go back and watch her in ‘The Craft’ and ‘Scream’ and ‘Wild Things’ and tell us we’re wrong.

GIF Time: Adam Scott in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Aviator’:

And we laughed and laughed and laughed.

‘Torque’

Seriously, the same year Scott landed a small part in a Scorsese film, he starred in Joseph Khan’s ridiculous action flick ‘Torque’ — a movie so stupid that even the director himself makes fun of its existence. In the film, Scott plays an FBI agent with all the energy and excitement you might have while getting up two hours early on a Saturday to take your mom out shopping for new gardening clogs.

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