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Why Dr. Ian Garvin In Avatar: The Way Of Water Looks So Familiar

James Cameron is officially back to take over the box office with "Avatar: The Way of Water." The highly-anticipated sequel hits theaters later this week, and people are already singing some pretty high praise. It'll be interesting to see if the sequel can recapture the money-making magic from the original, which still holds the spot as the highest-grossing movie of all time (via Box Office Mojo).

"Avatar: The Way of Water" brings back many of the characters from the original. Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldaña (Neytiri), Stephen Lang (Quaritch), and Giovanni Ribisi (Selfridge) all return for the sequel, reprising their roles from the first movie. With the long-awaited sequel, Cameron also introduces a slew of new characters to the world of Pandora. Sigourney Weaver (Kiri), Kate Winslet (Ronal), Cliff Curtis (Tonowari), and Edie Falco (General Ardmore) are all introduced in the sequel. There's also a slew of up-and-coming young actors playing the roles of Jake and Neytiri's biological children and teenagers in the Metkayina water tribe. 

While the cast of "The Way of Water" features numerous familiar faces, many of them could leave audiences struggling to remember where they've seen some of these notable actors. One of the other newcomers, Dr. Ian Garvin, played by Jemaine Clement, has an extremely notable face found throughout the industry. If you're wondering where you've seen him before, don't worry because we've got you covered.

Jemaine Clement took off in Flight of the Conchords

"Flight of the Conchords" followed the real-life band sharing the same name, consisting of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie. The comedic duo played fictionalized versions of themselves as they leave behind their lives in New Zealand to pursue music careers in New York City. The show followed their day-to-day lives in the city, including interactions with their love interests, band manager, friends, and fans. What set it apart from other comedic sitcoms of the time was that every episode featured Clement and McKenzie breaking out into full musical numbers. The songs are generally built into the narrative of the series, serving as the characters' internal thoughts frequently. The show also included many cameos from other famous comedians, including Aziz Ansari, Taika Waititi, Kristen Wiig, and Will Forte.

"Flight of the Conchords" was an early series from HBO, airing its two-season run between 2007 and 2009. Overall, the show received immense praise from critics, sitting at a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. For the most part, critics liked Season 1, but the show really hit its stride in Season 2, propelling the sitcom to the mainstream. "Flight of the Conchords" earned a total of nine Emmy nominations during its time on HBO, although it wasn't ever able to win any of the categories. The series also received nominations from the Writers Guild of America and the Television Critics Association. 

Clement became out of this world for Men in Black 3

Jemaine Clement, a notable big-screen comedy and voice actor, accepted a different type of role when he signed on for "Men in Black 3." The New Zealand actor played Boris the Animal, the movie's villain. The time-traveling alien holds a vendetta against Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) for blowing off his arm and imprisoning him. K also developed a technology that shielded the earth from Boris' race, leading to their eventual extinction. Boris travels back in time to get his revenge and kills a younger Agent K (Josh Brolin). After learning about what happened, Agent J (Will Smith) follows Boris back in time to save his partner. J and K eventually kill Boris at Cape Canaveral with the help of the Apollo 11 rocket.

"Men in Black 3" wound up being Jones and Smith's final appearance in the franchise, with Sony deciding to go with a new team of agents for the fourth film, "Men in Black: International." Clement played a great villain for the duo's final outing, with many critics praising the movie as a vast improvement from "Men in Black II," earning it a solid 67% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Playing an alien character like Boris meant that Clement needed some serious work done by the makeup department. In a 2012 interview, the actor said that the process was eight hours long when they first started, reflecting how he still needed to go to set to film after spending an entire workday in a chair.

Clement and Taika Waititi's friendship shined in What We Do in the Shadows

Before "What We Do in the Shadows" made its way to TV, it was a mockumentary comedy from the minds of New Zealand legends Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. The duo truly put their backs into the movie, serving as directors, writers, producers, and stars. In a similar style to the hit FX show, "What We Do in the Shadows" followed three vampires living together in the New Zealand capital of Wellington. Clement played Vladislav the Poker, a play on Dracula. Throughout the movie, he recalls haunting memories of his nemesis, "The Beast," later revealed to be his ex-girlfriend. "What We Do in the Shadows" has been seen as a highly-underrated comedy in recent years. The movie holds a Certified Fresh 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, with many praising its cheeky comedic style that cemented Clement and Waititi's spots in the industry.

Clement would continue the franchise, creating the TV show for FX while also writing, producing, and directing numerous episodes. He, Waititi, and Jonathan Brugh also reprised their roles of Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav in the show's first season.