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!!Films with their own pages
* ''HilariousInHindsight/AvengersInfinityWar''
* ''HilariousInHindsight/XMenApocalypse''
* ''HilariousInHindsight/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''


* In ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' Creator/BruceWillis says "All I see are dead people." Four years later we have ''Film/TheSixthSense'' and its [[ISeeDeadPeople famous line]].
* In ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'', Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks' characters are the [[PairTheSpares spares paired]]. They would later play the leads of ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno''.
* During Chadwick Boseman's StarMakingRole in ''Film/FortyTwo'', one of Jackie Robinson's teammates tries to console him by saying that the racist fans in the crowd are "Crackpots still fighting the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar The Civil War]]". Boseman's big [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] debut a few years later? Playing the ComicBook/BlackPanther in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''.
* ''Film/FiftyFirstDates'':
** "Red Sox Win World Series. Just Kidding." Guess what happened the next season...
** Also, Creator/DrewBarrymore was later in ''Film/FeverPitch'', which ends in a scene of her celebrating the Red Sox winning the World Series.
* When Creator/StanleyKubrick made the film version of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', he changed a setting: instead of having ''Discovery'' head to Saturn and its moon Iapetus, he moved it to Jupiter and its moon Io. He did it because he couldn't create the special effects to make Saturn. [[{{Pun}} Lo]] and behold, in 1979, the Voyager probes discovered that the next moon out around Jupiter, Europa, is very icy, and later observations have found it likely has a tidally-heated subsurface ocean of ''liquid water''. Not only did it inspire ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'', but today Europa is considered ''more likely to harbor extraterrestrial life than Mars!''
** Also: The page image. Pan Am, in 1968, was all but ubiquitous--it was ''the'' international airline for the US, and a cultural icon. Pan Am folded in 1991; its nearest rival for "official airline of the United States", TWA, was bought in all but name by American Airlines in 2001. Obviously, Kubrick had no way of knowing any of this in 1968, and so naturally extended current tendencies in the airline world to space... but that doesn't keep the presence of Pan Am spacecraft from being hilarious {{Zeerust}} to modern audiences.
*** Of course, SOMEBODY has the rights to the name and logo; perhaps whatever company runs the commercial shuttle service will buy it for nostalgia/historic appeal.
** As to the ''design'' of Kubrick's space liner...something about a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_orbiter winged orbiter with stubby delta wings]] with a [[http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/factsheets/Glasscockpit.html cockpit of centralized computer displays]] that can rendezvous with a [[http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/index.html large space station]] should be a little familiar. Else, NASA had bigger fans about this movie, or Kubrick's movie was based on those early designs...
* ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'' was made in 1984 and one of the characters is wearing an off the shoulder Film/{{Flashdance}} style sweater. Shirts like this actually [[PopularityPolynomial came back into fashion]] in the second half of TheOughts, being ubiquitous in 2010.
* MemeticMutation courtesy of ''Film/ThreeHundred'' makes any usage of "this is madness!" open to this, because of the [[PunctuatedForEmphasis impending "This! Is! SPARTA!" comeback]].
** In particular, there's the line "Clearly, Madame, genius has turned to madness" in ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004'' (which featured Gerard Butler in the title role). The line is already unintentional hilarity incarnate, but the ''300'' connection adds a whole new level of hilarity.

* At the end of ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'' (1948), [[Creator/AbbottAndCostello Bud and Lou]], having survived {{Dracula}} (played by the original screen Dracula, Creator/BelaLugosi), the [[Film/TheWolfMan1941 Wolf Man]] (played by Lon Chaney, jr, the one and only Wolf Man), and Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}'s Monster (played by Glenn Strange, who'd played the Monster in two previous films, after Boris Karloff passed on the project), run into the Invisible Man in the film's closing gag, who is unmistakably voiced by horror film star Creator/VincentPrice. But at the time this film was made Price was not known as a horror film star (although he did play the title role in ''Film/TheInvisibleManReturns'' in 1940). It would not be for another five years before Price did his first real horror movie (''[[Film/HouseOfWax1953 House of Wax]]''), and not for another ten years that he began doing them regularly (with Creator/RogerCorman's Creator/EdgarAllanPoe adaptations beginning in 1958). Today, that closing gag with Abbott & Costello is both a hilarious and touching passing of the torch from one generation of horror film stars to the next.
* In ''Film/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter'', Benjamin Walker played the 16th President of the United States. In the Broadway rock musical ''Theatre/BloodyBloodyAndrewJackson'', he played the 7th president of the United States. Both of these were deliberately unconventional takes on the lives of those historical figures.
* Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Film/AdventuresInBabysitting'' features a character named Sara, who is a massive fangirl of ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' In 2009, Disney would buy Creator/MarvelComics and hence Franchise/{{Marvel|CinematicUniverse}} [[Creator/MarvelAnimation Studios]]. Doubly so, given the character of Dawson, who Sara mistakes a Thor, is played by [[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Vincent D'Onofrio]], who'd play ComicBook/TheKingpin in ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''.
* A sight gag from ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'' showed a movie poster featuring a 90-or-so year old man in boxing trunks and gloves with the caption "Franchise/{{Rocky}} XXXVIII" became funnier with the release of the sixth film, ''Film/RockyBalboa'', a full 30 years after the original ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' and 16 years after ''Film/RockyV''.
* The movie ''Film/{{Alaska}}'' features a poacher is played by Creator/CharltonHeston. He would go on to become president of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Rifle_Association NRA]] from 1998 to 2003.
* Documentary production company Prometheus Entertainment (established in 1999) is behind the series ''AncientAliens'' and also a behind-the-scenes documentary about the ''{{Franchise/Alien}}'' films. Now, the ''Alien'' prequel is named...''Film/{{Prometheus}}''?!
* In ''Film/AlteredStates'', in a scene at an airport, the "background noise" voice at the scene's start (56:45) announces "Paging Creator/DanielCraig..."
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'':
** Irrfan Khan plays Dr Rajit Ratha, who worked with Peter Parker's father Dr Richard Parker prior to the latter's disappearance. Later the same year, Irrfan Khan would appear in ''Literature/LifeOfPi'' as the adult Pi, who as a teenager was stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named...Richard Parker.
** Sticking with ''Life of Pi'', the author was [[TheOtherMarty going to be played by]] Tobey Maguire, who portrayed Spider-Man in the Creator/SamRaimi-directed films. He was replaced due to director Lee Ang's concerns that he was too well-known and would be distracting for the audience.
** When Andrew Garfield took on the role of Spider-Man, much was made of him being a British actor. He's actually played a New Yorker before, in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episodes "Daleks of Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks".
** Garfield has also said that if Sony ever made Peter Parker gay and gave Mary Jane a GenderFlip, the only actor he'd want in the role was Michael B. Jordan. Jordan has since been cast in the ''Film/FantasticFour'' [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] as the Human Torch, a character well known for his HoYay interactions with Spidey in the comics.
* In ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', directed by Creator/SamMendes, Lester is upset that he has to miss the ''Film/JamesBond'' marathon on TNT to go support his daughter, a cheerleader at the basketball game. Guess who ended up directing the ''Bond'' film ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' (and ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', the Bond movie after that).
* When the American Film Institute compiled their list of "100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains" in 2003, Franchise/HannibalLecter was named the #1 movie villain of all time, while [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] was #3, Franchise/JamesBond was named the #3 movie hero of all time, and two different characters from ''Star Wars'' (Obi-Wan Kenobi and Han Solo) both made the heroes list. Fast-forward 16 years: if you still believe that list, then Creator/MadsMikkelsen may very well be the King of the Villains. He not only '''is''' [[Series/{{Hannibal}} Hannibal Lecter]], he's also [[Film/CasinoRoyale2006 the very first bad guy that James Bond ever fought]], and [[Film/RogueOne the man who built the Death Star]] to boot.
* In ''FIlm/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'', David runs in public and shouts various obscenities in attempt to get arrested and locked up before the next full moon, one of them being "Prince Charles is a faggot!". Charles would announce his engagement to Diana Spencer a few months after the scene was shot, and the film was released a month after their wedding; to save face, the filmmakers included a congratulatory message to them in the credits.
** Said message has since become a FunnyAneurysmMoment or HarsherInHindsight, given how their marriage turned out...
* In the 1993 film on AIDS, ''Film/AndTheBandPlayedOn'', a conference leads to Ken Jenkins asking this question, sure to inspire much inappropriate laughter in those who recognize him as Dr. Kelso on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
-->'''Dennis Donahue''': When the doctors start acting like businessmen, who do the people turn to for doctors?
* Three words: ''Governor'' Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
** From ''Film/DemolitionMan'':
--->''(Context: Huxley has just told Spartan that she did some research at the "Schwarzenegger Presidential Library")''
--->'''John Spartan''': Stop, he was president?
--->'''Lenina Huxley''': Yes! Even though he was not born in this country, his popularity at the time caused the 61st Amendment, which states --
--->'''John Spartan''': [[TheUnReveal I don't want to know]].
*** The list of convicts in ''Demolition Man'' also included one Scott Peterson, about a decade before the real-life murder case.
*** It's also mentioned that Jeffrey Dahmer is held there, even though in real life, he was killed in prison a few years after the film was made.
** From ''Film/LastActionHero'':
--->'''Nick''': There's lots worse things than movies. There's politicians and wars and forest fires and... and famine and plague and... sickness, pain, warts, politicians--
--->'''Jack Slater''': [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment You already mentioned them]].
--->'''Nick''': I know I did, they're twice as bad as anything else.
** Also from ''Film/LastActionHero'':
--->'''Mayor''': This is the Lieutenant Governor!
--->'''Jack Slater''': [punches the Lieutenant Governor] When the Governor gets here, call me.
** The fight scene between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wrestling/JesseVentura in the movie version of ''Film/TheRunningMan''. Tell anyone back then that both men would be elected as US Governors and they would have called you nuts.....heh. Arnold's character even says "I'm not into politics, I'm into survival!". And it gives new meaning to the "running" in the title.
*** Or ''Film/{{Predator}}'', or ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''...
*** Even the T-shirts Minnesotans started wearing after Ventura's election, that claimed "My governor can beat up your governor", became ironically amusing in hindsight when Schwarzenegger won California.
** This goes all the way back to his second (uncredited) American film appearance. In the 1973 movie adaptation of ''Film/TheLongGoodbye'', Philip Marlowe yells at a cop that he'll go to Ronald Reagan, then-governor. In the very next scene, he walks into a room flanked by two mute strong guys, one of whom would later be the governor. Marlowe, it seems, was really serious about making sure that cop got reported.
* The film version of ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' opens with a scene of a major league baseball game being played on Halloween, something which would have been ludicrous in 1944,[[note]]The two latest endings to the World Series at that time were October 23, 1910 and October 26, 1911; excluding that two-year span, no major league game had ever been played after October 16[[/note]] but has happened several times since the TurnOfTheMillennium.
* In the forgotten skiing film ''Film/AspenExtreme'', one of the main characters mentions that the Detroit Red Wings never win and aren't worth watching. Four years later, the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup and began their (still going) era of being one of the NHL's more dominating teams.
* In the [[WesternAnimation/AstroBoy 2009 Astro Boy film]], Donald Sutherland plays a character called President Stone. Sounds a lot like the name of a [[Film/TheHungerGames certain future Sutherland role]], right?
* In ''Film/AustinPowers'', the title character laments his opponent's poor choice of weapon with the words "Who throws a shoe?! Honestly!" Now, remember what happened to President Bush when he was giving an interview to the press... though he did dodge that shoe.
** This is even funnier, as an Israeli man got thrown into prison for three years after he threw a shoe at Supreme Court President Judge Dorit Beinish. Even funnier when you think about all the hype both cases got...
** Though the above mentioned [[DudeNotFunny "attack on the U.S. president"]] could be looked at more as more HarsherInHindsight.
** A more subtle instance comes with the main actor in the franchise: Mike Myers plays both Austin and ArchEnemy Dr. Evil. Dr. Evil is based off the ''Franchise/JamesBond'' villain Blofeld, whose original actor, Donald Plesence, played ''Michael'' Myers' ArchEnemy Dr. Loomis in the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' films.
** It seems someone over in the Franchise/JamesBond writing department was taking notes, because ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' takes a plot point ''Austin Powers'' plays for laughs, namely, [[spoiler: that a world-famous spy and his greatest nemesis are brothers]], and plays it for drama instead.
* An ''Empire'' magazine article from 2006 on the film that would become ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' (then named ''Project 880'') included descriptions of seven major characters (from a casting notice that had been leaked online). The magazine included casting suggestions for each of them, and were dead on in predicting Creator/MichelleRodriguez as Trudy.

* A simple AliceAllusion In ''Film/BabysDayOut'' becomes hilarious when one character says "Hey, Eddie, maybe he [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland went down a rabbit hole]]" when you that the scene also has Creator/JoePantoliano, who would star in [[Film/TheMatrix another movie]] that [[MemeticMutation famously]] used the same reference.
* The scene from ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' where Marty shows two future kids how to play ''Wild Gunman'', and they deride it because "you have to use your hands". This is funnier given [[StopHavingFunGuys some fanboys']] reaction to motion-control systems like the Wii, the Kinect, and the [=PlayStation=] Move.
** 80s nostalgia a big thing in 2015? Check (not to mention how much an influence it is). Flying cars? Check (although mass production may take some time), Self-lacing shoes? Check (although just as a working proto), Endless sequels? Check (tho ''Jaws'' didn't get a 19th movie).
** In 2015, Marty notices the Chicago Cubs winning the series against Miami (depicted by an alligator mascot). A few months later plans were announced for a Miami ballteam, and the Marlins began playing in 1993. The 2015 Marlins didn't really amount to anything, while the Cubs clinched their first-ever NLCS that year (their first chance to a Fall Classic in ''seven decades''), only to be crushed by the underdog New York Mets exactly on October 21. In 2016, the Cubs '''''actually won''''' the damn thing after overcoming a '''3-1''' deficit in the World Series.
** Also in 2015, Pizza Hut seems to have changed their pizzas into dehydrated discs. 1 year prior in real life, Pizza Hut did something new by introducing specialty pizzas with different flavored crusts and sauce drizzles.
** Oh, there's more. By 2015, Statler Toyota has become Statler Pontiac. GM cut its Pontiac line in 2009.
** Creator/LeaThompson has this line in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'': "Sure'n I hope you're considerin' the future, Mr. Eastwood". 22 years later, she has a cameo in ''Film/JEdgar''.
** In ''Film/TheFlyII'', Eric Stoltz plays Martin Brundle, son of Seth Brundle aka "Brundlefly". So, as WebVideo/ObscurusLupa points out in her review, Stoltz goes from [[TheOtherMarty almost becoming]] [[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly]] to becoming...Marty [[IncrediblyLamePun McFly]].
** WordOfGod said the Biff Tannen of 1985-A [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed was inspired by Donald Trump]]. According to [[ShrineToSelf the Biff Tannen Museum video]], [[GuessWhoImMarrying Biff's marriage to Lorraine]] was his third ("Third time's the charm"). In real life, Trump also got married three times.[[note]]He divorced his first wife Ivana Trump in 1990, not long after this film's release, married his second wife Marla Maples in 1993, with whom he divorced in 1999, and married his third and current wife Melania Knauss in 2005.[[/note]]
* Creator/NicolasCage co-starred with the original ''Film/BadLieutenant'', Harvey Keitel, in the ''Film/NationalTreasure'' films. Cage would go on to play the Lieutenant himself in ''Film/TheBadLieutenantPortOfCallNewOrleans''.
* ''Film/{{Bananas}}'' - in the courtroom scene, a large black woman takes the witness stand and identifies herself as J.Edgar Hoover, explaining that security required appearing in disguise in public. Already funny, this was some time before someone started a rumor that Hoover was a secret cross-dresser.
* In ''Film/BatmanForever'', Creator/JimCarrey 's Riddler says "if knowledge is power, then AGodAmI!" Several years later, he ends up playing a man endowed with all of God's powers, in ''Film/BruceAlmighty''.
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally supposed to]] have featured a modernized version of Batman's KidSidekick (played by [[RaceLift Marlon Wayans]]), who would go unnamed (and [[NotWearingTights without a costume]]) for most of the film before revealing at the end that he's known by the name "ComicBook/{{Robin}}". Creator/ChristopherNolan ended up using an eerily similar idea in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' decades later, with Batman teaming up with a young cop named John Blake, whose EmbarrassingFirstName is revealed to be "Robin" at the very end of the movie.
** In an additional bit, Wayans' portrayal of Robin obviously would've been a RaceLift. While that didn't pan out, Wayans did go on to play a Race Lifted version of the character Ripcord in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
** Creator/MichellePfeiffer's portrayal of Catwoman went on to become one of the most memorable and recognizable depictions of a female supervillain in Western pop culture. Decades later, Pfeifer would get cast as a super''hero'' in ''Film/AntManAndTheWasp''.
* ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'':
** The Joker putting explosives in someone's stomach, [[Film/TheDarkKnight I'm sure we'll never see that happen again]].
** Batman's line about how "Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb" brings to mind [[NeverLiveItDown all the fuss]] surrounding [[Film/BatmanAndRobin another campy Batman film]]. [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises And one of the good ones now.]]
** The exploding shark. ''Film/JawsTheRevenge''.
** Fighting sharks in a helicopter eerily foreshadows ''Film/{{Sharknado}}''.
** [[https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131205/15585425475/us-spy-satellite-logo-not-all-subtle-octopus-enveloping-earth.shtml An NSA spy satellite]] has a logo of an octopus with tentacles reaching around the globe, much like the villains' logo in the movie.
* In ''Film/{{Bean}}'', Mr. Bean [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb57887/mrbean/images/2/22/Bean%27s_mother.jpg ruined "Whistler's Mother,"]] with hilarious results. In 2012, a woman [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19349921 ruined an ancient Spanish fresco of Jesus,]] also with hilarious results.
* ''Film/BeforeTheDevilKnowsYoureDead'' features two Aunt Mays -- Creator/RosemaryHarris and Creator/MarisaTomei, playing in-laws.
* The 1993 film version of ''Film/TheBeverlyHillbillies'' had repeated jokes involving the absurdity of rich high schoolers all owning cell phones (in one such scene, a phone rings and all the students check their backpacks), which got huge laughs at the time of the film's release. Nowadays, it goes without saying that most high schoolers - of nearly all income brackets - own a cell phone.
* In ''Film/{{Big}}'', Josh pitches the idea of an "interactive comic book", which, these days, would be interpreted as a cartridge-based e-reader. Back then, it was a stupid idea that got shot down; these days, with digital comics and self-contained e-readers (like Nooks and Kindles), it's a cash cow. Even in the 1990s, there was a substantial market for "interactive comic books" on CD-ROM.
** Creator/TomHanks' character works at a toy company, and years later, would star in [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory another movie involving toys]].
** In one scene, Josh is unimpressed by a Franchise/{{Transformers}} style toy that turns into a building, asking [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars "Couldn't it turn into a bug? Like a prehistoric bug?"]].
* ''Big Fan'' is about a die-hard football fan who gets beat up by his favorite player, Quantrell "QB" Bishop, after hassling him at a strip club. Around eight months after it was released, Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young got into a fight under nearly identical circumstances.
* In ''Film/TheBlindSide'', Creator/SandraBullock plays a woman who adopts a very underprivileged black boy in TheDeepSouth. In RealLife, Sandra adopted a black (infant) boy from UsefulNotes/NewOrleans.
* Almost anyone who's seen the original version of ''Film/TheBlob1958'' after about 1990 will find some humor in the film's final line, "We're safe as long as [[GlobalWarming the Arctic stays cold]]."
* In ''Film/BoogieNights'', Dirk Diggler mangles "The Touch" from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' when he embarks on a singing career. 17 years later, Mark Wahlberg, who played Diggler, would take the lead role in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction''.
* The Japanese dub of ''Film/{{Borat}}'' has Creator/KoichiYamadera voicing the aforementioned character. Taking into account Borat's Anti-semitism, it's pretty hilarious he's voiced by someone [[Film/LifeIsBeautiful who voiced a Jew]] or someone [[Anime/CowboyBebop who voiced someone who looks like one]].
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu_Eag_NbVU Cutting Edge]]'', a song in ''Film/TheBraveLittleToaster'' where The Master's new appliances gloat about how technologically advanced they are is amusing to watch now that [[TechnologyMarchesOn Technology Has Marched On]]. Said "cutting edge" appliances are now all hilariously and amazingly obsolete (good luck even finding some of them in a thrift store), while the "outdated" toaster, lamp, vacuum, and electric blanket are all still popular and commonly used in homes.
* In Creator/AnthonyMinghella's ''Film/BreakingAndEntering'', Creator/JudeLaw and Creator/MartinFreeman play best friends. They would both go on to play Watson in different media.
* In ''Film/BullDurham'', "Crash" Davis, played by Kevin Costner, gives a [[https://youtu.be/A8W8GGdD6pc?t=30s well-known speech]] (video NSFW) in which he declares "I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone!" A few years later, Kevin Costner was playing Jim Garrison in ''Film/{{JFK}}''.

* [[SmallReferencePools Everyone]] knows that Creator/JamesCameron had been writing ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' since he finished ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''. The hero's name is Jake Sully. Did you think he counted on another hero named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesley_Sullenberger "Sully"]] rising to prominence shortly before his film finally premiered?
** Or, indeed, another [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc blue CGI hero called Sully...]]
** Jack says "I see you" to Rose early on in their relationship.
* Bruce Jenner's character in the (mostly fictional) Village People biopic ''Film/CantStopTheMusic'' is little more than masculine FanService. In real life, Jenner identifies as female and underwent a highly-publicized sex change in 2015.
* ''Film/CaptainAmerica1990'': Both Captain America and his arch-enemy, Red Skull are voiced by Creator/KenyuHoriuchi and Creator/AkioOhtsuka respectively. Years later, they end [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2 working alongside, this time voicing the heroes, who happen to be also super-soldiers too]].
** Continuing with ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'', Creator/YuuichiNakamura voices him in all the films from the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. The hilarity came from the fact Nakamura voiced [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Hazama/Yuuki Terumi]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Graham Aker/Mr. Bushido]], both characters who are the complete opposite of what ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' represents.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'':
** During ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Cap and Tony got in an argument, where Cap kept telling Tony to put on the suit so they could go a few rounds. They finally got their long awaited match-up in this film. [[spoiler:It turns out Cap can fight the suit on even ground, but gets overpowered once Tony analyzes and adapts to his fighting style.]]
** When the above mentioned movie was released on theaters, ''wwwdotchargesdotcomdotbr'' character Tobby theorizes that the Green Goblin will be the Avengers' greatest foe. [[Franchise/SpiderMan Spider-Man's]] debut in this film makes it more likely that ComicBook/NormanOsborn will appear in later movies.
** In Boseman's first major role in ''Film/FortyTwo'', there's a scene where one of his teammates tries to console him amid a torrent of racist jeers from the fans by saying that they're a bunch of "crackpots still fighting the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]]." Conversely, in an early ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' comic, the titular team is teaching Black Panther baseball. 50 years later, Boseman - the actor for Jackie Robinson - is now playing Black Panther!
** There's a line of dialogue in ''Film/AntMan'' where Spider-Man's powers are alluded to, but it was originally written as a throwaway gag and was not meant to foreshadow his inclusion in the MCU (since the Sony-Marvel deal didn't actually happen until after ''Ant-Man'' finished principal photography). Now it almost seems like a deliberate BrickJoke, considering that both Spider-Man and Ant-Man show up in the same movie for the first time.
** The 2007 film ''Film/KnockedUp'' has several characters reference ''Film/SpiderMan3'' (which came out the same year), including the character played by Paul Rudd (the actor portraying Ant-Man).
** While the film's logo originally presented "Captain America" in large letters above the "Civil War" tagline, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/civil_war_combo.png changes made to the logo since then]] have caused it to read more as if it says "Marvel Civil War", with "Captain America" as a visual afterthought. Guess what people have been calling the falling-out between Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, which is [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/marvels-civil-war-why-kevin-820147 believed to have been incited by this movie]]?
** Black Panther outrunning Captain America (to the point where Cap is [[spoiler: forced to commandeer a vehicle]]) comes off as a sort of accidental BrickJoke, given the notorious "On your left!" scene in ''Winter Soldier''.
** The appearance of Spider-Man in the trailers came right after the announcement that Creator/JKSimmons, who played J. Jonah Jameson in the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'', was joining the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse for the Justice League movie, this also makes more hilarious the memes where Jameson states he's leaving for Gotham since he's tired of waiting for pictures of Spider-Man.
** During the chase with Black Panther, Steve manages to steal a car. [[Film/CaptainAmerica1990 It's not the first time,]] [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier or the second.]]
** In this film, Spider-Man is a young hero who latches on to Iron Man as a mentor. One of the phony trailers from ''Film/TropicThunder'' has Robert Downey Jr.'s character playing a monk who has an affair with a novice, played by former Spider-Man Tobey Maguire, hailed even at the time as the closest we'd ever get to canon superhero slash fic.
** The tactics Spider-Man uses when he fights [[spoiler:Giant Man]] are more than reminiscent of those utilized by the [[Anime/AttackOnTitan 104th Training Corps]]. Perhaps he's acting based on [[http://comicbook.com/2015/06/03/attack-on-titan-and-avengers-crossover-released-online-for-free/ prior experience?]]
** Hilarious in ''Foresight'', to a degree. As of this movie, Creator/MartinFreeman plays a character in the MCU. This is only a few months before [[ThoseTwoActors his best-known acting partner]], Creator/BenedictCumberbatch, will play the role of Doctor Strange. One wonders how many ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' and ''[[Film/TheHobbit Hobbit]]'' jokes will come out of that. Even better, the film also stars ''[[Creator/RobertDowneyJr another]]'' actor known for playing Sherlock Holmes....
** In the comics, Tony Stark handed Peter Parker a copy of the Super Human Registration Act bill, which was still about to be discussed in Congress. He complained that it was as big as a Harry Potter book, and that he preferred to wait for the movie adaptation. Which he did: Spider-Man joins the MCU precisely when the movie adaption of the Act hit theaters.
** The whole ''Empire Strikes Back'' gag got even funnier when Tom Holland revealed a year later that he'd actually never seen the original ''Star Wars'' trilogy.
* Axel Braun's porn parody of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' (which was released well before ''Winter Soldier'' was in theaters) included the real film's characters such as ComicBook/TheFalcon and ComicBook/{{Agent 13}}, but also randomly featured other Marvel heroes who had nothing to do with the original movie like ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} and ComicBook/ScarletWitch. Then a few months later, it came out that [[spoiler: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch would be featured in TheStinger for The Winter Soldier. Looks like Braun had some serious foresight there]].
* In the Japanese dub of the ''Film/{{Carrie|2013}}'s'' 2013 remake, both Creator/KeikoHan and Creator/MegumiHan voice Margaret and Carrie respectively, who are also mother and daughter respectively both in film and in real life. The hilarious part is Keiko (Margaret) dubbed ''Carrie'' in the Japanese dub of the [[Film/Carrie1976 original 1976 film]]. Even more ''hilarious'' is the fact Mrs. Han voiced ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Lalah Sun]]''. [[spoiler:And everyone knows how Lalah and Carrie died in their respective series]].
** The rest of the 2013 remake dub's voice cast are not better: Excluding Miss Desjardin's Japanese VA, the rest of the voice cast has some odd relation with the topic: Creator/HirokiYasumoto (Billy Nolan) and Creator/YoshimasaHosoya (Tommy Ross) already worked respectively in some titles [[VideoGame/AsurasWrath dealing]] [[Manga/AttackOnTitan with rampaging]] [[VideoGame/BlazBlue beings]]. [[spoiler:In this movie, they are '''now''' the victims of one]]. Creator/SaoriHayami (Sue Snell) is a bigger one: She previously voiced [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Yurin L'Ciel]] [[spoiler:who is the victim of another super-powered freak]]. The difference here is [[spoiler:Sue survives the events of the film, compared with Yurin, who dies at the end of her story]].
* In ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'', it was mentioned that the Secret Service keeps installing new instances of James Bond 007 ever so often since the original James Bond 007 (Creator/DavidNiven) quit by renaming and renumbering other agents. [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService Two years later]], Creator/SeanConnery was replaced as James Bond 007 by Creator/GeorgeLazenby (before he returned for [[Film/DiamondsAreForever another movie]]). Even later came Creator/RogerMoore, [[Film/NeverSayNeverAgain yet another return of Connery]], Creator/TimothyDalton, Creator/PierceBrosnan, and you might also want to include Creator/DanielCraig on the list.
* At the end of ''Film/CecilBDemented'', Creator/MichaelShannon's character has a guy kneeling in front of him, blowing him. Fast forward thirteen years, and now Shannon is playing [[KneelBeforeZod General Zod]] in ''Film/ManOfSteel''.
* Creator/CharlieSheen's old movie ''Film/TheChase'' has a throwaway line where Sheen's character remarks, "Yeah, the public will adore me. [[Series/TwoAndAHalfMen Maybe I'll get my own sitcom.]]"
** From another angle, the overhyped media coverage of the high-speed chase is how most high-profile real-life chases are covered now. As an added bonus, the film came out just three months before O.J. Simpson's famous white Bronco chase.
* Creator/StacyKeach played a narcotics officer in the Creator/CheechAndChong films, Film/UpInSmoke and Film/NiceDreams. In 1984, he was arrested in England and served six months in prison for cocaine smuggling.
* ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'' features a scene in which characters discuss tinnitus ("You know that high-pitched ringing sound you hear?") The film also features a suicide pill called Quietus. Not long after, someone released a homeopathic remedy for tinnitus...called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd4pEY_YJGk Quietus]]...
* In ''Film/{{Chocolat}}'' (2000) when a band of boat-dwelling gypsies arrives in the town, heroine Vianne's feisty, imaginative daughter sees the sight and runs home to tell her mother that "Pirates!" have arrived. Vianne embarks on a romance with one of the gypsies...''[[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean who's played by Johnny Depp!]]'' (For that matter, this wouldn't be Depp's [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory only encounter with chocolate confections...]])
* In ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', Dane [=DeHaan=]'s character Andrew telekinetically splits a spider apart in an EstablishingCharacterMoment. [=DeHaan=] would go on to play Harry Osborne, friend-turned-nemesis of Spider-Man, in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2''.
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', one of the heroine's evil stepsisters is named "Anastasia". Fast-forward about fifty years, and ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' becomes something of an evil stepsister to the Disney canon princesses, considering she was Creator/DonBluth's answer to them, and Don Bluth used to work for Disney before leaving and establishing himself as a competitor.
** Even better, both Anastasias are/eventually become redheaded heroines with love interests with humble backgrounds.
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'': Timothy talks about Creator/HermanMelville and ''Literature/MobyDick'' in the beginning of his story. Fast-forward to 2015, ''Film/InTheHeartOfTheSea'' stars Creator/BenWhishaw as Herman Melville.
** The Kona are a tribe of all-male lawless marauders in a post-apocalyptic future who notably wear war paint that makes their faces resemble skulls. Are we talking about the cannibal tribes of Hawaii or the [[Film/MadMaxFuryRoad War Boys]]?
* In ''Film/{{Clueless}}'', Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is unimpressed by the celebrity guest at a tree planting event: “Oh how fabulous. Getting Marky Mark to take time from his busy pants-dropping schedule to plant trees." Since the film's release in 1995...
** The supposedly washed-up Mark Wahlberg has become an Oscar-nominated movie star (involving actual pants-dropping in ''Film/BoogieNights'') while Alicia Silverstone has undergone essentially a whole career arc from nothing, to being the next big thing, to being semi-forgotten. (Although Wahlberg’s music career did indeed end shortly after the film's release.)
** In ''Film/TheHappening'', Wahlberg plays a professor in a world where all plant life is trying to murder people with neurotoxins. Apparently planting trees ''wasn’t'' a good move for him.
* From ''Film/TheColorOfMoney'':
** Eddie's comments about Vincent (Creator/TomCruise) being a natural flake are funnier given Cruise's subsequent erratic habits.
** Similarly, the scene where Vincent is jumping up and down on his hotel bed brings to mind Cruise's couch-jumping bit on ''The Oprah Winfrey Show''.
* Before he was famous, Creator/SamuelLJackson appeared in ''Film/ComingToAmerica'' as a robber holding up a restaurant. In his StarMakingRole in ''Film/PulpFiction'', his character would ''stop'' a robbery at a restaurant.
** Creator/EddieMurphy's character asks his boss if he saw the New York Giants defeat the Green Bay Packers with a last second field goal on tv the previous night. This ended up being the exact finish to the 2007-08 NFC Championship game played 20 years after the film's release. It's also a FunnyAneurysmMoment if you're a Green Bay fan.
** When King Jaffe Joffer, played by Creator/JamesEarlJones, arrives in New York City, he's seen wearing a lion skin over his suit. Jones would go on to star as Mufasa in ''Disney/TheLionKing'', and Madge Sinclair, who plays Queen Aoleon, would again play Jones' queen, Sarabi.
** A fast food restaurant obviously ripping off UsefulNotes/McDonalds, barely staying out of legal trouble with the real deal? It was [=McDowells=] in the film, and [=MaDonal=] in the real world's Kurdistan in the following decade. The founder wanted to bring a real [=McDonalds=] to Kurdistan, but was refused a franchise.
* The 1996 movie ''Literature/{{Crash}}'' came out five years after renowned screenwriter and director Creator/JosephLMankiewicz likened modern movies' treatment of sex to "two cars hitting each other."
* The 1990 film ''Crazy People'', starring [[{{Creator/DudleyMoore}} Dudley Moore]], had the premise of someone in advertising being sent to a mental institution because they accidentally let print a set of really "honest" ads, such as saying Volvo's are "boxy, but they're good". Amusingly, most of the ads shown in the film are similar to the tongue-in-cheek advertising around today.

* In the Podcast/RiffTrax for ''{{Film/Daredevil}}'', Mike riffs "I would become...Batman. At least until some rich clown in Gotham sued me for naming rights". A little later, an "I'm Batman" joke is made. Creator/BenAffleck, who played Daredevil, would go on to play Batman in the [[Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse DCEU]].
* Creator/ArnoldVosloo played Darkman in the two sequels that followed [[Film/{{Darkman}} the original]] starring Liam Neeson. Darkman was a master of disguise, and later Vosloo would play another famous master of disguise, Zartan in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
** Vosloo played the title villain in ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy''. Both Darkman and mummies are traditionally wrapped in bandages.
* ''Franchise/TheDarkKnightSaga'':
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
*** Among those suspected to be the Batman early on in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is Abraham Lincoln. [[http://c.mfcreative.com/offer/us/lincoln/Lincoln_Clooney_tree.pdf Guess which one of Lincoln's relatives once wore the cowl?]]
*** Alfred tells Bruce "Some men just want to watch the world burn.". The very next day audiences got to see [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Fire Lord Ozai]] trying to burn the entire Earth Kingdom to the ground. It was like they knew the movie would be premiering on the same weekend! It gets better! Fire Lord Ozai is voiced by Mark Hamill, who voiced the Joker in WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries.
*** Stephens being taunted into attacking the Joker. Considering the person playing him would later voice [[spoiler: The Joker was able to outsmart Harbinger long before Shepard did and the cop even refers to hurting someone how ironic is that looking back at the Dark Knight now]].
*** We now have ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', released five years after the film came out, and the game's plots become strikingly similar to the plots of the film.
*** Way back in Two-Face's first appearance in the comics, it's briefly mentioned that there was a particular surgeon who could've fixed Harvey's face, but he died in a concentration camp during World War II. The name of this doctor? Dr. Ekhart, one letter removed from the name of the actor who plays Harvey.
*** The Joker kills the Chechen by having him fed to his own dogs, claiming that a dog is not loyal to anyone when it's hungry. [[spoiler:This is exactly how Ramsay Bolton dies in ''Series/GameOfThrones'', specifically because he starved his dogs]].
*** The line ''"you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain"'' is this now that Creator/MichaelKeaton, who played the Caped Crusader in [[Film/{{Batman}} the Tim Burton films]], plays the Marvel villain The Vulture in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming''.
*** Stephens is an {{expy}} of Harvey Bullock. Come the second season of ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'', his actor, Creator/KeithSzarabajka actually voices Bullock.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', towards the climax of the film, Batman tells Blake to "lead an Exodus" of Gotham's civilians out of the city. Two years later, Christian Bale would play Moses in ''Film/ExodusGodsAndKings''.
*** [[SmugSnake John Daggett]] [[BullyingADragon tries to intimidate Bane]], a DarthVaderClone, [[spoiler:only to get strangled to death]]. Ben Mendelsohn, who played Daggett, later starred in ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/RogueOne'', where, as Imperial Director Orson Krennic, he faces Vader himself, and [[spoiler:nearly]] gets strangled over it, with Vader countering "Be careful not to ''choke'' on your aspirations, Director.". [[https://youtu.be/5gL1om02Ols This 2013 fan video]] overdubbed Bane's dialogue with Vader's, and it's incredibly similar to the meeting between Vader and Krennic.
* ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'' (the original one) shows doctors wondering how Klaatu can heal so marvelously fast, soon coming to the conclusion that his medical science must be far more advanced than theirs. And then they all light up their cigarettes.
* Creator/WesCraven's ''Film/{{Cursed|2005}}'' features a werewolf named [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Jake]].
* ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'':
** The character Neal Perry is being forced to become a doctor by his father. Neal is played by Robert Sean Leonard, aka Dr. James Wilson from ''Series/{{House}}''. Neal's father is played by Creator/KurtwoodSmith, who later guest-starred on an episode of ''House''...as a doctor who has a son.
** Also, 4 years after his character is bullied by his father for wanting to be in a Shakespeare play, Robert Sean Leonard would play the lead (well sorta) in ''Film/MuchAdoAboutNothing1993''.
* ''Film/Deadpool2'' cast Creator/JoshBrolin as ComicBook/{{Cable}}--while he's still playing ComicBook/{{Thanos}} in the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'', who is known to be a romantic rival to Deadpool for Death's love in the comics.
* ''Film/TheDeadZone'' features Creator/MartinSheen as a local politician. At one point, he passionately shouts that he will be the President of the United States one day. He later starred in ''Series/TheWestWing'' as the President of the United States.
** On another level, the psychic protagonist predicts he will become a PresidentEvil if allowed to take office, while the President on ''The West Wing'' was very much a President Personable.
** In ''Film/MacheteKills'', Martin Sheen's son Charlie played the President of the United States. Cue "George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush" jokes.
* ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance''
** Creator/SamuelLJackson plays someone who is suspicious of White people on the whole, and it's played for laughs. Over a decade later, in ''Film/LakeviewTerrace'', Jackson plays [[NobleBigotWithABadge a cop who is just plain racist]] and is really upset that his new neighbours are a mixed Caucasian and African-American couple.
** Also related to the film is when Jeremy Irons' character, the villainous Simon Gruber, exclaims "I love this country!" in reference to America. Several years earlier, Jeremy sung the part of Henry Higgins in a concert of ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', where he claims "in America they haven't used it (the proper English language) for years".
* In the 1992 Creator/EddieMurphy film ''The Distinguished Gentleman'', Murphy plays a con man who gets elected to Congress. In [[http://youtu.be/C5nu5GRDzog his victory speech]], he says "We campaigned on the issue. [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama The issue is change. Change for the future!]]". Gee, why does ''that'' sound familiar?
* ''Film/{{Divergent}}'':
** The first movie and ''Film/TheFaultInOurStars'' were released in the same year (2014, though ''Divergent'' came out first), were both based on {{young adult|Literature}} novels, and both starred Creator/ShaileneWoodley and Creator/AnselElgort, who play brother and sister in ''Divergent'' and love interests in ''The Fault in Our Stars''. What's more is that Shailene Woodley had been offered the title role in ''Film/{{Carrie|2013}}'', which also featured Ansel Elgort - where their characters would have been JustFriends.
** ''Divergent'' also reunited Woodley with Creator/MilesTeller, who here plays one of her allies after having played ''another'' love interest of hers in ''another'' novel adaptation, ''Film/TheSpectacularNow'', a year before. The ''WebVideo/{{Honest Trailer|s}}'' of the first ''Divergent'' movie pointed out both examples:
-->'''Epic Voice Guy:''' Whoa. It's like a [[Literature/TheHungerGames Quarter Quell]] of guys Shailene's porked.
* Towards the end of ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'', Peter the main character starts to doubt himself and runs away before the final game, then gets a lecture on morals and perseverance from . . . ''Lance Armstrong'' of all people!
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' [[Film/{{Doom}} movie]], Creator/KarlUrban plays a marine who said "They're Marines, Sam, not poets." Very close to Dr. [=McCoy=]'s classic ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder. Later, in ''Film/StarTrek'', Urban plays Dr. [=McCoy=].
* The 1946 drama ''Dragonwyck'' has Creator/VincentPrice as the sinister Nicholas Van Ryn. At one point he sardonically asks the heroine if she expected to find in his room velvet drapes, pagan idols, and altars to human sacrifice. The movies he appeared in afterwards tended to have elements like those in them regularly. It was like Price had looked into his future...

* The opening of the 2004 movie ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Has_Left_the_Building Elvis Has Left The Building,]]'' states "at this rate, in 2012 one person out of four will be an Elvis impersonator". And now here we are. [[SarcasmMode Um, yeah, Elvis impersonator are all over the place.]] (Well, this is at least true-ish in Las Vegas.)
* In ''{{Film/Elysium}}'', Alice Braga plays a character named Frey. To anyone who follows either [[{{Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire}} the books]] or [[Series/GameOfThrones the series]], you'd know that she [[NamesTheSame shares her name]] with the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder less than trustworthy]] allies of the Lannisters.
* Watch ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'', then watch ''Film/WarriorsOfVirtue'' and you'll wonder whether Angus [=MacFadyen=] finally decided to take some Prozium, but accidentally took Ecstasy instead.
* ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' stars Creator/ChristianBale as an expert at GunKata and a ruthless and efficient marksman/martial artist - then Bale goes on to play [[Franchise/{{Batman}} one of the]] [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga most famously]] [[DoesntLikeGuns anti-gun]] characters ever.
* ''Film/ErnestRidesAgain'', made in 1993, has Ernest making several comedic references to ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', including a scene where he unearths "Cleopatra's crystal skull". Then in 2008, we get... ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. Not Cleopatra's, though.
* In the 1988 SlasherMovie ''Film/EvilLaugh'', a character named Barney says "These things don't happen in New York. I just hope a guy [[Franchise/FridayThe13th in a hockey mask named Jason]] doesn't show up!" While it was originally a reference to the fact that the film's director had a role in ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning'', it takes a new meaning as a year later [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan Jason would go to New York]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGPxlMpzqYQ This fanmade musical]] for ''Film/TheExpendables'' has a repeated chorus of "PG-13 is for pussies". [[{{Irony}} Ironically]], [[Film/TheExpendables3 the third movie]] was rated PG-13.
* After appearing together in ''Film/ExMachina'', Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac would appear together again in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' but with reversed roles - Oscar is the ace X-wing pilot who's escaping from Domhnall, who is the military genius and superweapon creator.

* In ''Film/TheFabulousBakerBoys'' (1989), Creator/MichellePfeiffer's character, Suzy Diamond, smokes a brand of French cigarettes and says, "$3.50 a pack, and I go through 'em like toothpicks."[[note]] At the time, the price of American cigarettes ranged anywhere from $1.20 to $1.70 a pack.[[/note]] As of 2016, American cigarette smokers would ''kill'' to get them at $3.50 a pack.[[note]]The price per pack in most states is now between six and eight dollars; smokers in New York City have reportedly paid as much as $14.[[/note]]
* ''Film/FaceOff'', the movie in which Creator/NicolasCage and Creator/JohnTravolta exchange identities thanks to plastic surgery, becomes freaking ''hilarious'' once you read about [[http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44721179/ns/today-today_people/t/could-nicolas-cage-john-travolta-be-centuries-old/ more than a century old photos]] of [[IdenticalStranger two dudes who look JUST like them]].
** Then there's this line near the end of the movie:
--->'''[[GenderBlenderName Jamie]]:''' I'm [[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Jamie]]
--->'''[[HappilyAdopted Adam]]:''' I'm [[Series/{{MythBusters}} Adam]].
* Before being cast as Mister Fantastic and the Human Torch in the ''Film/FantasticFour'' reboot, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan starred as best friends in ''Film/ThatAwkwardMoment''. Jordan basically went from being Teller's buddy to his future brother-in-law!
* In TheMovie of ''Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'', Doctor Gonzo (Benicio del Toro) says, "Even [[Film/TheWolfman2010 a fucking werewolf]] deserves legal counsel."
* Watching ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' knowing that Jeffrey Jones, the actor who plays Ed Rooney, is a sex offender who took pictures of a 14-year-old boy makes that movie simultaneously more [[FunnyAneurysmMoment disturbing]] and more hilarious.
* The [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/final-destination.jpg poster]] for ''Film/FinalDestination1'': "NO ACCIDENTS. NO COINCIDENCES. NO ESCAPES. '''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros FINAL]] [[MemeticMutation DESTI]][[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Movie_or_Game_smaller_1914.jpg NATION]].'''"
* One of the songs used in [[https://youtu.be/tasYiVI0iz0 this]] WebAnimation/YouTubePoop of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' is "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong. In 2016, the film's sequel, ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'', would use this song [[spoiler: when Hank the septopus crashes a truck into the ocean to free all the fish inside of it]].
* In ''Film/TheFirstTime'', Britt Robertson's character makes fun of Creator/NicholasSparks books. Robertson would later star in the adaptation of Sparks's ''Literature/TheLongestRide''.
* The ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' film, from 1980, has a scene where '''Creator/BrianBlessed''' shouts out the phrase [[Film/{{Highlander}} "Who wants to live forever?!" in the middle of a rousing soundtrack by Queen]].
* In ''Film/TheFlintstones'', Creator/HalleBerry plays a character named [[PunnyName Sharon Stone]]. In ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'', she fights Sharon Stone (not her character, the actress).
* Twice in ''Film/ForrestGump'', Lieutenant Dan (Creator/GarySinise) says something to Forrest (Creator/TomHanks) regarding the space program. The first is when he insults Forrest's plans by saying "The day you become a shrimp boat captain is the day I become an astronaut!" At the end of the movie, he tells Forrest that his prosthetic legs are made of the same stuff used in the space shuttle. A year later, Hanks and Sinise co-starred as astronauts in ''{{Film/Apollo 13}}'', with Sinise playing a character who (initially) planned to fly on the Space Shuttle.
** Also a ShoutOut to the fact that in the novel Forrest ''did'' become an astronaut.
** One could also argue that Forrest's remark how "He [Lt. Dan] got me invested in some kinda [[http://www.apple.com/ fruit company]]" is even more hilarious today.
*** An investment worth an estimated $6 ''billion'' as of mid-October 2013.
** One of the historical figures Forrest encounters is Alabama governor George Wallace. A few years later, Gary Sinise starred as Wallace in a TV BioPic.
* In a deleted scene from ''Film/{{Friday}}'', Craig (played by Music/IceCube) is taking out the trash and his father says he must think he's Wilt Chamberlain or Shaquille O'Neal, while also erroneously believing that Shaq played for the Miami Heat. About nine and a half years later, Shaq actually does ending up playing for the aforementioned team.
* ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' films:
** Debbie in ''Film/FridayThe13thPartIII'' can be seen reading an issue of ''Fangoria'' magazine. Then we're shown that she is reading an article on Creator/TomSavini, who would work again on the series in [[Film/FridayThe13thTheFinalChapter the next film]].
** Shavar Ross, who plays soon-to-be-orphaned Reggie in ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning'', went to play an orphan called Reggie in the pilot episode of ''Series/MacGyver''.
** The screenwriter-wannabe in ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIITheNewBlood'', among other cockamamie ideas for movies, comes up with a "star mummy". Fast-forward three more movies, and the frozen-and-desiccated corpse of Jason [[Film/JasonX goes into space]]....
** In ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan'', Jason (played by Creator/KaneHodder) chases the protagonists to a diner, where a huge chef tries stop him and gets thrown across the room for his trouble. Actor playing that huge chef? Ken Kirzinger, the stuntman who would later '''replace''' Kane Hodder as Jason in ''Film/FreddyVsJason''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' a character trying (in vain) to seem racially aware hilariously remarked "Why does a great actor like Creator/JamesEarlJones always have to play black characters?" Five years later ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'' hit theaters, with James Earl Jones portraying the the presumed, and eventually confirmed White guy Darth Vader.
** Even funnier now, with the controversy over white characters being made black in comic book movies, ie. Creator/SamuelLJackson as ComicBook/NickFury, Creator/LaurenceFishburne as Perry White in ''Film/ManOfSteel''.
* While obviously meant to be a satire of news media, Billy Wilder's 1974 remake of ''Film/TheFrontPage'' becomes ''a lot'' funnier when you remember that just seven years after the film's release, Carol Burnett sued the ''National Enquirer'' for libel.
* The animated flick ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' had this happen to it: in the movie, Elsa has the ability to conjure ice and snow. Shortly after the movie came out, a "polar vortex" caused large swaths of the United States and Canada to be blasted with subzero temperatures and heavy snowfall. A lot of fans therefore jokingly blamed the polar vortex on Elsa's powers. That, or telling Mother Nature that when Elsa said "the cold never bothered me anyway," it wasn't supposed to be taken as a challenge. Never mind that it was mostly the United States and eastern Canada where 2014's winter was exceptionally cold, whereas it was nothing out of the ordinary in Elsa's native Norway.
* In ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', Sergeant Hartman warns Private Joker, "You had best unfuck yourself or [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon I will unscrew your head and shit down your neck]]!" Then there's ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'', when Duke not only says that to an Overlord [[spoiler:before killing it]], but he also means what he says, and [[spoiler: [[DueToTheDead he does it]] ''[[DueToTheDead literally]]'', [[ExactWords keeping true to his word]]]].

* ''Film/TheGame'': You are now playing [[MemeticMutation THE GAME]].
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'':
** Fred's first comment about the alien ship is, "The floors are so ''clean!''" Fred is played by Tony Shaloub, who went on to play the title character (who has OCD) on ''Series/{{Monk}}''.
** The film shows how the ShowWithinAShow ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parody achieves its ScreenShake with a hydraulically shifted set. This method would later be used for the production of [[Film/StarTrek an actual Star Trek film]].
** Jason has trouble fighting a rock monster, and when advised to look for its weak points, he irritably snaps back that something made of rock can't possibly have any. In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'', Samus fights a rock monster, but ''she'' has no problem with it because her power suit has a built-in scanner which ''can'' find its (ever-changing) weak point!
* In ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', Creator/DanielDayLewis played Bill the Butcher, a crime lord who is vehemently anti-Lincoln, and is seen throwing a knife at a Lincoln campaign poster on Election Day. Come 2012 and he played [[{{Film/Lincoln}} the 16th President himself]]. Also, his character's main rival in that film was played by Creator/LiamNeeson, who was previously considered for the role.
* In {{Film/Ghostbusters 1984}}, the doorman says to Peter Venkman, "Someone brought a cougar to a party and it went berserk." When the film was made in 1984, this line was probably not meant to be a joke. But since the late 1990s, the word "cougar" has become slang for older women dating younger men.
* In ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' Christopher Eccleston's character designed the bunker under the White House. Did you know that as [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] he operated the bunker-like office in 10 Downing Street (the Prime Minister's place)?
* In ''Film/GirlInterrupted'', Winona Ryder's opening monologue becomes rather funny after Ryder shoplifted US$5,500 of stuff on December 12, 2001.
-->Have you ever confused a dream with life? '''Or stolen something when you have the cash?''' Have you ever been blue? Or thought your train moving while sitting still? Maybe I was just crazy. Maybe it was the '60s. Or maybe I was just a girl... interrupted.
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'', the news announces that "The Warner Bros. and Disney stores have been totally cleared out by looters", as a TakeThat. The studio producing ''{{Film/Godzilla 2014}}'' is Warner Bros.
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'':
** The casting of Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as husband and wife, considering the fact they were also cast as [[SiblingTeam Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch]] in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''. [[{{Twincest}} Especially when you remember]] ComicBook/UltimateMarvel.
** Back in 1985, Creator/WarnerBros's ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' featured a brief scene where Pee-wee rides through a film set where Godzilla is fighting King Ghidorah. 29 years later, WB is now making an actual, full ''Godzilla'' movie.
** Speaking of Warner Bros., this isn't [[Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain the first Godzilla movie they've been involved with]], though thankfully they're handling things better than they did last time.
** The leaked SDCC teaser reveals that one of the monsters Godzilla will fight is a red, multi-limbed, centipede-like creature. ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour'' and Marvel's ''ComicBook/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters'' had Godzilla face off against [[http://skreeonk.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/1385895_511535462272503_1798025594_n.jpg similar-looking]] [[http://skreeonk.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/358136-174586-ghilaron.jpg monsters]].
** [[http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/203/6/3/godzilla_have_a_snickers__by_saintnick14-d6en4ew.jpg This]] image making fun of the 1998 film with Snickers' "You're not you when you're hungry" campaign is funnier now that there is an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkNeGDNhYZo official Snickers commercial]] made to promote this film.
** Godzilla's feet are rounder, sauropod-like and with relatively short talons, which is what they were like in ''WesternAnimation/BambiMeetsGodzilla''.
** In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', Captain Stacy jokes about not being "the mayor of Tokyo" in response to Peter Parker's claim that Dr. Connors has turned into the giant lizard monster roaming around New York, in a ShoutOut to Godzilla. ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' ended up being a direct box office competitor with the old menace of Tokyo himself in May of 2014.
** In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', a scene featured the titular alien Stitch (while in Hawaii) making a scale model of San Francisco then smashing akin to a kaiju rampage. Godzilla would eventually come to both Honolulu ''and'' San Francisco in the movie. Additionally, both films feature [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis']] "(You're the) Devil in Disguise".
** When Godzilla's appearance was more clearly revealed to the Japanese by the Asia trailer, Japanese fans complained that he looked too fat. While this led to the obligatory jokes about him eating too many Snickers' bars (see above), a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKpzU2GSVC0 Fiat commercial]] released soon after these complaints first popped up implies that it's more because he had been "craving Italian" lately.
** In the prologue of the film, one of the toys young Ford is shown playing with is a Lego ''Star Wars'' Snowspeeder set, from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. Gareth Edwards has been announced as the director of the upcoming ''Star Wars'' spin-off movie ''Rogue One''.
* ''[[Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters1956 Godzilla: King of the Monsters!]]'' features Creator/RaymondBurr as an American journalist sent to Japan to cover the events of the film. His character is named Steve Martin (no relation to the [[Creator/SteveMartin wild and crazy guy]]).
* ''Film/GodzillaVsKingGhidorah'' (1991):
** In a subplot, evil foreigners from the future change history and create King Ghidorah to prevent Japan from economically taking over the world. Around the time the movie came out, the Japanese economy collapsed; almost twenty years later, it has yet to completely recover.
** When the Futurians go back to a tropical island in 1945, their arrival is witnessed by two soldiers. The officer mistakes them for aliens and tells Private Spielberg next to him that it would be something to tell to his son. This is an obvious ShoutOut to Creator/StevenSpielberg, director of ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' and ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''. But two years later, Steven Spielberg would direct a movie about [[Film/JurassicPark dinosaurs wreaking havoc on a tropical island]]. He really must have liked his father's wacky wartime stories! Better yet, since Creator/LegendaryPictures entered a deal with Universal and helped to produce ''Film/JurassicWorld'', ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' is now a sister franchise to ''Jurassic Park''.
* In ''Film/GoldDiggersOf1933'' ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin guess what year it came out]]), a Broadway producer is trying to talk a talented amateur composer into starring in a show with his (the composer's) girlfriend, a chorus girl. The producer tells the composer, "You could be a famous song-and-dance team, like the Astaires," referring to the popular brother-and-sister act of Fred and Adele Astaire. In that same scene is another chorus girl the producer keeps noticeably snubbing. This chorus girl is played by Ginger Rogers who, by the end of 1933, [[ThoseTwoActors will become part of an even more famous song-and-dance team...with Fred Astaire]].
* Deliberately played in ''Film/GoodNightAndGoodLuck'', which used stock footage of a '50s interview with Liberace where he's asked [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom why he remains a bachelor]] despite being handsome, famous and wealthy. We now know [[CampGay he wasn't just waiting for the right woman]].
* ''Film/TheGoonies''. As pointed out by the star himself (Creator/CoreyFeldman) in the DVD's commentary, the scene where Mouth is telling Rosalita, in Spanish, "Always separate the drugs" fits this trope to a T.
* [[http://www.sphere.com/article/sex-scandal-captivates-northern-ireland/19310116 This real-life scandal]] involves a MrsRobinson having an affair with a 19-year-old boy, i.e. the premise of ''Film/TheGraduate''. And yes, they're aware of the irony.
* In the Japanese dub of ''Film/GreenLantern'', Creator/YasunoriMatsumoto voiced the hero Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. Cue Anime/MobileSuitGundam00, a series Matsumoto worked previously before the dub of the film, when he voiced Alejandro Corner, who is [[spoiler:one of the main villains of the first season]], and the fact he [[spoiler:pilots a ''golden'' mobile armor, the color whose the Green Lantern Corps are weak against it]].
* ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', a film released by Creator/WarnerBros with synergetic gags, had a character based on [[{{Creator/TBS}} Ted Turner and his cable TV stations]]. Guess who joined Warners' parent company just a few years after the film's release?
* In ''Film/GroundhogDay'', among the people Phil ends up helping is a young couple who are supposed to be getting married that day. The bride is played by Creator/HyndenWalch, who'll later go on to voice Starfire in ''WesternAmimation/TeenTitans'' while the groom is played by Michael Shannon who'll later go to play General Zod in ''Film/ManOfSteel'', two superstrong aliens in the Franchise/DCUniverse. Perhaps their wedding is a political alliance between Krypton and Tamaraan?
* In the 1967 movie ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner'', Dr. Prentice, a black man engaged to be married to a white woman after meeting her in Hawaii, is asked by the father of his fiancee if he has "given any thought to the problems [his] children are going to have". In the ensuing conversation, he mentions that his wife thinks all their children will grow up to be President, but that he thought it was "optimistic" and would settle for Secretary of State. In 2008 (and again in 2012), the dream of a half-black, half-white U.S. President from Hawaii now doesn't seem like wishful thinking.

* An acting career spanning seven decades is bound to yield some of those. In ''L'Enigme de Pise'', an episode of the historical TV series ''La Caméra Explore Le Temps'' telling the story of a famous impostor, Michel Piccoli jokes that just because he was often told he looks like the current Pope, doesn't mean that he is the Pope. Half a century later, he played the reluctant Pope in ''Habemus Papam''.
* ''Hamlet II'' was actually predated by [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=8#comic this]] ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' comic.
** Which in turn is predated by ''Film/LastActionHero'' doing a gag trailer.
* Zach Galifianakis attended North Carolina State University, home of the NC State Wolfpack athletic teams. Come ''Film/TheHangover'' films, he became part of the Wolfpack.
* In ''Film/HappyGilmore'', Creator/AdamSandler is making fun of golfers wearing plaid shorts, remarking "if I were wearing stuff like that, I'd have to kick my OWN ass." Fast forward to 2009, where a close approximation of that look can be seen adorning 20-something hipsters and included in LL Cool J's clothing line.
* In ''Harsh Times'', Creator/ChristianBale snaps when learning his LAPD job offer was refused, snapping at a driver next to him. Since the incident when Bale snapped at a Director of Photography, that incident has become funnier than first intended.
** Likewise, any scene on the movie where the rant was recorded (''Film/TerminatorSalvation'') where Bale yells at someone turns somewhat funny.
** Really, this works for any time he ever yells in a movie. ''Film/TheMachinist'' is full of examples.
* How about [[spoiler: Cedric Diggory's ghost]] sparkling in the [[Film/HarryPotter movie]] of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', after Robert Pattinson placed [[Literature/{{Twilight}} another famously sparkling character?]]
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows,'' Bellatrix's actress, Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, was trying to HideYourPregnancy in a few early scenes and not really succeeding. [[spoiler:According to ''Theater/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild,'' Bellatrix actually ''was'' [[MySecretPregnancy pregnant around this time]], which fans decried as an AssPull since it's not hinted at all in the books]].
* The premise of the comedy ''Film/HeadOfState'', namely a [[PresidentMinority younger, relatively inexperienced African-American candidate]] running for president vs an older war veteran, has become much funnier after the election of biracial President UsefulNotes/BarackObama. The candidate in the movie is even subject to a smear campaign including the allegation that "He's half white!"
* In the rockumentary ''Heavy Metal Parking Lot'' a metalhead chick talks about how she would "jump his bones", referring to Music/JudasPriest singer Rob Halford. This was before Halford came out of the closet.
** Around the time Priest started to break in the U.S., Cheryl Rixon (who had a [[BestKnownForTheFanservice memorable part]] in ''Used Cars'') was ''Penthouse'' "Pet of the Month", and mentioned them as a favorite band. Not long after, she and Halford were a couple, and promotional material was issued of the two together. Whether they were truly linked or it was just an act, the band's management certainly wasted little time taking advantage.
* In Creator/BarbraStreisand's classic starring roles in ''Film/HelloDolly'' and ''Film/FunnyGirl,'' the overbearing narcissism of her characters is played for laughs. While it's true that Streisand was developing her reputation even then, it's only gotten progressively funnier...
** From ''Hello, Dolly!'':
--->'''Dolly:''' I have always been a woman who arranges things
--->Like furniture and daffodils and lives.
* Towards the end of ''Film/{{Help}}'' by Music/TheBeatles, while at an airport, the Beatles dress up in disguise to avoid the myriad of people chasing them. In what was meant to look comically ridiculous, Music/JohnLennon puts on a long beard and granny glasses, the same image that would later define him. In a less iconic image, Ringo's ridiculous disguise is the same exact style of beard he's been sporting since The Beatles Anthology.
* The film adaptation of ''Film/TheHelp'' stars Emma Stone as Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, the main protagonist, alongside Bryce-Dallas Howard as Hilly Holbrook, the main antagonist -- pitting the [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan new Gwen Stacy]] against the [[Film/SpiderMan3 old Gwen Stacy]].
* Hitler's rant over Steiner in ''Hitler: The Last Ten Days'' is impossible to take seriously knowing that thanks to [[{{Film/Downfall}} a later film]], [[WebVideo/HitlerRants the same scene will be spoofed]] so much in the future.
** During one scene at his birthday party, Hitler (played by Alec Guinness) is handed a cigarette and says "Thank you, Fegelein." He won't be getting along with him so well in the parodies...
* In ''Film/HollywoodShuffle'', one of the movie parodies is of Franchise/{{Rambo}}, called "Rambro". Meanwhile, the original ''Inglorios Bastards'' (not the Tarantino movie), was in this country edited to make actor Fred Williamson the star, in order to cash in on the {{Blaxploitation}} genre, and re-titled ''G.I. Bro''.
* In the 1991 film ''Homicide'', [[Series/CriminalMinds Joe Mantegna's]] character moans about how the FBI are bunch of incompetent morons. It's also ironic Joe Mantegna's character would say that, considering that one of his more memorable roles is as Fat Tony (Springfield's premiere mobster and career criminal) on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* In ''Film/HocusPocus'', Creator/SarahJessicaParker plays a witch who was hung in Salem, Massachusetts. In 2010, Sarah Jessica Parker found out that an ancestor of hers was accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.
** Similarly, Creator/EmmaWatson plays Hermione Granger, a witch, in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films. In 2009, it was discovered that a 16th century ancestor of Watson's was tried and convicted of witchcraft in England.
* ''Honeymoon in Vegas'', a silly 1992 Romantic Comedy starring Creator/NicolasCage has one iconic scene: Cage skydiving with the Flying Elvises to save his marriage, and then re-marrying with them in the audience. Ten years later, he actually married Elvis' daughter.
* In Creator/StevenSpielberg's ''Film/{{Hook}}'', Creator/RobinWilliams plays a lawyer who is very irate about not being able to proceed with a land development deal because endangered owls are nesting there. He asks "does anyone miss the Tyrannosaurus Rex?" Spielberg's next film ''Film/JurassicPark'' was indeed about people who missed the Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the consequences of bringing it and other dinosaurs back from extinction. ''Jurassic Park'' even included a line where they talked about using the technology to create whole flocks of endangered condors. Not only that, but the T-Rex's only human victim in that film was... a lawyer.
** The inability to "proceed with a land development deal because endangered owls are nesting there" is doubly hilarious after the film release of ''Literature/{{Hoot}}''.
** Creator/DanteBasco played PeterPan's replacement Rufio. In 2003, Creator/JasonIsaacs played Captain Hook in ''Film/PeterPan''. Years later, Rufio and Hook became [[TheRival rivals again]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender as Prince Zuko and Admiral Zhao. [[spoiler:Although Basco's character lived this time, while Isaac's bit the dust.]]
* ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'':
** Blaine is a Type 2 EagleLand JerkJock who is always freaking out about how the protagonists are secret Russian spies in their midst. Fast forward to ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', where that's exactly what he is [[spoiler:(or so it seems)]]. And yes, you did just see that guy from ''Series/TheDailyShow'' beat the ever-loving shit out of the [[ImplacableMan Winter Soldier]].
** In the scene parodying the Denver Broncos' game-winning drive in an AFC Championship game, Mark Jackson drops a pass due to a squirrel distracting him. In the 2011 National League Division series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals, play was temporarily halted because a squirrel ran onto the field. Cardinals fans gave it the nickname "Rally Squirrel" as their team went onto win the World Series that year.
* Creator/OliviaColman played fictional small-town policewoman Doris Thatcher in 2007 comedy ''Film/HotFuzz'' and then unrelated RealLife woman Carol Thatcher in 2011 UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher biopic ''Film/TheIronLady''.
* ''Film/HotFuzz'' also featured [[spoiler:a horrifying murder cult]] explaining their mission to "make Sandford great again," which became a whole lot more horrifying following the 2016 United States elections.
* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1'', Haymitch protests on the make-up they put on Katniss for the propo shoot, point out that she's a teenager but they made her look 35. Creator/JenniferLawrence who plays Katniss has made three films with Creator/DavidORussell, all in which she [[PlayingGertrude plays women older than herself]], including ''Film/AmericanHustle'' (mid-30s) and ''Film/{{Joy}}'' (30s and 40s).
* At the end of ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', Sam Neill's character lies dying and says he would have liked to have seen Montana. Come ''Film/JurassicPark'', he is granted his wish - the first scene with Neill's character is of him at a dinosaur excavation site in Montana. Neill would also go on to act in ''Film/TheHorseWhisperer'', mostly set in Montana.
* ''Film/TheHurtLocker'' had [[Creator/JeremyRenner Hawkeye]] and [[Creator/AnthonyMackie Falcon]] together years before they actually became Avengers.

* In ''Film/InLikeFlint'' (1967), an evil organization replaces the president with a look-alike, leading Derek Flint (James Coburn) to say in disbelief, "[[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan An actor ... as president]]?!"(Possibly deliberate, and not especially prescient--Governor Reagan was a serious contender in1968.)
* One scene in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' involves a kid with a King Ghidorah toy. The makers of the movie would later attempt ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}''.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''
** The scene where Henry Jones Sr., played by Creator/SeanConnery, subdues a Nazi soldier by spraying his face with ink from his pen, leading Marcus Brody to quip "ThePenIsMightier than the sword!", is funnier in light of the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' "Celebrity Jeopardy!" sketch where Sean Connery [[note]]played by Darrell Hammond[[/note]] [[TheProblemWithPenIsland misreads "The Pen Is Mightier" as "The Penis Mightier".]]
** The film's female lead is named Elsa, and a prominent line is "Let it go". [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Sound familiar]]?
*** Even funnier is that in the context of the film, Elsa ''fails'' to "let it (the grail) go" and this results in her death. We can guess she got a better hang of it in her reincarnation.
** In this film, Creator/SeanConnery stars as Indy's father. In ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', he would star as [[Literature/KingSolomonsMines Allan Quatermain]], the [[UrExample figurative father]] of {{Adventure Archaeologist}}s like Indy.
* In the film adaptation of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'', Chris Pine plays Prince Charming. In ''[[Film/ThePrincessDiaries The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement]]'', Pine played a prince and was referred to as an "almost-Prince Charming''.
** In January 2014, Creator/MerylStreep infamously went on a rant denouncing Creator/WaltDisney as a misogynist anti-Semite. At the end of the year, Disney released their film version of ''Into The Woods'' featuring Streep -- as a ''witch!'' Coincidence or revenge? You decide.
* ''Film/IronMan1''
** Terrence Howard's line as James Rhodes {{foreshadowing}} the character's transition to [[Comicbook/WarMachine War Machine]] consists of saying "Next time, baby" when considering suiting up with one of Tony Stark's armors. While Rhodes had his next time, Terrence Howard didn't, because he was replaced by Don Cheadle in ''Film/IronMan2''.
** The jets chasing Film/IronMan are called "Whiplash One and Two." The villain in ''Film/IronMan2''? Whiplash.
*** Director Creator/JonFavreau confirmed this was an intentional reference in an interview, though Whiplash was not intended to be the sequel's villain yet.
* The werewolf almost killing one of the kids in the direct-to-tv adaptation of Creator/StephenKing's ''Film/It1990'' is not as scary when you realize said kid is played by Creator/SethGreen... famous for [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer playing a werewolf years later]]. And Seth joins up with other kids to stop the horrible monster.
** Additionally, do you know who one of the other kids was? Brigitte from ''Film/GingerSnaps''!
* A blonde lady played by Joan Fontaine is a foil to a black-haired one called Literature/{{Rebecca}}. Several years later, it happens again and she gets to meet the black-haired Rebecca [[Film/{{Ivanhoe}} in person]].

* ''Film/JamesBond''
** ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'':
*** As Bond is talking about how wrong it is having warmed champagne, he says "That's as bad as listening to Music/TheBeatles without earmuffs!". For ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', Beatles producer George Martin composed the score and Music/PaulMcCartney performed the title theme. Also, Music/RingoStarr later married Barbara Bach, who starred as Bond girl Anya Amasova in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''.
*** In one scene, [[Film/ANewHope a character called "Solo" ends up inside a trash compactor]].
** In ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', Film/JamesBond (Creator/SeanConnery) checks into a hotel using the alias [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade "Mr. Jones"]].
** ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'':
*** Elliot Carver's plan is essentially making himself the general leading the allies against the communists. Some ten years later, [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 Johnathan Pryce is the general leading the allies against the communists.]]
*** When it was first released, Carver was compared mostly with businessman Rupert Murdoch (WordOfGod said he was inspired by Robert Maxwell), but a passing mention that his company also sells software full of bugs (to force people to upgrade it for years) also got comparisons to Bill Gates. But now, judging from his rimless glasses and all-black outfits, he can be compared with Creator/SteveJobs, who'd returned to Apple the same year the film came out.
** In ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', Creator/TobyStephens plays the big bad Bond villain Gustav Graves. Several years later, he ends up providing the voice of James Bond himself in a BBC radio adaptation of Creator/IanFleming's Bond novel ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}''.
* In ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' (2001), Will Ferrell plays Marshal Willenholly, whose name is a reference to the three main characters in the TV series ''Series/LandOfTheLost''. Flash forward to 2009, where it's announced that a movie remake of ''Film/LandOfTheLost'' is in production -- starring Will Ferrell as Rick Marshall.
** Although the name of the character in JASBSB was because Smith and Ferrell were both LotL fans, not surprising that Ferrell would end up in the re-make.
** The fictitious sequel ''Film/GoodWillHunting 2: Hunting Season'', which is a GenreShift to an action movie, has gotten funnier since Creator/MattDamon has become an action star thanks to ''Film/TheBourneSeries''.
* Tim Matheson appeared in ''Judas'' as Pontius Pilate. And he's wearing a [[Film/AnimalHouse toga]]...
* Eddie Redmayne's ''extreme'' overacting in ''Film/JupiterAscending'' became even funnier after he won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward a few weeks later for ''Film/TheTheoryOfEverything'', [[https://twitter.com/misterpatches/status/569721127443963904 with many joking that it was really for this film]].
* ''Film/JurassicPark'': "That's not very scary. More like a six foot turkey!" Years later, fossil evidence confirmed that ''Velociraptor'' had feathers, and people complained that it was no longer scary because it looked like, well, a ''turkey''. Its image is not helped by the fact that it was actually considerably smaller than portrayed in the films; in fact, it ''was'' about the size of a turkey[[note]]The "velociraptors" in the film are actually more on par with the size of the related but significantly larger utahraptor[[/note]].
** And several more years later, [[http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/03/05/dinosaur-chicken.html this happened.]] Now if only the kid had said "chicken" instead of "turkey"...

* Creator/ChloeMoretz biting someone in the neck in ''Film/KickAss'' becomes hilarious now that she play the vampire gal in ''Film/LetMeIn''.
** [[Creator/AaronJohnson Aaron Taylor-Johnson]] and Evan Peters both starred together in ''Film/KickAss'', and a few years later, were both cast as the Creator/MarvelComics hero ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}. Peters portrays the character in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', while Taylor-Johnson portrays him in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''. Taylor-Johnson says he and Peters have even joked about this, and that it's a "bizarre connection".
* This one could be either hilarious or HarsherInHindsight, in 'The Kid' Spencer Breslin utters the line "Let me get this straight, I grow up to be a loser!". Now that Spencer is grown up, no one's heard from him in a while and his career has been eclipsed by his sister, Abigail.
* ''Film/{{Kids}}'': The character played by Creator/ChloeSevigny comments that she hates performing oral sex. Eight years later she controversially performed unsimulated oral sex in ''Fillm/TheBrownBunny''
* The film ''The Kid Stays In the Picture'' features the anti-drug "Get High on Yourself" show, which Evans hilariously labels "the Woodstock of the 80's", resembling a cheap "We Are the World" vanilla hamfest. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Even funnier]] ([[HarsherInHindsight or sadder]]), one of the actresses singing this anti-drug message is Dana Plato.
* Creator/LucyLiu played O-Ren Ishii in ''Film/KillBill'', an assassin who is incredibly talented in kung fu and is codenamed "Cottonmouth" after the snake. "Cottonmouth" is translated into Chinese as ''Hundred-Step-Snake'' or ''Bai-Bu-She'', which is the term used for "viper". Four years later, that becomes the ''name'' of the character she voices in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''.
* In the 1956 film ''Film/TheKilling'', an early FilmNoir effort by Creator/StanleyKubrick, a deep-voiced narrator comments on the characters' actions from time to time. This becomes incongruously amusing when one of the character's names is [[Series/TheOddCouple Mr. Unger]], something that may put many people in mind of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af1h4ibpKJA this]].
* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'':
** In this movie, Samuel L. Jackson plays an over-the-top WellIntentionedExtremist Bond-esque villain with plans to reshape the world to his designs, and is opposed by the Kingsmen, a group of top-secret special force dedicated to protecting the world from the shadows. Compare this with his role of Nick Fury in Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, where he's a level-headed, no-nonsense leader of SHIELD, a secret peace-keeping organization no different than the Kingsmen, and is archenemies with HYDRA, another group of Well-Intentioned Extremist villains ''also'' with plans to reshape the world to their designs.
** Speaking of Marvel, an episode of ''Series/AgentCarter'' that aired just a few days after ''Kingsman'''s US release featured the villains using a device with remarkably similar effects to Valentine's SIM cards. [[spoiler: They even test it on a large group of civilians.]]
** Also, precisely one week after the release of ''Kingsman'', ''VideoGame/TheOrder1886'' came out for [=PS4=], which happens to feature an order of Knights who take their monikers from Arthurian legend and induct new Knights into their Order only when another dies in the line of duty. You even ''play'' as one Sir Galahad!
* ''Film/{{Krull}}'': Liam Neeson's character's FinalSpeech resembles [[Film/ThePhantomMenace another movie]] a little too closely. "Promise me you will train the boy. He is the chosen one. He will bring balance. Train him."

* In ''Film/TheLastBoyScout'', Creator/BruceWillis' character Joe says that all the makeup his daughter wears makes her "look like a goddamn raccoon". Fast-forward to 2006 and in the animated film ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'', Willis actually [[PlayingAgainstType provided the voice for a raccoon]].
* When Nick Rice and his boss talk to a shady CIA guy in ''Film/LawAbidingCitizen'' to find out more about Clyde Shelton's CIA past, they're told a story of someone the Company wanted to kill, but couldn't seem to take out with airstrikes or anything else. So they talked to Clyde, and he rigged up a self-winding garrote hidden in the target's necktie (he had a thing for nice ties). In 2010, narcoterrorist Mono Jojoy was killed when Columbian intelligence implanted a tracker in his custom boots[[note]]Jungle life and his diabetes caused painful foot injuries.[[/note]] after intercepting his order online, and bombed his camp to bits.
* In ''Film/LeanOnMe'', Creator/MorganFreeman's character Joe Clark holds a baseball bat in his hand and proclaims "They used to call me Crazy Joe. Well now they can call me Batman!" Freeman would go on to play Batman's gadget guy and technical advisor, Lucius Fox, in ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.
* {{Leif}}, a Swedish musical comedy from 1987, ridicules a Swedish arms manufacturer which bribes foreign governments. While the film was recorded, the Bofors Scandal was surfaced.
* ''Film/LesMiserables2012'': At the 2011 Oscars, future Fantine Creator/AnneHathaway sang a parody of "On My Own" to playfully curse a certain "[[{{Pun}} Hugh Jackass]]" (and future Valjean) for bailing out of singing a duet with her. And of course, they ''did'' sing together in the 2009 Oscars.
** When ''{{Disney/Tangled}}'' came out, Creator/AmandaSeyfried was commonly cited as the actress who most matched Rapunzel in real life. Seyfried's first song in ''Les Mis'' has her with her hair in a plait, singing about how her life's begun and how she's been kept away from the outside world by her single parent.
* {{Creator/Leslie Nielsen}}'s role in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' has made most of his previous roles much [[LeslieNielsenSyndrome funnier]] in hindsight. Examples include Nielsen captaining the S.S. Poseidon in ''Film/ThePoseidonAdventure'' and ''Project Kill'', wherein he plays a rogue, drug-addicted CIA assassin who has a climactic martial arts battle with ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'''s Gary Lockwood. Indeed, ''Airplane'' was deliberately casting with actors like like Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, etc., to send up their earlier roles in "straight" disaster films.
* In ''Film/LethalWeapon4'', a rabbi presided over Creator/MelGibson and Creator/ReneRusso's characters' "spur of the moment" wedding just as Russo is about to give birth. The idea of a rabbi aiding Mel Gibson of any kind is hilarious now knowing about Gibson's RealLife anti-Semitic feelings.
* The 1975 comedy flick "Linda Lovelace For President" starred Linda Lovelace as herself embarking on a political career. Later, fellow porn actress Marilyn Chambers twice attempted to embark on a political career by running for vice president (2004 Personal Choice Party, 2008 as a write-in candidate).
* In the Japanese dub of ''Film/LittleMissSunshine'', Creator/DaisukeOno voiced Dwayne, whose dream is becoming an Air Force pilot [[spoiler:and failing to do so]]. A few years later, he ends voicing [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Woolf Enneacle]], who is an ''ace Mobile Suit pilot'' [[spoiler:and he loves to brag about it]].
* In ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', Art Malik plays a Mujahideen warrior who helps out James Bond. Several years later in ''Film/TrueLies'', he plays a Middle-Eastern extremist about to detonate a nuke on United States soil. The sad/funny part (depending on your point of view) is that his character in ''True Lies'' could have in effect been the same one as in ''The Living Daylights'', as the Mujahideen was the genesis of al-Qaeda.
* In ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', Shaggy and Scooby tear Matthew Lillard a new one for his performance as Shaggy in [[Film/ScoobyDoo the 2002 film adaptation]]. Several years later, Lillard became the official voice of Shaggy, a role he continues to this day.
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Fellowship of the Ring'': Bilbo complains "I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread." In the 2010s, his story, ''Film/TheHobbit'', was stretched into an 8-hour three-movie saga, with many criticising the attempt to drag out a short children's novel into an epic saga by packing in bits from the Tolkien apocrypha, an interspecies love triangle and overlong action sequences.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'',
** One scene involving a conversation between [[WhenTreesAttack Treebeard]] and the Hobbits Merry and Pippin. "There was a time when [[TheDragon Saruman]] would walk in my woods. Now he has a mind of metal...". Fast forward to year 2010, when Creator/ChristopherLee, Saruman's actor, released his first studio album "Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross". [[HeavyMetal Guess what genre it is]].
** This wiki's page for TranslationTrainWreck links to a set of poorly translated subtitles for "The Two Towers." Many are very funny on their own, but [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/two-towers-04.jpg this one]][[note]]Sam subtitled as asking Frodo "Why so serious?"[[/note]] is especially hilarious now.
* Fans of Lost and Person Of Interest must get a chuckle if they've ever seen ''Film/TheLostBoys'' which has one of the main characters named Michael Emerson...
* In ''Film/LoveActually'', Creator/HughGrant, the actor known for his boyish face, plays the British Prime Minister. Several years later, UsefulNotes/DavidCameron is PM, with the help of Nick Clegg.

* The two ''Film/MajorLeague'' movies certainly qualify. In them, the crappy Cleveland Indians went from worst to first. Not long after the second one came out, the Indians had gone from perennial doormats to perennial contenders.
** More to the point, in the first ''Major League'' movie, the bitchy owner of the Indians plots to put together a team that's so bad, that she could justify moving them to Miami (which didn't have a Major League Baseball team in real life in 1989). Eight years after ''Major League'' was released, the real life Cleveland Indians lost the World Series in seven games to the Florida Marlins.
** In ''Major League 2'', cash strapped owner Roger Dorn covers the outfield wall in advertisements to try to squeeze every last penny he could out of his team. It was only a couple years later when all Major League stadiums had advertisements all over the walls. Some even more obtrusive than even Roger Dorn could ever have imagined. Though advertising never completely went away from baseball; in the early 20th century, such advertising was commonplace on outfield walls, but by the 1980s, most ads had been limited to the scoreboard and signage on the periphery. It wasn't too long after this movie, however, that corporate advertising in ballparks exploded (in contrast to the local businesses Dorn had to settle for in the movie), with whole seating sections being sponsored, and ads being strategically placed behind home plate (prime TV real estate).
* In ''{{Film/Mallrats}}'', Creator/StanLee has a scene where he's advising Brody to get back together with his girlfriend, doing so by saying there was this one girl who got away from him when he was younger and his success as a comic writer has done little to ease the pain of losing her. There's something funny about the guy who created Spider-Man saying, [[CosmicRetcon "I'd give it all up, just for]] ComicBook/OneMoreDay with her."
* The obscure 1972 film "''The Man''" (written by Creator/RodSerling and originally intended as a MadeForTVMovie by Creator/{{ABC}} before moving to the big screen) has a couple of examples of this in its plot.
** The story begins with [[UsefulNotes/ThePresidents the President of the United States]] and [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem the Speaker of the House]] both being killed at a summit in Frankfurt, UsefulNotes/WestGermany when the building holding the summit collapses. With the Vice-President terminally ill, the Secretary of State explains that due to the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 the Senate President pro Tempore is next-in-line for the Presidency[[note]]though Arthur Eaton, the Secretary of State in the movie, later tries to position himself as TheManBehindTheMan[[/note]]. The Senate President pro Tempore happens to be a black Senator named Douglass Dilman[[note]]played by a then-little known Creator/JamesEarlJones[[/note]]. Keep in mind this is 1972; 36 years before UsefulNotes/BarackObama was first elected President.
** In addition to Dilman becoming the first black President in the story; this also made him the first President not elected as either President or Vice-President. Just over two years after the movie's release date (July 19, 1972); on August 9, 1974 UsefulNotes/GeraldFord would become the first President in real life to ascend to the office without being elected President or Vice-President thanks to the aftermath of the [[{{Scandalgate}} Watergate scandal]] forcing incumbent President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon to resign[[note]]Additionally; Ford's ascension to the Vice-Presidency was due to Spiro Agnew's resignation on separate corruption charges[[/note]].
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'':
** Russell Crowe once had a song called "I Want To Be Like Marlon Brando". Now he's playing Brando's role as Jor-El.
** There's brief footage of a polar bear, calling to mind producer Jon Peters' rabid insistence that Kevin Smith include a polar bear fight scene in his 90s Superman script.
*** When Tim Burton worked on the script for ''Superman Lives!'', part of the plot involved Lex Luthor and Brainiac merging together. Come [[spoiler:''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited''...]]
** Creator/AmyAdams served as a ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' MonsterOfTheWeek back in 2001.
** The first full trailer debuted with ''Film/TheHobbit'', after the teasers used music from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** Henry Cavill was previously cast as Clark in [=McG=]'s 2004 Superman film, before it was cancelled and became ''Superman Returns''.
** Creator/JohnCleese's 2004 comic ''Superman: True Brit'', which shows a [[{{Elseworld}} world]] where Superman was raised in England, is kind of funny now that Superman's actor is British.
** With Superman's battle with the World Engine, producer Jon Peters' technically has a Superman film in which Superman battles a spider-like creature. Kevin Smith points this out in his podcast review of the film.
** In light of screenwriter David Goyer's comments about Clark's religion, this joke:
-->Q: Who is Superman's most religious nemesis?\\
A: Lex Lutheran!
** The soundtrack at the climax of ''Film/SupermanReturns'' is "Saving the World". Now remember the main theme for ''Man of Steel''.
** One of the biggest complaints about the film was [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the amount of collateral damage Superman caused to Metropolis]], as well as his apparent disregard for innocent bystanders. After the film was released, an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' starring [[ComicBook/SquadronSupreme Hyperion]] (a CaptainErsatz of Supes) aired, with a major theme being Hyperion's [[WhatTheHellHero utter indifference to the innocent bystanders imperiled by his "heroics"]]. Were the episode not written before ''Man of Steel'' was released, it'd almost seem like a very obvious TakeThat from Marvel.
*** It almost looks like DC themselves are taking digs at that. While the ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' (the game) was released before Man of Steel, the issue of the ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' comic including this quote came after it.
--->I miss Superman. I miss the guy who actually inspired people. The Superman who had time to help a kid who fell off a bike. Before he was changed. Before he gritted his teeth and looked angry all the time. Before he became all hard and dark because people, supposedly, needed him to. I miss the City of Tomorrow - and the man of yesterday.
** Ben Affleck turned down the offer to direct ''Man of Steel''. He appeared in the sequel, ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', as Franchise/{{Batman}}. He also played George Reeves in ''Film/{{Hollywoodland}}'' and wore superman's suit in that movie.
** Creator/MackenzieGray, who played Jax-Ur, played a clone of Lex Luthor in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', Morpheus takes Neo out of the Matrix by covering him in a mercury-like substance (due to the reality-warping abilities of the hackers). Laurence Fishburne, in a different role, would later do the same thing in ''Film/FantasticFour: Rise of the ComicBook/SilverSurfer''.
* In ''Film/{{The Maze Runner|2014}}'', Will Poulter's character misses out on [[spoiler:getting lost in the wilderness after his death]]. In ''Film/TheRevenant'' he's finally included in a trek across the wilderness.
* In ''Film/MeMyselfAndIrene'', one of Charlie's genius sons says "Man how the hell can they call Pluto a planet? No motherfucking planet has an elliptical orbit. This shit don't make no sense." (''All'' planets have elliptical orbits, just not as markedly elliptical as Pluto's.) Fast forward six years to 2006; after ongoing debates stretching as far back to 1992, Pluto finally got demoted to a dwarf planet.
* In the WWII pro-Soviet propaganda film, ''Film/MissionToMoscow'', Roosevelt's ambassador to the Soviet Union, Joe Davies, says to Stalin: "I believe that history will remember you as a great builder for the benefit of mankind." In all seriousness.
** ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', among other shows, also played with [[PlutoIsExpendable Pluto's planetary status]] before the demotion.
* The AlphaBitch in ''Film/MeanGirls'' informs her new best friend (Creator/LindsayLohan) that she dumped her original best friend because she couldn't afford the stigma of being seen to be friends with a lesbian (the friend was not in fact gay). Four years later and with Samantha Ronson in the picture, the line takes on new meaning.
** From the same movie, the mean girls are dubbed the Plastics. Come the film's tenth anniversary, and out of heroine Cady (Lindsay Lohan) and the Plastics (Rachel [=McAdams=], Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert) guess whose actress is the only one of the four to have had plastic surgery?
* ''{{Film/Moneyball}}'' is a 2011 film starring Creator/BradPitt about the successful rebuilding of the 2002 Oakland A's baseball team. The following year in 2012, the Oakland A's would be a surprising good team - after years of having a losing record - and make it to the playoffs again.
** Billy's line about the A's financial situation--"There are rich teams, and there are poor teams...then there's fifty feet of crap...and then there's us"--became disturbingly literal in 2013 when a stadium plumbing backup filled the Oakland locker rooms with raw sewage.
* In ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', Kermit and Fozzie pick up Gonzo and Camilla. Gonzo states that he's always wanted to move to Bombay, India, to become a movie star. Fozzie retorts "You don't go to Bombay to become a movie star. You go where we're going: Hollywood!". Thirty years later, when the UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} film industry is outputting more movies than Hollywood is, Gonzo doesn't look so crazy.
** Bollywood was well-known as a global movie capital even then, so Gonzo really wasn't all that prophetic.
** Speaking of The Muppets, in ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'', Rizzo the Rat and friends are working at a GreasySpoon, decades before ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. For more fun, that was a Creator/{{Disney}} / Creator/{{Pixar}} movie, and Disney now owns The Muppets.
** In ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'', Kermit is replaced by a criminal doppelganger named Constantine. In 2017, Constantine's performer, Matt Vogel, would take over the role of Kermit when Steve Whitmire left the group,
* In ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', Rex Harrison played Professor Henry Higgins, who made a project out of coaching and grooming flower girl Eliza Doolittle to the point where he could pass her off as high society. A few years later, he then played the title role in ''Film/DoctorDolittle''.
** Creator/JulieAndrews originated the role of Eliza Doolittle in ''My Fair Lady''. In ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'', Andrews winds up playing Henry Higgins to Creator/AnneHathaway's Eliza.
* In ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000: TheMovie'', they riff on the movie ''Film/ThisIslandEarth''. During a scene where Brack communicates via interocitor, Tom sings a fictional theme song that goes, "It's the Brack show, starring me - and Brack! It's the Brack show, and I've got lots of good guests..." Four years later, WesternAnimation/TheBrakShow would come into existence (which was preceded by two specials, both entitled [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring Brak]], the second of which was a variety show that - indeed - had guests).

* Creator/IchiroNagai (Better known as the voice of [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Happosai]]) caused this ''twice'': The first time as voicing [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]] and the second time as voicing [[Film/HarryPotter Albus Dumbledore]]. And anyone who watched the Franchise/StarWars films, the Film/HarryPotter films and Manga/RanmaOneHalf already known there's a world of difference between Happosai, Yoda and Dumbledore (other than being the mentor figure in the three cases and being a miniature mentor between Yoda and Happosai). This is even more hilarious between Happosai and Dumbledore: The former is an DirtyOldMan who likes beautiful girls and the latter is ''[[WordOfGay gay]]''.
* ''Film/TheNakedGun'' series featured O.J. Simpson as an [[ButtMonkey accident-prone detective]] named Nordberg. While this may count as a FunnyAneurysmMoment for some, seeing O.J. [[HumiliationConga being fed through the wringers]] in the movies can be strangely cathartic.
** An even better O.J. example: Simpson was once considered for the role of the Terminator, but the director changed his mind, on the basis that he wouldn't be convincing enough as a determined killer. Though this might be more FunnyAneurysmMoment, depending on one's interpretation...
*** Probably still holds true, the key word being "determined": AxCrazy yes, but "determined" requires a certain amount of mental focus that Simpson has yet to exhibit.
** Yet another O.J. moment occurs in ''Film/RuthlessPeople'' when a dozen police cruisers are slowly following Ken through Los Angeles.
* ''Film/TheNakedGun 2 1/2'' was released in 1991, just after it was discovered that the Hubble Space Telescope's primary mirror was flawed and it was taking fuzzy pictures. In the movie, a picture of the Hubble appears on a "Wall of Failures" next to the Titanic. It's not considered much of a failure anymore...[[note]]Although, it did take a new mission at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars to fix it[[/note]]
* In ''Film/TheNannyDiaries'', Creator/ScarlettJohansson, dressed in an embarrassing [[{{Eagleland}} Red White and Blue]] Colonial Era-style costume for a Fourth Of July party, runs into her crush played by Creator/ChrisEvans. He teases her, saying "You look very patriotic." Watching this and ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' (with Creator/ChrisEvans as the title character) makes this funnier than it should be.
** And again in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' where he's once again opposite Johansson, only this time ''he'' is wearing the over the top red white and blue costume.
** Evans and Creator/AnthonyMackie (who would go on to play Cap's partner ComicBook/TheFalcon in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'') also both appeared in ''Film/WhatsYourNumber'' and ''A Many Splintered Thing''.
*** Also in the ''What's Your Number?'' with Evans and Mackie? Chris Pratt, the future Star-Lord and star of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''!
* Creator/RobertAltman's 1975 film ''Film/{{Nashville}}'' revolved around the campaign of an [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen unseen]] third-party presidential candidate who had unexpectedly become a serious contender. Throughout the movie he can be heard giving speeches in a thick Southern accent, criticizing the Washington elite. In 1992 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_Perot a third-party candidate from the South]] unexpectedly became a serious contender in the presidential race.
** This was actually RippedFromTheHeadlines ... from the then relatively recent 1968 election, when third-party ("American Independent") candidate George Wallace was not only a serious contender but actually won several states in ... you guessed it ... the Deep South, which is also where he was from.
* Zavulon in ''Literature/NightWatch'' was seen playing a video game with his cellphone. Whatever he did with his phone, his in-game character did with his sword. Looked cool back in 2004. Then came the Wii...
* ''Film/NowYouSeeMe2'': Creator/DanielRadcliffe graduated from [[Literature/HarryPotter a wizarding school]] to become a stage magician.

* In ''Film/OceansThirteen'', which came out in 2007, the fictional owner of the Bellagio declares that he hates another casino owner, whose own hotel is called The Bank. In real life, the Bellagio opened a nightclub called The Bank in 2008.
* The 1999 [[TheMoralSubstitute Christian film]] ''Film/TheOmegaCode'' contains a couple of instances within the first 10 minutes:
** First, Dr. Gillen Lane (the main protagonist) arrives on a talk show to hawk a book on the supposed Bible code. He makes his entrance doing a "raise the roof" gesture and jumps over the couch. Just fast-forward to 2005 and Creator/TomCruise infamously jumping on a couch during an interview on ''Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow''.
** Later he breaks from the interview to get the crowd to briefly chant "change". [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Sound familiar]]?
* The two major villains of the neorealism classic ''Open City'' are named Major Bergman and Ingrid. The film's director Roberto Rosselini later married actress Ingrid Bergman. Did she know about this?
* The thriller ''Outbound'' has Matilda, played by Creator/AnaUlaru. In the movie, Matilda is a prisoner for the crime of prostitution, and one of the people she ends up finding is her ex-pimp. Fast-forward to ''Series/EmeraldCity'', where Ularu plays Mistress West, [[MissKitty the owner of a brothel]].

* ''Film/PacificRim'':
** Most likely unintentional, but the fact that the giant bots share the name Jaeger with the main protagonist of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' who fights a different kind of giant.
*** Doubly hilarious if you know that [[spoiler: Eren actually "pilots" one of those Giants to battle, as Giants are revealed to essentially be organic mecha that grows around the user]].
*** Triply so when you find out that [[spoiler:the governments were building giant walls to protect them from the Kaiju... which fail miserably]].
*** ''Quadruply'' so, even; the similarities between Newt and Hanji Zoe, the perky, titan-obsessed mad scientist of that series, are not lost on fandom.
*** In Hong Kong, Kaiju bones are used as part of a building, while [[spoiler:Colossal Titans line the inside the walls]].
** The Jaegers also [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Jagermech share a name]] with a VideoGame/MechWarrior mech.
* The 1998 Version of the ''Film/TheParentTrap'', Dennis Quaid plays a recently divorced father whose kids want him to get back with his wife. Seven years later, Quaid starred in the 2005 remake of ''Film/YoursMineAndOurs'' where he plays a widowed Coast Guard with eight kids, who marries a widowed handbag designer (Rene Russo) with 10 kids. But the kids' goal in that film is the ''total opposite'' of the twins' goal—They want the parents to ''split up!''.
* In yet another Mel Gibson example his gangster film ''Film/{{Payback}}'' was marketed with the tagline "No More Mr Nice Guy".
* ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'':
** Long before this movie, Benedict Cumberbatch narrated a documentary in which he had trouble [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GnLDJAgrws pronouncing]] the word "penguin" as he does in this film (he pronounces the word as "pengwing" especially when he has to rattle of lines rapid fire).
** In the movie, [[spoiler:the fate of Dave the Octopus is that he gets trapped inside a snow globe]]. In ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', [[spoiler:the fate of DJ Octavio, also an octopus, is that he gets trapped in a snow globe]].
** An Octopus pretending to be a human? [[VideoGame/{{Octodad}} Someone should make a game about that...]]
* On the 2004 teen-flick ''Film/ThePerfectScore'', Creator/ChrisEvans leads a six-man group that includes Creator/ScarlettJohansson with red hair. Eight years later, we'd get the same movie, only it's now called ''The Avengers''.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Will Turner is voiced in Japanese by Creator/DaisukeHirakawa, whose his most (in)famous role is ''[[VisualNovel/SchoolDays Makoto Itou]]'', and everyone who watched the films and also ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' will know how both Will and Makoto end in their respective works: Will [[spoiler:gets his girl and ends in a '''[[MemeticMutation nice ship]]''' as the captain, with his heart in a box;]] Makoto [[spoiler:doesn't get the girl and he also ends in a '''[[MemeticMutation NICE BOAT]]''' without being the captain of that boat... with only his head inside of it]].)
* In ''Film/PlanetTerror'', Muldoon (played by Creator/BruceWillis) mentions that he killed Osama bin Laden with a shot to the chest followed by [[BoomHeadshot a bullet to the head]]. Pretty funny in 2007. It became ''even more funny'' in 2011, as that was how bin Laden actually died.
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'':
** Creator/MelGibson voices the dashing John Smith, who reconciles two warring races and falls in love with a woman of a different ethnicity - and doesn't blast racial slurs at her.
** Creator/ChristianBale is a mild, meek young soldier who doesn't seem like he would hurl verbal abuse at the Virginia Company's photographer. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick gleefully points this out.
* ''Film/PowerRangers2017'': In 2015, a professional-level FanFilm named ''Power/Rangers'' was released as part of the "Bootleg Universe" that specifically parodied the idea of a DarkerAndEdgier reboot of a cheesy '90s property aimed at kids, which gained enough traction for several former cast members of the show to comment on it. Not only is the "gritty reboot" played completely straight here, but some of those same people even made cameo appearances.
* ''Film/ThePresidentsAnalyst'', from 1967, has the title character (James Coburn) excitedly talking about his first session with his girlfriend: "You'd think he'd spend all his time worrying about China, or Russia? ...hasn't slept in ''eight'' nights worrying about ''Libya!''"
* If you read the comments from the trailers of ''Film/PrettyInPink'', you'll find out that the character Iona is compared to Music/LadyGaga due to her outrageous outfits and hairdos. This comments get even funnier now considering Iona's first lines in the movie: "Applause, applause, applause".
* Creator/StanLee made a cameo in ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries 2'' a few years before Marvel would be bought by Disney.
** Also during ''The Princess Diaries 2'', when Creator/ChrisPine's character is shown the "easy way" to win at darts, he objects with "That's cheating!". In ''Film/StarTrek'', Pine plays James T. Kirk and he gets accused of cheating because of his unique approach to [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation the Kobayashi Maru scenario]].

* In ''Film/QuizShow'', Robert Kitner tells Charles Van Doren (played by Creator/RalphFiennes) "we have great expectations for you". Fiennes went on to act in the 2012 film adaptation of ''Film/GreatExpectations''.

* In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', Indy establishes [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes his fear of snakes]] by saying [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane "There's a big snake in the plane, Jock!"]] Naturally, this resulted in his freakout being referred to on the Internet as "The Original Snakes on a Plane" when a certain memetastic horror comedy starring Creator/SamuelLJackson was in the works.
* ''Film/RamboIII'' features "noble" Afghan freedom fighters helping Rambo fight off Russian enemies, which is obviously an allegory for America funding the Mujahideen, including the early Taliban lead by UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden, to better fight off Russia's communist ventures in the Middle East. [[Creator/SylvesterStallone Stallone]] even dedicated the movie to the Mujahideen at the end of the movie. After the Russian occupation ended, the Mujahideen ended up splintering and forming different factions, and we all know how a certain of those factions ended up...
** Similarly, Film/JamesBond fights alongside heroic Afghan Mujahideen in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights''.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/RearWindow'' was released in 1954, and featured the character of Stella questioning how the suspected murderer, Thorwald, would've killed his wife. "Of course, the bathtub! It's the only place he could've washed the blood!" Six years later, Hitchcock released his most famous film: ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', which is famous for the shower scene.
* ''Film/ReignOverMe'' has a scene where Creator/DonCheadle's character expresses pleasant surprise after reading over an old ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' comic and seeing that the character has a [[BlackBestFriend black partner]], ComicBook/TheFalcon. Cheadle would of course go on to play the [[Comicbook/WarMachine black partner]] of another famous [[Film/IronMan2 Marvel superhero]].
** Cheadle would later appear alongside Falcon in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' and ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''.
* It is rather hard to think of ''Film/RememberMe'' without laughing if one recalls the meme ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' spawned with those two words.
* ''Film/ReservoirDogs'': Mr. Pink suggests that he be called Mr. Purple instead so that he doesn't sound gay. Purple later became heavily associated with gay and lesbian symbols.
* One of the characters in ''[[Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes Return Of The Killer Tomatoes]]'' is trying to con women into dating him via a phoney competition offering a date with a movie star. The character is played by future movie star George Clooney.
** Similarly, one of the other actors in that film, Rick Rockwell, would later become the titular rich man in the reality show ''Who Wants To Marry a Multi-Millionaire''? -- which, as it turned out, was as much of a scam as what Clooney's character tries in the film.
* Podcast/{{Rifftrax}}:
** In the commentary for ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', Bill Corbett made a joke about Indy being suspect for communist ties. Guess what happened one year later when ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' was released?
** In the Rifftrax for ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', Bill jokingly compares Pandora and Home Tree to Disney's Animal Kingdom. Disney and Cameron later announced the addition of a Pandora-themed land to that very park.
* In ''Film/RoboCop1987'', Murphy drives a modified 1986 Ford Taurus, while the villains steal the notoriously fuel-inefficient "6000 SUX", an obvious BrandX {{Expy}} of the Pontiac 6000, made by GM. In 2009, guess which brand went bankrupt, and which one didn't?
** The guy killed at the beginning of the movie was named [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Mr. Kinney]]
** Thanks to [[Creator/KurtwoodSmith certain]] [[Creator/RayWise casting]] in ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheKillingJoke'', respectively [[CopKiller Clarence Boddicker and Leon Nash]] were both Commissioner Gordon.
* Creator/RogerEbert film reviews:
** In [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19760813/REVIEWS/608130301/1023 his 1976 review]] of the movie ''Cannonball'', Creator/RogerEbert glibly remarked that "there seems to be some sort of insatiable desire among moviegoers this summer to see high-speed car chases and flaming wreckage. The only things more popular on the nation's screens are the Good Ol' Movies (extensively discussed here in recent weeks) and films of demonic possession. If we can get Burt Reynolds into a Trans-Am with the devil in the back seat, we've got a winner on our hands." One year later, the Burt Reynolds-in-a-Trans-Am movie ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' became the second-highest-grossing film of 1977, after ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]''. If director Hal Needham had thought to incorporate {{Satan}} into the movie, maybe it would've been #1. Indeed, the same studio (Universal) also made ''Film/TheCar'' -- about a demonic coupe -- in '77, but that flopped!
*** Another film based on an illegal cross-country road race, ''The '''Cannonball''' Run'', was released in 1981, starring -- you guessed it -- Burt Reynolds.
** In his original review of ''Film/{{Clue}}'', Creator/RogerEbert wrote, "Here's my suggestion: Since this movie is so short anyway (88 minutes), why doesn't the studio abandon the ridiculous multiple-ending scheme and show all three endings at every theater? It would be more fun that way." Thanks to the advent of [=DVDs=], this has since become possible.
*** This was actually done to the movie long before [=DVDs=] were even in existence - when Clue came out on home video and cable, title cards were used to transition from one ending to another; "That's one way it could have happened, but here another way," or something similar to that effect.
** In his [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19930611/REVIEWS/306110302/1023 review]] of ''Film/JurassicPark'', Creator/RogerEbert ponders how special effects advances have altered storytelling in films: "I have the uneasy feeling that if Spielberg had made ''Film/{{Close Encounters|OfTheThirdKind}} [[[Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind of the Third Kind]]]'' today, we would have seen the aliens in the first 10 minutes, and by the halfway mark they'd be attacking Manhattan with death rays." Three years later, ''Film/IndependenceDay'' might not have shown us the aliens themselves that early on, but it wasn't far off the mark as far as substituting effects for substance goes.
* In ''Film/RoleModels'', upon seeing Augy (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in his [[{{LARP}} LAIRE]] cape for the first time, Ronnie remarks, "What are you supposed to be, a superhero or something?" Mintz-Plasse would go on to play a super in ''Film/KickAss''.
* ''Romulus, My Father'' stars Eric Bana (as Romulus). Few years later, Bana was cast in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film as Nero, a Romulan, [[DontExplainTheJoke like ''from Romulus''.]]
* In ''Film/RunawayBride'', Ike says " You want a man who will lead you down the beach with his hand over your eyes just so you can discover the feel of the sand under your feet." to Maggie, Julia Roberts' character. Fast forward 11 years to Julia Roberts in ''Film/EatPrayLove'' and what happens? Her character is led down to a beach with him covering her eyes.
* In ''Film/{{RV}}'', Robin Williams tells his son played by a young Josh Hutcherson that he bet him $1000 that he'd grow up to be bigger than him. While Williams was not very tall at 5'7", Hutcherson only reached 5'5".
** Well, [[Film/TheHungerGames he did get "big," in a way...]]

* ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'': Creator/JohnTravolta's character, Tony, stops having sex with Annette because she doesn't have a diaphragm and he doesn't want to get her pregnant. (She might have wanted him to get her pregnant.) At the beginning of ''[[Film/LookWhosTalking Look Who's Talking Too]]'', Travolta's character, James, has sex with Mollie while she's wearing her diaphragm. [[ButWeUsedACondom She gets pregnant anyway]].
* The entire scene in ''Film/{{Scanners}}'' where one of the titular psychics is hooked up to a computer. "Nobody's ever shut down a scanner before."
* Fans have jokingly noted that ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' features both the future Film/{{Captain America|The First Avenger}} (Creator/ChrisEvans) and the future Film/CaptainMarvel (Creator/BrieLarson).
* {{Film/Scrooged}} have a fake TV special called "Old Fashioned Christmas in the Bayou", very much like all those Swamp Christmas specials we have now.
* The third act of Creator/JohnWaters' ''Film/SerialMom'' deals with the media hoopla surrounding the title character's trial. The film came out ''a full year'' before the O.J. Simpson trial.
* In ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'', producer Philip Henslowe (played by Creator/GeoffreyRush) becomes increasingly confused as Shakespeare's comedy ''Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter'' becomes the tragedy ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' over the course of the movie (without anyone telling Henslowe). His shouts of "Where are the pirates?!" are [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean even funnier now]]. [[MemeticMutation Bloody pirates.]]
* Creator/SpikeLee's ''Film/ShesGottaHaveIt'' featured a group of minor characters who weren't given proper names, but were simply listed in the credits and script as "Dog" followed by a number. Erik Todd Dellums was among the "dogs", which means the actor who played [[VideoGame/Fallout3 Three Dog]] had his first credited role as "Dog 3".
* Had ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue'' been successful enough to receive a sequel, the titular rider would've had his design "evolve" into one more akin to that of a traditional Kamen Rider (he would've had a belt and armor)...which is ''exactly'' what ended up happening in ''Film/UltramanTheNext'' and ''Series/UltramanNexus''! Somewhat amusing, Shin's actor would later appear in ''Series/UltramanGaia'' and ''Series/UltramanMebius''.
* The Scottish football film ''Film/AShotAtGlory'' features several real footballers as the players in the teams seen throughout. One of these is Didier Agathe, who played for Raith Rovers when the film was made and appears as a Rangers player in the film. By the time the film was released, he had signed for Rangers' [[ArchNemesis deadly rivals]] Celtic.
* ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}''
** In [[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} the first movie]], after Fiona realizes Shrek is an ogre, he remarks "You were expecting maybe Prince Charming?" We learn in the second movie that she really ''was'' expecting Prince Charming, and her not being rescued by said Prince Charming drives part of the plot.
** In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', there is a poster of "Sir Justin" in Fiona's room who looks like Music/JustinTimberlake. Timberlake played the role of Arthur in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird''.
* Mako, who was in ''Film/{{Sidekicks}}'', said "And then, the Turtles will dance." Mako would later go on to voice Splinter in the 2007 TMNT movie. This can also be turned into FunnyAneurysmMoment, as Splinter was Mako's last role before he died.
* Creator/MelGibson's character in ''Film/{{Signs}}'' has issues swearing to scare off invaders. Pretty funny the first time around, becomes absolutely hysterical after his widely publicized, coarsely worded behavior.
* The [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Engulf and Devour]] logo from Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/SilentMovie'' has a disturbing resemblance to the infamous [[ShockSite Goatse]] image. The movie was made a good twenty years or more before the site was started.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', Bart imitates WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse by wearing a black bra on his head and saying "I'm the mascot of an evil corporation". In 2017, it was announced that Cretaor/{{Disney}} is looking to purchase most of 21st Century Fox, whose assets include ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* From ''The Singing Cowboy'' (1936):
-->'''Gene Autry''': It's the same old story. The broadcasting companies say there's not enough color in the cowboy orchestra to appeal to the audience any more.\\
'''Smiley Burnette''' (sidekick): Well, if it's color they want, we can all put on {{red shirt}}s.
* In ''Film/{{Singles}}'', Matt Dillon's rock singer character gets a review that says he sucks, but his backing band is pretty good. His backing band? The members of soon-to-be-famous Music/PearlJam, playing themselves.
* In the otherwise mediocre 1994 romantic comedy ''Sleep With Me'', Creator/QuentinTarantino's character has an unforgettable monologue ([[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny that he wrote himself]]) where he explains, at length, his [[EpilepticTrees theory]] that the movie ''Film/TopGun'' is actually an extended metaphor for [[HoYay homosexuality.]] This would be funny enough considering the many gay rumors that have swirled around Creator/TomCruise over the years, but the clincher of hilarity comes when Tarantino's character Sid insists that Kelly [=McGillis=]'s character represents heterosexuality. Now consider the fact that [[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20281641,00.html McGillis herself came out as a lesbian]] in 2009.
* ''Film/{{Sleeper}}'', a Creator/WoodyAllen film, is about a man who is unknowingly cryogenically frozen in the 1970s and wakes up 200 years later. He is quizzed by scientists about the [[FutureImperfect mysterious 20th Century]]. When they show him a picture of UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, they say they've theorized that he was president, but that he did something horrible, as he doesn't show up in the history books, on stamps, money, etc. Woody Allen's character quips that the Secret Service had to count the silverware every time Nixon left the White House. While the film was released at the end of 1973, at the height of the Watergate scandal (as it related to Nixon), it was written and produced before the scandal broke.
** Though Nixon was already "Tricky Dick," at least in reputation, by the time he was first elected president.
** While Allen's character is coming to grips with being asleep 200 years, he realizes "Hey, you know, I bought Polaroid at 7; it must be up ''millions'' by now!" ...or not.
* In the 1982 action movie ''The Soldier'', a war game is mentioned involving a simulated attack on Iraqi oil fields by US troops, which predicts that the Iraqis would kick the ass of the attacking US forces. The movie was made after the failed attempt to rescue the Iranian hostages, when faith in US military strength was at an all time low.
** It was also made before much of the modern US arsenal that went to war in 1991 came into service or was present in significant numbers. Betting that a large, prepared force could take conventional US forces in a ground war at the time was a decent bet.
*** It was also before the Iran-Iraq war had ground the Iraqi military into a bloody pulp. Certainly the US military of 1991 would have been likely to prevail against the Iraqi military at its peak, but the cost in American lives would have been exponentially higher.
*** Actually entirely backwards. The Iraq army before the war with Iran was rather tiny, about 200,000 men. The war was what pushed it's massive growth and military spending and by the time it ended the Iraq army was bloated to well over a million men and stocks of all weapons and equipment were far above pre-war levels even after attrition. It also provided huge numbers of nominally combat tested troops and officers. Indeed a fairly big deal was made of how the Iraqi army was "battle hardened" in the lead up to the war. Without both of those the Iraq army would have been a joke even on paper, but of course the conflict wouldn't have happened anyway as Iraq wouldn't have been looking to weasel out of war debt via the expediency of just invading the people it owed it too.
* Even though unintentional, Website/SomethingAwful predicted that a ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' {{prequel}} would be made. In one of their Photoshop Phriday contests [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/photoshop-phriday/unlikely-movie-prequels.php?page=2 back in 2004,]] one of the submissions for "[[{{Irony}} Unlikely]] Movie Prequels" was a poster for "Monsters, LLP." Nine years later, we are treated with the release of ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', Gregory complains about [[Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice America policing the world]].
** The "censored version" of ''Asses of Fire'' is only one minute long because of all the raunchy content. In 2001, the DVD of ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'' has a three-minute "PG" version of the film as a bonus feature.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''
** The quick joke about "''Rocky Five...Thousand''" became even funnier when ''Film/RockyBalboa'' came out, continuing the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' series ''16 years'' after the [[Film/RockyV previous installment]].
** The joke about the sequel, ''Spaceballs II: the Search for More Money'', is much funnier now that the prequels were made.
** Creator/RickMoranis' voice as Dark Helmet got even funnier with the release of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' original trilogy on DVD and its documentary ''Empire of Dreams'', where it's revealed that Creator/DavidProwse, the man in the Darth Vader suit, has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSm9DDxQv8E&feature=related remarkably similar]] voice.
** Bill Pullman plays a parody of Creator/HarrisonFord's character in ''Franchise/StarWars'', Han Solo. Eventually, both end up playing [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Actions]], in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' and ''Film/AirForceOne'', at about the same time too.
** As Lone Starr [[YouMustBeCold gives Princess Vespa his jacket]], he says [[Disney/{{Frozen}} "The cold never bothers me."]]
** Spaceballs features a character named Colonel Sanders. In 1999, there was an advertising campaign in which Colonel Sanders [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Defeat_the_Dark_Side was depicted as a Jedi]].
** Lone Starr and Dark Helmet's confrontation is a lighter version of Han Solo and Kylo Ren's confrontation in ''Film/TheForceAwakens''.
*** The similarities between Dark Helmet and Kylo Ren don’t end there. They both wear voice-changing masks not because they need them but because they think it looks cool, talk to inanimate objects in their rooms about their evil plans (Kylo Ren to Darth Vader’s helmet, Dark Helmet to his action figures) and throw hissy fits when they don’t get their own way. The scene with Kylo interrogating Rey whilst she’s strapped to a metal frame is also reminiscent of the scene in ''Spaceballs'' where Dark Helmet has Vespa tied up in the same way.
* In ''Film/{{Spawn}}'', Martin Sheen plays the evil and corrupt CIA Director Jason Wynn. Then Sheen was cast in another comic book film: ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' as... Uncle Ben, quite possibly the nicest and kindest comic book character ever.
* One of Sil's victims in the 1995 movie ''Film/{{Species}}'' was named John F. Carey. The Democratic Party nominated John F. ''Kerry'' for President of the United States in 2004; he didn't quite get to the top office, and his political career to that point was more or less a victim of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swift_Vets_and_POWs_for_Truth Swift Boat movement]]'s disinformation campaign.
* The plot of ''Film/SpiderMan2'' can be summed up by the preexisting {{meme|ticMutation}} "HowDoIShotWeb".
** On the subject of ''Spider-Man'', in [[Film/SpiderMan1 the first movie]], when the Green Goblin is trying to trick Spidey into letting his guard down at the climax of the film, he said, and I quote, "[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Believe in me, as I have believed in you]]." Not exactly the same as in the linked series, but it was hilarious.
** Creator/DylanBaker played Dr. Curt Connors in ''Spider-Man 2'' and ''Spider-Man 3''. Dr. Connors has a missing arm and in ''Film/RequiemForADream'', Baker played a doctor with an infected, gangrenous arm.
** Creator/JKSimmons played J. Jonah Jameson, notorious for his hatred of superheroes in the whole ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy''. ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' sees him cast as the superhero-supporting and allied Commissioner Gordon.
** Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa voiced Venom in the Japanese dub of ''Film/SpiderMan3''. The hilarity came out with the fact Morikawa previously voiced '''Franchise/SpiderMan''', his arch-enemy, in the dub of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''.
** Before the project was cancelled, Creator/AnneHathaway nearly played [[Comicbook/BlackCat Felicia Hardy]] in ''Spider-Man 4''. She later wound up playing Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}, the character Felicia is frequently accused of being a rip-off of, in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
** ''Film/SpiderMan3'' ended with the death of Harry Osborn. While the subplot of Peter planning to propose to MJ is [[HarsherInHindsight the opposite]], given ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'', that story ended with comics!Harry coming back after dying in the lead-up to ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''.
* In ''Film/SpiesLikeUs'', Creator/DanAykroyd's character responds to a question of his abilities by rattling off a list of things he's skilled in, concluding with "I'm [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Pinyan Mr. Hands]]!"
* Creator/FrankMiller's version of ''Film/TheSpirit'':
** Officer Morgenstern is frequently told that she will "make detective in no time." Morgenstern was played by Stana Katic, who would later go on to play Detective Kate Beckett in ''Series/{{Castle}}''.
** There's a bizarre sequence where Silken Floss (played by Creator/ScarlettJohansson) wears a kimono and uses a Japanese-style umbrella while ordering a henchman to commit {{Seppuku}}. Johansson would of course go on to play the lead in ''Film/GhostInTheShell2017'', where she was heavily criticized [[spoiler: for playing a Japanese woman]].
* In ''Film/{{Splash}}'', when Madison picks her name by [[LineOfSightName looking at a street sign]], Creator/TomHanks's character [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8CRERCoC10 declares]] that "Madison's not a name!" Well, [[TheRedStapler thanks to this very movie]], it is ''now''.
* The ShoutOut to ''Film/MadMax'' in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' with the denizens of Bikini Bottom transformed into Apunkalypse after the disappearance of Krabby Patty recipe became more hilarious three months later with the release of ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''.
* One of the most remembered aspects of ''Film/SpyKids 3D'' was Elijah Wood's appearance as "The Guy", the UltimateGamer386 of the video game who ends up [[NegatedMomentOfAwesome getting killed less than a minute after he appears]]. Everyone say it with me: [[VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy GAME OVER - PRESS R TO TRY AGAIN]].
** Or [[WesternAnimation/TronUprising "Damn it, Beck!"]]
* In ''Film/StandByMe'', Creator/WilWheaton stars as Gordie [=LaChance=]. A year later, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' premieres with Wheaton as [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]], and features a character named Geordi [=LaForge=].
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' films:
** ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'':
*** A space probe that was turned into an intelligent life form was originally Voyager 6. In reality, it turns out NASA only ever planned and launched ''two'' Voyager probes...
*** [[http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/tmp2/tmphd0388.jpg The buckles on the Starfleet uniforms]] look a lot like an [=iPhone=] or [=iPod=] Touch, which means that TMP foresaw EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture.
** In ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}'', Scotty attempts to use an early Apple Mac lead to him saying "The keyboard? How quaint!" when advised to use it instead of the mouse[[note]]which he thinks is a microphone for voice command input![[/note]]. Dr. Nichols thinks he's unfamiliar with the use of mice and [[=GUIs=]], which were cutting-edge at the time. In the modern day, touchscreen-based devices are almost literally rendering keyboards quaint. LifeImitatesArt?
** In ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', after meeting Demora Sulu, Chekov wistfully says "I was never that young...", to which Kirk replies, "No, you were younger." In ''Film/StarTrek'', everybody is younger, [[Creator/AntonYelchin but Chekov in particular stands out]]. This sadly became a FunnyAneurysmMoment in 2016, when Anton Yelchin died in an auto accident at age 27, even younger than Creator/WalterKoenig was when he started playing Chekov.
** ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009):
*** Kirk's family is quite amusing when you consider the actors' subsequent work: His dad, who died after investigating a lightning storm in space, is now Film/{{Thor}}. His mom names him James after ''her'' father--in ''Series/OnceUponATime'', her father James is better known as Prince Charming and played by the same actor as ''Film/{{Thor}}'s'' Fandral the Dashing. So, Fandral's daughter ''married'' Thor and they eventually had a kid in space. Finally, Kirk's actor Creator/ChrisPine plays Prince Charming in the film adaptation of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'', making one Prince Charming, aka James, the grandson of another.
*** In ''Film/StarTrek'', Eric Bana plays a time-traveling man who misses his now-dead wife. ''The Time-Traveler's Wife'', starring Eric Bana, was released shortly after.
** Various scenes in the films have become funnier now that we know Creator/GeorgeTakei is gay.
*** In ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search for Spock}}'', when they bust [=McCoy=] out of the jail, Sulu holds a (male) guard up against a wall and seems just a ''little'' too close and low...and he seemed to be thrusting a bit...and if one pauses and ''really'' looks for it, Sulu's eyes seem to be staring at the guard's crotch. In the same scene, a phaser-packing Uhura orders the transporter beam operator to "get in the closet".
*** In ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}'', Sulu sure does ''love'' San Francisco, doesn't he?[[note]]In fact, Takei was ''born'' there, and that was always part of Sulu's {{Backstory}}.[[/note]] In addition, Takei mentioned in 2006 that he first met his partner Brad Altman "about 20 years ago", i.e., around the time that ''Star Trek IV'' was being made.
*** In ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', Kirk is surprised to learn that Sulu has a daughter--one old enough to be an officer on Enterprise-B. Aside from Takei coming out, Creator/WilliamShatner has admitted the rest of the cast may have a point about him being completely self-absorbed. Whether one attributes Kirk's surprise to his obliviousness about his crew moving on or to his perception of Sulu's sexuality, it's still pretty funny. And then, ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' shows Sulu having a daughter ''and'' a husband.
* For ''Star Wars'', three years after ''Film/ANewHope'' debuts in theaters, flybys reveal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Mimas_moon.jpg this]] closeup of Mimas, one of the Moons of Saturn.[[note]]Mimas has a grey, cratered appearance, along with a gigantic crater, Herschel, [[DontExplainTheJoke that gives it the appearance of the Death Star]].[[/note]]
** ThatsNoMoon, that's a... oh, wait, no. You were right, it's a moon. Sorry.
*** The header for Mimas in the page for UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfSaturn reads "[[InvertedTrope That's No Space Station]]".
** "These blast points, too accurate for Sand People. Only Imperial stormtroopers are so precise." Fair or not, PopCulturalOsmosis has given the stormtroopers [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy the opposite reputation]], making it difficult to take Obi-Wan's declaration seriously.
*** Although, [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith the last time Obi-Wan saw Stormtroopers in action]], they kicked serious ass, [[FridgeBrilliance which helps show how long Obi-Wan's been in hiding]].
** In 1996, when the [[GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion Special Editions]] were in the making, a digitally remastered edition was released on both formats (4:3 and widescreen). A Dutch poster campaign for the videos announced them as "The original version, for the last time". It's as if [[FanonDiscontinuity they knew]].
*** The ads were similar to those released in the United States in 1995. The ads there touted: "The Original ''Star Wars'' Trilogy on video...One Last Time." And depending on what you think, it was not the last time the originals were released on video if you count the 2006 Limited Edition DVD sets (which were presented in rather dated-looking masters from the early 1990s).
** Speaking of Dutch, we all know [[LukeIAmYourFather the greatest twist in the saga]]. Then we find out that Vader happens to be Dutch for "father". Perhaps a complete coincidence, considering George Lucas had probably never heard about the language and, as early drafts hint, likely had the word "invader" in mind for the character's name anyway. But considering Anakin's wife was already pregnant with Luke and [[spoiler:Leia]] and he wanted to save her from dying in childbirth, this would make Sidious dubbing him "Darth Vader" in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' doubly appropriate, because it's shorthand for "invader" (which would follow Sith naming conventions quite nicely, if the old EU is anything to go by) ''and'' another word for father, which the newly-minted Darth Vader would soon become.
** Han's dismissive statement about Obi-Wan, "Where did you dig up that old fossil?" has gotten funnier on two counts: first, Creator/HarrisonFord would go on to play AdventureArchaeologist Franchise/IndianaJones, and second, in Episode VII, Ford will be older than Creator/AlecGuinness was during the OT.
** Near the end of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', C-3PO remarks as he pilots Padme's ship "that [he] may be getting the hang of this flying." It's a reference to ''Film/ANewHope'', when Threepio said "Oh my, I've forgotten how much I hate space travel!". But then, Disney's ''[[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Star Tours]]'' ride was revamped, and look who now pilots your Starspeeder 1000!
** Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/MarkHamill did [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8czqAf5qek&hl=en-GB&gl=SG an interview]] promoting ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' on the morning show ''Today'' back in 1980. At the end of the interview, the host asks if they know which one of them will end up with Princess Leia. Hamill says that they want to keep as many surprises as possible, otherwise it would be like "your sister telling you what you're getting for Christmas". It's not clear if Hamill knew that Luke and Leia were twin siblings at that point, but it's very funny to watch that today nonetheless.
*** In a similar vein, there was a TV special called "The Making of 'StarWars'", produced just after the original film was made. When the question of who Leia will end up is addressed, Creator/MarkHamill quips, "She's a real chump if she goes with Han."
** Yoda messing around with Luke and R2-D2 in ''The Empire Strikes Back'' takes on a new context after the prequels and ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' reveal that Yoda and Artoo both know each other very well.
** ''Film/RogueOne'' retroactively makes the opening of ''A New Hope'' a hilarious example of RefugeInAudacity: Princess Leia [[BlatantLies tells Darth Vader that she and her ship were on a diplomatic mission]], despite Vader having ''personally'' witnessed the ship hightailing it from the Battle of Scarif with the stolen data on board.
* {{Creator/Disney}}'s film ''[[Disney/LiloAndStitch Stitch Has A Glitch]]'' was advertised with a fake-out trailer warning for ''Film/{{Revenge of the S|ith}}titch''. Guess who owns ''Franchise/StarWars'' now?
* The 1992 film ''A Stranger Among Us'' has a scene where Melanie Griffith's character sees the male lead, a Hasidic Jew and Kabbala student, listening to headphones and asks "Madonna?".
* The Farelly Brothers comedy ''Film/StuckOnYou'', starring Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear as a pair on conjoined twins, becomes even funnier after ''Film/GreenZone'', where Damon plays a soldier who is pitted against Kinnear's unethical bureaucrat.
* ''Film/SuperheroMovie'', which parodies the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' has two.
** Creator/DrakeBell, who plays Dragonfly, the parody of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, would go on to voice Spidey for real in the ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' TV series, which is practically a parody of Spider-Man.
** Hourglass, the ComicBook/NormanOsborn parody, has a terminal illness. This plotline was given to the real Norman Osborn in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderManSeries''.
* A 1991 draft of the script for the ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie had Mario accidentally hatching a baby dinosaur, named Mario Jr., who mistakes Mario for his mother. A couple of months later, the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' episode "Mama Luigi", in which Luigi finds a baby Yoshi who mistakes him for his mother, aired. This is perhaps made even funnier by the fact that "Mama Luigi" is now [[MemeticMutation an Internet meme]].
* ''Film/SurfNinjas'' was about two princes growing up as surfers. [[RealLife Prince William]], second in line to the throne of the United Kingdom, is a surfer. That and the binoculars and eyepatch gag are probably the two truly funny things from that movie.

* ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'' is about a UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} driver who loses his ride and sponsorship due to costly on-track activities and ends up returning with an underfunded independent team. It becomes HilariousInHindsight after Kurt Busch was fired from the powerhouse Penske Racing in 2011 for outbursts and ended up starting the 2012 season with underfunded Phoenix Racing.
* In ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', directed by ''Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone'', the main character is named Gary Johnston. In 2012, the Libertarian Party candidate for President was named Gary Johnson. To make this reference even funnier, Parker and Stone are avowed Libertarians.
* In ''Film/{{Ted 2}}'', Bobby Moynihan is seen portraying Ted in an in-universe ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch. This wouldn't be the last time he would [[WesternAnimation/WeBareBears play a bear]].
* More of an in-film thing, but one of Creator/ZoeSaldana's early roles was as a TSA agent in ''Film/TheTerminal''. Who happened to be a die-hard Trekkie. Five years later, she lands the role of Lt. Uhura in ''Film/StarTrek''. And ''then'', spinning on a few more years, Creator/DiegoLuna - the actor so adorkably geeking about discovering the sci-fi nerdom of the girl of his dreams - would be cast as the male lead in ''Film/RogueOne'', the first "anthology film" other Mega Sci-Fi franchise, ''Franchise/StarWars'' (and being a shameless Star Wars PromotedFanboy about it too).
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'', Michelangelo exclaims upon first seeing April O'Neil on TV "She's a fox!" In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'' 24 years later, April O'Neil is played by none other than ''Creator/MeganFox''.
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'':
** In hindsight, the backdraft for the whole "the Turtles is aliens" twist after the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 recent cartoon]] (also produced by Nickelodeon) revealed that [[spoiler: ''April'' is essentially an alien in that series.]]
** To a lesser and more meta extent is the fact that the turtles look very similiar to popular "realistic fanart". Another meta example is that the trailers have [[CrackShip somehow caused people to ship Raph and April]] [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 again.]]
** A meta example comes in the supposed 99-Cheese Pizza Splinter temps Mikey with. Despite Donny's that such a pizza is a 'Culinary Impossibility', a famous pizza maker [[http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/99-cheese-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-pizza/story?id=27647064 pulled it off]].
** "Ooh, look, he's doing his Batman voice." becomes funny when it was announced that [[http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2015/07/10/the-dark-knight-meets-the-heroes-in-a-half-shell the Ninja Turtles will have a crossover with Batman in the Fall of 2015]]. Adding to this is that Vernon's actor, Will Arnett, previously voiced Batman in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie.''
* In 1982's ''Film/TheThing1982'', Creator/KeithDavid's Dr. Childs claimed he "didn't believe [in] voodoo bullshit". Come 2009, he's turned to [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog conjuring voodoo bullshit.]]
* In ''[[Series/TheIncredibleHulk The Incredible Hulk Returns]]'', [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] is introduced as a being entirely separate from Donald Blake, who in the comics was his [[SecretIdentity Alter Ego]]. Flash forward a few decades to Marvel's ''[[Film/{{Thor}} Thor]]'' where a Donald Blake exists entirely separate from Thor, although he is only mentioned several times as a MythologyGag and [[TheGhost never shown onscreen]].
* Another ''Film/{{Thor}}'' example: Director Kenneth Branagh is also a noted Shakespearean and has said he [[TheBardOnBoard based some aspects]] of ''Thor'' on ''Theater/HenryIV''. Fast forward a year later, when ''Series/TheHollowCrown'', an adaptation of three of Shakespeare's histories including Henry IV, comes out...and it's ''[[Creator/TomHiddleston Loki]]'' playing Prince Hal.
* At one point during the car chase scene in ''{{Film/THX 1138}}'' a voice can be heard over a police radio saying "I think I ran over a Wookiee back there" - Terry [=McGovern=] was improvising and made up that term on the spot, and of course this inspired the name of the creatures in Creator/GeorgeLucas' next movie, ''Franchise/StarWars''. Hearing the line now, it's hard not to get the mental image of poor Chewbacca getting hit by a police car.
* ''Film/TinCup''. Rory [=McIlroy=], a RealLife golfer who comes out of nowhere to win Opens makes it even funnier to follow the adventures of the fictional [=Roy McAvoy=].
* In the late 90s, Creator/LeslieNielsen was attached to star in a ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' spoof called ''Titanic Too: It Missed the Iceberg'', which would have been set in the present-day and centered around the maiden voyage of a replica version of the ''Titanic'', but the project ultimately fell through after being unable to secure funding. In 2010, Creator/TheAsylum produced the NoBudget flick ''Titanic II'', which had the exact same storyline except done in complete seriousness. And then two years after that, a plan to make a ''real-life'' Titanic II [[http://www.people.com/article/titanic-ii-to-set-sail-in-2018?xid=rss-fullcontent was announced...]]
* In ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', Elliot Carver discusses starting a Presidential sex scandal - shortly before UsefulNotes/BillClinton's own "Fornigate". Even before any scandals broke Clinton had a reputation as a womanizer, and a sex scandal was assumed to be political death for any sitting president.
* ''Film/ATripToTheMoon'' is funny enough in its own right. But its image of a bullet-shaped rocket is oddly prophetic, given all the shapes a rocket could be. Firing a satellite into space using a giant cannon is also something that has been and is still being seriously considered in certain circles, though doing so to a manned spacecraft would be unfeasible.
* The main character in the original ''Film/{{Troll}}'' film is named Literature/HarryPotter Jr.
* ''Film/TropicThunder'':
** Robert Downey Jr.'s character cautions against "going full-retard": playing a mentally challenged character who doesn't have special abilities because of it, and so turns off the [[OscarBait Oscar voters]] you're trying to win over (he was nominated for an Oscar for his role). Robert Downey Jr.'s next film was ''[[BasedOnATrueStory The]] [[OscarBait Soloist]]'', which featured his character befriending a man with mental problems played by Jamie Foxx (he wasn't nominated for an Oscar despite portraying a RealLife mentally challenged yet ridiculously gifted person).
** Some people in France should have paid more attention to ''Film/TropicThunder''. Less than two years after it was released, they hired the very white Gerad Depardieu to play the lead role in a biopic on Creator/AlexandreDumas (whose grandfather was African, and who, when he was alive, was known as ''Le Negre'') in makeup and a curly wig. [[UnfortunateImplications Outrage ensued]].
** Robert Downey, Jr., plays a character who seems to be a parody of Creator/HeathLedger. The following year he was nominated for an Oscar and lost. Guess who won.
* In ''Film/TrueLies'', Ahnuld's character, in the name of ObfuscatingStupidity, calls a nuclear warhead a "sno-cone maker". Hang on a minute, this reminds us of [[Film/BatmanAndRobin a later Ahnold role]], in which his character's gimmick is snow, ice and bad puns.
** Taking it UpToEleven, the character delivers the infamous one-liner "You're fired" to the villain [[spoiler:before killing him]]. Two decades later, he was selected as the replacement host for Creator/DonaldTrump in ''Series/TheApprentice'', a series known for using that one-liner.
** In ''Film/LastActionHero'', after Slater has come to the real world, he commandeers a car by punching through the window first, then lampshades the SoftGlass trope by pointing out that it really hurt. Arnold's next movie was ''Film/TrueLies'', and while filming one scene in which he punches out a car window angrily while talking to Tom Arnold's character, he accidentally punched the wrong window... one that ''was'' real glass. Tom Arnold's shocked reaction, we imagine, isn't all fake.
** The FemmeFatale of ''Film/TrueLies'' is Juno Skinner as played by Tia Carrere, an antiquities dealer who has attracted the scorn and ire of archaeologists for profiteering off priceless artifacts of great historical value. Carrere would go on to portray the AdventurerArchaeologist Sydney Fox in the TV show ''Series/RelicHunter''.
* Once upon a time, the premise of ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' and ''Ed TV'' were considered fictional. These days, we know them as "webcams" and "reality TV."
* In the 1985 film ''Tuff Turf'', James Spader's character walks out of a bar in which Creator/RobertDowneyJr's character has been playing. Outside the bar, the words "[[http://www.movieweb.com/news/1985s-tuff-turf-predicted-the-avengers-casting-of-robert-downey-jr-and-james-spader The New Avengers ]]" are visible in graffiti on the wall. Fast forward thirty years, and Spader is playing Ultron (with Downey, Jr. returning as Iron Man) in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.
** And of course there was ''Film/LessThanZero'', where Spader played the abusive drug dealer that Downey, Jr. was indebted to.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': In the Japanese dub of the movie, Creator/TakahiroSakurai voiced the vampire hero Edward Cullen. This is even funnier if you already know that Sakurai voiced in the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'' for Nintendo DS the main hero Jonathan Morris, a '''VampireHunter'''.

* In ''Film/UndercoverBrother'' (2002), Lance (Creator/NeilPatrickHarris) has his BerserkButton pressed when a guard calls him a sissy, leading him to say "I am not a SISSY!" In November 2006, Neil Patrick Harris publicly came out as gay. For those not in the know, "sissy" was originally a slur against gay people.
* ''Film/UnitedPassions'', a hagiography of the FIFA and its leaders, turned out to be this due to its release timing coinciding with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_FIFA_corruption_case a major corruption scandal]]. The claim in the trailer that [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Sepp Blatter]] is "very good at finding money" took on a whole new meaning. The movie was [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2814362/ not well received]].
* ''Film/USMarshals'', where Wesley Snipes is wrongfully accused, becomes slightly silly now that Snipes has been convicted of numerous crimes.
** Really most of his movies outside maybe the ''Blade'' series falls under this, since he's usually typecast as a cop or other authority figure.

* In ''Film/ValentinesDay'', the character Sean Jackson, is a football player who becomes the first male major sports athlete to come out as gay as he enters free agency. In 2013, basketball player Jason Collins became the real first male major sports athlete to come out, also as he entered free agency.

* ''Film/WagTheDog'', about creating a (fictional) war with Albania to cover up a presidential sex scandal, was released less than a month before the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and subsequent attacks against Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Yugoslavia, which is directly to the north of Albania.
** And indeed Albania itself imploded not long after the UK release of the film - from one of the most massive {{Ponzi}} scams of all time, between [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivar_Kreuger Ivar Kreuger]] and Bernie Madoff.
** ''Film/WagTheDog'' [[TakeThat was shown on Serbian state television on the night Operation Noble Anvil--the NATO bombing campaign against Yugoslavia--began]]
*** And before the Lewinsky scandal, it was considered to be very timely, because Clinton was being accused of demonizing Osama Bin Laden to distract attention from the Paula Jones scandal.
* In ''Film/WalkHardTheDeweyCoxStory'', there's a scene where Dewey Cox's song of the same name (which is a spoof of Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line", to go with the early portions of the film spoofing the Cash biopic ''Walk The Line'') gets sampled in a hit rap song in a very clumsy, incongruous way. A couple of years later, Snoop Dogg would do a remix of "I Walk The Line" itself, which amounted to a Snoop Dogg song with very awkwardly incorporated Johnny Cash samples.
* Creator/OliverStone's ''Film/WallStreet'' strangely presages Creator/CharlieSheen's real-life descent into cocaine-fueled, manic self-absorption. Possibly doubles as a FunnyAneurysmMoment depending on your point of view.
* Chris Pratt had a small but memorable role in ''Film/{{Wanted}}'', where [[Creator/JamesMcavoy James McAvoy]] beat him across the face with a keyboard. Years later, both men would become Marvel superheroes. [=McAvoy=] went on to play Professor X in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' and ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', while Pratt went on to play Star-Lord in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.
* In ''Film/WaterForElephants'', Creator/RobertPattinson plays a character named "Jacob". This also happens to be the name of the romantic rival to Pattinson's character in a [[Literature/{{Twilight}} popular film series]], also based on books.
* A scene in Rob Reiner's ''Film/WhenHarryMetSally'' shows Harry reading ''Literature/{{Misery}}''. A year later, the novel's film adaptation was released, also directed by Reiner.
* The 1954 Bing Crosby film ''White Christmas'' has a line about it being "impossible to find a Democrat in Vermont". Back in the 40's-late 50's, Vermont was ''very'' Republican, to the point where it was one of only two states (the other being Maine) that UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt never won in his four presidential elections. Sixty years later, it's the only state UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush never visited as President, probably out of fear for his life.
** Vermont ''is'' very pro-gun for a "blue" state, however.
* From the 1990 Creator/ClintEastwood directed/produced ''White Hunter, Black Heart'': ([[http://youtu.be/nc0MIJ6QJEw?t=59s The clip]] was actually used in full for the montage that was made for his "Lifetime Achiements Awards")
-->'''John Wilson (As [[Film/TheAfricanQueen John Huston expy)]]:''' Oh Bill! I'll die broke in a downtown Los Angeles flop house; And I won't be bitter! I'll have contributed maybe five-ten damn good pictures. They'll name a Special Academy Award after me. And you know something? All the wrong Guys will get it. And I will be in Hell laughing my ass off!
* In ''Film/WithoutWarning1980'', Kevin Peter Hall plays an alien that has come to Earth to hunt humans. He would later play a similar role as the eponymous creature in ''Film/{{Predator}}''.
* Overlaps with TotallyRadical in ''Film/TheWizard''; "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad." Those of a certain age who remember that in circa-1990 youth slang, ''bad'' meant ''good'' will understand the ''[[MerchandiseDriven intended]]'' meaning... It's even more hilarious now that the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} has come out and been everything the Power Glove is ''not''.
* In the original 1941 film ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'', Sir Talbot (Claude Rains) makes an offhand remark about destiny and the werewolf legend. Lon Chaney's character, recalling something the old gypsy woman told him earlier, replies in all sincerity, "ThatsWhatSheSaid."
* ''Film/WorldWarZ'' had Peter Capaldi as a W.H.O. Doctor. Fast forward a few months, Capaldi became [[Series/DoctorWho the Twelfth Doctor]].
* Disney/WreckItRalph [[{{Franchise/Disgaea}} isn't the only video game character that wants to be the hero.]]
** Seeing ''[=RoadBlasters=]'' in an arcade can turn into this, after having seen the scene of [[spoiler:Turbo crashing a]] ''[=RoadBlasters=]'' cabinet.
** ''Sugar Rush'' looks like a [[LevelAte candy-filled]] knockoff of ''VideoGame/MarioKart''. In 2014, ''VideoGame/MarioKart8'' was released and one of its tracks is Sweet Sweet Canyon, which definitely seems to be inspired by ''Sugar Rush''.
** Ralph spies on a party in his home game and sees Pac-Man causing him to exclaim, "They invited ''Pac-Man?''" fast Forward to 2014, and Pac-Man was confirmed for Super Smash Bros. 4.

* According to ''Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture'', one of the GovernmentConspiracy's most powerful weapons is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fema FEMA]]. After the New Orleans debacle...um...no.
** The video game ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' also made use of FEMA in this manner, claiming it had the power to 'suspend the Constitution in case of an emergency' thus allowing the conspiracy to take over. They probably lifted it directly from the X-Files film, since a member of the conspiracy uses literally that exact line. In reality, FEMA has no such powers whatsoever outside of the imaginings of conspiracy theorists.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** The '90s ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series had a significant amount of HoYay elements between Magneto and Professor X, particularly in the series finale - well before they cast Sir Creator/IanMcKellen (who is openly homosexual) as ComicBook/{{Magneto}} in the [[Film/XMenFilmSeries movies]]. Also, Creator/PatrickStewart, who played Xavier, once played a homosexual man in the film ''Jeffrey''.
*** And now Creator/JamesMcAvoy and Creator/MichaelFassbender have notably ''embraced'' the HoYay in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.
** ''Film/XMen1'':
*** Dr. Jean Grey tells Professor X that Logan's healing ability "makes his age impossible to determine. He could very well be older than you, Professor." She doesn't realize how true this is because both ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' and ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' have established that Wolverine is about a ''century older'' than Xavier! (James Howlett was born in the early 1830s while Charles' birth year is the early 1930s.)
*** Rogue (played by Creator/AnnaPaquin) is unable to have prolonged physical contact with anyone as she sucks out their life-force like a vampire. In ''Series/TrueBlood'', the actress' character deals with actual vampires, and it seems that [[FanService all Sookie ever does is have prolonged physical contact]].
*** At the end of the movie, Wolverine tells Rogue "I have some business to take care of up north." The Podcast/RiffTrax notes that he's gone to help Santa Claus. In ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', Creator/HughJackman did end up helping Santa Claus, as the voice of the Easter Bunny.
*** Creator/AngelaBassett was offered the role of Comicbook/{{Storm}}, but turned it down. She later wound up playing the mother of Storm's ex-husband in ''Film/BlackPanther''.
** ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'':
*** Comicbook/KittyPryde and Bobby's relationship being a NotWhatItLooksLike situation for him and Rogue in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' takes on a slightly new light now that Creator/EllenPage is open about being a lesbian. Rogue really did have nothing to worry about.
*** For bonus hilarity, Iceman later came out himself in the comics.
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'':
*** Real world instance: Fans had been clamoring for Gambit to appear in X-Men films since the first one. The public response from the directors and writers was "If we include him, we want to make him integral to the story. We're not going to just throw him in there because he's popular." Come this film, Gambit is in, fulfilling a minor role which could be handled by any character. It really seems like the studio executives just thought, "Who's a popular character we haven't used yet?"
*** Also, the video game ends with Wolverine in a future with Sentinels. What happens in the end of Film/TheWolverine?
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':
*** When Hank [=McCoy=] is [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything outed]] as a mutant in 1962, he bluntly states, "You didn't ask, so I didn't tell." The funny bit is that when the screenplay was written, the ''Don't Ask Don't Tell'' policy was still in effect. As of June 2011, it's not.
*** Considering that Xavier can [[spoiler:easily use Magneto as a marionette as long as the latter doesn't wear the telepathy-blocking helmet in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'']], his words of encouragement in ''First Class'' ("When you can access all of that, you will possess a power no one can match. Not even me") now sounds rather hollow. It comes off as a little white lie that he made up on the spot in order to try to help Erik achieve the correct point between rage and serenity. In their natural state, Charles' ability is stronger than Erik's, no ifs, ands or buts about it.
*** Creator/JenniferLawrence plays a younger version of Rebecca Romijn. Lawrence later admitted to "stalking" Romijn's ex-husband John Stamos at a party.
*** After [[spoiler:Darwin dies]], Erik suggests they avenge him. [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Guess what came out the following year?]]
** ''Film/{{Logan}}'' adapted [[spoiler:''ComicBook/DeathOfWolverine'', including, as the title suggests, Wolverine dying. The one-shots kicking off ''ComicBook/MarvelLegacy'' sees the resurrection of comics!Wolverine.]]

* What have [[Film/TheOmen Damian Thorn]] and [[Manga/CrayonShinChan Shinnosuke Nohara]] have in common? Both kids are voiced by Creator/AkikoYajima (in Damian's case, in [[Film/TheOmen2006 the 2006 remake]]'s dub). The difference is Shin-chan is an ''ass'' and Damian is '''TheAntiChrist'''.

* Pick any scene with Creator/KristenStewart in ''{{Film/Zathura}}''. It's about a zillion times funnier after ''Film/{{Twilight}}''. Especially when she sniffs her hair, and when she says that the astronaut obviously feels very protective of her.
** [[http://cheezburger.com/6974947072 This poster]] nails it.
** In the beginning of the film, one of the brothers changes the channel from a sports game to WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}. In the Parenthood episode "Solace", the TV changes to Spongebob during the middle of a sporting event some of the characters were watching.
* In ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'', Jesse Eisenberg's character mentions that the best thing about the zombie apocalypse is that there are "no Facebook status updates." The year after the film was released, Eisenberg played the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, in ''Film/TheSocialNetwork''.
** Between ''The Social Network'' and ContinuityReboot ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', Eduardo Saverin/Peter Parker (Creator/AndrewGarfield) created an internet sensation with [[Film/{{Zombieland}} Colombus and hooked up with Wichita]].
** With Hostess going out of business and people actually quickly buying up remaining supplies of their various snacks, Twinkies included, Tallahassee's quest to find one last Twinkie "before they expire" is very much this (it also may count as HarsherInHindsight to anyone who enjoyed Hostess snacks).

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%%** Before voicing [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Kira Yamato]], Creator/SoichiroHoshi already has a previous experience with another annoying teen in a Japanese dub of an horror film. The name of that film? '''[[Film/ChildsPlay The SEED of Chucky]]'''.
%%* Maryjun Takahashi, who portrays Komagata Yumi in the ''Film/RurouniKenshin'' sequel, is not the first person in her family to play a live-action {{anime}} role; her younger sister Yu was Sailor Jupiter in the 2013 ''Theatre/SeraMyu'' revival.
%%* In ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'', Sears and K-Mart have refused to sell Spinal Tap's latest album because of the cover. Now we know why those two stores aren't doing so well now.
%%* It is common knowledge that Michael Myers's white mask in ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' is a bleached [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]] mask, but what many doesn't know that the look had already been done three years previously in ''The Devil's Rain'', by [[Creator/WilliamShatner the good Captain himself]]. To elaborate, Shatner's character is turned into an unwilling slave to a Satanic cult, which leaves him with extremely pale skin, black holes where his eyes should be and Myers-esque stiff movements. Shatner even pulls off a similar QuizzicalTilt like Michael.