Bernie Mac, having struggled for half of his life with sarcoidosis, tragically passed away at the age of fifty in 2008 from complications from the disease; pneumonia would eventually deliver the final blow.
His passing caused shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry, and two of his films had to be completed posthumously. Mac left behind a rich legacy of films and stand-up shows. His family opted to have a public funeral for the venerated comedian, and over seven thousand fans and admirers attended to pay their tributes.
Ella Balinska Now
Ella Balinska continues to slowly make a name for herself in the world of media and film. Her athletic prowess has seen her become the star of the groundbreaking videogame "Forspoken." Her fighting fit form has made an impression in the action hero genre.
In the same spirit, she is slated to have a starring role in a Netflix-produced television show of the wildly popular videogame Resident Evil. Having a passion for fashion, the statuesque actress also lends her philanthropic skills to the British Fashion Council, assisting the council with making the industry more inclusive.
Bernie Mac Then
Funny man Bernie Mac was cast in the role of Jimmy Bosley in "Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle", the sequel to the smash hit of 2000. The part of Jimmy Bosley was created to replace that of John Bosley, notoriously played by Bill Murray.
Murray reportedly declined to appear in the sequel due to the rumored on-set spat between him and co-star Lucy Liu. Mac played the inexperienced and hapless brother of the much wiser and experienced John Bosley.
Matt LeBlanc Then
Matt LeBlanc, riding high on the wave of his popularity as Joey Tribbiani on "Friends", was offered the role of Jason Gibbons in the 2000 movie reboot of "Charlie’s Angels."
Capitalizing on his Friends character, LeBlanc played a similar typecast as the obliviously endearing boyfriend of Alex Munday, played by Lucy Liu. The character saw the actor playing, well, an actor, and to add some true tongue-in-cheek, an action actor, at that. LeBlanc would return to reprise the role for the 2003 sequel "Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle."
Matt LeBlanc Now
LeBlanc's seminal role in "Friends" helped carry his career further into Hollywood, and he eventually landed his first starring role in the "Friends" spin-off, "Joey." The show received a lukewarm response and was canned after only two seasons. LeBlanc, who had been dealing with a divorce at the time, announced an acting hiatus.
Five years would pass before the actor made a comeback, winning numerous awards for his starring role in the critically acclaimed "Episodes." LeBlanc played the title character for four seasons in the CBS sitcom "Man With a Plan" before it was canceled in 2020.