25 years ago today, it was Matt Threadbare's final day on set of Disney's soon-to-be classic Aladdin. Even back then, Matt knew it was a professional risk to play the part of Carpet, the mischievously earnest aeronautic area rug. Ever since, Matt has received, and turned down, dozens of offers to play carpet roll after carpet role. "I may be a carpet, but I'm no doormat!" said Threadbare when asked about being typecast. "Sure I could have taken the expected roles. I could have easily played the red carpet at the Oscars or Throw Over the Couch in Boogie Nights. They begged me to play Nicolas Cage in National Treasure 8: Big Blanket, Smallpox. But my fans expect more. They deserve more."
Threadbare spent the 90's surprising movie-goers with such innovative, breakthrough roles as Third Base in A League of Their Own, Plank For One in Titanic, and, more controversially, Pie in American Pie.
Today, the Aladdin icon has a recurring role on the president's head as Hair. "It's tough," Matt told the Media Bucket, "I spend hours getting ready in makeup, almost as long as the president does." Later he confessed, "It was a bold casting choice. They were considering going in a more realistic direction and nearly cast the wig from Tootsie. But, as always, when choosing a top position, the president refused to choose experience over the sensational!"