Twenty years later, Boogie Nights is still the movie with the best cast, even if Mark Wahlberg is a little embarrassed about his Dirk Diggler-led porn flick. Recent comments have surfaced from the best friend of a talking teddy stoner (Ted), Wahlberg claiming he was talking to kids about restoring their faith while holding this Eddie Adams porn boy story in his back pocket.
Nevertheless, Boogie Nights, in hindsight, has some of today’s best actors from 20 years ago. From big names like Burt Reynolds and old classics like Philip Baker Hall to young hotties like Heather Graham and older hotties like Julianne Moore, we’re recapping the greatness of the cast of Boogie Nights in honor of 20 years of porn-producing movie greatness. Get ready for roller girls, old Smoky, pre-superhero Don, Frank Gallagher with a mustache and bowl cut and, of course, the greatest late actor ever.
Now, call up your favorite funky bunch, put on your nut-huggers, hike up your striped socks and lube up your…skates. That’s right, kids, it’s time for some classic Boogie Nights. There’s no escaping this, Marky Mark.
Wahlberg has publicly asked God to forgive him for Boogie Nights, playing a disco-era porn star on the rise (so to speak). Wahlberg went on to much better things like the fourth and fifth installments of Transformers and a pair of Seth MacFarlene stoner comedies with a talking bear.
She hasn't lost a step, even without her roller skates. Heather Graham has moved from ridiculously hot roller girl to ridiculously hot 40-something mom in movies like The Hangover and TV shows like Californication, as well as coming forward recently as one of the big-name actresses to be harassed by Harvey Weinstein.
Smoky is still quite the bandit, even at 81, with more than half a dozen projects in 2017. He claims he's not as broke as people might believe, but then again he's been busier the last two years than he has the entire last decade.
At 56, Julianne Moore is still at the top of her game, pulling in an Oscar win for Still Alice, and she'll be playing Gloria Steinem in an upcoming biopic.
Will Ferrell's comedy counterpart has been goofy looking since day one, but we love the energy and are psyched about his upcoming role across from his stepbrother in Holmes & Watson in 2018.
Little Will played Little Bill and now he's big Frank Gallagher on Showtime's Shameless in maybe his best role ever, eight seasons and several nominations in.
Twenty years ago, did you ever think that Buck Swope would be opposite Robert Downey Jr. in a superhero flick? Nah. But here we are.
Of all our favorite Seinfeld quotes, Philip Baker Hall has some of the best. It terrifies us that he's 86 now, and Jerry Stiller is 90. We'd prefer not to add them to the long list of deceased Seinfeld cast members.
He's the dirtiest, funniest little side character you can cast. One of Sandler's only good side pieces, Guzmán has recently rocked Narcos in his 60s, Keanu and Showtime's short-lived Roadies.
One of our biggest losses of the last decade. Scotty J., everyone.