As amazing as time travel sounds, it still cant keep us from getting any older (unless you're Keanu Reeves, apparently). While some strategic lighting and handy on-set makeup artists are helping many of these Hollywood stars stave off the aging process, time is an inescapable prison from which no one can escape.
Okay, that got too real for a second. In any case, I've compiled a list of some of my favorite time travelers and what they're up to since giving up on their time traveling ways.
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure - Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves
These two bodacious dudes made studying history way easier. Were their teachings always totally factual? Maybe not exactly, but they got to hang out with George Carlin which is way cooler than sitting in a classroom.
Alex Winter hasn't done too much in the acting department since the late 90s, he's since turned his attention to working behind the camera as a writer and director for TV. And Keanu was never heard from again. Except that's a huge lie because he's still a massive celebrity. After Bill and Ted he starred in blockbusters like the Matrix series and Speed. His most recent film, [John Wick](movie:1116115) will hit theaters on Oct. 24th.
Doctor Who (4th-8th) - Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann
Well, it's pretty much impossible to bring up time travelers without talking about the man flying around in a blue box that's bigger on the inside. Of course, a number of men have donned the persona of [Doctor Who](series:200668). Before the newfangled boys like Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and now Peter Capaldi. But before these boys were Doctors 1-8. More specifically for this post, there were Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann.
Each of these former Doctors has continued to act post-doc. Some of their more notable recent roles were Peter Davison as Henry Sharpe on Law & Order: UK, Sylvester McCoy as Radagast in The Hobbit series, and Paul McGann playing Mark North on Luther.
Doctor Who (9th-11th) - Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith
I know that not that much time has flown since these boys were zipping about the universe in the TARDIS, but I would be remiss if I didn't at least mention them. All of these men have been busy with a number of different projects, both on the big and small screen.
Chris Eccleston played Malekith in [Thor: The Dark World](movie:206462) and his new show Fortitude is in post-production. David Tennant, who also played Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is now playing Alec Hardy on BBC America's [Broadchurch](series:1103884)and its 10-episode version adapted by Fox for the US [Gracepoint](series:1136875) where he plays Detective Emmett Carver. Finally, Matt Smith played Bully in Ryan Gosling's film [Lost River](movie:600461), has an unspecified role in [Terminator Genisys](movie:34872) which is in production, and he's currently filming [Pride and Prejudice and Zombies](movie:41129) in which he plays Mr. Collins. This is a pretty busy group of guys!
The Butterfly Effect - Ashton Kutcher
Time travel isn't all fun and games, in The Butterfly Effect we saw some of the darker side effects to going back and trying to change the past. We also got to see Ashton Kutcher as Evan Treborn. A huge contrast from his vapid, but sweet, pretty-boy character on That '70s Show, Michael Kelso.
Whether he's playing Steve Jobs, Walden Schmidt on [Two and a Half Men](series:200558), or working as a product engineer for Lenovo, Ashton seems to be up to a lot these days. Not to mention this time traveler is now a first-time dad!
The Terminator - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the famous Austrian-born bodybuilder shocked everyone with his acting chops in the 1984 film, The Terminator. Well, maybe not shocked, but he was much better than anyone could have expected. The Terminator T-800 Model 101 was sent to kill Sarah Connor, but ultimately failed.
I don't think anyone could have guessed back in the 1980s where Arnold would end up succeeding. California's 2003 gubernatorial elections. Never saw that coming. He said he'd be back and he wasn't lying. After being the Terminator, Arnold famously became the Governator. In 2011 Arnold announced his return to acting. He has been in movies such as [The Expendables 2](movie:42634), [The Last Stand](movie:246256), and is set to star in [Terminator Genisys](movie:34872) alongside fellow time traveler, Matt Smith.
Donnie Darko - Jake Gyllenhaal
Sure, it’s not exactly time travel per se, but it is a story about a tangent universe so, I say it counts! The whole of Donnie Darko's existence as we see it in the film, is to correct the tangent universe and have it collapse healthily back into the primary universe. At least that's what I got from it.
After playing Donnie Darko, Jake Gyllenhaal has gone on to play some truly incredible roles. He started really strong and is still on an upwards trajectory. His critically acclaimed roles range from Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain (which earned him an Academy Award Nomination) to Detective Loki in [Prisoners](movie:224380), and his newest role as Lou Bloom in [Nightcrawler](movie:938302). And yes, he's only 33.
Back to the Future (Parts I, II, & III) - Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox
They might be at the bottom of the list, but only because we have to end on a strong note. How could we discuss time travelers without bringing up two of the best in the biz? Doc Brown and Marty McFly are widely considered some of the best time traveling characters in cinematic history, if not the actual best.
Despite all the makeup, it's easy to spot the hilarious Christopher Lloyd playing Uncle Fester in the early 1990s Addams Family films. More recently, Lloyd played Kroenig in [Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For](movie:1374) and even had a cameo as Doc Brown in [A Million Ways to Die in the West](movie:774008). Michael J. Fox has stuck to TV for the most part, other than being the voice of Stuart Little, playing Mike Henry in [The Michael J. Fox Show](series:956924) and Louis Canning in [The Good Wife](series:200801).
No matter the time or the place, TARDIS or DeLorean, I would love to travel with (most of) these time manipulators. Seriously, pick me up anywhere! Now the only question is, would you chose to go to the future or the past?
Notable mentions: Hermione Granger using the time-turner, Austin Powers' time machine, Phil's Groundhog Day.