27 years ago a young boy made a wish at a 'Zoltar Speaks' fortune-teller machine with the simple hope of getting big. Little did Josh Baskin know, his wish would be granted, and he would embark on the scariest, most awesome and unbelievable ride of his life.
When Big was released in 1988, the huge success of the film was totally unexpected. It followed a slew of age-changing comedies such as 18 Again! Vice Versa and Like Father Like Son, but for some reason Big was the one to enjoy box office success, and two Academy Award nominations.
As a kid Big seemed like the ultimate dream, here was Josh Baskin being paid to test toys all day long, and then go home to an apartment kitted out with a trampoline and a Pepsi vending machine - talk about living the life! Not to mention that Big is definitely the reason I have a life-long dream to stick my head out of the sunroof in a limousine. However, as Josh learned, becoming an adult before you've had the chance to finish your childhood isn't all it's cracked up to be, and after finding the Zoltar machine he opts to return to age 12.
It's been over 27 years since Josh first made that wish to be big, and you can be sure that he's not 12 years old any more. So what are the cast of Big doing these days? Take a look for yourself:
Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin
Age then: 32
Age now: 59
What he's been doing since Big: Big was Tom Hanks breakthrough role (also earning him a Best Actor Oscar nomination), and since then he has been in some blockbuster films including: A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Toy Story (and the sequels), Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, Cast Away, Catch Me if You Can, The Terminal, The Da Vinci Code, Captain Phillips and [Saving Mr. Banks](tag:357093). He has racked up five Oscar nominations and two wins so far, and will soon star in the upcoming films Sully and Bridge of Spies.
David Moscow as Young Josh Baskin
Age then: 13
Age now: 40
What he's been doing since Big: Young David Moscow took on the role of the 12-year-old version of Josh Baskin and following Big went on to star in some big movies and TV series such as: Live-In, Living Dolls, Newsies, Hurricane Streets, Girl, River Red, Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane, Riding in Cars with Boys, Just Married, Honey, Misconceptions, Shattered!, Dead Air, Humdinger, White Dwarf and most recently the short film Tic Tac Stop.
Recently Moscow has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his directorial debut with the psychological thriller Desolation. Moscow is trying to raise $57,000 to complete post-production on the film. Check the Kickstarter out over HERE - the amazing Big-inspired video Moscow made for his campaign is a must watch (the Zoltar machine returns!).
Jared Rushton as Billy Kopecki
Age then: 14
Age now: 41
What he's been doing since Big: Following Big you may have seen Jared Rushton in movies and films such as Roseanne, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, A Cry in the Wind, Pet Sematary II, Northern Exposure, ER, Dead Man's Walk or Cracker: Mind Over Murder. Rushton's last acting credit on IMDb is from 2000 when he starred in the TV series Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family. More recently Rushton was playing guitar in the band 'Deal by Dusk' along with his brother, Ryan, and living in California.
Elizabeth Perkins as Susan
Age then: 28
Age now: 54
What she's been doing since Big: Similar to Tom Hanks, Big was a breakthrough role for Elizabeth Perkins. After her role as the older Josh Baskin's love interest she went on to star in: Avalon, He Said, She Said, The Flintstones, Miracle on 34th Street, Moonlight and Valentino, I'm Losing You, 28 Days, Battery Park, Cats & Dogs, All I Want, Finding Nemo, King of the Hill, The Ring Two, Must Love Dogs, Kids in America, Weeds, The Closer, How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life), One Child and Preacher.
Robert Loggia as Mr. MacMillan
Age then: 58
Age now: 85
What he's been doing since Big: Blessed with an incredibly long career in the business, at 85 years old, Robert Loggia is still acting today! Following Big you may have seen him in such films and TV shows as: Oliver and Company, Mancuso, F.B.I., The Marrying Man, Innocent Blood, Bad Girls, I Love Trouble, Independence Day, Holy Man, Joan of Arc, Malcolm in the Middle, The Sopranos, Shrink, Queens Supreme, Apostle Peter and the Last Supper, Snapshot and No Deposit. He also stars in the soon-to-be-released film 12 Angry Men and Women.
John Heard as Paul Davenport
Age then: 43
Age now: 70
What he's been doing since Big: Though he was originally a stage actor, you will most likely recognize John Heard from his numerous film and television roles. Following Big Heard went on to star in such films and TV series as: Beaches, Home Alone 1 & 2, Awakenings, The Pelican Brief, Before and After, The Client, My Fellow Americans, Snake Eyes, The Witness, Law & Order, Animal Factory, Pollock, Mind the Gap, The Sopranos, White Chicks, CSI: Miami, Tracks, Prison Break, Southland, Entourage, NCIS and The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. You may also see him the upcoming films Broome Street Boys, and Is That a Gun In Your Pocket?