In an industry that prides itself on the glitz and glamour of fame, sometimes it's nice to be reminded that celebrities are just regular people in an irregular line of work.
Yesterday, Orlando Bloom shared an awesome Throwback Thursday post commemorating the close bond he shared with his Lord of the Rings costars, effectively pulling back the curtain of fame and revealing a goofy moment between friends.
Everyone from Elijah Wood to Sir Ian McKellan agreed on getting the Elvish word for the number nine inked permanently on their person to pay tribute to their years of working together on Peter Jackson's series. Aragorn actor Viggo Mortensen explained the meaning of the tattoo:
"We all got the same one — the word 'nine' in Elvish — because that’s what we are, nine. I visited the tattooist a couple times, showed him the drawing and stuff. I didn’t say anything about Ian McKellen or whoever may be coming in. He just did it. We did all meet one morning and it was an interesting event, and I enjoyed it. Half a day. Actually everyone showed up. It goes along with all the other scars we got!"
Move over, Taylor Swift. These are the kind of squad goals I'm looking for. Seeing this kind of fun, candid look at the cast took me on a trip down memory lane — not my memories, sadly — to try to get a glimpse at what it's like being part of iconic movies and TV shows.
1. The Outsiders
- Release Date: March 25, 1983
- Director: Francis Ford Coppola
- Pictured: Rob Lowe, Darren Dalton, Adam Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez and C. Thomas Howell
Even after starring in Coppola's The Outsiders, I think it would have been hard to imagine the amount of talent that would come out of this cast in the future. We're only missing Ralph Macchio and Matt Dillon in this pic.
2. The Breakfast Club
- Release Date: February 15, 1985
- Director: John Hughes
- Pictured: Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson
Did Estevez and Nelson switch their characters' The Breakfast Club wardrobes for this picture?
3. Stand By Me
- Release Date: August 22, 1986
- Director: Rob Reiner
- Pictured: River Phoenix, Jerry O'Connell, Corey Feldman and Will Wheaton
There's something so innocent about seeing four young stars on the precipice of major fame sitting around a table, just hanging out.
4. Saved By the Bell
- Aired From: 1989-1993
- Network: NBC
- Pictured: Tiffani Thiessen, Lark Voorhies and Elizabeth Berkley
Just three girls being regular teens and hanging out in a closet together. Who would ever want to leave an '80s wardrobe so stuffed to the brim with hats and crazy patterned shirts?
5. Boy Meets World
- Aired From: 1993-2000
- Network: ABC
- Pictured: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Will Friedle and Danielle Fishel
Ahh yes, here they are. My fictional friends and family. As a diehard Boy Meets World fan, I still sometimes wish I was part of the Matthews clan.
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6. Léon: The Professional
- Release Date: September 14, 1994
- Director: Luc Besson
- Pictured: Gary Oldman and Natalie Portman
Besson's thriller Léon: The Professional is anything but a lighthearted romp, but clearly young Natalie Portman was still able to have fun on the set of her feature-length film debut.
- Release Date: November 12, 1999
- Director: Kevin Smith
- Pictured: Chris Rock, Ben Affleck, Jason Mewes and Matt Damon
From Oscar-winning screenwriters to standup comedians to foul-mouthed character actors, no one can blame Kevin Smith for his skills choosing talent!
8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
- Release Date: November 16, 2001
- Director: Chris Columbus
- Pictured: Chris Columbus, Richard Harris, Robbie Coltrane, David Heyman, Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson
As we inch closer to the release of the Harry Potter spinoff franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I feel ancient looking back on the casting that started it all.
9. One Tree Hill
- Aired From: 2003-2012
- Network: The WB/The CW
- Pictured: Pretty much the entire cast
Mop hair and spray tans galore! Gotta love the early 2000s.
10. Game of Thrones
- Aired From: 2011-current
- Network: HBO
- Pictured: Sofie Turner, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, Richard Madden and Kit Harington
I know it has only been five years since the first season of Game of Thrones aired, but I'm taken aback by how much the cast has grown since then! Plus that almost all of the characters in the photo are still alive. (R.I.P. Robb Stark.)
With years of personal and professional experience behind them, it's no wonder these casts have so much fun spending time together.
Which movie or TV series cast would you want to hang out with most? Let us know in the comments section