December 20, 2012 2:24 PM | By Daniel Bettridge
10 supporting characters who deserve their own movies

This is 40

This is 40 (© Universal Pictures)
  • This is 40 (© Universal Pictures)
  • Barry (Jack Black) – High Fidelity (2000) (© Touchstone Pictures)
  • Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) – Pulp Fiction (1994) (© Miramax)
  • Jesus Quintana (John Turturro) – The Big Lebowski (1998) (© Polygram)
  • Han Solo (Harrison Ford)– Star Wars (1977) (© Lucasfilm)
  • Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) – Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) (© Dreamworks)
  • Frank TJ Mackey (Tom Cruise) – Magnolia (1999) (© New Line)
  • Felix Leiter (Various) – James Bond franchise (1962 – present) (© Columbia Pictures)
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Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 lands in cinemas this week. The film is a quasi follow up to Knocked Up, but anyone expecting to see Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen return as the original’s odd couple will be disappointed. Instead Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd make the leap from supporting cast to centre stage as they reprise their roles as Debbie and Pete, the unhappily married couple who stole the show in the 2007 smash hit.

They’re not the first minor characters to be given their own movies. From Russell brand’s Aldous Snow (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) to Tom Cruise’s Len Grossman (Tropic Thunder) Hollywood is increasingly handing bit part characters their own blockbusters. But who else would we want to see given their own film? Join us as we countdown ten great supporting characters we’d like to see given their own movies.

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