ByHeather Snowden, writer at
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Heather Snowden

Two years before the first ever Big Brother episode launched on British TV screens, Jim Carey was getting all 1984 on the big screen in The Truman Show. The first child to be legally adopted by a corporation, every aspect of Truman's life was documented by 5,000 cameras. Every person he'd ever come into contact with was an actor and, to the outside world, his existence was entertainment.

Surviving in a counterfeit world, Truman believes he's an ordinary man, living an ordinary life, until one day a light falls through the air and tears a hole in the fake sky.

From that point on, to the dismay of his 'family,' 'friends,' and the show's producer, who cuts a Godlike figure in the control center, Truman becomes suspicious and spontaneous. He begins to spot clues in every day life which hint towards the discovery of his fictional reality. From his wife's bizarre and blatant product promotions, to complete strangers knowing his name, it's not long before he begins to put two and two together and puts his theory to the test...

As we watched Truman's world unravel and he discovers the truth behind his father's death, his fear of the open ocean and Lauren's mystery disappearance, we rooted for his escape, until finally he found the door which lead from one reality to the next.

The concept of a reality show was almost unheard of back in 1998 when the film was released. We take a look to see if the cast of The Truman Show has changed as much as the society it predicted...

Jim Carrey - Truman Burbank

Since The Truman Show: Me, Myself & Irene, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bruce Almighty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Fun with Dick and Jane, The Number 23, Yes Man, I Love You Phillip Morris, Kick-Ass 2, Dumb and Dumber To.

Laura Linney - Meryl Burbank

Since The Truman Show: You Can Count on Me, The House of Mirth, Maze, The Mothman Prophecies, The Life of David Gale, Love Actually, Fraiser, P.S., The Squid and the Whale, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Jindabyne, Man of the Year, The Savages, Breach, The Nanny Diaries, The City of Your Final Destination, Mr. Holmes

Noah Emmerich - Marlon

Since The Truman Show: Crazy in Alabama, Love & Sex, Frequency, Windtalkers, Beyond Borders, Miracle, Cellular, Little Children, Pride and Glory, Fair Game, White Collar, The Walking Dead, Super 8, Warrior, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Blood Ties, The Americans

Natascha McElhone - Lauren

Since The Truman Show: Ronin, Love's Labour's Lost, Laurel Canyon, City of Ghosts, Solaris, Ladies in Lavender, Guy X, Big Nothing, The Secret of Moonacre, The Kid, Thorne: Sleepyhead, The Sea, Romeo & Juliet, Believe, Californication

Holland Taylor - Truman's Mother

Since The Truman Show: The Naked Truth, Happy Accidents, Keeping the Faith, Ally McBeal, Legally Blonde, Home Room, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, Baby Bob, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, The Practice, Monk, The L Word, The Chosen One, Electric City, Two and a Half Men

Brian Delate - Truman's Father

Since The Truman Show: Wendigo, Lonesome, Buffalo Soldiers, Far from Heaven, Sex and the City, Law & Order, Rent, Fireflies, The Brave One, The Favor, Soldier's Heart, Nice Guy Johnny, The Comeback


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