We know that Ryan Reynolds called in a number of stars to cameo in his new movie, “Free Guy,” including late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek. But it sounds like Trebek might have been one of the few celebrities recognized by older moviegoers such as Ken Jennings.
Jennings, a “Jeopardy!” legend himself, knew Trebek well after winning 74 straight games on the quiz show. After the host tragically died last November of pancreatic cancer, Jennings stepped in for him and hosted six weeks of the game show. To our knowledge, Reynolds’ movie “Free Guy” is one of the latest and last appearances we’ll see Trebek in.
While Trebek’s cameo in the film was sweet and thoughtful, other ones existed for pure star power. The film follows Reynolds’ character, Guy, as he makes changes to the video game he’s been programmed into. Most of the other celebrities cameoing in the film appear as fellow characters in the game, helping or hindering Guy.
And for most audiences, superstars like Dwayne Johnson, Hugh Jackman, Channing Tatum, and Tina Fey were instantly recognizable. Others, less so.
Jennings took to Twitter to speak out for all the other movie watchers who were not familiar with some of the ~younger~ stars in the film.
“Every time the audience around you gasps in delight as they recognize a favorite streamer or YouTuber cameo in Free Guy, you age one hundred years,” the “Jeopardy!” legend wrote.
Apparently, Jennings isn’t up to date with all the latest YouTube stars and celebrities. But that’s fair, because most Gen Z kids are the ones watching streamers online. Reynolds apparently wanted to tap into that demographic for the film.
According to Screenrant, streamers Ninja, Pokimane, Lazarbeam, Jacksepticeye, and DanTDM all made appearances in the film. Is it a bad sign that I also recognize zero names from that list? Guess we’re all revealing our age.
‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Relate to Ken Jennings Feeling ‘100 Years Old’ in Move Theater
Jennings shouldn’t feel too bad, though. After he sent out the tweet last night, several fans hopped on the reply thread to share his misery.
Twitter user Robert Haueter said, “I saw it with my 13-year-old. She had to explain who almost all those people were to me. Great movie though!”
“Exactly how I felt seeing it with my 14-year-old son last weekend,” another wrote.
Fan Shawna Tunnell said, “Oh thank heavens. My son wants me to take him and I was a little worried that might be the deal. They are evolving beyond us but at least I can go in mentally prepared.”
And this fan managed to both capture the emotion of Jennings’ tweet and tie it into “Jeopardy!” flawlessly. “What’s a streamer?”