As I’m sure you know, The Matrix trilogy began a long time ago – in 1999 to be exact. Yet the franchise still remains somewhat iconic, as evidenced by the fact that our Matrix eyewear still sells like hotcakes 13 years later. As such, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the recent history of some of the actors from the trilogy to find out where they are now (and if you don’t feel like reading, you can glean much of the info by checking out the 7-minute video immediately below).
Obviously Neo (along with his Neo sunglasses!) is the film’s main protagonist. He has appeared in many movies since The Matrix trilogy ended in 2003, including The Day the Earth Stood Still, Street Kings, Constantine, The Replacements, and more. He also acts in the CR: Enter The Matrix video game. He’ll appear in 2 movies in 2013: 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi. He’s also won many awards, the most noteworthy of which are a Blockbuster Entertainment Award, a Teen Choice Award, and 4 MTV Movie Awards.
One of my favorite main characters from the trilogy is Agent Smith, played by Hugo Weaving. Since The Matrix, his career has skyrocketed. He has appeared in many films, TV shows and animated pieces. Some of his most well known movies include Happy Feet, Captain America, V for Vendetta, and the Lord of the Rings franchise. He most recently appeared in Cloud Atlas, and in 2013 will appear in the second installment of The Hobbit as well as Mystery Road. He has won 15 Prestige Awards during his stellar career, and he is currently the ambassador for the Australian animal rights organization, Voiceless. He has a 23 year-old son and a 19 year-old daughter.
Trinity, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, is probably the best female heroine we’ve seen since Sigourney Weaver in the Alien franchise. Moss has blossomed into a rising star since appearing in The Matrix, having appeared in movies such as Memento, Chocolat, Disturbia, Red Planet, and more. And in 2013 she will appear in the film, Compulsion. Moss has also appeared in numerous TV shows and video games, and has won multiple awards. She was married in 1999 and has a 7 year-old son and 3 year-old daughter.
And that brings us to another awesome character – Morpheus (played by Laurence Fishburne). He might be the biggest star of them all right now, having appeared in many TV shows (the entire CSI francise, Hannibal, etc.) and movies like Contagion, Predators, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Mission Impossible III, Assault on Precinct 13 and more. His next role will be that of Briggs in the 2013 movie, The Colony. He has also produced 8 films, has won a whopping 18 Prestige Awards, and is currently an ambassador for UNICEF.
One of my favorite tertiary characters from the original film is “spoon boy,” who offers Neo some sage-like advice in the Oracle’s home. The boy, played by Rowan Witt, is obviously all grown up and has since appeared in a handful of B-movies. Speaking of the Oracle, she was played by Gloria Foster whose most recent “non-Matrix” movie was Soul Food (2000). Sadly, she died in September 2001 of diabetes at the age of 67.
Tank, played by Marcus Chong, is another second-tier character I like. He’s the one that blows away Cypher – the crew member that tries to negotiate with Agent Smith and basically defects to the other side. Chong has since appeared in several TV shows including Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Num3ers to name a couple. He is part African American and part Chinese, and is the adopted son of 1970’s stoner Tommy Chong. Cypher, played by Joe Pantoliano, has more than 100 TV, movie and voiceover gigs under his belt. He has even won numerous awards including an Emmy.
Mouse, Dozer and Switch are 3 characters that casual fans may not remember. All were members of Morpheus’ crew. Dozer, the black pilot played by Anthony Ray Parker, will appear in the 2013 movie, Not for Children. Mouse, played by Matt Doran, has since had dozens of small roles in various movies. Switch, played by Belinda McClory, has since appeared in numerous smalltime films, and in 2006 won a Melbourne Underground Film Festival Award.
One of the lesser known characters is Choi, played by an actor named Marc Anderson Gray. Marc has since had many bit roles on TV and in film, and also lends his voice to video games like Crackdown 2 and Lost Via Domus. Another tertiary character is the infamous women in the red dress that distracts Neo as he begins to experience The Matrix from an enlightened viewpoint for the very first time. The part was played by Fiona Johnson, who has since appeared in Playing the Field and Star Wars II – Attack of the Clones.
I hope you enjoyed this ‘where are they now’ update on our favorite actors from The Matrix trilogy. All of the actors benefitted tremendously from their appearances in the trilogy, but I’d have to say that Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving and Carrie-Anne Moss probably benefitted the most. What do you think?