A big dumb sci-fi action movie or a stinging critque of blind US nationalism and militarisation?
Well, ‘Starship Troopers’ it’s a bit of both actually – with a healthy dollop of unisex shower scenes thrown in for good measure.
Paul Verhooven’s 1997 adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s sci-fi novel slyly turned the book’s central theme on its head – the novel has been accused of being pro-war, facism, and military rule, but the film takes a tongue-in-cheek approach which Paul says was his way of “playing with fascism or fascist imagery to point out certain aspects of American society… of course, the movie is about ‘Let’s all go to war and let’s all die.'”
Let’s not get bogged down in the political subtext – it is mostly about beautiful people blowing up bugs.
After the jump check out where those photogenic young soldiers are now!
Casper Van Dien – Johnny Rico
Casper Van Dien grew up on Van Dien street in New Jersey – which happened to be named after his great-grandfather. Apparently he got into loads of fights in school over his perfect ‘Ken-doll’ good looks – we’ve all been there.
Before ‘Starship Troopers’, he had roles in ‘Beverly Hills 90210′, a James Dean TV biopic and the soap ‘One Life To Live’.
Since his breakthrough role he starred in a new TV version of ‘Tarzan’ (above), Tim Burton’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’, he also played Patrick Bateman (the role Christian Bale played in ‘American Psycho’) in ‘The Rules of Attraction’ but his scenes were cut.
In 2008 Casper returned for ‘Starship Troopers: Marauder’, the third film in the franchise.
He has a son and daughter with his first wife and two daughters with his second wife Catherine Oxenberg. He and Catherine once appeared in their own reality show called ‘I Married A Princess’, as her mother is Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia.
Dina Meyer – Dizzy Flores
Before ‘Starship Troopers’, Dina had roles in ‘Beverly Hills 90210′ and ‘Johnny Mnenomic’.
She went on to appear in ‘Star Trek Nemisis’, the ‘Saw’ film franchise, and was in ‘Friends’ as the snooty actress Joey works with, and then cheats with.
(Check out other Friends supporting cast members here)
More recently she’s appeared in ‘CSI’, ‘90210’, ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘Piranha 3D’. Here are some of her recent Twitter pics – including some of herself and former co-star Casper Van Dien (and Star Trek Next Generation actress Marina Sirtis!)
Denise Richards – Carmen Ibanez
‘Starship Troopers’ was Denise’s first major role – she went to become a late 90’s pin-up with parts opposite Neve Campbell in ‘Wild Things’, Kirsten Dunst in ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’, and Pierce Brosnan in ‘The World Is Not Enough’. Denise famously played a nuclear physicist in that Bond film, with the unlikley name Dr Christmas Jones. Cue the terrible puns…
She appeared in the horror ‘Valentine’, ‘Scary Movie 3′, had a small role in ‘Love Actually’ (see here) and was Ross and Monica’s hot cousin in ‘Friends’.
She had her own E! reality show in 2008 and took part in the 2009 season of ‘Dancing With The Stars’, she was eliminated second.
Denise began dating Charlie Sheen after guest starring with him on ‘Spin City’ in 2001. They have two daughters together and divorced in 2006. She is now on much better terms with Charlie and she has temporary custody of his twin sons from his marriage to Brooke Mueller (while their mom is getting help for her substance abuse). Denise has also adopted a baby girl called Eloise as a single parent
Jake Busey – Ace Levy
You might spot a family resemblance here – Jake’s dad is the Oscar-winning, and notoriously unusual, actor Gary Busey -
Jake also starred opposite Jodie Foster in ‘Contact’ and has had roles in ‘Tomcats’, ‘Enemy of the State’, ‘The Frighteners’, and ‘Road House 2′.
Neil Patrick Harris – Carl Jenkins
Bet you forgot he was in this!
Neil was a big child-star in the late 80’s and early 90’s thanks to his lead role as a young teen Doctor in ‘Doogie House MD’.
His biggest role as an adult has been played Barney on the hugely popular sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother’, and he’s also had brilliant cameos as himself in the ‘Harold and Kumar’ film series.
Neil’s also well known for his hosting of the Tony Awards – you’ve got to see his most recent opening number.
He confirmed publicly that he’s gay in 2008 and has twins with his husband David Burtka.
Patrick Muldoon – Zander Barcalow
Patrick was the first actor to play Austin Reed on the soap ‘Days of Our Lives’ (1992-1995), a role he returned to in 2011. He has also appeared in ‘Melrose Place’ and ‘K-11′ a drama about a gay wing of a jail.
He’s also part of a band called Sleeping Masses.
Clancy Brown – Zim
Clancy is a regular bad-guy – he played Kurgan in ‘Highlander’ and Captain Byron Hadley in ‘Shawshank Redemption’.
More recently he’s appeared in ‘The Informant!’, ‘Cowboys & Aliens’, ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ (the 2010 remake) and ‘Green Lantern‘.
He has two children with his wife Jeanne Johnson.
Michael Ironside – Lt Jean Rasczak
Michael is apparently a method actor who stays in character in between takes – he’s appeared in ‘Top Gun’, ‘Total Recall’, ‘SeaQuest DSV’ (as the captain after Roy Scheider left), and ‘Terminator Salvation’. He also played Lois Lane’s dad in three episodes of ‘Smallville’.
He has a daughter from his first marriage and a daughter from his second. Michael has also twice survived cancer.
Seth Gilliam – Sugar Watkins
Seth is probably best known as Clayton Huges from ‘Oz’ or Ellis Carver from ‘The Wire’. Most recently he’s played Dr Deaton on ‘Teen Wolf’.
Bruce Gray – Sky Marshall Dienes
Canadian actor Bruce has made guest appearances on a few different ‘Star Trek’ series – he’s also appeared in ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’, ‘Queer As Folk’, ‘Babylon 5′ and ‘Medium’.
Marshall Bell – Gen Owens
Marshall also appeared in ‘Stand By Me’ (as the dad), ‘Total Recall’, ‘Nightmare On Elm Street 2′, and ‘Twins’.
More recently he’s appeared with Philip Seymor Hoffman in ‘Capote’, Emma Roberts in ‘Nancy Drew’, and Johnny Depp in ‘The Rum Diary’.
Eric Bruskotter – Breckinridge
You may have spotted Eric in ‘Major League II’, ‘Glee’ (as football scout Cooter Menkins) and and episode of ’24’.
He has an identical twin brother and is married to Tami-Adrian George, who he met while filming ‘Starship Troopers’.
Brenda Strong – Deladier
You’ll definitely know Brenda’s voice – she was the ghostly narrator (Mary Alice) on ‘Desperate Housewives’.
Brenda is also known for playing Sally Sasser on the comedy ‘Sports Night’ and now stars as Ann Ewing on ‘Dallas’.
She has a son with her ex-husband Tom Henri.
Amy Smart – Lumbreiser
Amy next played James Van Der Beek’s girlfriend in ‘Varsity Blues’, and went on to have roles in ‘Rat Race’, the ‘Crank’ movies with Jason Statham, ‘Starsky & Hutch’, ‘Road Trip’ and ‘The Butterfly Effect’.
She now plays Jasmine on the US version of ‘Shameless’.
Amy is married to Carter Oosterhouse.
Dean Norris – Commanding Officer
Dean is now best known for playing DEA agent Hank Schrader in ‘Breaking Bad’, but he’s also had roles in ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, ‘Total Recall’, ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’, and TV shows like ‘The West Wing’, ‘Nip/Tuck’ and ‘The X Files’.
He has five children with his wife Bridget.