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In a Supporting Role

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November 25, 2007

STELLAN SKARSGARD

THEN A native of Sweden, Skarsgard first received critical acclaim on these shores for 1996's Breaking the Waves, right before his role as an MIT math professor and would-be womanizer (his idea) who put the ridiculously difficult equation on the board for Damon's character to solve and became a part of American pop culture, even if no one here can pronounce his name.

NOW A solid supporting actor, Skarsgard has returned to America with his role as "Bootstrap" Bill Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

SCOTT WILLIAM WINTERS

THEN Ponytailed Harvard punk who gets a rhetorical beat-down at the Bow & Arrow Pub from Damon's character; Damon then steals his girl and smacks him again before crossing back over the river: Southie 3, Barnies 0.

NOW Winters lost the ponytail for his role as Cyril O'Reily on HBO's Oz, but dug out his scrunchy for 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, where he reunited with Damon and Affleck to parody the Good Will Hunting scene for their good buddy, director Kevin Smith. Yes, he likes them apples.

ALISON FOLLAND

THEN A Wellesley native and Buckingham Browne & Nichols senior, Folland had just finished a lead role in director Gus Van Sant's To Die For when he asked her to hop over to MIT for a quick scene in his new movie (a scene she ended up stealing when she responded to an improvised pickup line from Stellan Skarsgard with a sinister smile and "Maybe").

NOW Folland lives in New York's Queens borough, where she works with autistic children and pursues acting jobs - she has a small part in the new Bob Dylan biopic - but says she's amazed at how her role as "MIT student No. 1" has followed her. "That movie has a contingent of geeks," she says. "I get recognized on that one line, which takes me by surprise."

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