In the young adult science-fiction thriller I Am Number Four
, Timothy Olyphant plays Henri—a guardian of teenage alien Number Four (Alex Pettyfer) from the planet Lorien. It seems that nine infant aliens—who conveniently resemble humans—left their home planet to hide on Earth only to be hunted by the barbaric invading species, the Mogadorians. The surprisingly OCD Mogadorians can only kill the last children of Lorien in order, and guess whose number is up?
Olyphant is easily the most engaging actor in a cast of pretty, vacant young model types. The 42-year-old actor can currently be seen as sharpshooter U.S Marshal Raylan Givens on FX's Justified, which just started its second season. Before you check Olyphant out in I Am Number Four, here are four fun rents to tide you over.
In this 2010 remake of the 1973 film by George A. Romero, Olyphant plays the sheriff of the small town of Ogden Marsh, Iowa. Supposedly the "friendliest place on earth," Ogden Marsh's water supply has been accidentally contaminated by the deadly "Trixie" virus after a military plane went down and infected the water supply. Now the denizens of the sleepy farm town are transforming into mindless, bloodthirsty killers and the military has moved in to wipe the town (and its mistake) off the map. Olyphant tries to escape the city limits with his pregnant wife before things literally go nuclear. The Crazies
is available on both DVD and Blu-ray.
Live Free or Die Hard:
Olyphant plays Thomas Gabriel—a man exploiting a network of the country's top computer hackers in an attempt to take control of the stock market and more—in this fourth movie in the Die Hard
series. Thomas makes a big mistake when he kidnaps the daughter of John McClane (Bruce Willis), however. The addition of Olyphant, Justin Long and more modern special effects helps create the best sequel in the series to date, which is available on both DVD and Blu-ray. Yipee ki yi yay!
This quintessential '90s flick features Olyphant as Todd—a local drug supplier who specializes in Ecstasy. He is suspicious when Ronna (Sarah Polley), who is facing eviction, comes to him to sell the exact amount of pills that would constitute drug trafficking. Todd later holds Ronna's friend, Claire (a pre-Stepford wife Katie Holmes), as human collateral while Ronna attempts to dig herself out of the hole she dug for herself. It is then when Todd starts teasing Claire about her name by firing off Breakfast Club
quotes, but the two end up tearing off each other's clothes on Todd's stairs despite being from different worlds. Get Go
on either DVD or Blu-ray.
Olyphant's first memorable big-screen moment came when he played Mickey—"the freaky Tarantino film student" according to Randy (Jamie Kennedy)—in 1997's Scream 2
. Neve Campbell returns as heroine Sidney Prescott, who is now in college when the violent murders start up again after the movie Stab
opens, which is based on the events in the original Scream
. In his film class, Mickey thinks of the one sequel that all the students agree is better than the original: The Godfather Part II
. Re-watch Scream 2
on DVD before Scream 4
opens in theaters this April to find out why Olyphant is less than likely to appear in the latest sequel.