By Amy Lamare/April 10, 2021 10:18 am EDT
Actor Justin Long made his film debut in 1999's Galaxy Quest. Yet, while the star popped up everywhere between 2000 to 2009, Long seemingly has not been in the spotlight quite as much throughout the subsequent decade. Back then, he was a series regular on Ed and appeared in many films, including Jeepers Creepers, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Idiocracy, Live Free and Die Hard, He's Just Not That Into You, Crossroads, and Pineapple Express, according to IMDb. These days, he hosts a podcast called Life is Short with Justin Long.
In 2021, Long resurfaced in a series of television ads. Remember when he was the face of Mac for Apple? He filmed 66 commercials for the "I'm a Mac" campaign alongside comedian John Hodgman between 2006 and 2009, AdWeek reports. Now, Long is repping Intel and talking about how PCs are superior to Macs. In the ads, Long learns about all the ways in which PCs are better than Macs in an update to the character he played in the Apple ads more than a decade ago.
Long has also had a series of high profile relationships. Remember when he dated Drew Barrymore? They met on the set of He's Just Not That Into You and dated for about two years before Barrymore ended the relationship. He also dated Amanda Seyfried from about mid-2013 to 2015, as Vogue reported. From 2015 to 2017, he dated Lauren Mayberry, lead singer of CHVRCHES, as Cheatsheet reported. And then there was the time his manager tried to set him up with Selma Blair, as US Weekly noted. So why is Long on everyone's mind?
Here's why Justin Long's name has been trending again
As of April 2021, Justin Long has been trending thanks to his 2006 film Accepted. Even though the film is 15 years old and has been available on Netflix since 2015, it appears fans are suddenly taking notice of Long's portrayal of Bartleby Gaines in the collegiate comedy. However, it is not just Long's comedic turn as Gaines that has garnered renewed interest in this film. Accepted features a who's who of stars back before they got their big breaks, including Jonah Hill, Blake Lively (who plays Long's love interest), comedian Lewis Black, and Gotham's Penguin Robin Lord Taylor.
The premise of the film is simple: Long's character, Bartleby Gaines, did not get accepted to any of the colleges he applied to, so he decides to create a fake college to fool his parents and help out his fellow misfits. Gaines creates the South Harmon Institute of Technology and, as expected, shenanigans ensue. As Rotten Tomatoes describes, Accepted is "[a] brilliant screwball comedy [that] offers insightful commentary on the Ponzi scheme that is college."
Accepted is available now on Netflix. And, if you are interested in Justin Long's next gig, you can catch him in the upcoming animated television mini-series Masters of the Universe: Revelation as Roboto.