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While the series is now universally hailed and nearly everyone involved with it has gone on to showbiz super-stardom, "Freaks and Geeks" was largely ignored during its single 18-episode season on NBC. Even fans of the show would never have guessed which star would become the biggest box office draw eight years later.

That would be 16-year-old Seth Rogen, who played wisecracking freak Ken Miller and saw the least screen time of any regular cast member.

Rogen's first movie appearance didn't really help his cause either. He went from playing a tough, deadpan sidekick burnout to a tough, deadpan sidekick bully in "Donnie Darko."

The role of Ricky Danforth didn't showcase the young comedian's range at all. His most-memorable line is, "I like your boobs," and is much more creepy than funny.

Luckily, Judd Apatow loved Rogen (who's now starring in the buzzworthy dramedy "50/50"), otherwise the tough guy roles may have stuck to him. »

- Ryan McKee

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