Created By: spongeboy1985 on May 5, 2012

Captain Westing

They are not playing themselves but they might as well be.

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A combination of Captain Ersatz and Adam Westing. When An actor or actress doesn't really play themselves but play a Captain Ersatz of themselves, I mainly propose this as a sub trope of both. I am also proposing this so people don't have to dig through the above categories to find specific examples of this.

Examples include Billy Ray Cyrus as Robby Ray Stewart on Hannah Montana and some may argue Lindsay Lohan plays a parody of herself in Machette.
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  • May 5, 2012
    I would include Billy Gibbons on Bones, as a famous rocker who's Angela's dad.
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  • May 5, 2012
    I thought Billy Gibbons was playing himself on Bones, or straight-up Adam Westing.

    Could this trope be described as Adam Westing minus The Danza?
  • May 6, 2012
    From the article "Adam Westing":

    "Adam Westing is a form of Self-Parody where actors play either themselves, or a Captain Ersatz of themselves, or a Captain Ersatz of their most famous role..."

    ^ So yeah... We Have This One Already. It's covered already under Adam Westing, which is a more flexible trope than the OP probably assumed. However, Adam Westing clearly covers this. There is no ambiguity here.
  • May 6, 2012

    ^^Gibbons has never been identified by name on Bones. He's a famous rockstar musician from Texas, but - as of yet - not explicitly "Billy Gibbons." Even imdb has his character listed just as "Angela's Dad."
  • May 6, 2012
    fulltimeD Oh I was aware that it was covered in Adam Westing I just suggested it as a sub trope for specific examples of this occurrence.