Dave Franco was once simply known as the younger brother of actor James Franco. But over the last few decades, he’s amassed a pretty serious resume of film and television roles that have given him a name in Hollywood unto himself. He’s had a few starring roles in movies, as well as minor appearances, and been part of some A-list ensemble casts. He’s also done voice work, appeared on television series like Scrubs and 7th Heaven, and in TV shorts.
Still, while Franco has had some memorable roles in films like 6 Balloons and The Disaster Artist, there are others where you might have very well forgotten that he was even in the movie. Here are 10 movies that you probably forgot Dave Franco was in.
10 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
This romantic drama is about a young woman who tries to prove the innocence of her lover in a rape charge before their child is born. With a star-studded cast including actors like Academy Award winner Regina King, it’s no surprise that you might have totally forgotten that Franco was even in the film.
But indeed he was in a brief role playing Levy, the Jewish landlord who happily rents an apartment to the African American couple in the ‘70s.
9 The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)
With animated films, it’s often that you hear the voices but can’t place them. Then you find out and scream “oh yeah! I knew he or she sounded so familiar!”
That might very well be the case with this film, where Franco voices the main character of Lloyd Garmadon, the Green Ninja and leader of the Secret Ninja Force in this, the third movie in the The Lego Movie franchise, and second spin-off.
8 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
In this hilarious comedy starring Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, and Rose Byrne about a couple who have to deal with bunch of college frat kids moving in next door, Franco has a pretty significant part as Pete, best friend and old frat brother of Zac Efron’s character, who has officially come out of the closet.
Of course with all eyes on the glorious Efron, and the comedic chemistry between Rogen and Byrne, it’s easy to forget that Franco had a supporting role.
7 Unfinished Business (2015)
Franco was part of an ensemble cast in this comedy that included Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Sienna Miller, Nick Frost, and James Marsden. But while he was integral to the film, you might have totally forgotten that he was in it.
He played Mike Pancake, and oddball young man who shows up for a job interview and gets swept onto a plane, joining a supposed new company started by a disgruntled employee (Vaughn).
6 22 Jump Street (2014)
Also appearing in 21 Jump Street, the first sequel movie to the television series of the same name, this buddy cop film starred Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. But blink and you will have missed Franco, who played Eric, a popular high school student and the main drug dealer.
He has a much bigger role in the first movie, but, spoiler alert, he gets arrested. So he only appears briefly in jail in the second film. So briefly, in fact, that the role is uncredited.
5 Neighbors (2014)
As with Neighbors 2, Franco plays the role of Pete in the original film as well, who is, at the time, a more free-spirited college student, and vice president of the fraternity.
Again, with all eyes on Efron, it was easy to miss Franco as the equally hard-partying best friend who had a strange ability to get an erection from doing yoga. He did have some memorable scenes, including a massive fight with Efron's character Teddy. But with such a strong comedic main cast, you might have totally forgotten about Franco's supporting, but important, role.
4 The Lego Movie (2014)
In the original Lego Movie, you’ll recognize lots of voices, including Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Arnett. But among them is Franco, who you might have forgotten voices the character of Wally, a construction worker.
Wally wasn’t really a main character, but in Bricksburg, everyone is important (and awesome). Fun fact: in real life, Franco is married to actor Alison Brie, who serves as the voice of Unikitty.
3 Now You See Me (2013)
As a starring member of the ensemble cast of this heist thriller flick, one would think that it would be hard to forget that Franco was in the movie. But he’s overshadowed by some serious A-listers, including Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman.
So it’s easy to forget that played Jack Wilder, also known as Death, the sleight of hand illusionist and street magician who also had a talent for impersonating other peoples’ voices. As a skilled pickpocket, he was integral to the group’s plans to pull off multiple bank heists, then provide the money to their audiences. So it’s worth re-watching the movie to appreciate his performance in it.
2 Fright Night (2011)
In this 2011 remake of the 1985 horror film starring the late Anton Yelchin and Colin Farrell, Franco plays minor character Mark, a popular high school student with a penchant for bullying.
He’s a stoner and a supposed ladies man who ends up getting killed by a vampire, then re-appears as one of the vampires holed up in Jerry’s lair. His most memorable line of the movie, once he’s resurrected? “That was one f***ed up night.”
1 Superbad (2007)
This hilarious coming-of-age teen comedy that served as the launchpad for Jonah Hill’s burgeoning career is chocked full of one-liners and memorable characters like McLovin.
And while Franco didn’t have a huge role, you might remember him as Greg, a high school soccer player. His most memorable exchange from the film is when Seth (Hill) tells him to go pee his pants again, and Greg angrily replies, “That was like 8 years ago, a******!”