See the Cast of ‘Tank Girl’ Then and Now
The punk-y 1995 flick ‘Tank Girl’ followed an anti-heroine out to save the world’s water supply from an evil corporation. Based on the British cult comic book character of the same name, the film featured a very ’90s cast, including Lori Petty and Ice-T. Let’s take a look back at the cast of ‘Tank Girl’ then, and see what they’re up to now.
Lori Petty, Tank Girl
Then: Spice Girls Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham all auditioned for the role of ‘Tank Girl’ before it went to Lori Petty, star of ‘Point Break’ and ‘A League of Their Own.’ When director Rachel Talalay showed Petty the comic book, she looked at the book and laughed, saying, “I’m Tank Girl!”
Now: The 49-year-old actress has made several TV appearances on shows, including ‘House, M.D.’ and ‘Prison Break.’ In addition to acting, Petty is also an artist and designs positive-message clothing.
Then: Rapper and former Body Count frontman Ice-T landed the role of T-Saint, a member of a mutant species of kangaroo men. He had previously appeared in ‘Breakin’ and ‘New Jack City.’
Now: Seems the acting bug really infected Ice-T, who currently stars on ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.’ He also has a reality show on the E! network called ‘Ice Loves Coco,’ which follows his marriage to model Nicole “Coco” Austin.
Naomi Watts, Jet Girl
Then: A successful actress in her home country of Australia, Naomi Watts struggled a bit when she moved to the US. ‘Tank Girl’ was one of her first gigs and one she only earned after auditioning nine times.
Now: It’s hard to believe Naomi Watts would have to audition for anything more than once these days. Last year she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in disaster drama ‘The Impossible.’ You can see her next in ‘Diana,’ a biopic of the late Princess Diana.
Reg E. Cathey, Deetee
Then: Reg E. Cathey wasn’t a huge name at the time of ‘Tank Girl”s release — he’d appeared on the children’s series ‘Square One’ and on ‘Homicide: Life on the Street.’ A musician in addition to being an actor, Cathey brought his saxophone along for the audition even though the script didn’t call for it. Cathey’s creativity paid off, though, and the character of Deetee was changed to be a jazz man. Er, jazz kangaroo-man.
Now: Cathey continued his working relationship with ‘Homicide’ scribe David Simon, appearing in two seasons of the HBO series ‘The Wire’ as Norman Wilson. More recently, Cathey had a role as Freddy, the owner of Freddy’s BBQ on the Netflix original series ‘House of Cards.’
Malcolm McDowell, Kesslee
Then: Acclaimed actor Malcolm McDowell (‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘Caligula’) played the film’s main villain who sought to control all of the Earth’s water and power.
Now: McDowell has always had a proclivity for campy villain roles, and his recent resume includes ‘Antiviral,’ the ‘Silent Night’ remake, the heavy-metal animated show ‘Metalocalypse’ and a recurring spot on ‘Community.’ Seriously, the guy is down to star in just about anything.
Stacy Linn Ramsower, Sam
Then: Child actress Stacy Linn Ramsower had previously starred on Nickelodeon’s country camp show ‘Hey Dude’ before landing the role of Sam, Tank Girl’s young pal who is kidnapped and forced to work in a brothel. (Pretty dark stuff for a campy comic book movie.) That same year she also starred in ‘The Baby-Sitters Club,’ which evens things out a bit.
Now: Ramsower pretty much quit acting after 1995. These days she’s a yoga instructor with a business called Yoga with Stacey in Brooklyn, NY.
Iggy Pop, Rat Face
Then: Enduring punk icon Iggy Pop had a small role in the film as Rat Face, a guy who purchases the, uh, services of Sam from a madame. Gross. Pop was no stranger to acting, having already appeared in ‘Cry-Baby’ and ‘The Crow: City of Angels.’
Now: Pop continues to tour and perform live music, and he’s made some appearances on film and in television. Recently he had a small part in the campy vampire music flick (campire music flick?) ‘Suck.’