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Why Sean From Desperados Looks So Familiar

While the 2020 Summer movie season hasn't exactly gone according to plan, it's safe to say Netflix is doing all it can to fill the void with the release of their own action blockbuster (Extraction) and a zany, big-budget comedy (Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga). Next up in the streaming giant's summer slate is an old-fashioned romantic comedy by the name of Desperados. The film follows a 30-something woman named Wesley (Nasim Pedrad) who, after sending a nasty email to a man she believes ghosted her, makes a desperate trip to Mexico to delete the document after finding out his absence was the result of a badly-timed car accident.

Okay, so Desperados may not exactly be an "old-fashioned" sort of romantic comedy, but one look at the film's trailer will be enough to convince you that the rakish-slash-sticky-sweet spirit of an early to mid-'00s rom-com is very much alive in the Netflix venture. As you digest the Desperados trailer, you'll probably find yourself trying to place exactly where you might've seen some of the actors therein before, because even if the film doesn't feature any superstar talent, familiar faces abound.

Chief among them is Sean, the man with whom Wesley shares a brief encounter early in the film, only to bump into him again once she reaches Mexico. That face belongs to Lamorne Morris, who's made quite a name for himself in recent years on the comedic front in both film and television. Here's why Sean from Desperados looks so familiar.  

Lamorne Morris knew how to play the game in Game Night

If you do recognize the face of Lamorne Morris, it's likely because you're a fan of one of the funniest movies released in the last decade. That movie was 2018's brilliant ensemble comedy Game Night, which told the tale of a close-knit group of friends whose titular night goes off the rails in increasingly perilous and decidedly hilarious ways after their would-be kidnapping mystery game unexpectedly gets them tangled up with a band of real-life gangsters. 

Directed with style and fevered energy by John Francis Daly and Jonathan Goldstein, Game Night would go on to do beyond-solid business at the box office and score big with critics, who almost across the board praised the film's pitch-perfect ensemble for bringing some serious funny to the proceedings. There's little question the cohesive comedic chemistry of the cast is really what makes Game Night work, with the likes of Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen, and Jesse Plemmons all going gonzo and then some for their roles in the film.

So, too, does Lamorne Morris. The actor plays one half of the married team Kevin and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury), who spend much of the movie trying to deal with Kevin's jealousy at the fact that his wife may or may not have once had a one-night stand with a very famous celebrity. While their roles are a bit undercooked in Game NightMorris and Bunbury fully dedicate themselves to their own little corner of the movie's hilarity. 

Lamorne Morris stole many a laugh in New Girl

Even if you didn't see Lamorne Morris in Game Night, it's still quite likely you've seen his face elsewhere, because the actor spent the bulk of the 2010s stealing scenes on one of the most underrated sitcoms on television.

The sitcom in question was Fox Television Network's long-running 30-something comedy New Girl. The series follows Zooey Deschanel's Jess who, after going through a nasty breakup, hastily moves into a loft with three male roommates (Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Damon Wayans Jr.), with heartfelt hilarity quickly and continuously ensuing. The series' pilot premiered in the fall of 2011, with New Girl airing a whopping 146 episodes in its seven-season run on Fox.

Lamorne Morris only appeared in 145 of those episodes, though, since his character Winston Bishop wasn't created until the show's second episode (after Wayans Jr. was forced to walk away from New Girl post-pilot). Needless to say, Morris more than filled the vacated spot, and frequently played the part of scene stealer in the über-talented New Girl cast (which later saw Wayans Jr. return to the fold). Some might even say Morris became the heart of the entire series behind his tragi-hilarious take on the kind-hearted Winston. If nothing else, his unbridled devotion to his cat Furguson and his late-seasons relationship with Aly, played by Desperados co-star Nasim Pedrad, provided some of the biggest laughs in the entirety of New Girl's mostly marvelous run. 

Lamorne Morris skewered the music marketing machine in Yesterday

Though Lamorne Morris has so far made his biggest impact on the small screen, his breakout role on New Girl more than bolstered his profile in Hollywood. As such, he's been booking frequent gigs on the big screen as well. While Game Night is clearly Morris' highest-profile movie gig of late, the gifted funnyman recently turned up for a hilarious cameo in a big-time title directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (TrainspottingSunshineSlumdog Millionaire).

Boyle's 2019 dramedy Yesterday is the film in which Morris made his memorable cameo. Released in the over-stuffed 2019 Summer movie season, it went on to become one of the season's surprise hits, connecting with adoring fans to the tune of over $150 million in worldwide box office. Part of that connection was, of course, Yesterday's fantastical setup, about a struggling musician (Himesh Patel) waking from a bus accident to discover he's the only person on Earth that remembers the beloved tunes of The Beatles.  

Knowing as much, the man decides to take full advantage of the fateful twist, claiming the famed songs for his own, and using them to catapult himself toward musical superstardom. That rise to stardom eventually puts him in touch with the shadier side of the music biz, in the form of a marketing machine that seeks to leverage his popularity to sell, sell, sell. Lamorne Morris is the man portraying the Head of Marketing in Yesterday. We're happy to report the actor more than makes the most of his brief screen time in the film, and we'd sincerely urge you to find that out for yourself in the interest of getting your full Lamorne Morris fix.