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20 years ago Lynne Reid Banks' famous book The Indian in the Cupboard was brought to life, much like the plastic toys in the book, in the 1995 Frank Oz-directed film starring Hal Scardino, Litefoot and David Keith.

Frank Oz and Hal Scardino on set
Frank Oz and Hal Scardino on set

The Indian in the Cupboard told the story of a boy named Omri who received a magic cupboard for his 9th birthday. The cupboard turned out to have the power to bring toys to life, and Omri soon had a friend in an 18th-century Iroquois Indian named Little Bear, as well as a cowboy from 1879 named Boone. The movie itself was very cool, and as a kid the concept of a magic cupboard was totally amazing - I mean, remember this scene?!

Of course by the end of the film, having learned a lot from Little Bear and Boone, Omri realized it's time to send them back to their homes and we were reduced to tears by this sweet goodbye:

It's been 20 years since Little Bear and Boone were brought to life in that old cupboard, and the stars have changed a lot. Take a look at what they look like now, and what they're up to:

Omri - Hal Scardino

What he's been doing since: Following The Indian in the Cupboard and Searching for Bobby Fischer, Hal Scardino appeared in Marvin's Room before leaving acting for almost 10 years. According to Scardino's IMDB profile it looks like he may be appearing soon in an upcoming drama titled The Show which is he is also executive producing.

Aside from his acting work, Scardino also has his own non-profit organization, a production company called Aperta Productions, and he's doing some amazing things.

Reading through their website, it's clear to see that Aperta Productions is a pretty wonderful organization, aiming to:

Promote art that is open to everyone in every way. We believe everyone to be an artist if they so desire. Whatever their color, creed, age, nationality, sexuality, ability or disability, they are always welcome through our door.

By using art as a means to engineer change, Aperta works with various deprived groups and communities hoping to engage the participants and give them back a feeling of empowerment.

Aperta's most recent project has been to work with Syrian women from refugee camps in and around Beirut. Scardino and his co-founder in the production company Itab Azzam hope to give the women a safe place to express themselves with their bodies and their minds. Take a look at the short film below:

Victor - Richard Jenkins

What he's been doing since: Flirting with Disaster, Absolute Power, Eye of God, The Impostors, Random Hearts, Me, Myself & Irene, Say It Isn't So, The Man Who Wasn't There, Changing Lanes, Stealing Harvard, Intolerable Cruelty, Cheaper by the Dozen, Shall We Dance, Six Feet Under, North Country, The Visitor, Step Brothers, Burn After Reading, The Tale of Despereaux, Dear John, Eat Pray Love, Let Me In, The Cabin in the Woods, Jack Reacher, White House Down, God's Pocket, Olive Kitteridge.

Gillon - Vincent Kartheiser

What he's been doing since: Alaska, All I Wanna Do, Crime + Punishment in Suburbia, Ricky 6, Dandelion, Angel, Alpha Dog, Rango, In Time, Beach Pillows, Red Knot, High School USA! as well as playing Pete Campbell in Mad Men for all seven seasons. He also married Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) in 2014.

Little Bear - Litefoot

What he's been doing since: Kull the Conqueror, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, The Peal, Adaptation, CSI: Miami and House of Cards. In addition to his acting, Litefoot is also a successful rapper, having released around 14 albums and currently hosting a nationally-distributed hip hop and R&B radio show called 'Reach the Rez Radio.'

Boone - David Keith

What he's been doing since: A Family Thing, Judge and Jury, Secret of the Andes, U-571, Cahoots, Burning Down the House, World Traveler, Behind Enemy Lines, The Stickup, Daredevil, Still Life, Raise Your Voice, In Her Line of Fire, The Class, Boys of Summerville, Lone Star, Hawaii Five-0, Reckless, Christian Mingle and Awaken.

Tommy - Steven Coogan

What he's been doing since: Coogan is most famous for his character Alan Partridge, and has done many shows involving the characters such as Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge and Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge. You might also know him from Around the World in 80 Days, Happy Endings, Marie Antoinette, Hot Fuzz, Tropic Thunder, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Other Guys, Our Idiot Brother, Despicable Me 2, Philomena and most recently The Minions.

Source: IMDB


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