7 People You Didn't Realize Were in the White House Comedy 'Dick'
Today in Movies You Forgot You Loved, let's talk about Dick. Still not remembering the flick I'm referring to? Think way back (over 15 years now) to 1999, when Michelle Williams was still best-known for her then-current work on Dawson's Creek and there was still something cute and novel about seeing the little girl from Interview With a Vampire and Jumanji all grown up (yes, I'm talking none other than the great Kirsten Dunst).
The movie was an alternate explanation for the truth behind the Watergate conspiracy and the identity of anonymous tipster Deep Throat. In Dick, Deep Throat is actually two delightfully ditzy fifteen-year-old girls who finagle/stumble their way into a gig as the official White House dog walkers after they accidentally witness document shredding on a school field trip.
As if that brilliant premise and powerhouse starring duo isn't enough to have you updating your Netflix queue, how's this: Dick was an all-star affair. It was like a who's who of people who were going to be super famous a decade or so later. Don't believe me? Just check out the evidence for yourself. Here are the 7 people you probably forgot (or never realized) were in the movie Dick.
Michelle Williams & Kirsten Dunst
This is one of those movies that might have drifted so far from your consciousness that even its stars are but a distant memory. It's amazing to rewatch Dick knowing the greatness that its two leads would go on to achieve (Dunst won Best Actress at Cannes in 2011 for her performance in Melancholia and is one of director Sophia Coppola's muses and Williams has been nominated for three Academy Awards and is due to win one soon).
Before his film career really took off with movies like Anchorman and Step Brothers, Will Ferrell went All the President's Men on everyone, playing famed Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. In this version, Woodward decides to keep Deep Throat's identity a secret not to protect the girls, but because it would be too embarrassing for him to ever reveal his source(s).
That's right, back in 1999, the future Green Lantern/Mr. Blake Lively was a supporting character in this political comedy. Ryan played Chip, an adorably hapless guy who Kirsten Dunst's Betsy makes out with in a scene of improbable distraction (when the girls decide to break into Bob Haldeman's house to steal incriminating evidence against Nixon). And speaking of Haldeman...
Dave Foley, best known for his work on TV shows like Kids in the Hall and Hot in Cleveland and for his voice work in Pixar movies like Monsters University and A Bug's Life, appeared in Dick as Haldeman, Nixon's Chief of Staff and pretty much the main antagonist of the movie.
Before she played Elphaba or Cady Heron's mom, SNL alum Ana Gasteyer had a turn as Nixon's secretary, Rose Mary Woods, in Dick. This is a small role, but definitely one of the moments in the film that will have you doing a double take and searching IMDB.
Like Gasteyer, French Stewart (of 3rd Rock from the Sun fame) has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it kind of cameo in Dick. Like Ferrell, he gets a turn as a journalist in the flick, but he plays the interviewer grilling Woodward and Bernstein about the real identity of Deep Throat.
And there you have it: Seven famous faces you probably completely forgot were in the movie Dick. Now go nostalgia watch it already.
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