Cool Runnings cast look unrecognisable as they reunite 30 years after cult classic | The Sun

Cool Runnings cast look unrecognisable as they reunite 30 years after cult classic | The Sun

July 4, 2023

THE cast of classic movie Cool Runnings have been spotted looking unrecognisable 30 years after the blockbuster was released.

The Disney hit, loosely based on Jamaica’s first bobsleigh team and their debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics, raked in over £129million at the box office.

And this year marks 30 years since the film, starring comedian John Candy, hit cinemas. 

Now, the cast have reunited and snapped a photo with left fans very happy indeed.

They stood together in casual attire with their arms around each other, and fans shared their delight.

One person penned: “30 years later & I can still feel the rhythm & feel the rhyme,” while another added: “Proud to be a part of one of my childhood favourite movies.”

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A third said: “Great movie, sad John Candy's not there,” and a fourth added: “Loved that movie. Miss the candy man. Rip legend.”

Team leader Dernice Bannock was played by Leon Robinson, now 60.

He rose to fame as the seductive 'Black Jesus' statue which came to life and kissed Madonna in her controversial 1989 music video for Like A Prayer.

Doug E Doug played Sanka Coffie, a laidback character who brought comic relief – along with his trusty lucky egg – to the Cool Runnings film. 

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Malik Yoba is one of the most successful stars to emerge from Cool Runnings, having landed several big TV roles since.

He played NYPD Detective JC Williams in New York Undercover and has since appeared in Alphas, Revolution, Arrested Development, The Good Wife and Designated Survivor.

Rawle D Lewis was initially hired on Cool Runnings to help “coach the players in authentic accents” and read lines with them, but after recognising his talent producers asked him to do a screen test.

There was also Peter Outerbridge who played “East German bad guy” Josef Gruhl, the leader of the German bobsled team, who eventually rooted for his Jamaican rivals.

And John Candy's unforgettable portrayal of coach Irv Blitzer went down in history – sadly, because it was the last film he appeared in before he died.  

The actor, 43, left behind a legacy of impressive hits including National Lampoon’s Vacation, Spaceballs, Uncle Buck and Home Alone. 

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