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These 17 Actors Were in Multiple Geek Properties, Get Over It

You might be familiar with this picture of Sir Ian McKellen, sporting a rather fetching red t-shirt with block lettering. You might not (and then again you might) be familiar with the fact that it’s a fake. McKellen was actually sporting a shirt that said “Some People Are Gay. Get Over It,” the slogan of Stonewall, a UK based Gay rights organization; not “I’m Gandalf and Magneto. Get Over It.” When the nerdy photoshopped version hit the internet in 2010 it went viral pretty quickly, despite attempts by many involved to remind people that it was a fake. It seemed the internet was pretty enamored of the idea of an actor brushing the world off with their ability to knit different geek properties together.

And so are we. In that feeling, we present sixteen actors and actresses who can claim to have two, or three, or more major fandom characters under their belts.

But credit where credit is due! Without Stonewall and its eminently viral slogan (unveiled first by John Barrowman, so there’s another fandom connection), we wouldn’t have the idea in the first place. Their donation page is here, and you can find a list of LGBTQ rights charities that may be more local to you here.

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  • katytron

    What about Chris Evans? Captain America, Johnny Storm, one of Ramona’s Evil Exes and Jake Jensen. Also, speaking of The Losers, Zoe Saldana was also Aisha.

  • Nikki Lincoln

    I like to pretend Halle Berry’s Catwoman doesn’t exist so I’m just going to ignore that one. 

  • David Frost

    Christopher Lee. Saruman, Dracula, Count Dooku, Ansem, Death, Dr. Wonka, Sherlock Holmes, …

  • Helen Algmin

    Love these, especially the Hugo Weaving!

    I noticed your trend of doing movie stars, but if we opened it up to TV stars, there would be so many!  Lucy Lawless, Karl Urban, Julie Benz, Gina Torres, Claudia Black…okay I’m just going to stop naming them because there’s too many TV stars that I love due to their geeky pursuits.

  • Lacey Wood

    Ian McKellen?

  • Rose-Heather Mikhail

    No Benedict Cucumberbatch? Sherlock>Hobbit>Star Trek

  • Ividia Kt

    you missed Thulsa Doom for James Earl Jones ;)

  • Ividia Kt

    Helen – Karl Urban has movie credits too – Vakko and Dr. McCoy and um whatever his name was in Doom

  • Mitch

    Agreed. Nothing against Halle Berry (I’m not her biggest fan, but neither do I think she’s a bad actress), but she was pretty terrible in both of those roles.

  • muir

    And let’s not forget Eomer!

  • Selkiechick

     and Cupid and Caesar on Xena… but that’s geek tv…so perhaps it does not count. :)

  • Sara Rae Rodgers

    aaand sheego! 

  • Helen Algmin

    Plus that ill-received Pathfinder. It seems like Karl Urban has only been in geeky roles. I was so glad when he was cast in Star Trek so everyone could see how cool he is.

  • Chris Adamson

    How about Peter Weller: “I’m Robocop and Buckaroo Banzai. Get over it.”

  • Anonymous

    Warwick Davis needs a shotout here too. Oh Keanu Reeves and Lawrence Fishburn too :)

  • Anna B

    I personally enjoyed Sigourney Weaver’s turn as Gwen DeMarco on Galaxy Quest, as well.

  • Katie Marinelli

    He was Reaper in Doom, John something or another, but his code name was Reaper (love me some Karl Urban he’s one of the most adorable geeky actors)

  • John Wao

    Instead of “Get over it” it should say “you’re welcome”.

  • Larry King

    I think Fu Manchu is in there as well.

  • Dale P

    Ryan Reynolds is Green Lantern, Deadpool and possibly Batman innit.

  • Julie

    And soon to be Judge Dredd.

  • Kifre

    What is going on with Natalie Portman’s arms in that photo!? O_O

  • Steven Ray Morris

    Love the Planet Express Ship shout out! 

  • Eric Bazilio

    I wasn’t gonna take the list seriously after such a bad start, but the other times more than made up for Berry.

  • Jen Roberts

    Keith David! Goliath from Gargolyes, Imam from Pitch Black/Chronicles of Riddick, Dr. Facilier from Princess & the Frog, and David Anderson in Mass Effect!

  • Sidra Condron

    Love it!  My 7 year-old haphazardly substituted his Lego Indiana Jones head onto his Lego Hoth Han Solo body and thought it was amusing.  I pointed out that they were one in the same.  Youngling’s mind was blown.

    Thumbs up to the Warwick Davis comment.  Also–Ray Park: Toad and Darth Maul, Chris Hemsworth: George Kirk (father of James T.) and Thor

  • Curt Cansler

    Where is Batman/John Conner/Howl?

  • Curt Cansler

    Voice of Spawn on HBO too!

  • Carmen Sandiego

    Eomer, McCoy, and Vakko… *drool*.  He’s so dedicated to the material and he is always convincing. 

  • Deb Knight

    You forgot to mention that Hugo Weaving is also Mitzi in 
    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 

  • Alex T

    I love Angela Lansbury’s list! All my favorite childhood movies and a show about an elderly woman solving crimes…(a pretty good one too)

  • Ryan ‘Quavey’ Havers

    Tara Strong and Hugo Weaving were my favourites. :D

  • Anonymous

    Chris Evans is a big one who is missing. Fantastic Four before Captain America.

    Also Amy Adams has been a Disney Princess and will be Lois Lane.

  • Anonymous

    I was wondering that, too.  I’m staring at it, and I can’t wrap my mind around what’s happening with her body there, lol.

  • Draco

    Posted something; t’was inaccurate. Can’t delete the comment! :-

  • Anonymous

    For Angela Lansbury, you forgot Mrs. Lovett!!

  • Brianna Sheldon

    Hell yeah Warwick and Keanu! 

  • Frodo Baggins

    I thought that was Nick Cage?

  • Frodo Baggins

    How could you miss this one? This is like, the genesis of the meme:

    Great series though. I can’t believe Ripley was the Planet Express ship! She was also Gwen DeMarco/Lt. Tawny Madison in Galaxy Quest.

  • Frodo Baggins

    That’s not exactly a geek film, is it?

  • Frodo Baggins
  • Frodo Baggins

    Well, two of those haven’t come out yet. Give the old boy time.

  • Micheline Garavito

     Batman? Please don’t….

  • Debi L.

    This erasure of McKellen’s activism bothers the hell out of me. 

  • Anonymous

    Tru that.

    Meanwhile, try ‘Martin Freeman– Arthur Dent>Tim Castleberry>Dr.Watson> (Bilbo Baggins,eventually)

  • Anonymous

    Priscilla is more cult classic..guess that would be a different list.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for putting your finger on what was bothering me about this otherwise harmless bit of fun. That the altered shirt got more attention than his original is sad and predictable.

  • Anonymous

    Gah, I hate that phrase.  “Get over it.”  What a pointless, gutless, blase dismissal.

  • Travis Fischer

    Get over… what?

  • Bagfish

    Surely Lord Summerisle should be at the head of that list!

  • Bear Philippe

    Get over it?

  • supercarrot

    jennifer hale is also samus aran, jean grey, phoenix, silver sable, black canary, and a whole bunch of others. (i suppose it’s easier to rack ‘em up when you’re a voice actor.)

  • Anonymous

     Casey Jones from TMNT as well!

  • Betsy Moo

     I think Maggie Smith should be in this lineup as well. Sure, she might not be in as many fandom-strong works as some of these others, but she was both Professor McGonagall and Granny Wendy in Hook, not to mention……she’s Maggie Smith. I’m pretty sure Maggie Smith is a fandom all on her own.

  • Sue Spencer

    What about our favorite from classic geek TV?  Walter Koenig:  “I’m Chekov AND Bester.  You’re welcome.”

  • Anna Sophia May

    I’d say Nathan Fillion ought to be on the list, as Capt. Mal, Capt. Hammer, and Castle, but Castle does a fair job reminding us

  • Zooey Glass

    However, this article vaguely surprised me because when I saw the faked shirt, I understood it as an /extension/ of his activism, e.g. ‘I’m two totally awesome characters who everyone loves and I am also gay, get over it’. It hadn’t occurred to me it was about the idea of being more than one geek character! Apparently that was a misreading on my part (I like my version better, though!).

  • Dale P

    I’m with you, I do not want him as Batman. A co-worker suggested a live action take on The Brave & The Bold as being a good vehicle for him, but meh.

  • The Real HeatherLynn

    You totally forgot the tv sci-fi god Mark Sheppard.

  • Ividia Kt

    And Hera in Clash of the Titans (the 1st one)

  • CarlosPdl