Examples of {{Actor Allusion}}s in Live-Action Movies.

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* In ''Film/AreWeDoneYet'', John C. [=McGinley=]'s character was explaining about [[Series/{{Scrubs}} dangerous pathogens]] to the main characters.
* ''Film/ArsenicAndOldLace''
** The movie shows CaryGrant's character sitting by a tombstone that bears the name Archie Leach, Grant's real name.
** In the original run of the play the part of Jonathan Brewster, who had had so many cosmetic surgeries he "look[ed] like Boris Karloff", was played by Creator/BorisKarloff. He was unavailable for the film however, because he was still in the play on Broadway, so the part was played by [[ThePoorMansSubstitute Raymond Massey]].
* ''Film/RiversEdge'', Dennis Hopper's character talks about how he was a biker years previously.
* TheFilmOfTheBook ''Literature/BridgetJones' Diary'' had Colin Firth cast as Mark Darcy, Bridget's LoveInterest. The book was based on Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', whose romantic lead is Fitzwilliam Darcy (this itself is referenced in a line about how Bridget finds it ridiculous of Mark to be named Darcy and stand by himself at a party). Colin Firth played a particularly memorable Mr. Darcy in a 1996 {{BBC}} television adaptation of ''P & P''. The character of Bridget Jones started in a column in ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Independent]]'' and the ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Telegraph]]'', and when the adaptation was being broadcast she would often mention how much she fancied him. His casting in ''Bridget Jones's Diary'' was a HUGE ActorAllusion. Also, the only male actors mentioned in the novel ''Bridget Jones's Diary'' are Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Firth is Darcy, and Grant played Daniel Cleaver, Bridget's other LoveInterest. Grant also starred in another Creator/JaneAusten dramatization, ''Film/SenseAndSensibility''.
* In ''Brigada Explosiva: Mision Pirata'', Emilio Disi's character asks a girl if she's heard of Brigada Z. When she says no, he asks: "What about ''Bañeros''?". Disi and his co-star in the movie, Gino Renni, co-starred in the ''Bañeros'' trilogy.
* There's an interesting example of what looks like an ActorAllusion but apparently isn't in ''Film/{{Evolution}}'' with David Duchovny. When an alien threat appears, Duchovny's character advises against calling in the government, saying, "I've worked with those guys, you can't trust them" or words to that effect. This would appear to be an obvious reference to ''Series/TheXFiles''. According to interviews with Duchovny and the director of the film, however, this line was not an allusion to ''The X-Files''; the director had never seen the show. That, however, did not stop the studio's marketing department from making it appear that way in the movie's TV commercials.
* In the 1940 screwball comedy ''HisGirlFriday'', Cary Grant delivers the line "Listen, the last man that said that to me was Archie Leach just a week before he cut his throat." (Archie Leach was Grant's real name.)
* In ''Film/{{Stardust}}'', Creator/RickyGervais's character Ferdy the Fence tells Creator/RobertDeNiro's character, Captain Shakespeare, that "You're havin' a laugh." On ''Series/{{Extras}}'', Gervais plays an actor who plays a character on the ShowWithinAShow, and this character's CatchPhrase is "Are you havin' a laugh?" In one episode, he even wonders what [=DeNiro=] would think of his career.
* ''Film/AFishCalledWanda''
** Otto secretly betrays George to the police, then visits him in jail. He asks if George knows who sent him up, mentioning "Kevin Delaney" as a possible suspect. Otto is played by Kevin Delaney Kline.
** George's full name in that movie is George Thomason. He is played by Tom Georgeson.
* Speaking of which, in ''Film/FierceCreatures'', Rollo briefly calls Willa "Wanda" by accident. Makes sense for a SpiritualSuccessor.
* In ''HowToMarryAMillionaire'', Lauren Bacall's character is talking about men who married younger women: "Look at Roosevelt, look at Churchill, look at [[HumphreyBogart that old fella what's his name]] in ''The African Queen''."
* WillSmith played a YoungerAndHipper alien-busting rookie agent in ''Film/MenInBlack'', but that wasn't his first run-in [[Film/IndependenceDay with extraterrestrial life]].
* ''Film/TheRock''
** Creator/SeanConnery's character explains his abilities by saying he was "trained by the best: British Intelligence". One reviewer called this "[[Film/JamesBond an in-joke the entire world gets]]".
** Furthermore, when NicolasCage's character introduces himself, Connery responds with "But of course you are!" This is a line used by Bond in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''.
* Connery also replies "But of course you do!" to a mook who claims he has a black belt, in the film ''Rising Sun''.
* The American version of ''TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo'' had a very James Bond inspired title sequence. Fitting, since Michael Blomquist was played by Creator/DanielCraig.
* In the 1986 remake of ''Film/InvadersFromMars'', the police officer who was told that something strange was going on up at the sandpit (and mentioned he hadn't been up there since he'd been a boy) was played by the same actor who, in 1953, was the boy who'd seen something strange going on up at the sandpit.
* The remake of ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' has a couple:
** At the start of the film, protagonist Donald Sutherland is startled by an old lunatic (played by Kevin [=McCarthy=]) running through traffic and screaming that they're coming. Kevin [=McCarthy=] had been the protagonist in the original film, who'd last been seen running through traffic screaming that they were coming at the end of that film.
** [[TheSpock Leonard Nimoy's character is replaced by an emotionless Podling.]]
* ''Film/IronMan1'':
** Jeff Bridges plays nice piano at Tony's house. He plays even better when [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabulous_Baker_Boys Michelle Pfeiffer is lying on top of it.]]
*** Even when he's playing weapons manufacturer Obadiah Stane, it's hard not to think of him as [[TheBigLebowski His Dudeness]]. The film very subtly acknowledges this when Stane speaks dismissively about hippies and then asks "Am I wrong?", which John Goodman repeatedly asks Bridges in ''Lebowski''.
-->"You're not wrong; you're just an asshole."
** A harder to catch one is when Pepper is at Obadiah's computer, and there are folders marked "Lebowski".
* ''Film/IronMan2'':
** [[Creator/ScarlettJohansson Natasha Romanoff]] modeled [[Film/LostInTranslation in Tokyo]].
* ''Film/IronMan3'':
** Tony has a Wing Chun dummy in his workshop and gives it a few strikes in passing. Robert Downey Jr. is a practitioner of Wing Chun in real life, and it's the fighting style of choice for his ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' character.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
** Jack Sparrow's father is played by [[Music/TheRollingStones Keith Richards]], which is a ShoutOut to Creator/JohnnyDepp's quote about using him as inspiration for Jack's famous mannerisms. Even better, Keith's scene features him playing guitar.
** The fourth film features Gemma Ward as a character named Tamara. Out of the only four films Gemma has starred in thus far, one has been ''Film/TheStrangers'', in which her character is introduced enigmatically asking if an unknown "Tamara" is in the house.
** Also in the fourth film, Barbossa asks, "aren't we all kings' men?" Geoffrey Rush was fresh off his Oscar-nominated role as Lionel Logue in ''Film/TheKingsSpeech''.
* In ''Film/StayTuned'', John Ritter's character lands in the living room of an apartment that looks like the one his character in ''Series/ThreesCompany'' lived in. Two women (lookalikes of Suzanne Somers and Joyce [=DeWitt=]) enter and ask in unison "WHERE have you been?". He does a pratfall over the sofa, as he frequently did on the series. This scene solely exists to be an ActorAllusion, since Ritter screams and immediately hits his remote control to go elsewhere.
* It's probably easier to list the scenes in the 2007 adaptation of ''Film/StTrinians'' which don't nod to Colin Firth's previous career in some way. The dog is called Mr. Darcy. (In one scene, it starts humping his leg, and he later [[KickTheDog kicks it]] into a lawnmower.) The MacGuffin of the film is the painting ''Film/GirlWithAPearlEarring''. (At one point, a couple of {{Chav}}s remark, "Wow! I can see why Colin Firth wanted to shag her!") It all culminates in a scene where, after being thrown out of a window into a fountain after being caught in a girls' dorm room, he walks across a field with his shirt sopping wet and romantic piano music being played in the background in a spectacular HomageShot of the famous scene with SexySoakedShirt from the BBC adaptation of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''.
* The ''[[Film/OceansEleven Ocean's Trilogy]]'' has several:
** In ''Ocean's Thirteen'', as Rusty (Creator/BradPitt) bids goodbye to Danny (Creator/GeorgeClooney), he tells him not to gain so much weight in between gigs next time -- an allusion to Clooney packing on extra pounds for his role in ''Film/{{Syriana}}''. Danny responds by telling Rusty to settle down and have a couple of kids -- a reference to Pitt's relationship with Creator/AngelinaJolie and their many adopted/biological children "acquired" in the short period of time between the films 2 and 3 (or Twelve and Thirteen depending on semantics).
** Tess Ocean pretends to be Julia Roberts as a part of a heist, because she looks a bit like her. She is played by Julia Roberts.
*** In the same scenes when Tess is pretending to be the actress playing her, she encounters Bruce Willis playing himself. During the scene involving Bruce and her interacting, Matt Damon's character interjects with a line that includes "You know, that little statue on the mantle starts smirking at you after a while, know what I mean?" Bruce replies with a very dry and seemingly annoyed "No.". The reference is to the fact both Matt Damon and Julia Roberts have won Oscars. Bruce Willis has not.
*** It could further be an allusion to Bruce Willis originally being cast as Danny Ocean before being recast due to schedule conflicts.
** All three films make references to FrankSinatra either through dialogue or through his music. Frank Sinatra originated the role of Danny Ocean in the original ''Ocean's Eleven''.
* On the subject of Music/FrankSinatra, in the original ''Ocean's Eleven,'' he played a guy who runs a floating crap game. [[GuysAndDolls Sound familiar?]]
* In the film ''TheMarine'', Wrestling/JohnCena's relentless pursuit of the bad guys prompts one underling to remark that "This guy's like the Franchise/{{Terminator}}!" The head bad guy, played by Robert "[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay T-1000]]" Patrick, glances in the rear view mirror at the comment.
* ''Film/{{Maverick}}''
** The title character (played by Creator/MelGibson) is in a bank as it is held up by an unnamed bankrobber played by Danny Glover who starred alongside Gibson in the ''LethalWeapon'' series of movies. Maverick acts as though he recognises the voice of the bank robber and pulls down his mask, leading the two of them to share a moment (as a portion of ''LethalWeapon'''s main theme plays) before shaking their heads and walking away. As he makes his getaway, the unnamed bankrobber also mentions that he's "getting too old for this".
** Further, the film features the father of Bret Maverick -- who, just coincidentally, happens to be played by none other than James Garner, who originated the role of Maverick on TV (and who in fact played Bret and Bart's "Pappy" in the ''Series/{{Maverick}}'' episode of that same -- he was often referenced on the show, but that was the only episode in which he was ever seen).
* ''Film/HotShots Part Deux''
** The film features a particularly tangled ActorAllusion. Creator/CharlieSheen, as Topper Harley, rides a boat through a swamp and in voice-over makes an entry in his journal, reciting dialogue that is almost identical to one of his monologues from ''Film/{{Platoon}}''. But he's distracted by another voice-over -- he looks up to see MartinSheen, his real-life father, heading towards him in another boat while re-enacting one of his monologues from ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. To cap it off, the two notice each other, stand up, and as the boats speed past, give each other a thumb's-up and reference yet another movie, in which ''both'' Sheens appeared: "I loved you in ''Film/WallStreet''!"
** President Benson dons a wet suit and joins a Navy Seal team of scuba divers. He also provides voice-over narration, describing the underwater action. The actor is most famous for the television series ''Sea Hunt''.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/XMen1'':\\\
Toad kicks Storm down an elevator shaft, then takes the pole that had been holding the elevator door open and twirls it like [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Maul]]; both Toad and Darth Maul were played by Ray Park.\\\
The trucker in the movie is played by George Buza, who voiced Beast in [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} the 90s cartoon]].
** That man interrogating Mystique in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', which should have been a cakewalk compared to [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter.]]
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':\\\
In the 2003 ''[[Literature/{{Dune}} Children of Dune]]'' miniseries, Creator/JamesMcAvoy portrayed a privileged character with mind-control abilities who was close to his sister, wishes to save humanity from annihilation, and was physically changed by a traumatic event.\\\
This isn't the first movie where Creator/MichaelFassbender has [[Film/InglouriousBasterds shared a drink with a German Nazi in a bar and then killed him]].
** In The Stinger for ''Film/TheWolverine'', [[spoiler: Magneto warns of "dark forces approaching," which is from ''Lord of the Rings''.]]
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':\\\
Bolivar Trask has a portrait in his office where he is holding an ArtificialLimb to give to a wheelchair-bound young girl, thus showing his love for [[Series/GameOfThrones cripples, bastards and broken things.]] He also gets [[spoiler: convicted of treason in this story, though at least in this tale he actually committed it.]]\\\
Kitty's MentalTimeTravel technique, and her [[spoiler:architecture lesson at the end]] are highly reminiscent of another Creator/EllenPage [[Film/{{Inception}} blockbuster]].\\\
In the scene where Erik [[spoiler:tries to kill Mystique with a bullet]], his attempts to hit her with it are presented in slow motion, at one point [[Film/{{Wanted}} curving the bullet around Charles' head]].\\\
After [[spoiler:getting shot in the leg by Magneto]], Mystique begins limping almost in the same manner as Katniss Everdeen does when she got injured during the first ''[[Film/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]'' film.\\\
[[Creator/PatrickStewart Future Charles Xavier]] is leading a group of people who are fighting against [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration pseudo-robotic enemies that can adapt to the attacks used against them]]. His younger counterpart does some MentalTimeTravel to interface with his BadFuture self, in the hopes of creating a CosmicRetcon...[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS7E24AllGoodThings sound familiar]]?\\\
[[Creator/IanMcKellen Future Magneto]]'s [[YouShallNotPass final defense]] [[Film/LordOfTheRings looks familiar]].\\\
Lampshaded by Creator/JamesMcAvoy when talking about his character's '70s clothing in [[http://ca.ign.com/articles/2014/02/25/james-mcavoy-xavier-hates-magneto-in-days-of-future-past this interview]].
--->"Listen, I feel like I'm in ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland''! I'm Nicholas Garrigan grown up! Ten years older. A 34-year-old Nicholas! Yeah, I like it."
* The ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' parody of the ''Film/{{Alien}}'' [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong chestburster scene]] comes complete with Creator/JohnHurt, who [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it with the line, "Oh no, not again!"
** Earlier in the movie, [[PunnyName "Dot Matrix"]] uses [[Creator/JoanRivers her voice actor]]'s {{Catchphrase}} ("Can we talk?").
* ''[[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg Epic Movie]]''
** Kal Penn [[HeyItsThatGuy calling The White Bitch (Jennifer Coolidge) "Stifler's mom"]], then finding the White Castle she offers (insert shot of burger store) familiar: he was one of the eponymous characters in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' (in Britain ''Harold and Kumar Get the Munchies'') (later, a soldier yells at him, "Take that, Kumar!")
** And towards the end of ''Epic Movie'', they parody ''Film/SupermanReturns'' -- which Kal Penn had a role in.
* Towards the beginning of ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', an extreme sports punk who steals Harold's parking space shouts "Better luck tomorrow!" at Harold, in reference to John Cho's role as the antagonist in the eponymous film.
* ''Film/MeetTheSpartans'' has [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep the Captain]], played by Kevin Sorbo, say, "Don't make me go Series/{{Hercules|TheLegendaryJourneys}} on your ass!"
* In ''Film/TheCannonballRun'', Burt Reynolds' character considers driving a black Trans Am in the eponymous race, the same vehicle Reynolds famously drove in ''Smokey and the Bandit''. He then comments [[ItsBeenDone "It's been done."]]
* In ''Film/EvanAlmighty'', the title character, while being carjacked by God, drives past a movie theater. It's showing ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin Mary''. Minus the Mary, this was one of Creator/SteveCarell's movies.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', Indy at one point declares, "I have a bad feeling about this," a line he previously uttered as Han Solo in ''Franchise/StarWars'' (and which would be a sort of OncePerEpisode occurrence in that film series; Solo was the second character to say it, in the trash compactor). ''Yoda Stories'' has an appearance by Indy too. Luke just says he looks familiar.
* ''Film/TheRock'', ''Film/ConAir'', and ''Film/FaceOff'' are connected by a running gag around NicolasCage. In ''Film/TheRock'', Nicolas Cage explains to SeanConnery that he drives a beige Volvo. In ''Film/ConAir'', Nicholas Cage cuts Dave Chappelle's body loose from the plane, and it crashes onto a beige Volvo. In ''Film/FaceOff'', NicolasCage escapes from the oil rig prison and steals a beige Volvo.
* Creator/SylvesterStallone and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger have had a friendly rivalry for years, and many of their movies have in-jokes about the other:
** In ''Film/TrueLies'', JamieLeeCurtis comments "I married Franchise/{{Rambo}}", in reference to Arnold's spy character. The novel suggests he craps higher than Rambo.
** In ''Film/DemolitionMan'', Stallone is horrified to discover that LA now contains the "[[HilariousInHindsight Schwarzenegger Presidential Library]]".
** In ''Film/LastActionHero'', Schwarzenegger and the kid come across an ad for ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', with Stallone as the Terminator. "The man is an artist. It's his best performance ever!"
** In ''Film/{{Twins}}'', Schwarzenegger sees a poster with ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' and laughs at the size of Stallone's biceps compared to his own.
** In ''Film/TangoAndCash'', Tango makes fun of a random prisoner by saying, "I loved you in ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''!"
** And when they finally have a scene together in ''Film/TheExpendables'', Arnie turns down the mercenary job on offer, telling Mr. Church (BruceWillis) to give it to Stallone's character as he "[[Franchise/{{Rambo}} loves playing in the jungle]]". As Arnie walks away Stallone asks Willis what his problem is, to which Willis replies, "He wants to be President."
** The sequel also ropes in Willis for into their ActorAllusion:
-->'''Arnold:''' [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} I'll be back!]]\\
'''Willis:''' No! You've come back enough! I'll be back!\\
'''Arnold:''' [[Franchise/DieHard Yipee-ki-yay.]]\\
''(ChuckNorris joins in the brawl)''\\
'''Arnold:''' Who's next, Franchise/{{Rambo}}?
** The third film has Wesley Snipes make a joke about being in jail for tax evasion and has Schwarzenegger yell "[[Film/{{Predator}} Get to da choppah!]]" Creator/HarrisonFord, a helicopter pilot in real life, spends most of his screen time flying a helicopter.
* In ''Film/The6thDay'', Arnold tells a man to "GetOut" of his truck -- just like he did in ''Film/TheTerminator'' with a tanker.
* In ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', the bodybuilder playing the T-800 ([[FakeShemp physically, that is]]), Roland Kickinger, had previously played Arnold in the made-for-TV biopic ''See Arnold Run''.
* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', Edward Woodward is one of the villagers in the TownWithADarkSecret. Woodward investigated such a town in ''Film/TheWickerMan''.
* ''Film/{{Hulk}}''
** In the 2003 film, Lou Ferrigno played a security guard (alongside Hulk's creator StanLee), and in ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' (the 2008 movie starring Edward Norton), he voiced the Hulk (as well as playing another security guard). Ferrigno played the Hulk in the [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk 1978-'82 live-action TV series]].
** In the 2008 movie, Edward Norton watches the Brazilian version of ''The Courtship of Eddie's Father'', which starred Bill Bixby, who played David Bruce Banner in the Hulk live action TV series. The kindly owner of the pizza parlor is played by Paul Soles, who voiced the Hulk in the '60s cartoon.
* The Tim "[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Buzz Lightyear]]" Allen remake of ''The Shaggy Dog'' has the eponymous dog jump off a bridge on to a bus, with Allen saying "To infinity and beyond!"
* In ''Film/TheSantaClause 2'' Santa (Tim Allen) encountered a plastic duplicate of Santa who believes himself to be the real thing. While combating one another the plastic Santa calls him a [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory "Sad, strange little man."]]
* In ''Film/ThePunisher2004'', Frank's old cop buddies are trying to calm him down by saying they understand that he's upset. He responds, in part, "I used to get ''upset'' when the Yankees won the Series." This is both a ShoutOut to the original Punisher, where Frank Castle was always depicted as a New Yorker. And its an ActorAllusion about the actor, Thomas Jane, whose biggest role prior was playing Mickey Mantle of the Yankees in ''61* ''
* ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'' has Mushufasa (a reference to Mufasa from ''Disney/TheLionKing'', played by Creator/JamesEarlJones), signing off with one of Jones' taglines: "This is CNN".
* There are at least two Shannen Doherty in-jokes in ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'': in one scene, Doherty's character Rene is called "Brenda" by mistake (her character in ''90210''). Creator/BenAffleck's character's name, Shannon Hamilton, is a veiled reference to Doherty's previous marriage to Ashley Hamilton.
* ''Film/TheNakedGun''
** In ''The Naked Gun 2½'', actor Lloyd Bochner has a small role as a member of a consortium of villains. Towards the end of the film, there's a [[CrowdPanic hysterical crowd scene]] which features a split-second shot of him holding a large book entitled "ToServeMan", yelling "It's a cookbook!!" This is a reference to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Serve_Man_(The_Twilight_Zone) famous episode]] of the original ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' TV series which Bochner starred in.
** The climax of ''Naked Gun 33 1/3'' occurs at the Academy Awards, complete with a number of celebrities showing up as usual. Two of them are Music/WeirdAlYankovic and [[WheelOfFortune Vanna White]]. Frank and Jane tie them up with lights and drag them into the bushes, leaving a small but notable number of viewers wondering why they weren't [[http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/weirdalyankovic/stuckinaclosetwithvannawhite.html stuffed into a closet]] instead.
* The first scene of ''Film/TangoAndCash'' has Tango saying "[[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Tango___Cash_1989.aspx Rambo is a pussy.]]" Guess who plays Tango.
* The Norwegian war movie ''Film/NineLives'', directed by Arne Skouen, has a married couple helping the hero in a critical phase - played by actors Alf Malland and Henny Moan. At some point in the movie, the two have to fight their way through a blizzard, with the wife (Moan) almost collapsing in the snow. Five years after ''Nine Lives'' producer Arne Skouen made ''Film/ColdTracks'', once again with Malland and Moan in central roles, and once again, Moan collapses during a blizzard (in ''Cold Tracks'', she does it ''twice''). This movie also retold events from WorldWarII.
** The two also starred in a third Norwegian war movie, ''Film/{{Surrounded}}'', and they once again played a couple.
* ''The Freshman'' is all about this trope. MarlonBrando plays a powerful, shadowy, charismatic crime boss whose resemblance to [[Film/TheGodfather Don Vito Corleone]] is remarked on by all the other characters. MatthewBroderick's character tells MarlonBrando's, "You know, you look an awful lot like Film/TheGodfather." The problem was that Marlon Brando tripled his body mass between movies, so he didn't really look that much like he did in ''Film/TheGodfather''.
* ''Fanboys'' has several, including, but not necessarily limited to; Ray "Darth Maul" Park doing some of the acrobatics from his ''Star Wars'' role, and Carrie "Princess Leia" Fisher responding with "I know" to "I love you".
* Creator/MarkHamill's appearance in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' is immediately followed by the message "Hey Kids it's Mark Hamill! (Applause!)" referring to his role as the voice of the Joker in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. Also when Jay cuts off his hand during a "bongsaber" fight, he [[FourthWall looked at the camera]] and moaned [[OhNoNotAgain "Not again."]]
** "Don't fuck with the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Jedi Master]], son." Which became "Don't mess with the Mandos, mate." The way ''Film/StarWars'' fandom interacts with the EU is a very complicated dance.
* Another Fisher example occurs in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''; when her character shoots off a bazooka, the sound effect is the same as the blasters in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films.
* Creator/DannyTrejo almost constantly plays a character whose name is a type of knife (or the Spanish word for one). He plays Navajas ("knives") in ''Film/{{Desperado}}'', Machete in ''Film/{{Machete}}''/''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'', Razor Charlie in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' and Cortez (a play on the Spanish word "cortes," meaning "cuts") in ''Film/SpyKids''.
* In ''Chúmbale'', the dad is watching Enrique Pinti on TV and bursts out in laughter, saying "I Love this guy!". The dad is played by Enrique Pinti.
* In ''Film/SpeedRacer'', the oldest race announcer is played by Creator/PeterFernandez, who voiced Speed Racer and Racer X in the English dubbed version of the [[Anime/SpeedRacer original Japanese cartoon series.]]
* In ''Film/TheSaint'', Simon Templar's car is voiced by Creator/RogerMoore, who played Simon Templar in [[Series/TheSaint the TV series]].
* One of the older actresses from the ''Film/BlackChristmas2006'' remake starred in the original movie: Andrea Martin.
* Creator/DanielleHarris, who played Laurie Strode's daughter Jamie Lloyd in ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'' and ''Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers'', appears in the ''Film/{{Halloween 2007}}'' remake and [[Film/HalloweenII2009 its sequel]] as Annie Brackett, Laurie's best friend.
* In the latest ''Film/GetSmart'' movie, Smart is almost run over by a man with a peculiar accent while trying to hitchhike. [[RemakeCameo That man is Bernie Kopell, the villain Siegfried in the original series.]]
* The mockumentary ''Waiting for Guffman'' includes an in-character ActorAllusion. Fred Willard plays the town travel agent, and one of his roles in the ShowWithinAShow is President [=McKinley=].
-->'''[=McKinley=]:''' I was headed for Wichita, but somehow I ended up here in Blaine. Guess I need a new travel agent! ''(turns to the crowd and winks)''
* During a tense scene in the remake of ''Sleuth'' Jude Law (playing opposite MichaelCaine in the role Caine played in the original) asks "What's it all about?" Caine and Law had assailed the eponymous roles in ''Film/{{Alfie}}'' and its remake.
* ChristopherLee
** In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels (specifically the second movie, and a bit of the third), ChristopherLee plays [[{{Dracula}} an evil count whose name starts with a D. with unnatural dark powers.]] (Lee has played Dracula in no fewer than ''ten'' movies, according to his IMDB profile. Plus one "Count Drago.")
** In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Return of the King'', Lee's character Saruman (another villainous magic-user, not a count though) [[spoiler:dies by being impaled on a wooden pole]]. This did not happen in the book.
*** Lee jokes about this during one of the rare Lord of the Rings behind-the-scenes montages. Bonus points for joking while waiting to shoot the scene of his death, as in, "IMPALED" on the giant wooden spoke.
** Back to Lee's Star Wars character, Count Dooku has a lightsaber with a curved handle, much like the sword of King Haggard, whom Lee voices in ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn''.
*** The curved handled lightsaber was actually just a prop design for the reason that Lee could not hold a lightsaber properly because of joint issues due to age and medical reasons. The fact it becomes an actor allusion and looked really cool is rather ironic.
* ''TwentyFourHourPartyPeople'', which chronicles the rise and fall of Manchester's Factory Records (which featured Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, A Certain Ratio, and many others), makes frequent use of this. Several times throughout the film actual people who were involved with Factory make brief cameos as janitors, bartenders, etc, sometimes interacting with the actors portraying them. At one point in the movie Creator/SteveCoogan ([[UnreliableNarrator narrating]] as Factory founder Tony Wilson) [[BreakingTheFourthWall points out to the audience]] that there have been these cameos all along. Additionally, Howard Devoto of The Buzzcocks refutes the veracity of a scene in which he is portrayed (wherein he has sex with Tony's wife) saying "I definitely don't remember this happening."
* ''Film/KillBill''
** Elle Driver's fate is left ambiguous as the last we see of her is her trashing around wildly on the floor and screaming after getting her other eye ripped out. As "Pris," Creator/DarylHannah reacts the same way to getting shot in ''Film/BladeRunner''.
** Also, Bill tells The Bride the legend of Pai Mei before he sends her to train with him. The story is a word-for-word recounting of the backstory of David Carradine's character from the ''Kung Fu'' TV series.
* Derek Jacobi as King Claudius in KennethBranagh's ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''; he had previously appeared in ''Series/IClaudius''. He also appeared in the BBC Television Shakespeare adaption of the play as Hamlet himself.
* A director one, which doubles as a TakeThat: the opening scene of ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'' features Creator/DrewBarrymore saying of the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' series "[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 The first one]] was good, the rest sucked." ''Scream'' director Creator/WesCraven had directed the horror classic, with the studio later making lots of sequels without his involvement. But it should be noted that he also wrote ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors Dream Warriors]]'' and directed ''Film/WesCravensNewNightmare''. Craven has a CreatorCameo as a janitor named "Fred", who is wearing a fedora and a red & green sweater.
* The 2001 ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' features cameos from the stars of the original, Charlton Heston (protagonist Taylor), becomes... the "damned dirty" ape father of the villain, with the added bonus of his [[FamousLastWords last words]] being "[[EarthAllAlong Damn them! God damn them all to hell!]]") and Linda Harrison (the NubileSavage Nova), turned into an unnamed human captive).
* ''Film/{{Dracula 2000}}''. A famous television reporter turned vampire asks, pinning down the male lead, "Ever wanted to fuck a TV star?" The reporter was played by Jeri Ryan, famous for playing MsFanservice Seven of Nine in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In addition, she divorced her ex-husband after he tried to take her to a wife-swapping club... so someone else could do just that...
* In the MadeForTVMovie, ''High School USA'', the JerkJock (Jerk Prep, actually) gives the Eddie Haskell treatment to Eddie Haskell himself. Ken Osmond (the actor who played Eddie Haskell) played the father of the girl that that the Jerk Prep was dating.
* In ''CrankHighVoltage'', one of the characters mentions that Chev Chelios looks a lot like "that guy from TheTransporter movies". Chev and "that guy" are both played by Creator/JasonStatham.
* Near the end of ''Film/FredClaus'', the antagonist of the film, played by Kevin Spacey, is given a Superman cape by Santa Claus. Kevin Spacey recently played LexLuthor in ''Film/SupermanReturns''
* In ''Sex and the Single Girl'' (1964), Tony Curtis's character has to wear a woman's robe, because his clothes are wet. He says he looks like "Jack Lemmon did, in [[SomeLikeItHot that movie]], where he dressed up like a girl." Later, he's several times said to be looking like Lemmon.
* In Creator/BillyWilder's ''Film/OneTwoThree'', Red Buttons appears as an MP who does a "You dirty rat" impression to the face of CR [=MacNamara=]... played by James Cagney.
* In ''Film/MysteryMen'', Ricky Jay says, "I'm not a magician!" -- which the actor is in real life. He also played a magician in ''Film/ThePrestige''.
* In ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', Ricky Jay's character was to have used throwing cards as weapons, but the scenes were ultimately cut from the film. Ricky Jay is an expert card thrower and was consulted by the Series/MythBusters on the subject too.
* ''Hell is for Heroes'' is for the most part a gritty WorldWarII action film... except for a brief sequence in which comedian Bob Newhart, at the time best known for his one-sided telephone conversation comedy routines, appears as a G.I. After the Americans discover a German bug in their camp, Newhart's character is forced to improvise a one-sided telephone conversation making it seem like the Americans are in a better position than they actually are.
* A rather painful one in ''Film/{{Steel}}'', where Richard Roundtree's character says of the hero's trademark giant hammer "I especially like the Film/{{Shaft}}!" apropos of absolutely nothing.
** Another one is the title character's inability to make basketball free throws. The title character is played by Shaquille O'Neal, a basketball player who was well-known for his inability to make free throws.
* Possible example in ''BestInShow'': Fred Willard's character says of Catherine O'Hara's "That handler looks familiar to me." It works in the film itself as part of the RunningGag that O'Hara and her husband keep running into her old boyfriends, but also references that she and Willard played a couple in ''Waiting for Guffman''.
* In ''Mr. Skeffington'' Bette Davis play an older woman, complete with make-up and all, who believes she is still young and acts accordingly. When a doctor implies that she is indeed not young anymore she asks if he thinks she is old and ugly. He answers something to the effect of: "Well, you're no Creator/GretaGarbo". The two of them had sort of a friendly rivalry going, not unlike Schwarzenegger/Stallone.
* Michael Biehn has been bitten on the arm in every James Cameron movie he's been in -- ''Film/TheAbyss'', ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', and ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''.
* ''Film/DeathProof''
** Abby, Creator/RosarioDawson's character, tells her friends that her boyfriend fucked Creator/DarylHannah's stand-in. Creator/ZoeBell, one of the friends, was Creator/UmaThurman's stand-in in ''Film/KillBill'', wherein Thurman at one point fights Hannah. The character Lanna Frank is played by Hannah's ''KillBill'' stand-in, Monica Staggs.
** Earlier, in the bar where Stuntman Mike meets the first group of girls, [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina Jack Burton's]] shirt is in a frame on the wall.
** Stuntman Mike has a scar over one eye, on the same side as the eyepatch in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''.
* There's a memorable instance of this the otherwise forgettable film ''Stakeout'': To pass the time while on stakeout, Emilio Estevez and Richard Dreyfuss's characters are playing a guessing game where they cite memorable lines of dialogue and quiz the other as to what movie it's from. Emilio Estevez's character, in an [[LargeHam over-the-top]] way, recounts the line: "''This'' was not a ''boating'' accident!" Dreyfuss, after a moment's pause, replies "I don't know." The line is from the film ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', spoken by Matt Hooper -- a character played by Richard Dreyfuss.
* ''Film/TheMenWhoStareAtGoats''
** The story revolves around a secret US military program called the "Jedi Program" that attempted to train soldiers with superpowers. The main character? Played by Creator/EwanMcGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels. One critic described the movie as "[[TakeThat the best Star Wars movie Ewan McGregor has ever starred in.]]"
** There's also one for Creator/JeffBridges, as "I Just Dropped In" is also used prominently in ''Film/TheBigLebowski''.
* In the final dance scene in ''Film/DirtyDancing'', Baby's mother says proudly of her daughter's dancing abilities, "She gets it from me!" Baby's mother is played by Kelly Bishop, who was in the original production of ''Theatre/AChorusLine'' and is a pretty accomplished dancer.
* In one of the ''Film/LookWhosTalking'' movies, Kirstie Alley's character is reduced to working as an elf in a mall Santa display, sporting a gigantic pair of pointed ears. When some kids ask what she's supposed to be, she snarls "I'm a Vulcan! Wanna see my ''death grip''?" Alley's first movie role was playing the Vulcan Saavik in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''
* In the "blinkandyoullmissit" category, Jeff Goldblum's performances in ''Film/JurassicPark'' and ''Film/IndependenceDay'' both use the line "Must go faster" during chase scenes.
* In ''Living in Oblivion'' Steve Buscemi plays Nick Reve, an independent film director. At one point in the movie his lead actor storms off, shouting that he'd only wanted to work with Nick because he'd "heard he was tight with Quentin Tarentino!"
* ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel''
** An incredibly blatant one when Cdr. Buck Murdock looks into a periscope. The first shot shows the Starship ''Enterprise'' from ''Series/{{Star Trek|TheOriginalSeries}}'', followed by a reaction shot, and then what the character was ''really'' seeing. Buck Murdock is played by Creator/WilliamShatner.
** Earlier in the same film there's a scene where air traffic controller Steve [=McCroskey=] (played by Lloyd Bridges) is shown residing in a nursing home. A nurse explains that he's gone senile and "thinks he's Lloyd Bridges," and we see him donning a scuba mask (an allusion to Bridges' role on the '50s TV show ''Sea Hunt'').
* Coy example: in ''Film/{{Batman}}'', JackNicholson's plastic surgeon uses an assortment of crude, rusty tools to reconstruct his wounded face as the Joker. At least one of these implements closely resembles one used by the evil dentist in the remake of ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''. Who'd appeared in the original ''Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors'', as a masochistic client of this evil dentist? Jack Nicholson.
* ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks''
** In ''The Squeakquel'', Alvin, voiced by Justin Long, says he must "remember the five D's of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive, dodge." A line from his previous film, ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory''.
** There is a rare instance of Director Allusion in the first movie. In the film, Alvin, Simon and Theodore watch SpongeBobSquarePants. This is because Tim Hill directed TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie as well as directing Alvin and the Chipmunks.
* An odd case occurs in ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall''. Kristen Bell plays the title character, an actress, and at one point, other characters mock her for a bad movie she was in, in which she was attacked by a killer cell phone. The writers insist that they wrote the line not knowing that Kristen Bell actually was in a movie, ''Pulse'', about a killer cell phone.
* In Creator/UweBoll's ''Film/AloneInTheDark2005'', a character falls to his death in a spiky pit trap. The actor portraying him was Ho Sung Pak, who portrayed Liu Kang in the first two ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' games, where characters could also meet such a fate.
* In ''The Great White Hype'', Creator/SamuelLJackson's character of "The Sultan" greets a well-dressed white man with long black hair with "Vincent, Vincent, where's Jules, man?", referring to Vincent Vega (played by JohnTravolta) and Jackson's own character Jules Winnfield, from Tarantino's ''Film/PulpFiction''.
* ''Film/FromParisWithLove''
** Similarly, the trailers for this new John Travolta movie include Travolta's character singing the praises of [[Film/PulpFiction Royale with cheese]].
** The same film has a writer allusion. Early on, Travolta's character uses the BondOneLiner "Wax on, Wax off". Co-writer and producer Creator/LucBesson often works with Robert Mark Kamen, who wrote ''Film/TheKarateKid'' which originated that line.
* In ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', Creator/MelBrooks' character wears a lab coat with "PROF" on the back -- a nod to his role as Governor Le Petomane ("GOV") in ''Film/BlazingSaddles''.
* And in the Muppet's Christmas Carol, Michael Caine's Scrooge has been reformed and can be seen dancing in front of a shop called 'Mickelwhites' - Caine's real name.
* David Boreanas' character in ''Film/{{Valentine}}'' is a drunk who breaks his sobriety. One of the characters even say that "he's no Series/{{Angel}}".
* ''Film/ValentinesDay''
** Taylor Lautner's character says he's uncomfortable taking his shirt off, a swipe at Lautner's ShirtlessScene-prone role in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' films.
** Creator/JuliaRoberts' character is asked if she's ever been to El Rodeo Drive. She smirks and says [[Film/PrettyWoman yes]].
* At the end of ''The Real Howard Spitz'', the eponymous protagonist (played by KelseyGrammer) considers becoming a sitcom writer. When his friend points out he knows nothing about it, Spitz replies "Writing a sitcom's not hard. You just have a married couple, a [[Series/{{Cheers}} bar in Boston]] or a [[Series/{{Frasier}} psychiatrist on the radio]]."
* During a GoodCopBadCop sequence in the [[BuddyCopShow buddy cop film]] ''Cop Out'' (starring Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis), Tracy Morgan is interrogating the suspect by acting like a gun-waving maniac and spewing random movie lines. When Tracy says ''[[Film/DieHard Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!]]'', Bruce Willis's (who starred in the ''Film/DieHard'' films) character says "I've never seen that movie before."
* In ''Film/LastActionHero'', Daniel points out that F. Murray Abraham is playing Jack's old buddy, but he was the traitor Salieri in ''Theatre/{{Amadeus}}'' so [[NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize he shouldn't be trusted]]. He's correct, and the character later makes a FaceHeelTurn.
* Lynda Carter's line in the movie ''Film/SkyHigh'', "I'm not Wonder Woman, you know." Lynda Carter played Franchise/WonderWoman in the [[Series/WonderWoman TV series]].
* One scene in ''ScotlandPA'' sees police Lt. [=McDuff=] pick up some maracas and spontaneously dance a few steps, explaining, "You know, I used to be a dancer." Said character is played by dancer-turned-actor ChristopherWalken.
* When the stalker Fireball first enters the combat zone in the movie ''Film/TheRunningMan'', Killian announces his arrival to the TV audience by declaring, "There he goes, the number one rusher!" Fireball is played by football player-turned-actor Jim Brown, who is widely considered the greatest running back in NFL history.
* In Film/TheThreeStooges short ''Crash Goes the Hash'', the butler (Bud Jamison) responds indignantly to the boys' antics by saying, "Such levity; you remind me of the Three Stooges!" Curly takes exception to the comment.
* The well-known Creator/JackieChan movie ''Film/DrunkenMaster'' has him playing a Drunken Boxing expert. He also plays a Drunken Boxing expert in his American film, ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom''. ''ShanghaiNoon'' was supposedly going to feature a Drunken Master fighting sequence too but Hollywood knows they're not good enough for cool fight scenes... Jackie does get drunk at one point, however, if that's good enough.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}''
** The song that is played to wake everyone up is Edith Piaf's "Non, je ne regrette rien". Marion Cotillard (Mal) played Piaf in the biopic ''La Vie en rose'' and won an Oscar for it. Also, the song title translates to "I have no regrets." This was apparently coincidental, the song was chosen before Cotillard was cast, and the director didn't realize the connection until it was too late to change the score.
** She also beat EllenPage for the Oscar that year. In the film, the two don't get along.
** Crossing over with WrestlerInAllOfUs and FridgeBrilliance. At one point, Arthur locks a hostile projection in a hold known as the Cobra Clutch. The move was used (and named after) Sgt. Slaughter, a wrestler who was also a character in Franchise/GIJoe. Levitt portrayed Cobra Commander in the ''G.I. Joe'' movie.
* In ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries 2'', at the sleepover, Queen Clarisse says to Mia, "I've done quite a lot of flying in my time." This is referring to her part in ''Film/MaryPoppins''.
* In the newer ''Film/TheLongestYard'' with Creator/AdamSandler, Burt Reynolds plays the protagonist's mentor in prison. Reynolds played Sandler's role in the original installment. Burt Reynolds' character asks Adam Sandler, "How'd they get you to go to Florida State?" Burt Reynolds attended Florida State University on a football scholarship.
** Rob Schneider plays one of the good behavior inmates who watch the game from the stands. At one point he encourages the players by saying "You can do it!" exactly like his character in ''TheWaterboy''.
* The VincentPrice vehicle ''Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine'' has more than one; when Goldfoot shows off his family portrait gallery, all of his ancestors are images of Price from previous movies. Soon after, Frankie Avalon's character discovers his fellow ''[[BeachEpisode Beach Party]]'' stars [[TheCameo Annette Funicello and Harvey Lembeck]] locked up in Goldfoot's dungeon.
* At one point in ''Film/TheMask'', there is a photo of police lieutenant Kellaway's wife. The woman is actress Verna Bloom, as she appeared in ''Film/AnimalHouse'', in which Kellaway's actor Peter Riegert starred.
* There's a lot of this in the {{Mockumentary}} ''Comic Book The Movie'' due to its large cast of voice actors in live-action roles, as well as several actors, directors and comic creators as themselves. [[Creator/BillyWest Leo Matuzik]] staring at a poster of [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Fry]] stands out as one of the funniest. Then there's Don Swan's short conversation with Ms. Q in the studio office. Swan is played by Mark Hamill, and Ms. Q is played by Arleen Sorkin. They portrayed Joker and Harley Quinn in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
** There is a short blink-it-and-you'll miss it scene where Don Swan (Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker) at Comic-Con ask three men sitting at a table, "Excuse me, do you mind if we share this table?" The first man replies, "No son, move along." The three men? David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, and Jeremy Bulloch or Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Boba Fett respectively. Bonus points for it being David Prowse that says "No son."
* In ''{{Suck}}'' (2009), after Joey and Jennifer have given up vampirism and rock stardom for a mundane suburban life, they run into the bartender from earlier in the movie, a vampire played by Music/AliceCooper. When he unfurls his wings, Jennifer says "Tell me I'm dreaming", to which he replies, in reference to their boring life, "Welcome to my nightmare". In another scene, when the band is crossing the border into America, the border guard is suspicious and hostile until they mention they're in a band, and he says he used to be in a band too. The guard is played by Alex Lifeson of {{Rush}}.
* In ''Film/{{Dreamscape}}'', George Wendt, who is most famous for his role of "Norm" from ''{{Cheers}}'', plays an author who believes he's uncovered a government conspiracy. His character meets the protagonist in a bar.
* ''Film/BeCool'': [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's]] pro-wrestling persona is playfully referenced in a discussion about his character, a gay bodyguard who dreams of getting his big break as an actor.
-->'''Linda Moon:''' [[FascinatingEyebrow He can raise just one eyebrow at a time]]... and that's all he thinks it takes to be an actor.
* In the intro for ''Film/TheAlphabetKiller'', the protagonist (played by ElizaDushku) laments how the people she most wants to talk to are dead. This could be an allusion to ''TruCalling'', in which one of Eliza's previous characters (the eponymous Tru), could indeed talk to the dead.
* In ''Film/EnemyOfTheState'', Gene Hackman plays a character who seems like an aged version of his character from ''Film/TheConversation''. When the baddies bring up a file photo of Hackman's character when he was younger, it is of Hackman as he appeared in ''The Conversation''.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture Part III'', Mary Steenbergen stars as Clara Clayton, a woman who falls in love with a time-traveller (Doc Brown). Steenbergen had also starred as such a character in ''Time After Time''.
* In ''Film/AnAmericanHaunting'', Sissy Spacek plays the mother of a teenaged girl named [[AlliterativeName Betsy Bell]] who is constantly plagued by supernatural events... something Spacek should be quite familiar with, given that her most famous role was the eponymous telekinetic teen in ''{{Carrie}}''. The comparison becomes even more apt when it's revealed that [[spoiler: the source of the ghostly attacks was Betsy herself, manifesting the Bell Witch to protect herself from her sexually abusive father]].
* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', Grace Augustine -- played by Stanford alumna Creator/SigourneyWeaver -- sometimes wears a Na'vi-size Stanford tank top on her avatar body.
* ''Film/HarryPotter''
** In ''Film/HarryPotter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1'', a promotional poster for ''Theatre/{{Equus}}'' appears on the wall of a cafe that the PowerTrio ends up in, referencing Creator/DanielRadcliffe's [[ContractualPurity controversial decision]] to [[MaleFrontalNudity take on more mature fare]] while the ''Potter'' series was still running. Apparently, [[SelfDeprecation it was his idea to put it there]].
** In ''The Philosopher's Stone'', John Hurt's character has a similar costume to Series/TheStoryteller.
* In ''Film/{{Red}}'', JohnMalkovich's character remarks "I remember when the Secret Service used to be tougher", referencing his role in ''Film/InTheLineOfFire''.
* In the B-movie, ''Gryphon'', one of Jonathan [=LaPaglia's=] lines is "Series/SevenDays," spoken in such a way that it must have been intentional.
* In ''A Carol Christmas'', the ghost of Christmas Present is played by Creator/WilliamShatner and the way that he transports Carol to different places looks like teleportation in ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* Again with [[TheBigLebowski His Dudeness]] in ''Film/TronLegacy''. Mellowed-out old Kevin Flynn is very reminiscent of The Dude in that he's all about zen, man.
* In ''Film/CedarRapids'', Isiah Whitlock Jr. quotes Omar from ''Series/TheWire''. "And I keeps one in the chamber in case you ponderin'." On TheWire itself, Isiah plays Senator Clay Davis.
* Unintentional example in ''Film/TheBookOfEli'': GaryOldman plays a character who, despite the difference in setting and time period, has certain similarities to his character in ''Film/TheFifthElement'': a smarmy corporate villain with a slight Southern accent who's obsessed with finding a certain artifact and, on multiple occasions, appears to have the artifact in his possession. It's already pretty funny in ''The Fifth Element'' when [[spoiler:he repeatedly opens the case only to find that it's empty]], but it transforms into something of a RunningGag when [[spoiler:in ''The Book Of Eli'', he finally obtains the similarly leather-bound, locked Bible and opens it, only to discover that it's in Braille]]. Could also be a HilariousInHindsight depending on when you're watching each movie.
* It could be accidental, but in ''Film/TheColourOfMagic'', TheFilmOfTheBook, Sean Astin, who plays Twoflower, says "potatoes" to Rincewind in a way that sounds just like a certain scene from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', where he was Sam.
* In the movie ''Film/KellysHeroes'', Creator/ClintEastwood has a standoff against a tank. The scene is shot like a Spaghetti Western, and has the theme from one of the Clint Eastwood Westerns.
* ''Film/RamonaAndBeezus'' has several shout outs at Music/SelenaGomez's expense. As Ramona is getting ready for her pictures, Beezus is styling Ramona's hair with a curling iron. Beezus points out to her that "That's a curling iron, not a [[Series/WizardsofWaverlyPlace magic wand]]." Earlier in the scene, the father states that, "TV kids make millions" as Beezus is shown to be smiling in the background. A later scene has Beezus telling Ramona "Every princess needs a little sparkle," which could be a reference to either ''Film/PrincessProtectionProgram'' or ''Film/AnotherCinderellaStory''.
* In ''Film/ThreeAmigos'', SteveMartin's character (Lucky Day), has to recite a magic phrase consisting of gibberish. The last two syllables are "Hoff-HARR", which is how you pronounce the last name of Steve Martin's character in ''Film/TheManWithTwoBrains''.
* Creator/RobertDowneyJr's character in ''Film/AScannerDarkly'' tried to make a homemade silencer only to make the gun louder. Film/SherlockHolmes while bored and drunk tried to make the first silencer with the same results.
* In ''Film/CaptainRon'', the title character, played by Creator/KurtRussell, wears an eyepatch to cover up an ill-fitting GlassEye. Creator/KurtRussell with an [[EyepatchOfPower eyepatch]]? Sounds [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork familiar]]...
* Counts as SelfDeprecation: during the credits of ''Rock Star'', MarkWahlberg's character says he'll leave rock and move into rap... while "Good Vibrations", by [[OldShame Marky Mark]], is playing in the background.
* In 1988's ''Film/WorkingGirl'', corporate executive Katharine Parker (Creator/SigourneyWeaver) steps off a helicopter carrying a giant stuffed gorilla. Earlier in 1988, Weaver starred in ''Film/GorillasInTheMist''.
* In the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' film series movie ''Revelation'', Jeff Fahey's character Thorold Stone enters an ultra-realistic virtual reality simulation of a beach... [[TheLawnmowerMan guess which movie he starred in where he also entered a virtual reality program?]]. Interesting contrast is that one of Fahey's characters claims to be God and the other is claiming that he isn't looking for God.
* In ''MulhollandDrive'', the transition from dream world to the real world is marked by the Cowboy telling NaomiWatts' character, "Come on now, pretty girl, time to wake up". In ''IHeartHuckabees'', her character is replaced in her spokesmodel job by Creator/IslaFisher after having a philosophical revelation. Trying to make Fisher aware of what she's seen, Watts puts her in a headlock and says, "Wake up, pretty girl!"
* In ''Love and Other Impossible Pursuits'', NataliePortman plays the stepmom of a precocious eight-year-old, as he considers his future education options. When he brings up Harvard, Portman's character Emilia blurts "Harvard sucks!" No prizes for guessing which university is Natalie's alma mater.
* In the original ''Film/ThirteenGhosts'', the house comes complete with a creepy old maid who happens to be played by Margaret Hamilton, at the very end of the film she picks up a broom to resume her house work, but instead gives the camera a devious look while she holds it, reflecting her best known role as the Wicked Witch of the West.
* In ''Brewster [=McCloud=]'', Margaret Hamilton plays Daphne Heap, who is murdered early on. When the camera pans down to show her, she is wearing ruby slippers, a reference to her role of the Wicked Witch.
* In the film ''Film/LiarLiar'', the actor playing JimCarrey's son makes a funny face and asks if his face will get stuck like that. Carrey replies with something like "No; in fact, some people make good money that way," poking fun at his own distinctive style of acting.
* In ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', we see a wet-behind-the-ears Captain Harriman, played by Alan Ruck. According to the ''Memory Alpha'' wiki, Harriman's personnel file from one of the video games says he has "[[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff a wife named Sloane and a son named Ferris who both live in Chicago, as well as interests in 20th century Italian sports automobiles.]]"
* Andy Griffith is forever remembered for the character he played on ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'': an aw-shucks, small-town do-gooder with a heart of gold. But in the film ''Film/AFaceInTheCrowd'', Griffith plays Lonesome Rhodes: an immoral, power-hungry egomaniac who becomes one of the most popular personalities on television...by ''pretending to be'' an aw-shucks, small-town do-gooder with a heart of gold. Yikes. (Though his role in ''Face'' was in fact one of his earliest.)
* ''Film/TheRundown'': At the beginning of the movie, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] is destroying the football players in the night club. One of them receives a Rock Bottom, his [[ShoutOut finisher]] in Wrestling/{{WWE}}.
* ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' was not Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter's [[Film/HarryPotter first time playing an insane, corset-wearing, mentally unstable yandere with a crush on a ruthless serial killer]].
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}''
** The third film has an especially clumsy one: Sentinel Prime, voiced by Creator/LeonardNimoy, says the line [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one."]].
** There's also an ironic bit of foreshadowing concerning Sentinel with a scene at the beginning of the movie. The two smallest Autobots are watching the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' television series when one of them remarks that he's seen this episode before, [[spoiler:it's the one where [[Creator/LeonardNimoy Spock]] goes crazy]].
* In his first appearance onscreen in ''Film/{{Zardoz}}'', Creator/SeanConnery [[Film/JamesBond aims his gun at the camera]] [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou and shoots it]].
* ''Madhouse'' (1974): Having Creator/VincentPrice play an actor well known for playing the villain in horror films is sort of an actor allusion in and of itself, but then there's the fact that the clips we see of his character's old films are actually doctored scenes from other American International Pictures films starring Price. Also, after his character suddenly disappears during a talk show appearance, the host notes that he once played the invisible man: Vincent Price starred in ''The Invisible Man Returns''. Robert Quarry also gets an [[Creator/AmericanInternationalPictures AIP]]-related ActorAllusion - During a costume party, his character is dressed as a vampire, and costume is the exact one he wore in ''Film/CountYorga, Vampire''.
* Edward Hardwicke as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in ''Photographing Fairies''. By the time the film came out, Hardwicke was by far best known as the [[TheOtherDarrin second]] Dr. Watson in the Granada ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' adaptations.
* In ''SinCity'', a cop attacking John Hartigan (BruceWillis) advises his colleague to kill without hesitation: John quickly dispatches them both and quips "Good advice". In ''Film/DieHard'', John [=McClane=] (Bruce Willis) took down a terrorist who had told him to kill without hesitation... then snarked "Thanks for the advice". Bruce's also lying on his back, shooting upwards, on both occasions.
** Gail says to Dwight "us girls are as safe as we can be, Lancelot". Clive Owen had previously starred in ''King Arthur'', though playing Arthur not Lancelot.
* ''Film/GameraVsGuiron'' featured a scene near the end of the film that seemed strange to non-Japanese viewers where the comic relief cop Kondo's glasses fell down his face, which he explained happened whenever he smiled. This was apparently actor-comic Kon Omura's trademark joke and appeared in most of his works.
* In 2006's ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' once in Monaco Film/JamesBond and GirlOfTheWeek Vesper Lynd stay at the Hotel Splendid. ''Hotel Splendide'' is an indie film starring Creator/DanielCraig as the chef at a failing island resort.
* In ''Film/{{Shooter}}'', Rhona Mitra's character apparently sleeps in her old [[Film/LaraCroftTombRaider Lara Croft]] outfit.
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Eddy Valiant (played by Bob Hoskins) is [[ItWillNeverCatchOn skeptical]] about Judge Doom's scheme to raze Toon Town to make room for a freeway. Hoskins was also in the 1974 movie ''Inserts'', which involved an attempt to get a washed-up director's home torn down to make way for a freeway.
* In the film version of ''Film/{{Spawn}}'', Martin Sheen says, "Let's start the Film/{{Apocalypse now}}!"
* ''Film/{{Cannonball}}'': Look how Cannonball Buckman beats up the thug disguised as a motorcycle cop. [[KungFu Where have we seen David Carradine fight like this before?]]
* In ''Film/AVeryHaroldAndKumar3DChristmas'', Harold is referred to as "Sulu". JohnCho played Sulu in ''Star Trek''. Also, when the arrive at the party, Kumar's friend admits he told the girl that Kumar worked at the White House. Creator/KalPenn worked in the Obama White House.
* ''Film/HappyGilmore'' managed the impressive feat of getting in at least three with Carl Weathers, who plays Happy's golfing mentor Chubbs, all during the course of a single scene. First, Happy, (who sneers at golf in the early sections of the film) asks Chubbs why a big guy like him isn't playing a "real" sport like football. (Weathers was once a pro football player.) Chubbs claims his mother wouldn't let him play any dangerous sports, and after thinking it over for a few seconds, Happy remarks might be for the best. (Weathers played Apollo Creed from the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' movies, [[CasualtyInTheRing who died in the ring]] during the 4th film). Lastly, Chubbs is missing a hand, and Weathers' character from ''Film/{{Predator}}'' had his arm cut off and sent flying into the air shortly before he died.
* In ''Film/{{Immortals}}'', John Hurt plays Zeus in human form -- exactly what his character [[TheCaligula Caligula]] thought he was way back in ''Series/IClaudius''.
* In Crispin Glover's film ''What Is It?'' he has a role and asks the people around him what they address him as. One man answers [[Film/BackToTheFuture "McFly"]].
* The theatrical poster for ''Film/TheParoleOfficer'' featured quotes -- both glowing and condemnatory -- from Steve Coogan's other comedic personas.
* Unintentional (probably) but still funny example: in Woody Allen's ''Film/MidnightInParis'', Allison Pill played the role of Zelda Fitzgerald, who threatened to kill herself because she thought her Scott (as in, F. Fitzgerald) was unfaithful. Pill's most famous role to date is Kim Pine, who also had a troubled relationship with [[Film/ScottPilgrim another Scott]].
* ''Film/{{Zoolander}}''
** Jon Voight as Derek's father says the following:
-->"Damn it Derek, I'm a coal miner, not a professional film or television actor."
** David Duchovny as [[Series/TheXFiles a conspiracy theorist]].
* In ''Booky Makes Her Mark'', Booky has tea with [[Creator/LMMontgomery Lucy Maud (L.M.) Montgomery]]. Booky's mother is played by Megan Follows, perhaps best known for her role as [[Literature/AnneofGreenGables Anne Shirley]].
* In ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'', gangster Spats Columbo (played by George Raft) asks a coin-flipping hoodlum, "Where'd you pick up ''that'' cheap trick?" Raft became famous playing coin-flipping gangsters in movies like ''Film/{{Scarface 1932}}'' and ''If I Had a Million''.
* In ''Tapeheads'', the FBI agent who says "Remember what we did to Jello Biafra?" as he arrests Tim Robbins and JohnCusack ''is'' Jello Biafra, who less than two years earlier had been prosecuted for obscenity based on complaints from the [[MoralGuardians PMRC]].
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'': Todd Ingram, a [[ItMakesSenseInContext Vegan Psychic with Telepathic powers and also plays electric bass]] is played by Brandon Routh, the same actor who played Superman in ''Superman Returns.'' The Vegan Police come in and zap him when he drinks half-and-half with [[KryptoniteFactor a green beam that removes his powers]]. The Trivia Subtitles even say that this was done deliberately because Routh was Superman.
** Roxy is played by Mae Whitman, who played Ann Veal, George's girlfriend in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. This knowledge makes Scott's "You and... her?" line all the more priceless.
* In ''The Contender'', JeffBridges plays the President of the United States, and puts his feet up on the resolute desk just like [[Film/TheBigLebowski the Dude]] does. He also goes bowling.
* Mavis Gary of ''Film/YoungAdult'' drives the same car as Stella Bridger of ''[[TheItalianJob2003 The Italian Job]]''. Both are played by Charlize Theron.
* In ''Think Like a Man'', the male characters are discussing the film ''Theatre/ForColoredGirls''. One of the men mentions that he hates the movie -- "That's the movie where Janet Jackson got AIDS and some crazy guy threw his kids out the window!" Sure enough, the man saying this is played by the same man who played the role of said "crazy guy" -- Micheal Ealy.
* ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDeadPartII'' gets bonus points for having a couple of characters say things their actors said as different characters in the previous film. For example, when Joey assumes that Ed wishes to be burned after he dies because he's worried some grave robber's going to steal his head:
-->'''Ed:''' Watch your tongue, boy, if you like this job!\\
'''Joey:''' ''Like this job!?''
* A somewhat strange example; In ''My Week with Marilyn'', Colin Clark went to Eton and sang in the choir. Colin Clark did go to Eton, but it was his actor, Eddie Redmayne, who sang in the Eton College Choir.
* In ''Film/AHardDaysNight'', the other [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] comment that Paul's grandfather is "very clean. He's a clean old man." He's played by Wilfred Brambles, better known as Albert Steptoe in ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'', whose son Harold is [[CatchPhrase always]] calling him "You ''dirty'' old man!"
* An interesting example in ''[[TheMysteriousIsland Journey 2 The Mysterious Island]]'', which is a location allusion instead. Hank's wife tells him "why don't you visit a less mysterious island, like Hawaii?" The film was shot in Hawaii.
* 1993's ''Boris And Natasha'' (a live-action take on the ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' villains) had June Foray -- the original voice of Natasha -- approaching her for an autograph.
* Andy Serkis gets two of these in a movie known as ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', one where he once again He portrays an [[Film/KingKong Ape]] again (however smaller), and another where, like [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]], he chomps on someone's finger, [[AssholeVictim only this time that person somewhat had it coming]]
* In ''Film/BringItOn'', when the Clovers cheerleaders confront Torrence and Missy about stealing their routines, one of the Clovers says, "Can we just beat these [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffys]] down so I can go home?" When they decide not to do so, another Clover tells them, "You just got touched by an Series/{{Angel}}." Missy is played by ElizaDushku, who plays Faith in both those shows.
* Sarah Michelle Gellar is the titular ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', and the gang call themselves the 'Scoobies', a reference to ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''. In the Live-Action ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' film, Daphne is played by Sara Michelle Gellar, who also drew heavily from her role as Buffy.
* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', Gwen Stacy suddenly has a little brother played by Skyler Gisondo. The kid's name turns out to be Howard. Gisondo had just finished playing a young Moe Howard in ''Film/TheThreeStooges''. Also Gwen Stacy was previously played by Bryce Dallas '''Howard''' in ''Spider Man 3''.
* In the 1995 horror film ''Mosquito'', the character played by Gunnar Hansen finds a chainsaw and notes that he hasn't used one in 20 years, an obvious nod to [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Hansen's most famous role]].
* In both ''Film/{{Paul}}'' and ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'', Sigourney Weaver plays the part of the mysterious chief of a top secret organization who appears only late in the film and dies a quick and painful death.
* Beulah Bondi played Ma Bailey in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''. This was the fourth time she played JamesStewart's mother on screen. Previously she played his mom in ''Vivacious Lady'', ''Of Human Hearts'', and ''MrSmithGoesToWashington''.
* In the third ''Film/SpyKids'' movie, Grandpa Cortez (Ricardo Montalban) tells some technicians to be careful with his wheelchair because it features "rich, Corinthian leather". Montalban touted this very feature in ads for the Chrysler Cordoba.
* In French movie ''Film/SurLaPisteDuMarsupilami'', Jamel Debbouze's character, Pablito, riding a reluctant llama, utters at one point, "You're not moving at all, Ganja." Just like his character in ''[[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cleopatra]]'', another Alain Chabat movie, who had the same problem but with a donkey, said: "You're not moving at all, Cannabis."
* ''ThePinkPanther Strikes Again'' features Dreyfus mocking the Phantom of the Opera, playing a huge pipe organ in a similar matter. In truth, Herbert Lom played both roles -- he was the Phantom in the [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1962 Hammer Films version from 1962]].
* ''Film/TheWaterboy'' and ''Film/TheAnimal'' share a particular line, by Rob Schneider to Adam Sandler in the former, and by Adam Sandler to Rob Schneider in the latter: "You can do it! You can do it... ALL NIGHT LONG!" In the latter case it's not only an obvious shout-out to the former, but also intended to mock the former as it's said even more ham-handed and over the top than the original, likely due to a mutual agreement.
* In ''The Sky's the Limit'', the second chorus of "A Lot In Common With You" has Creator/FredAstaire sing "Where's Cagney?", which Joan Leslie answers with "Where's Hayworth?" Creator/RitaHayworth had been Astaire's co-star in ''You'll Never Get Rich'' and ''You Were Never Lovelier'', while Leslie had been recently featured in ''Yankee Doodle Dandy'', starring Creator/JamesCagney.
* In "TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai" Sessue Hayakawa played a Japanese colonel overseeing a bridge-building project. In "TheGeishaBoy", he was building a bridge in his backyard...with the help of men whistling "Colonel Bogey".
* In the opening scene of PeterSellers's final film, ''The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu'', Sellers-as-Fu notes "Your face is familiar" to the servant bringing him (but ultimately spilling) his Elixir Vitae. This references the actors' roles in ThePinkPanther films -- Sellers was Inspector Clouseau while Burt Kwouk, the servant in question, played his sidekick Cato.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'':
** Creator/{{Anne Hathaway}}'s character, [[Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]], is instructed by Alfred to take a tray up to Bruce's quarters, and to put it down, then immediately leave and lock the door behind her. It clearly references something said to Hathaway's character in ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada''.
* In ''Film/{{Ransom}}'', Tom Mullen's son asks him if he can enter a project into the science competition under a different name, since his mother is mother is judging and there would be a conflict of interest. Tom suggests "John Smith" - Tom was played by Creator/MelGibson, who also provided the voice of John Smith in ''{{Pocahontas}}''.
* Near the end of ''RachelGettingMarried'', Kym (Creator/AnneHathaway) is interrupted when her father comes up to her with one of the wedding guests. He tells his daughter that the woman "just lost an office assistant" and she'd be perfect for the job—a job Hathaway's character had in ''TheDevilWearsPrada''.
* In ''Judgment at Nuremberg'', Marlene Dietrich's appearances are often accompanied by the tune "Lili Marleen" in the background. Dietrich recorded one of the most well known renditions of the song.
* In ''Film/WhatsUpDoc,'' Judy makes a reference to ''LoveStory,'' which Ryan O'Neal also starred in.
-->'''Judy:''' "Love means never having to say you're sorry." [Bats eyes.]
-->'''Howard:''' "... [[StupidestThingIveEverHeard That's the dumbest thing I ever heard]]."
* In ''Film/{{Oblivion2013}}''
** One of the more prominently featured artifacts that [[Creator/TomCruise Jack]] collects is a set of aviator shades - [[TopGun perhaps previously owned by a certain naval aviator?]]
** Jack is at one point covered in ash, after witnessing an alien device [[Film/WarOfTheWorlds vaporize someone]] in front of him.
* In ''Film/StarTrek'' ZacharyQuinto, who plays Spock , pins down Kirk by the neck, eerily [[{{Series.Heroes}} Sylar]]-like.
** In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' PeterWeller, who played BuckarooBanzai, gets a line tipping a hat to that film.
-->'''Admiral Marcus:''' It's evil. Pure and simple.
** Spock Prime introduces himself to Kirk saying "I am Spock", which was the title of Creator/LeonardNimoy's second autobiography (so named to counter the notions that his previous autobiography ''IAmNotSpock'' created, namely how he supposedly hated both Franchise/StarTrek and the Spock character)
* Ian McShane plays the king in ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'' as he did in ''Series/{{Kings}}''.
* ''Film/PitchPerfect'' has several. Anna Kendrick's (who was in ''Film/{{Twilight}}'') character is a member of a group called The Bellas (probably inadvertent). She also while in Bellas uniform gets asked if she's in [[Film/UpInTheAir flight attendant school.]]
** Ester Dean who plays Cynthia Rose sings lead on S&M, a song recorded and made famous by Rihanna, but was in fact written by Ester Dean.
** "So you know German. Well, now I know why you don't like fun things," is a funny line given that Skylar Astin acted in a [[SpringAwakening musical all about Germans and fun.]]
* A truly bizarre one in ''{{Atonement}}''. Keira Knightley [[spoiler: dies tragically but the one responsible (inadvertently) for her death makes up a happy ending for her in which she lives]]. The exact same thing previously happened to her in ''Film/TheHole''.
** Also Irish actress Saoirse Ronan plays the young Briony while Romola Garai plays her as an adult. Garai had previously played FakeIrish in ''Rory O'Shea Was Here'' who was also a caregiver and in a position of unrequited love towards JamesMcAvoy. Though in the latter, [=McAvoy=] was the one with the unrequited love while it was the other way around in ''Atonement''.
* ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': In ''The Sea Of Monsters'' Hermes (NathanFillion) gives Percy powerful winds in a thermos from a Hercules-themed TV show that he describes as being "the best show ever...which means it's canceled". A good number of people may say the same regarding a [[{{Firefly}} show]] that Fillion became well known for.
* In ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' Tonto is dressed similarly to [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Sparrow]]. [[http://wallpaperswide.com/captain_jack_sparrow__pirates_of_the_caribbean_on_stranger_tides-wallpapers.html He has a similar headband and beads in his hair.]] [[http://www.filmofilia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Johnny-Depp-as-Tonto.jpg He is even wearing the eye shadow.]]
* In ''Austenland'', based on ''Creator/ShannonHale'''s book about the milieu of Jane Austen's books recreated at a present-day vacation resort, Rupert Vansittart plays a minor character, the husband of a more important character, and mostly lounges and eats and drinks. In the 1995 adaptation of ''Film/PrideAndPrejudice'', Vansittart plays the little-seen husband of one of Bingley's sisters, "an indolent man, who lived only to eat, drink, and play at cards". His facial hair is even styled similarly in the two movies.
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'':
** [[{{Film/CityOfGod}} Not the first time]] Alice Braga lived in a slum.
** [[{{Film/TheATeam}} Once again,]] Sharlto Copley plays a character who is [[AxCrazy batshit insane.]]
* At one point in ''Film/PainAndGain'' Paul (played by [[DwayneJohnson Dwayne Johnson]]) threatens a man with a bat, saying something along the lines of, "I used to use an aluminum one, but then I upgraded to wood." In [[BeCool Be Cool]], Johnson's character Elliot is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe8YewhPXx4 ridiculed]] for selecting an aluminum bat instead of a wooden one.
* Roy from ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' basically looks and acts like [[Film/TrueGrit Rooster Cogburn]], even speaking with the same drawl he does in that movie. All that's missing is the EyepatchOfPower.
* John Lithgow in ''Film/{{Kinsey}}'' played a minister at least as strict as the one in ''Film/{{Footloose}}''.
* The entire point of Jürgen Prochnow's character in ''Film/{{Beerfest}}'' is basically to keep making references to DasBoot. Including, but not limited to, people drinking out of boots while chanting "Das Boot!", gratuitous submarine scenes and his character stating that he "had a bad experience" aboard a U-boat.
* Édith Scob (Chauffeur Céline) in ''Film/HolyMotors'' starred in the French horror classic ''Film/EyesWithoutAFace (1960)''. The mask that Céline puts on by the end of the film is a direct reference to this.
* In ''The Two Mrs. Carrolls'', Creator/HumphreyBogart's character tells his wife, in anticipation of meeting her ex-boyfriend, "I have the feeling this is the beginning of a beautiful hatred." This is a nod to Bogart's famous closing line as Rick in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' ("Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.")
* 1955 film ''Strategic Air Command'' has a peculiar version. The movie stars James Stewart as a US Air Force Reserve colonel assigned to the Strategic Air Command who in his "normal life" is also a professional baseball player. At this time, James Stewart was an actual Air Force Reserve colonel (and a combat veteran during World War II) assigned to the real life Strategic Air Command who, in his "normal life," was a Hollywood movie star.
* ''Film/YouthInRevolt'': Trent is played by the same actor who played the Beefy Guy in ''NickAndNorahsInfinitePlaylist''. Nick's father's girlfriend is the actress who played Caroline. And his friend Lefty is played by the guy who was Crash of Crash and the Boys (''Main/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'').
* In ''Film/BillyElliot'', Julie Walters portrays a sailor-mouthed ballet teacher. In ''Film/DrivingLessons'', she portrays a similar character, who this time around is a sailor-mouthed thespian. Both are mentors to the main character.
* In ''Film/RaceToWitchMountain'', Meredith Salenger plays a news reporter named Natalie Gann. This is a nod to her role as the title character in Disney's ''[[Film/TheJourneyOfNattyGann The Journey of Natty Gann]]'' nearly 25 years before.
* Charles Dance as a vampire in ''Film/DraculaUntold''? [[Film/UnderworldAwakening Not the first time he played one.]] [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107362/quotes?item=qt0290912 Also not the first time Charles Dance has thought about unleashing Dracula.]]
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