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3rd Oct '17 7:10:30 AM CosmicFerret
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* Creator/EllenPage has a strong {{Hatedom}} among some people who actually think that she is exactly like her character in ''HardCandy'' in real life. Sadly, these same people haven't seemed watch any of her other movies or seen her in real life.

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* Creator/EllenPage has a strong {{Hatedom}} among some people who actually think that she is exactly like her character in ''HardCandy'' ''Film/HardCandy'' in real life. Sadly, these same people haven't seemed watch any of her other movies or seen her in real life.
3rd Oct '17 5:27:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* In a commercial for a credit card company, where they advertise that if you have 25,000 points you can get airline tickets, Alec Baldwin end up sitting in the ''co-pilot'' seat of an airliner, telling the pilot, "Don't worry, I've played a pilot before."



!!In-Story Examples

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* In a commercial for a credit card company, where they advertise that if you have 25,000 points you can get airline tickets, Alec Baldwin end up sitting in the ''co-pilot'' seat of an airliner, telling the pilot, "Don't worry, I've played a pilot before."
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* Subverted in ''Comicbook/AmericanFlagg'', where Reuben Flagg, famous for playing a Plexus Ranger on TV, actually becomes a real one (though not by choice).
* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', the supervillains of the world basically rewrote history, not by killing off the superheroes but by turning them into {{Muggles}} via brainwashing. Two BatmanAndRobin analogues were killed by their nemesis by being lowered into an acid vat, [[{{Series/Batman}} still screaming that it was only a role they had played on TV.]]
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* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' features a TV show called ''[[ChewToy Ow, My Balls!]]'' with a character constantly getting situations where he [[GroinAttack gets hit in the balls by something]]. When Joe meets the show's actor later, he finds that people commonly run up to the actor and kick him in the balls because they saw it on TV.
* Basically all of ''Film/GalaxyQuest''.
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* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1''. A nervous villager points out that Teal'c is a Jaffa. O'Neill then [[DeadpanSnarker replies in his typical fashion that]]...
--> '''O'Neill''': No. But he plays one on TV.
* On the Season One finale of ''Series/PartyDown'', Roman harasses [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries George Takei]] concerning his take on the Vulcan Mind-Meld - which, of course, was not Sulu's area of expertise.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'', this is shown to be one of the repercussions of Joey playing a physician in ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'': he gets temporarily hitched with a LoonyFan who believes he really is Dr. Drake Ramoray. As loony as she was, she was also stunning, so Joey didn't find it in himself to break it to her until things came to bite him in the ass.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' has an [[InvertedTrope inverted]] example when Jerry and George go see Kramer's holistic healer buddy Tor Eckman.
-->'''Tor:''' It's in the best interest of the medical profession that you remain sick. You see, that insures good business. You're not a patient. You're a customer.\\
'''Jerry:''' ''(thinking)'' [[DeadpanSnarker And you're not a doctor, but you play one in real life.]]
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* An in-story example occurs in ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}: Grand Inquisitor'' with the actor Antharia Jack, who plays an adventurer on TV and plays a lot of adventure computer games. He does manage to act a bit like an adventurer during the rescue scene in the Grand Inquisitor's prison complex.
* Early in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'''s story mode, this is Johnny Cage's reaction when Liu Kang and Raiden try to recruit him for the fight against Shao Kahn. While Johnny does have actual superpowers, he thinks Liu and Raiden are just roleplayers who are too in-character and that the tournament is just that, a tournament. he tells them, "I'm an ACTOR. I save people in the movies. If this 'Shao Kahn' is such a threat, get the military."
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* Parodied in the ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'''' video "Marik's Evil Council 3"
-->'''Marik''': Also joining us is celebrity voice actor Creator/DanGreen!\\
'''Dan Green''': Hi. I'm Dan Green.\\
'''Bakura''': What the bloody hell is ''he'' doing here? He's not a villain!\\
'''Dan Green''': No, but I played a villain in one of the Pokemon movies.
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* An in-universe example: in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', a certain Simon Trent played a Franchise/{{Batman}}-like superhero named Gray Ghost in an immensely popular TV show which little Bruce was a big fan of. In the episode "Beware of the Gray Ghost", set decades later, Trent is facing poverty partly because he cannot get any roles because [[IAmNotSpock everyone still thinks of him as the Gray Ghost]]. Then Batman comes along on a case and ropes him in to assist him. Much to his own surprise, Trent make a passable superhero (and more importantly, learns that the Big Badass Batman is primarily inspired by his portrayal of one).
** A fairly meta example, when you consider the [[AdamWesting actor voicing Trent]] is none other than Creator/AdamWest. It also crosses into a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming because, according to the DVD Commentary, if they hadn't gotten West to voice the character, they'd have scrapped the episode.
* Series one of ''WesternAnimation/MonkeyDust'' had a sketch where the comedian David Baddiel would frequently be called on to perform difficult specialist tasks (such as brain surgery or piloting a space shuttle) because as a famous comedian he should be able to adapt to any role, even off-stage.
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23rd Jul '17 8:43:07 PM Ardashir
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* Jerome "Curly" Howard has been assaulted in public simply because it was so funny when they did it on ''Film/TheThreeStooges''.

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* Jerome "Curly" Howard has been was assaulted in public simply because it was so funny when they did it on ''Film/TheThreeStooges''.
12th Jul '17 10:27:31 PM jormis29
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* Although Gary Sinise is best known for ''Film/ForrestGump'', he does relate a story about getting in a minor accident and how the other driver kept giving shocked reactions that indicated he was sort of blending Gary with his Mac Taylor character on ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''.

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* Although Gary Sinise Creator/GarySinise is best known for ''Film/ForrestGump'', he does relate a story about getting in a minor accident and how the other driver kept giving shocked reactions that indicated he was sort of blending Gary with his Mac Taylor character on ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''.
6th Jul '17 5:16:38 PM nombretomado
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* Ted Knight used to get irritated because people kept confusing him with his [[TheDitz ditzy]] Ted Baxter character on ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow''.

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* Ted Knight used to get irritated because people kept confusing him with his [[TheDitz ditzy]] Ted Baxter character on ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow''.''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''.
14th Jun '17 6:33:37 AM CaptEquinox
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** And after her death, there was as much "we've lost Leia" as Carrie.


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* One of the most famous examples is Creator/MargaretHamilton who was still getting stopped in the street by children decades later wanting to ask her why [[Film/TheWizardOfOz she was so cruel to Dorothy]]. In 1975, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI-40zWqVbY she appeared on]] ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' to talk not just about film vs. reality, but about her portrayal of the Witch's motivations and personal emotions.
9th Jun '17 10:45:40 AM BlackKnight359
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* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' has an [[InvertedTrope inverted]] example when Jerry and George go see Kramer's holistic healer buddy Tor Eckman.
-->'''Tor:''' It's in the best interest of the medical profession that you remain sick. You see, that insures good business. You're not a patient. You're a customer.\\
'''Jerry:''' ''(thinking)'' [[DeadpanSnarker And you're not a doctor, but you play one in real life.]]
30th Apr '17 11:02:18 AM nombretomado
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* In a guest appearance on ''TheTonightShow'', Jason Hervey, who played Kevin's bullying older brother on ''Series/TheWonderYears'', said that a man once drove up beside him and demanded to know why "he" was always so mean to his brother and why didn't he pick on someone his own size?

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* In a guest appearance on ''TheTonightShow'', ''Series/TheTonightShow'', Jason Hervey, who played Kevin's bullying older brother on ''Series/TheWonderYears'', said that a man once drove up beside him and demanded to know why "he" was always so mean to his brother and why didn't he pick on someone his own size?
23rd Apr '17 8:58:16 PM rjd1922
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* ''Idiocracy'' features a TV show called ''[[ChewToy Ow, My Balls!]]'' with a character constantly getting situations where he gets hit in the balls by something. When Joe meets the show's actor later, he finds that people commonly run up to the actor and kick him in the balls because they saw it on TV.
* Basically all of ''Galaxy Quest''.

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* ''Idiocracy'' ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' features a TV show called ''[[ChewToy Ow, My Balls!]]'' with a character constantly getting situations where he [[GroinAttack gets hit in the balls by something.something]]. When Joe meets the show's actor later, he finds that people commonly run up to the actor and kick him in the balls because they saw it on TV.
* Basically all of ''Galaxy Quest''.''Film/GalaxyQuest''.



* On the Season One finale of ''PartyDown'', Roman harasses [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries George Takei]] concerning his take on the Vulcan Mind-Meld - which, of course, was not Sulu's area of expertise.

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* On the Season One finale of ''PartyDown'', ''Series/PartyDown'', Roman harasses [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries George Takei]] concerning his take on the Vulcan Mind-Meld - which, of course, was not Sulu's area of expertise.



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* Early in VideoGame/MortalKombat9's story mode, this is Johnny Cage's reaction when Liu Kang and Raiden try to recruit him for the fight against Shao Kahn. While Johnny does have actual superpowers, he thinks Liu and Raiden are just roleplayers who are too in-character and that the tournament is just that, a tournament. he tells them, "I'm an ACTOR. I save people in the movies. If this 'Shao Kahn' is such a threat, get the military."

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* Early in VideoGame/MortalKombat9's ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'''s story mode, this is Johnny Cage's reaction when Liu Kang and Raiden try to recruit him for the fight against Shao Kahn. While Johnny does have actual superpowers, he thinks Liu and Raiden are just roleplayers who are too in-character and that the tournament is just that, a tournament. he tells them, "I'm an ACTOR. I save people in the movies. If this 'Shao Kahn' is such a threat, get the military."
2nd Apr '17 1:15:19 PM DustSnitch
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* James Caviezel, who played {{Jesus}} in ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', reportedly had this happen to him while on a vacation in Mexico.

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* James Caviezel, who played {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} in ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', reportedly had this happen to him while on a vacation in Mexico.
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