Circle of Trust

Inner Circle - The Frat Pack

Ben Stiller is at the center of the Pack. Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Will Ferrell are the next core members with multiple connections. Paul Rudd and Steve Carell are presented as being closer to Ferrell, and both are connected with the Apatow quadrant. Luke Wilson is linked with his brother Owen and is presented as being in the blue circle mostly due to early work with the pack.

John C. Reilly, Danny McBride, and Jason Bateman are frequent costars and leading men in their own right and are presented as being close to being in the inner circle. Positions are based on frequency of appearances wiht the primary Frat Pack members, though in the case of McBride he has worked with nearly the entire pack and so the placement is somewhat arbitrary and influened by his work with Team Apatow.


Red Circle - Family and Close Friends

People closest to the center are frequent costars, such as David Koechner, Jennifer Aniston, Malin Akerman, Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Banks, and Jason Sudeikis. Family such as Jerry Stiller, Christine Taylor, and Andrew Wilson are also in this circle. People on the outer half of the red circle are friends and costars but typically are seen in supporting roles or in non-film roles.

Clockwise from Jim Carrey, Janeane Garofalo, Christine Taylor, Andy Dick, David Koechner, Kyle Gass, Mike White, Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Rob Riggle, Will Arnett, Amy Adams, Elizabeth Banks, Kathryn Hahn. Continuing past the Apatow Quadrant, Nancy Carell, Jason Sudeikis, Gary Cole, Kristen Bell, Stephen Root, Missi Pyle, Theodore Shapiro, Alan Tudyk, Justin Long, Peter Billingsley, Jon Favrea, the Hangover crew of Ed Helms, Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper, and Zach Galifianakis, Reese Witherspoon, Rob Corddry, Jennifer Aniston, Jenna Fischer, Malin Akerman, Rachel McAdams, Jason Schwartzman, Wes Anderson, Andrew Wilson, Jerry Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Woody Harrelson, Matt Walsh, Hank Azaria, Justin Theroux, Stuard Cornfeld.

Gray Circle - Friends and Co-Stars

The outer circle are co-stars from Frat Pack classics and related projects. Some have appeared in more than one Frat Pack film, but their connections to the Pack are sometimes only linked to one member.

Clockwise from top: Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Andy Richter, Colin Hanks, Rachael Harris, Paul F. Thompkins, David Cross, Dave Grohl, Bob Odenkirk, Troy Gentile, Tim Robbins, Laura Kightlinger, Fre Armisen, Sacha Baron Cohen, Artie Lange, Chris Parnell, Maya Rudolph, Jack McBrayer, Zooey Deschanel, Christina Applegate, Emma Stone, Tina Fey, Romany Malco. Continuing past the Apatow Quadrant, Mark Wahlberg, Mary Steenburgen, Mike Judge, John Michael Higgins, Fred Willard, Seann William Scott, Jeremy Piven, John Goodman, Snoop Dogg, Ken Jeong, Craig Kilbourn, Juliette Lewis, Lance Armstrong, James Carville, Kier O’Donnell, Isla Fisher, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Walken, Bill Murray, Robert Musgrave, Jackie Chan, Drew Barrymore, Alan Alda, Tea Leoni, Matt Dillon, Winona Ryder, Steve Coogan, Teri Polo, Judah Friedlander, Robert DeNiro, Patton Oswald.

Green Circle - Team Apatow

Nearly all of these poeple have ties to the principal Frat Pack stars, and Apatow himself has worked with the Pack starting with The Cable Guy and then with Adam McKay projects such as Anchorman. Nonetheless, Team Apatow has certainly created it’s own identity and now is presented as being somewhat separated from the Pack.

Clockwise from Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Bill Hader, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jane Lynch, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Catherine Keener, Craig Robinson, Jo Lo Truglio, Rose Bryne, James Franco, Martin Starr, Melissa McCarthy, Jay Baruchel, Russell Brand, Jason Segel, Evan Goldberg, Shauna Robertson, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, Olivia Wilde, Adam McKay, Jonah Hill.

Will Arnett Has Seen the Circle

During Tribute Senior Editor Rick Duran’s March 26, 2007 visit to the set of Semi-Pro, Will Arnett revealed he has seen the Circle. He knew the intimate details of the Circle as it existed on that day, referencing his position compared to his wife Amy Poehler:

“Oh yeah! You’re the guys with that Circle! Amy’s much higher than me. I’m way in the back, what’s up with that?”

Well, seeing how Arnett killed in Blades of Glory and was a highlight in Semi-Pro, we have now moved him up into the red circle.

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