Hi! I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from such films as
The Boatjacking of Supership 79 and
Hydro, the Man With the Hydraulic Arms.
Most actors appear in more than one work. Often, this means that you don't know their name, but are forced to just exclaim "hey, it's that guy!" when you see one of these.
If you're watching Law & Order
or other Clueless Mystery
, it might result in Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize
Voice actors in Animated Shows
, as well as live-action voice dubs for foreign language shows, have a similar syndrome
If you can't quite remember which show the actor was in, it can result in much time spent on IMDB
, trying to narrow down where else
the viewer has seen that actor. If you get stuck, try You Know That Guy
—someone might help you.
Compare Actor Allusion
, You Look Familiar
, You Might Remember Me from...
, Hey, It's That Voice!
and Plays Great Ethnics
. Inverse of Retroactive Recognition
. Parent trope of WTH, Casting Agency?
. Retroactive Recognition
happens when a That Guy later becomes a big-name star.
Hey It's That Guy!
, now in (slightly outdated) book
Not to be confused with the television program That Girl
In General Examples:
- Cracked: Once made a list with 20 of those actors, and listed which actors they might be a Poor Man's Substitute for. The top entry was James Cromwell (whose best known role is the farmer in Babe, or, if you're a Trekkie, the man who invented warp drive).
- The article includes what may be the perfect description of what makes an actor That Guy: "[He] can play any role well enough to get the job done, but just poorly enough to avoid becoming famous."
- There are only a handful of stage actors who do musical theater in Hungary. If they're doing a musical that features a brooding, dark character, a young male lead, a slightly wacky sidekick guy (or an Ax-Crazy), a stern and mature woman, and an innocent heroine, it's safe to say that they'll be played by Szilveszter Szabo, Attila Dolhai, Zoltan Bereckzy, Kata Janza and Dora Szinetar, respectively. Szilveszter Szabo is an interesting case, as he also has a way of inheriting roles created in German by the very-different-in-both-acting-and-vocals Uwe Kroger (Colloredo in Mozart!, Der Tod in Elisabeth, and [it's been suggested many times] Maxim de Winter in Rebecca).
- Tokusatsu casting is starting to become this way, with the increasing impression that the only other work that toku actors can get are in Live Action Adaptations of Anime, J-dramas or other tokusatsu shows. Kamen Rider Kabuto practically made "Spot the toku guest star" a part of the show.
- Power Rangers has started becoming the same way since their own move to New Zealand. In a twist, they took what was a case of this in the original Super Sentai and turned it into a Mythology Gag. (Sentai's Bandora and Magiel were both played by the same actress, so Rangers had their counterparts Rita Repulsa and Mystic Mother be the same person).
- This goes all the way back to The Seventies; Hiroshi Miyauchi had leading roles (either as the title character or as part of an ensemble) in Kamen Rider V3, Himitsu Sentai Goranger, J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai, and Kaiketsu Zubat all in one decade. Then he returned to toku in The Nineties, playing The Mentor in multiple Metal Heroes shows and Chouriki Sentai Ohranger, and in the Turn of the Millennium, reprised his role from J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai in Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai, and appeared in the Kamen Rider: The First movies. Quite possibly the most prolific toku actor of all time.
- Used as a Running Gag in Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger, where Sixth Ranger Shurikenger would assume human identities to help the Rangers before the fight of the week. It was always easy to spot him, since his human identities were all former Toku stars, and before changing into Shurikenger he would perform their original transformation pose.
- A Progressive Insurance Commercial does a literal Shout-Out to this trope in a "Flo The Progressive Girl" commercial. Flo and a customer break into an "'80s Montage", and in the middle of it, Booger from Revenge of the Nerds appears, and the music actually sings, "Hey, it's that guy!"
- Much has been made of the fact that Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley played siblings in Divergent and lovers in The Fault in Our Stars, two Young Adult-novel based movies produced almost back-to-back during 2013 and released 2014.
- In Charlie Brooker's various -Wipe spinoffs, this is constantly used for comedy with his two astonishingly brainless talking head characters, Barry Shitpeas and Philemena Cunk, who constantly misidentify shows they're watching based on who's in it.
- In X-Men: Days of Future Past, President Nixon is portrayed by Mark Camacho, who does the voice of Gantlos, the Season 4 antagonist of the RAI version of Winx Club.
Notable "That Guy"s (and "That Girl"s; we're equal opportunity):