Day 17: 5 Actors You Probably Didn't Realize Were in "Band of Brothers" (Favorite Mini-Series)

Written by Don P on . Posted in Challenge #10

(Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes) - Band of Brothers

Look at that title image. I probably don't even need to say anything, but I will. The 2001 HBO mini-series Band of Brothers follows a group of American troops, Easy Company (506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division), through WWII beginning with D-Day all the way to VE Day. And, goddamn, if they didn't slaughter hordes of Nazi soldiers with about 5,000 metric tons of badassery along the way.

Little known actor and director, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, co-executive produced this incredible follow-up to the 1998 blockbuster, "Saving Private Ryan." Band of Brothers was every bit as realistic as "Saving Private Ryan," as ordinary people are thrust into horrific situations and shows how each is able — or not able — to deal with their circumstances. Spoiler Alert: Hitler commits suicide and America wins the war. U-S-A! U-S-A!

5. Jimmy Fallon (2nd Lt. George C. Rice) - Jimmy Fallon Band of Brothers

Jimmy's that SNL alumni you might remember for his lack of timing, stage presence and personality, and would usually end up awkwardly stammering his lines and grinning like an idiot into the camera — all prerequisites to killing Nazis, making him the perfect candidate for 2nd Lieutenant George C. Rice.

4. Tom Hardy (Pfc. John Janovec) - Tom Hardy Band of Brothers

If "Inception" taught us anything, it's that you don't fuck with Tom Hardy. If you doubt that statement, see "The Dark Knight Rises" for further reinforcement. But if you were ever wonder where Tom Hardy got his start, then look no further than Private First Class John Janovec.

3. Simon Pegg (1st Sgt. William Evans) - Simon Pegg Band of Brothers

Simon Pegg had plenty of practice killing Nazis as Sergeant William Evans before moving on to bashing in the heads of zombies with a cricket bat in "Shaun of the Dead." Such a shame we didn't see his on-screen buddy Nick Frost in Band of Brothers. Then again, we may have had a Private Pyle situation.

2. Michael Fassbender (Sgt. Burton "Pat" Christenson) - Michael Fassbender Band of Brothers

Having roles in Quentin Tarantino's Christmas family movie "Inglourious Basterds" and "X-Men: First Class," Fassbender is no stranger to WWII action movies. Remember, it was the Nazis who unleashed Magneto's powers to the world. Maybe all these roles tie in together — could be just a coincidence — but when Fassbender wants to kill Nazis, he will find a way, especially as Sergeant Pat Christenson.

1. James McAvoy (Pvt. James W. Miller) - James McAvoy Band of Brothers

Speaking of "X-Men: First Class," is that... can't be... Professor Charles Xavier? Well, the actor at least. Before Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman taught him how to curve a bullet in "Wanted," McAvoy was shooting Nazis straight in the face, like a real man.


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