The best Easter eggs are the ones that were staring you in the face all along, but you never saw them. Then there are those that were not just staring, but breathing heavily and sweating profusely. There are recurring characters who show up in movies or shows that you've seen a hundred times but never noticed -- either because they were hidden, or simply because they have the kind of face you forget two seconds after you see it. Let us blow your mind by re-introducing you to ...
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5Jesse Heiman, the Background Nerd in Every Movie
Something really weird happened during the Super Bowl this year. There was an advertisement where it was basically just this ...
Rosatia is the new abs.
... for 30 long, uncomfortable seconds. Well, one of those people has been in over 60 films and TV shows and worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, and Michael Bay; the other one is supermodel Bar Refaeli (whose IMDb profile looks sad in comparison). This veteran actor's name is Jesse Heiman, and he was in 10 movies and TV shows in 2011 alone. In 2012, he was in seven more.
How is that even possible? Because he has made a career out of looking like a teenage dork despite being now in his mid-30s, and so every director just sticks him in the background. Don't say you've never seen him before, because yes, you have. Here he is in the first Spider-Man, sharing a scene with Kirsten Dunst:
In a universe where science geeks look like Tobey Maguire, this was the coolest guy in school.
And here he is in The Social Network:
They're all paying attention in class because this was before the guy in the back invented Facebook.
Remember Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can? He was there, too:
They ended up cropping him out because test audiences never noticed that Leonardo DiCaprio was there, too.
And that's just a small sample of his impressive career. Of course, he doesn't say anything in any of these movies and only appears onscreen for a few seconds, but how many hit movies have you not talked in? Jesse's first role was in American Pie 2, in which he played a non-speaking member of the infamous band camp:
You don't wanna know what he did with that trombone.
He moved on from high school to college in Will Ferrell's Old School, where he was one of the pledges ...
He's sad because he didn't get to tie a cinder block to his dick like the others.
... and from college to the workplace in Transformers 3. Michael Bay personally picked him for the role of "guy walking in the office."
And if there's one thing Michael Bay is known for, it's picking actors.
But Jesse isn't a snob: Unlike some of his fellow film stars, he has nothing against doing TV. In fact, he's been in pretty much every show ever, including The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development, How I Met Your Mother, Entourage, My Name Is Earl, Bones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, NCIS, Chuck, Monk, The O.C., and Reno 911!
Here he is in two shows where every single cast member is a terrible person.
Despite all this, Jesse isn't satisfied: He dreams of a speaking movie role and hopes to be the next Jonah Hill. Jesse's days of receiving extra's pay to stand awkwardly in the background may be over, though, because just recently he's been approached by the porn industry, since apparently even the most rudimentary fame means that there's a subset of humanity that want to see what you look like naked.
While we wait for that, here's a clip of some of his best appearances: