This weekend was one of the best for movie theaters in a long time. The phenom known as Barbenheimer swept the nation. Barbie and Oppenheimer combined for one of the best Weekend Box offices in a long time, with Barbie bringing in $155 million domestically, and Oppenheimer about $80.5 million. And Flyers fans attending one of those Oppenheimer screenings may have noticed a familiar face that we used to love to hate. Sean Avery.
Yes, that Sean Avery. Avery made a small appearance in the historic biopic about the man who helped create the Atom Bomb, in a small role as a weatherman. The guy who played 6 years for the Rangers, and became one of the most hated athletes by Flyers fans at that time. It is actually the 2nd time Avery has appeared in a Christopher Nolan film, after also having a small role in his last film Tenet. Since leaving the NHL, he has actually made a career taking small roles in films and tv series.
And noticing Avery in the film had me thinking of other times recognizable athletes appeared in films. Not counting guys like Dave Bautista, John Cena, or The Rock, who are now more actors than athletes. But guys like Avery. Who are either not known as actors, or appear in just a small scene of a movie. The types of moments that if you are watching a movie may make you go, “wait, is that Sean Avery?” Some of them had small roles. Others on this list had somewhat large roles in the films they appeared in. Some played themselves, and others actually tested their acting chops by playing a character.