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Spielberg Won't Return His Calls
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An amateur attempts to attract the attention of a veteran in the industry, assuming that their work is perfect and anyone would fall over themselves to help, even someone as famous as the veteran. Of course, the amateur's work is just that, sloppy and childish at best, and the veteran is dismissive. They can either try to let the amateur down easy or something worse. This works for films and producers, books and writers, or anything of the sort. See Small Name, Big Ego as well as a number of Bad Writing tropes, such as Her Code Name Was Mary Sue.


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    Comic Strips 

  • FoxTrot:
    • One arc has Jason try his hand at writing established comic strips, and sending them off to the authors so they can see he's a good replacement.
      Jason: Well, Jim Davis sent me confetti, which I first thought he wanted to celebrate our new partnership...
      Peter: Until you noticed it was made from the strips you sent him.
      Jason: Then Charles Schulz sent me a pile of ashes, which I thought meant he thought my ideas were hot...
    • Another arc had Jason trying to get George Lucas to put himself in the revamped Star Wars movies as Luke's brother. He got a letter saying "Unfortunately, all work in the revamped trilogy was completed prior to request of your letter, and therefore we have no choice but to pass up on your ideas." The "Un" turned out to be a little blob of toner.

    Film - Live Action 

  • In Bowfinger the action star Kit Ramsey refuses to participate in Bowfinger's film, but he decides to make the film anyway and film all of Ramsey's scenes without his knowledge. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In Forgetting Sarah Marshall rock star Aldous Snow receives a demo cd from a waiter. The next time they meet:
    Aldous: Oh, I was gonna listen to your CD, but then I just went on living my life.

    Live-Action TV 

  • In a Story Arc on Seinfeld where Kramer goes to Hollywood to try to make it as an actor, or writer, he's in a cafe and Fred Savage comes in. Kramer approaches Savage, saying he has a script that Savage would be perfect for. Of course Savage (and every other Hollywood A-to-C list actor) is bored to death with people approaching them with scripts they'd be "perfect" for, and blows Kramer off.


  • Mentioned in the Tom Smith song Sheep Marketing Ploy, where he threatens to send Spielberg a demonic sweater if he refuses to direct his horror franchise about an evil sheep.

    Web Original 

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Joel and The 'Bots sing a Take That song about Sandy Frank (A film producer who was notorious for producing poorly-dubbed versions of old Japanese movies such as the Showa Gamera films).

    Western Animation 

  • The Simpsons:
  • An episode of Family Guy had Brian trying (and failing) to become a famous writer in Hollywood. He even tries working as a waiter to get up close to the actors, but they don't pay attention to him anyway. Later subverted when a famous director does decide to make Brian famous, but it turns out to be a porn director.

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