Familiar Face: Missi Pyle

145120__mp_lYou know you know who she is, and yet, more likely than not, whenever you see Missi Pyle, you invoke her Bringing Down the House costar Queen Latifah’s infamous line, ”Who dat?!” And as funny as Pyle is as the freakishly competitive Mrs. Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the fact that she’s hidden under a velour tracksuit and wacky bob probably means she’ll continue to be more a sought-after character actress than a household name.

Well, as Supernanny might say, that’s ”not a-sep-table.” So unless you want to spend some quality time on the naughty mat, you’d better join me for a Missi Pyle love-in here at PopWatch. Didn’t see either of her two aforementioned roles? Then feel free to praise Pyle’s work in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Soul Plane, Galaxy Quest, or one of her other dozen or so credits. All together now, ”Mis-si! Mis-si! Mis-si!”

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  • Esther Kustanowitz

    She was really great in “Charlie,” and so familiar that I wondered where I’d seen her before. The only place I could come up with (without running to IMDB) was GalaxyQuest. But I think the real reason she looked familiar was because she reminded me of Stephnie Weir from MAD-TV. (And thus concludes the most boring comment I’ve ever posted here.)

  • Brandon O

    I like to think her best work was in Dodgeball, but I also like to think the subplot of her being a robot that was mentioned in the commentary would add to the overall greatness of the movie.

  • Tiffany

    Don’t forget she was in Big Fish. She played one of the people in Spector.

  • EP Sato

    Misi was the shizzle dizzle as the airheaded make out session having alien in “Galaxy Quest”. Her scenes are laugh out loud funny, and I hope that she remains an undiscovered gem of hollywood for at least a few more years.
    Speaking of Galaxy Quest: Though I normally can’t stand Tim “get me another round” Allen, he and the cast of this spoof made for one of the funniest, most creative and most entertaining science fiction movies of the last decade.
    The movie also highlights the early work of other great character actors, such as Sam Rockwell, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Tony Shalhoub.
    As for Dodgeball? Alan Tudyk (of Firefly fame) is the one who made that movie worth watching (he was the pirate guy), even if Missy was great in her role as well…

  • Chad Hartley

    I went to school with Missi Pyle at the NC School of the Arts and interacted with her occassionally (she was in drama school and I was in film). Let me tell you…she was one of the nicest people there! I’m thrilled that she’s getting these great scene-stealing character parts (I personally got a big kick out of her brief 50 FIRST DATES appearance) and I have no doubt that we’ll see even more of her talent in the future.

  • Sasha

    Mis-si! Mis-si! Love for the Missi! She is amazing! SHe had the best part in Just My Luck, but it wasn’t big enough! And she couldn’t have played Ashley better, I love that fight scene and the scene in the restaurant especially!

  • grammanita

    And NOW…she is just about the best thing on “The Wedding Bells”!! Go Missi!!

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