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Why Ryan From Escape The Field Looks So Familiar

In the thriller "Escape the Field," six strangers wake up in a remote, seemingly-endless cornfield and realize they have been kidnapped — but they don't know who did it, why they are there, how they are connected, or where the cornfield is located. Their possessions have been taken from them, but the kidnapper has left them with six survival objects to match the number of victims: a canteen of water, a knife, matches, a compass, a lantern, and a gun with a single bullet. 

The strangers must use these objects and their unique skills and abilities to help them survive the sadistic game the kidnapper has set up for them. To make it out of the corn maze, the strangers must work together to avoid traps and the creature hunting them. 

One of the six strangers, Ryan, may look familiar to viewers because he has appeared in several TV and movie roles. 

Shane West plays Landon Carter in A Walk to Remember

The actor who portrays Ryan in "Escape the Field" is Shane West. One of his most famous roles was as Landon Carter in the 2002 romance film "A Walk to Remember," based on the 1999 Nicholas Sparks novel of the same title. West co-stars alongside Mandy Moore in one of her best roles to date as Jamie Sullivan. Landon is a popular, rebellious boy, and Jamie is the shy daughter of a pastor, but the two start dating despite their different social roles at school. Jamie warns Landon not to fall in love with her, but the reason for her warning remains mysterious until they are both already deeply in love.

The fact that West starred in both "Escape the Field" and "A Walk to Remember" demonstrates the breadth of his acting. Although "A Walk to Remember" contains tragic elements, it is a bittersweet film that is in no way horrific or sadistic. 

Shane West plays Dr. Ray Barnett on ER

Fans may also recognize Shane West from his role as Dr. Ray Barnett on the medical drama series "ER," which aired for 15 seasons from 1994 to 2009 (per IMDb). Dr. Ray Barnett appeared in Seasons 11, 12, 13, and 15 of the show between 2004 and 2008. In Season 11, Dr. Barnett makes waves when he starts working at County General Hospital because of his offbeat, rebellious personality. In Season 12, after some work-related romantic drama, he gets drunk and hit by a truck while walking home, resulting in his legs getting amputated. Fans consider this one of the times "ER" went too far. Then in Season 13, Ray leaves his job at County General and moves to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where his mother lives. 

Ray makes a guest appearance in Season 15, Episode 5, "Haunted," when he appears at the Halloween party with new prosthetic legs. He tells the staff that he has left emergency medicine and works in disability physical rehabilitation in Baton Rouge. 

Shane West plays Michael Bishop on Nikita

Viewers may also recognize Shane West from his role as Michael Bishop as part of the cast of "Nikita," the thriller drama television series that aired from 2010-2013. The show's protagonist is Nikita Mears (Maggie Q), a woman who has escaped from a secret U.S. government-funded operation called Division, which is responsible for murders, espionage, and other crimes. Nikita was taken to Division as a teenager, where she participated in a training program to produce spies and assassins. After escaping, Nikita wants to destroy it.

Michael is one of the key characters in all three seasons of the series as the operative at Division who trained Nikita. When the leader of Division hears Nikita trying to sabotage the organization, he orders Michael to hunt her down and deal with her. However, instead of remaining enemies, the two fall in love and form an alliance once Michael realizes how corrupt Division and its leaders are. They then work together to overthrow it.

Shane West plays Tom Sawyer in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Shane West is also known for portraying Tom Sawyer in the 2003 superhero film "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," which features crossover characters from several books, comics, and other franchises. In the movie, a terrorist group has kidnapped several scientists, stolen essential artifacts, and blown up a factory. The terrorists plan to start a new world war by bombing a meeting of world leaders in Venice. The superhero squad, called the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, is called upon to prevent this. 

Although Tom Sawyer is a child character from Mark Twain's novels "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Tom Sawyer appears as an adult in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," where he is a U.S. Secret Service agent. He first encounters the other members of the League when he sees that they are being attacked by the terrorists and protects them before becoming a member of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen himself.