When Beerfest hit the silver screen in 2006, the Broken Lizard comedy group, which wrote, directed and starred in the brew-soaked flick, was already quite successful in the goofball-comedy arena, with films like Super Troopers and Club Dread under its belt. And this movie was no different, bringing in an unexpected $7 million during its opening weekend alone.
It follows two brothers, Jan (Paul Soter) and Todd (Erik Stolhanske) Wolfhouse, as they vow to win an underground beer-drinking tournament in Germany with the help of their college buddies.
So no matter if you love this film or are just curious what these actors are up to now, check out our slideshow and tell us: Who was your favorite character?
In addition to Jessica Williams’ role as Inga in Beerfest, she’s since been on a number of TV shows, including The O.C., Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Single Ladies. She has also had cameos in a few films, such as, appropriately, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.
Since playing one of the Wolfhouse brothers bent on defeating the Germans at Oktoberfest, Paul Soter has only appeared in two feature films: The Slammin’ Salmon (another Broken Lizard movie, for which he was also a writer) and Freeloaders. But he’s also written and directed movies since then, including last year’s indie horror film Dark Circles.
Erik Stolhanske played the other Wolfhouse brother, but since then his career hasn’t been much different from co-star Paul Soter. As another member of the Broken Lizard troupe, Stolhanske also acted in and co-wrote The Slammin’ Salmon. He has appeared in comedies Watching the Detectives, The Onion Movie and RockBarnes: The Emperor In You as well.
She may have played a slightly goofy grandmother in Beerfest, but legendary comedienne Cloris Leachman’s career hasn’t slowed down since. The 87-year-old has appeared in films like Lake Placid 2, New York, I Love You, Expecting Mary and Gambit. She’s also done voice work for Dreamworks’ The Croods and has a major TV role on Fox’s Raising Hope. This year, she’s also set to appear in the boxing drama The Bronx Bull and has a role in 2015 comedy The Wedding Ringer.
Jay Chandrasekhar has had a steady acting career since directing Beerfest and playing a member of Jan and Todd Wolfhouse’s Team USA. He’s appeared in numerous television shows and even a few times on the silver screen. But his real success has come as a TV director, with dozens of credits including USA’s Psych and Royal Pains and, most recently, NBC’s Community. He also directed The Rebels, an original sitcom pilot for Amazon.com.
The former brewery owner and competitive eater Phil “Landfill” Krundle was one of Kevin Heffernan’s few appearances on the silver screen. Since then, the member of the Broken Lizard team has appeared in everything from HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and CBS’s How I Met Your Mother to The Slammin’ Salmon and Freeloaders, both of those along with his Broken Lizard colleagues.
Though Jürgen Prochnow played the cartoonishly villanous Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen in Beerfest, the respected German actor has played many leading roles since then in film and TV productions in his native country. To English-speakers, Prochnow is a bit less well-known, but he was in The Da Vinci Code, Primeval, Sinners and Saints and various television shows, including Fox’s 24.
Donald Sutherland may have been uncredited in Beerfest for his role as Jan and Todd Wolfhouse’s deceased grandfather, but his scene was hilarious nonetheless. Since then, the highly respected actor has had roles in dozens of films and TV shows, including as the malicious President Snow in the Hunger Games series. He has several new film projects in the works, including this year’s Forsaken, which co-stars Demi Moore and his son, Kiefer Sutherland.
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