18 occasions celebrities performed fictionalized variations of themselves

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Again."

  • These stars don't take themselves too severely.
  • They proved they're in on the joke by showing in films as themselves.
  • Ben Affleck and Matt Damon performed doofy variations of themselves in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Again."
Debra Messing has a laugh-out-loud cameo as a model of herself who’s exhausted from listening to about homosexual males's issues in 2022's "Bros."

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Messing in "Bros."

"Bros" is especially a romantic comedy about Bobby (performed by Billy Eichner) working via his dedication points to be with Aaron (performed by Luke Macfarlane), who has his personal baggage.

However a aspect plot entails Bobby's job because the curator of New York Metropolis's new Nationwide LGBTQ+ Historical past Museum, and his makes an attempt to get the museum up and working. At one level, he's slotted to provide famous homosexual icon and "Will & Grace" star Messing a tour of the brand new museum.

As an alternative, he opens as much as her about his relationship woes, inflicting Messing to (hilariously) break down, screaming that she is not her character from "Will & Grace," and that she's sick of homosexual males unloading all their issues on her, earlier than declaring that lesbians are far more put collectively.

Messing informed Folks journal in September 2022 that Eichner, who additionally cowrote the film, had reached out to her about showing in it.

"I used to be shocked and simply so grateful that he reached out and was like, 'We will't do that with out you. You must be on this,'" she mentioned, including: "I play Debra Messing. A really heightened model, which was very, very enjoyable to do."

Colin Firth performs an worker at a burrito stall known as Love Guac'tually, named Colin, in "Rye Lane."

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Firth in "Rye Lane."

Positive, this will not technically be the actual Firth, however the characters within the 2023 rom-com "Rye Lane" make it some extent to name him Colin, and the identify of his place of employment, Love Guac'tually, is a transparent nod to Firth's vacation basic "Love Truly."

Additionally, within the movie, one of many most important characters Dom (performed by David Jonsson), is reeling from a breakup together with his girlfriend, whom he found was dishonest him together with his greatest good friend. That makes him eerily just like Firth's characters in "Love Truly," the place his girlfriend was dishonest on him together with his brother, and "Bridget Jones' Diary," the place his fiancée cheated on him together with his greatest good friend.

Shaun White performs an aggressive, foul-mouthed model of himself in 2011's "Mates with Advantages."

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White in "Mates with Advantages."

A still-long-haired White pops in for 2 scenes of the rom-com "Mates with Advantages," which stars Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake as Jamie and Dylan, respectively, two greatest buddies who determine to strive sleeping along with no strings connected.

In each instances, Timberlake's Dylan makes the worst attainable impression on White, who appears to be holding a torch for Jamie and is able to throw arms at a second's discover.

Neil Patrick Harris revitalized his profession together with his flip as a drug-using, womanizing, occasion boy model of himself in "Harold & Kumar Go to White Fort" and its two sequels.

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Harris in "Harold & Kumar Go to White Fort."

Harris steals the present in 2004's "Harold & Kumar Go to White Fort" when he makes his first look, excessive on ecstasy and begging Harold and Kumar for a journey. He goes on to steal their automobile. In actual life, Harris is a fortunately married man with two kids, and no ecstasy behavior to talk of.

The primary installment of the "Harold & Kumar" saga was launched two years earlier than Harris got here out as homosexual — however the third installment, 2008's "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," addresses this by claiming that Harris and his husband, David Burtka (who additionally seems as himself), are faking their relationship, and that Harris is pretending to be homosexual to make the most of girls.

Harris' position within the film, which is about two stoners who desperately need to get to White Fort to seize some munchies, was instrumental to his present success. Earlier than "Harold & Kumar," he was solely identified for his position as Dr. Doogie Howser in "Doogie Howser, MD," when he was only a teen. The roles simply weren't coming in, in line with Harris, The New York Instances reported.

So, with out "Harold & Kumar," we in all probability wouldn't have Barney Stinson, his iconic opening quantity on the Tony Awards, or the latest iteration of "A Sequence of Unlucky Occasions."

Each Selena Gomez and Margot Robbie seem in "The Massive Quick" as themselves. They're each used to clarify difficult monetary phrases to the viewers in methods the typical viewer might perceive.

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Gomez and Robbie in "The Massive Quick."

"The Massive Quick," which particulars the occasions main as much as 2008's monetary disaster, introduces the standard moviegoer to many complicated monetary phrases and conditions, which is the place Robbie, Gomez, and some different celebrities are available in.

Gomez seems at a blackjack desk subsequent to Nobel Prize-winning economist Richard Thaler. She's tasked with explaining what an artificial CDO is, through the use of the straightforward metaphor of a blackjack sport.

Robbie's scene is her in a bubble bathtub ingesting Champagne, and explaining what precisely the mortgage disaster was — that banks have been issuing riskier and riskier mortgages with a view to hold earnings up.

Everybody in "This Is the Finish" performed fictionalized variations of themselves, however Michael Cera's cocaine-fueled monster was the spotlight.

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Cera in "This Is the Finish."

To be honest, everybody performs a reasonably horrible model of themselves in "This Is the Finish," which depicts what would occur to a bunch of Hollywood stars in the course of the apocalypse, however Cera's efficiency as an offended coke-head who screams in any respect his buddies is fairly hilarious.

It goes instantly in opposition to the nerdy persona he established in "Scott Pilgrim vs The World" and "Superbad." Nobody desires to suppose that the candy Paulie Bleeker from "Juno" is definitely a mean-spirited maniac.

Fittingly, Cera goes out on an embarrassing be aware. He accuses all of his buddies of stealing his cellphone, will get impaled by a fallen avenue mild, after which realizes he had his telephone the entire time. He then meets his demise by descending right into a fiery sinkhole.

John Malkovich loaned his face and identify to surrealist comedy "Being John Malkovich."

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Malkovich in "Being John Malkovich."

The plot of "Being John Malkovich" is simply weird — an worker of a shady firm finds a tunnel that results in the within of Malkovich's thoughts. Anybody who crawls via the tunnel can take over Malkovich's physique — so when Malkovich himself crawls via the tunnel, issues get a bit bizarre.

He enters an odd world by which each single particular person has his face, and the one phrase anyone can say is "Malkovich." In a film filled with memorable moments, this scene takes the cake. 

Malkovich himself has mentioned that he doesn't really feel linked to this model of himself: Based on The New York Instances, he informed the director to "'Flip it up.' Who higher to make enjoyable of your self — your impotence, your self-importance, your ridiculousness — and say it's okay? I’m ridiculous — I imply, I’m a celeb."

David Bowie solely appeared in a single scene of "Zoolander," however he performed an vital position — he judged a "walk-off" between the 2 most important characters.

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Bowie in "Zoolander."

"Zoolander" is a few mannequin, Derek Zoolander, who has to cope with changing into a has-been (and likewise thwart a conspiracy that brainwashes fashions into killing political figures).

Zoolander and his rival, Hansel, have hassle deciding who’s the higher mannequin and appear to be at an deadlock — till the "House Oddity" singer and trend icon steps as much as the plate to guage their runway walk-off.

The truth that Bowie would know the best way to determine which mannequin is best, and have the time and curiosity to guage such a contest is laughable.

Ben Stiller, the movie's star, author, and director, known as working with the rock star "a excessive level in my profession."

Eminem was interviewed in "The Interview," and he nonchalantly got here out as homosexual — in all probability in response to accusations of his homophobia.

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Eminem in "The Interview."

Eminem is not any stranger to controversy. He often makes use of slurs and problematic language in his raps — see his 2018 album, "Kamikaze" — and has been known as on it many occasions. However the rapper has maintained he’s not homophobic.

His willingness to make enjoyable of his public persona and are available out as homosexual throughout "The Interview," an already controversial film for its plot (two Hollywood stars are tasked with assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un), proves that the true Slim Shady isn't fairly as scary as he appears.

Tom Cruise seems in a movie-within-a-movie in "Austin Powers in Goldmember." He performs himself taking part in Powers.

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Cruise in "Goldmember."

The ultimate "Austin Powers" film is 2005's "Goldmember" which, as typical, parodies a number of "James Bond" films. In an extra-meta second, "Goldmember" opens with the filming of a film about Powers' antics, known as "Austinpussy" (a play on Bond movie "Octopussy").

Within the movie, many celebrities make an look because the solid of "Austinpussy," like Danny DeVito, Gwyneth Paltrow, and John Travolta. However the titular position of Powers goes to none aside from Cruise, who gamely rocks a Powers wig, and velvet bell-bottom go well with.

Keep in mind: This was years earlier than Cruise proved his comedic chops in "Tropic Thunder." Up till this level, he had been solely taking part in heroes in status movies and dramas, like "High Gun," "Mission: Unattainable," and "A Few Good Males." It was a real shock to see the actor identified showing in a comedy like "Austin Powers."

Justin Bieber performs a secret agent-esque model of himself in "Zoolander 2."

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Bieber in "Zoolander 2."

The sequel to "Zoolander" is simply as full as superstar cameos as the primary one. But it surely's "No Brainer" singer Bieber who will get to play a secret agent-esque model of himself who dodges bullets, does again flips, and takes down unhealthy guys.

Bieber finally ends up dying in a blaze of glory … however not earlier than he takes a last selfie.

Al Pacino's flip as a girl-crazy model of himself was the excessive level of an in any other case disappointing "Jack and Jill."

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Pacino in "Jack and Jill."

The Each day Beast known as "Jack and Jill," a comedy by which Sandler performs each Jack and his twin sister Jill, "the worst movie ever made."

However Pacino's efficiency as a love-struck model of himself was deemed the film's excessive level. He falls in love with Jill and even will get a superb jab in at his personal expense, when he makes enjoyable of his lone Oscar win.

Pacino is called one of many hardest guys in Hollywood — possibly you've heard of "The Godfather" or "Serpico" — so to see him as a lovesick pet was jarring to say the least.

Invoice Murray is among the lone survivors of the zombie apocalypse in "Zombieland."

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Murray in "Zombieland."

Throughout their cross-country highway journey to flee zombies, the primary characters of "Zombieland" arrive at Murray's Hollywood mansion. At first, the crew believes that Murray has been contaminated with the virus, however Murray units them straight — he's simply pretending to be contaminated so he can play golf in peace, making enjoyable of his status as a curmudgeon.

After a prank gone improper, he finally ends up getting shot within the chest. One of many characters asks if he has any regrets, and his final phrases are "'Garfield,' possibly…" referencing one among his worst IRL film flops.

Tobey Magu
ire seems in a movie-within-a-movie in "Tropic Thunder."

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Maguire in "Tropic Thunder."

"Tropic Thunder" is a few group of actors who get stranded in Vietnam whereas filming a conflict epic. When establishing the careers of every actor, all of them get a pretend trailer of a film that they "starred" in.

Robert Downey, Jr.'s character, Kirk Lazarus, stars in "Devil's Alley," a melodramatic romance between two monks, clearly making enjoyable of "Brokeback Mountain," a romance between two male ranchers. One of many monks is Lazarus, and the opposite is Maguire, who actually commits to the half.

The "trailer" got here only a yr after Maguire starred in his last "Spider-Man" film, so it was a particular shock when he popped up, and clearly was a reference to his notorious "emo" model of Peter Parker in "Spider-Man 3."


Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are taking pictures the sequel to their basic "Good Will Searching" in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Again."

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Damon and Affleck in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Again."

Damon and Affleck's relationship with Kevin Smith, the silent half of Jay and Silent Bob, goes again to earlier than their large break with "Good Will Searching." They appeared in "Chasing Amy," which was written and directed by Smith, just some months prior.

In "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Again," Jay and Silent Bob wander onto the set of "Good Will Searching 2: Searching Season," whereas they’re making an attempt to regain the rights to their comedian guide, "Bluntman and Continual," which is being tailored right into a film by Miramax (the studio that produced the true "Good Will Searching"). They arrive throughout Affleck and Damon, who play money-hungry variations of themselves prepared to promote out for an enormous paycheck … which is how they find yourself making "Searching Season."

Bob Barker performs an excessively aggressive model of himself in "Glad Gilmore."

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Barker in "Glad Gilmore."

In "Glad Gilmore," the titular character performed by Adam Sandler is a hopeful hockey participant who discovers he has a expertise for golf. When he qualifies for a professional-amateur event, he's partnered with "The Worth Is Proper" host and TV establishment Bob Barker.

When Gilmore begins choking and dropping the sport, Barker will get more and more offended, and ultimately the 2 find yourself in a bodily altercation — which Barker simply wins.

Seeing Barker — somebody who has comforted each child who needed to keep house sick and watch daytime TV all day — play this aggressive model of himself resulted in gut-busting laughter.

William Shatner makes two "Star Trek" followers' goals come true in "Free Enterprise."

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Shatner in "Free Enterprise."

"Free Enterprise" is a 1999 rom-com about two self-proclaimed geeks who’re every experiencing mid-life crises … till they arrive throughout "Star Trek" legend Shatner in a bookstore.

Shatner performs an exaggerated model of himself — the true Shatner is a ham, however to not this extent — that wishes to put in writing, direct, and star in a one-man musical model of the Shakespeare play "Julius Caesar." He even raps!

Ryan Seacrest pokes enjoyable at his TV persona by dropping a whole lot of f-bombs in "Knocked Up."

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Seacrest in "Knocked Up."

In "Knocked Up," a film a few one evening stand between a career-driven lady and a slacker, Katherine Heigl's character Alison works at E!, the place she routinely interacts with Ryan Seacrest, who's identified for his constructive demeanor.

Besides that within the movie he's not that chipper. He complains concerning the softball interview questions he has to ask, drops f-bombs left and proper, and claims to be extra well-known than the celebrities he interviews.

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