It’s Been 15 Years Since DodgeBall Hit Theaters, And Here’s What The Cast Look Like Today

DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story was a big comedy hit of 2004. It made over $167.7 million at the worldwide box office and its silly story touched a chord with critics, who gave it mostly positive reviews. To amp up the funny factor, some characters were put in heavy makeup. You might be surprised to see what Fran looks like in real life.

The film is about a motley crew of friends forced to compete in a dodgeball tournament to win their gym back. Though the movie calls itself “a true underdog story,” it’s not actually based on anything that happened in reality… Which will probably be obvious if you watch the whole ridiculous thing.

Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller played the two main roles. Vaughn was Peter LaFleur, an every-man and the owner of a gym called Average Joe’s. Stiller was White Goodman, the evil owner of the bigger, better Globo Gym. Joining them in the movie were Christine Taylor, Stiller’s real-world wife, as Kate Veatch and the late Rip Torn as questionable coach, Patches O’Houlihan.

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Several actors with comedy chops were brought on-board to play supporting characters. They included Alan Tudyk as Steve the Pirate, Joel Moore, who played Owen and Justin Long as high school loser Justin. Joining them were Stephen Root, playing the long-suffering Gordon, Chris Williams as gym employee Dwight, Missi Pyle, who appeared as dodgeball terror Fran and Julie Gonzalo as cheerleader extraordinaire, Amber. And all of them are still in the acting game.

DodgeBall also featured a few familiar faces making hilarious cameos. Stars such as William Shatner, Hank Azaria, Chuck Norris and David Hasselhoff, among others, all popped up. Hasselhoff’s appearance, though, was due to a last-minute stroke of luck. He wasn’t originally in the movie, but Alex Daniel, the stunt coordinator, just happened to know the ’80s legend and asked him to film a scene.

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Thanks to the film’s success, there’s been talk for a while now about a possible DodgeBall sequel. In 2013 The Hollywood Reporter claimed that a new movie was, in fact, in the works. It would be written by Clay Tarver, they said, and would see “Vaughn and Stiller forced to team up to fight an even bigger threat.”

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But alas, it probably won’t happen now. In 2016 Metro asked Ben Stiller if the sequel was, indeed, forthcoming. And he responded with surprise. “I wasn’t aware we were doing it!” the actor exclaimed. And the director of the original movie, Rawson Marshall Thurber, told Heat Vision in 2018 that he had no plans to make another.

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Fans of the movie did get a little treat in 2017, though. That year Stiller, Vaughn and some of the other DodgeBall stars reunited in character for a charity video. It was even directed by Thurber again. All the money raised via the clip went to the Stiller Foundation, which helps children in need around the world.

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People were delighted to see some of the characters back in action, even if it was only for a short time. The AV Club wrote, “Frankly, the video just makes us long for the long-discussed-but-never-delivered DodgeBall sequel. Stiller in particular looks like no time has passed; White Goodman appears fitter than ever.”

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But a lot of time had passed – and many of the movie’s actors have changed significantly over the years. So what sort of new projects have the cast moved on to? Well, some of them are still massive stars. While others are faces you’ve almost certainly seen in recent movies without even realizing it.

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Vince Vaughn (Peter LaFleur)

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During the ‘00s Vince Vaughn was one of a bunch of actors known as the “Frat Pack.” Frat Pack movies include Wedding Crashers, Anchorman, and of course, DodgeBall. In June 2004 he told The Early Show that playing straight man Peter was “easy” because “you have to sort of react and take in what the audience is taking in.”

Vaughn has been in several comedies since DodgeBall, but many serious dramas too. He also made headlines in 2018 when he was picked up for driving while drunk and trying to avoid arrest, which isn’t funny at all. The actor is bouncing back with a new, currently untitled, Netflix film, though, which will return him to his comedy roots.

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Christine Taylor (Kate Veatch)

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Kate Veatch may be appalled by Ben Stiller’s White Goodman in DodgeBall, but that wasn’t true in real life. By the time the movie came around, Christine Taylor and Stiller had been married for four years already. She’d also been raising the couple’s first child, so the film marked an opportunity for her to return to work.

Alas, in 2017 Taylor and Stiller announced that they were parting ways. They released a statement reading, “With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate.” And yet, they’ve been snapped hanging out together, so maybe it’s not all over just yet. In the meantime, Taylor’s keeping busy with shows such as Insatiable.

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Justin Long (Justin Redman)

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Justin Long, who played a character also named Justin, took a lot of punishment on the DodgeBall set. For instance, during one scene Rip Torn’s Patches hurls a wrench at him. When it hit the actor, the prop actually cut his face, even though it was made of rubber. Later on, Long got smacked with so many balls he ended up with mild concussion.

However, Long doesn’t seem to bear the production any ill will. Apparently, Stiller even gave him an “Average Joe’s” scooter as a present and he still uses it. And while it left the actor with some physical injuries, DodgeBall certainly didn’t hurt his career. Indeed, he’s been in lots of comedies since then, including Accepted, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.

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Gary Cole (Cotton McKnight)

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Midnight Caller actor Gary Cole played dodgeball commentator Cotton McKnight. In a 2011 interview with website Sarah’s Backstage Pass, he revealed, “I worked on that movie, I think, it was a total of five hours.” Despite the brief shoot, the actor loved it. He went on, “I chuckled just at the premise of that movie. I heard the word dodgeball and we all shudder with high school nightmares.”

Cole is still a much in-demand actor, especially in the world of TV. As such, he’s starred in many popular shows, including Desperate Housewives, Family Guy, Chuck, Entourage, Suits and Veep. For the latter, he was nominated for an Outstanding Guest Actor Primetime Emmy Award.

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Jason Bateman (Pepper Brooks)

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Jason Bateman was already gaining some carer-traction when DodgeBall came along, thanks to iconic sitcom Arrested Development. His role in the movie wasn’t large, but it was definitely memorable. The website Slant gave the film a negative review in 2004 but noted, “Jason Bateman nails the stoner idiocy of X-Gamers as […] former Dodgeballer-turned-moronic commentator [Pepper Brooks].”

And Bateman’s career went from strength to strength as the years rolled on. As well as winning acclaim for Arrested Development, he’s been in big movies such as Juno, Hancock, Horrible Bosses, Zootopia and more. Plus, he’s taken up directing, and in 2019 he won an Emmy for helming Netflix drama Ozark.

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Joel David Moore (Owen Dittman)

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Owen was the first major part for Joel David Moore after he moved to Los Angeles to try and make it as an actor. And, although he had to do a lot of humiliating things for Dodgeball, such as being constantly hit by balls and having to wear S&M gear in one scene, it all paid off. And if you watch the big ending closely, you’ll see Owen ended up with his dream girl after all.

DodgeBall’s popularity catapulted Moore into a successful career. Come 2009, he appeared in Avatar, which is the second highest-grossing film of all time. And the actor has signed on to reprise his role in the upcoming Avatar sequels, so audiences will be seeing even more of him in the future.

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Ben Stiller (White Goodman)

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Ben Stiller was already a big name in comedy when he signed on to play White Goodman. At the time, though, he was in a little bit of a rut, as his 2003 film Duplex was a flop. DodgeBall helped change all that, however, as 2004 was massive for Stiller. That same year he also appeared in, among others, Starsky & Hutch, Meet the Fockers and Along Came Polly.

And Stiller remains a huge comedy draw. Since 2004 he’s starred in Tropic Thunder, the Night at the Museum and Madagascar franchises and plenty more besides. And though he might be separated from Taylor, he’s a dad to the two children they had together: teenage daughter Ella and son Quinlin.

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Stephen Root (Gordon Pibb)

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Stephen Root played Gordon, a man whose anger issues helped the Average Joes on their way to victory. But shooting the dodgeball scenes were tricky. “It was a lot of hard work,” Root told the AV Club in 2007. “It was like pitching 100 baseballs every day. We were all iced up by the end of the day. […] It was fun, but it wasn’t without its aches and pains.”

Root has been in a great many films and TV shows in recent years. These include The Man in the High Castle, Boardwalk Empire, The Men Who Stare at Goats , Get Out, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine . Plus, in 2018 he received an Emmy for his work in Barry. To many Root is “that guy” who’s in everything.

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Chris Williams (Dwight Baumgarten)

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Chris Williams believed in suffering for his art on DodgeBall. As a result, he ended up bruising both his hips during rehearsal. He said on the DVD special features of the movie, “After the first week of practicing dodgeball, I was pretty much in pain for a week because I thought that, you know, dodgeball. It’s a kid’s game! No, it’s not.”

But Williams is naturally all recovered now. For the past few years he’s been playing hopefully less painful roles in TV shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Silicon Valley and Californication. Oh, and he also happens to be the brother of Emmy-nominated actress Vanessa Williams, fact fans.

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Alan Tudyk (Steve the Pirate)

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For fans of the cult show Firefly, Steve was instantly recognizable as Alan Tudyk. And while in that show Tudyk played one of a gang of space pirates, for DodgeBall he was a more Earth-based and wacky one. But there’s a dark fan theory about Steve the Pirate: It suggests that he’s really a Navy veteran with PSTD. He does, after all, have Navy-style tattoos.

When that theory was put to Tudyk by Screen Crush in 2016, the actor said he didn’t want to “insult Navy sailors who have PTSD.” But the actor then added that he might bear it in mind if there was a DodgeBall sequel. It’s possible he’ll too busy for one, though, as he’s now very popular voice artist, with several Disney movies on his CV.

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David Hasselhoff (Himself/German Coach)

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The Hoff has only a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role in DodgeBall, but it’s a memorable one. First, he appears in photo form as the German team involve him in their pre-game ritual. Then, once they lose, he shows up in person screaming his displeasure. And it’s just one of many cameos the Baywatch star has done over the years.

Having become famous in the 1980s, Hasselhoff still hasn’t faded from the spotlight or given up his cameo-ing. Since DodgeBall, he’s appeared as himself in Click, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Piranha 3DD and more. He even made it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as “The Form of David Hasselhoff.”

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Julie Gonzalo (Amber)

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Julie Gonzalo had a small but important role in DodgeBall. She played Amber, the cheerleader who Justin happens to be in love with. By the end of the film, they’re together and Amber’s even pregnant! Despite playing a teenager in the movie, Gonzalo was actually in her 20s at the time. But thanks to her fresh-looking face she’d already played plenty of younger characters.

Gonzalo is in her late 30s now, but she she’s kept her youthful looks. She’s also been very successful in the field of TV. In recent years, the actor has appeared in Eli Stone, Dallas and Supergirl to name just three. She also used her native language when starring in the movie Ladrón Que Roba a Ladrón, which took in more American dollars than any other Spanish-speaking film ever.

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Hank Azaria (Young Patches)

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Hank Azaria had what pretty much amounted to a cameo in DodgeBall, but he played an important character. The Simpsons star was, in fact, the younger version of Rip Torn’s Patches. In 2011 he told AV Club, “I’d worked with Ben Stiller a lot, and he kind of called up and asked, ‘Would you do this little thing?’ And I said, ‘Of course.’ [It] essentially was a bad Clark Gable impression, but then I tried to add a little bit of young Rip Torn into it.”

Azaria is still working on The Simpsons after all this time, even though he’s met with some controversy for playing the South Asian character Apu. But his face, as well as his voice, is also pretty well-known. He appeared with his DodgeBall co-star Stiller in 2009’s Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

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William Shatner (Dodgeball chancellor)

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In DodgeBall, Ben Stiller got to briefly work opposite iconic Star Trek actor William Shatner, someone he admired. Shatner played the small role of “Dodgeball chancellor,” the lead member of the tournament’s adjudication panel. Whether the sci-fi legend actually remembers the part, though – it was, after all, a small role in a very long career – is up for debate. A tweet in April 2019 implied that maybe he didn’t.

Still, Shatner has many other roles he can remember. The 88-year-old actor’s non-Star Trek work includes T. J. Hooker, Rescue 911, The Practice and Boston Legal. Plus, he’s a musician with eight albums under his belt. Maybe best not to ask him to judge a dodgeball competition, however.

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Missi Pyle (Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky)

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Missi Pyle played one of the film’s most memorable characters, the ridiculously named Fran Stalinovskovichdavidovitchsky. And in 2016 the actor mused to AV Club about how she was “so unattractive in [DodgeBall].” On set, she explained, “Every time I’d come out, people would be like, ‘Ugh!’”

No one, though, would ever say that now. Pyle is in her 40s these days and every bit as attractive as Fran was repulsive with the DodgeBall makeup. She also has an impressive array of movies under her belt, including Gone Girl and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. And her 2008 wedding to Casey Anderson contained an element that “the deadliest woman on Earth with a dodgeball” might have approved of. Believe it or not, the best man was a grizzly bear.

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