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Actor Allusion: Live-Action Films
Examples of Actor Allusions in Live-Action Movies.

  • In Are We Done Yet, John C. McGinley's character was explaining about dangerous pathogens to the main characters.
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
    • The movie shows Cary Grant's character sitting by a tombstone that bears the name Archie Leach, Grant's real name.
    • In the original run of the play the part of Jonathan Brewster, who had had so many cosmetic surgeries he "look[ed] like Boris Karloff", was played by Boris Karloff. He was unavailable for the film however, because he was still in the play on Broadway, so the part was played by Raymond Massey.
  • River's Edge, Dennis Hopper's character talks about how he was a biker years previously.
  • The Film of the Book Bridget Jones' Diary had Colin Firth cast as Mark Darcy, Bridget's Love Interest. The book was based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, whose romantic lead is Fitzwilliam Darcy (this itself is referenced in a line about how Bridget finds it ridiculous of Mark to be named Darcy and stand by himself at a party). Colin Firth played a particularly memorable Mr. Darcy in a 1996 BBC television adaptation of P & P. The character of Bridget Jones started in a column in The Independent and the Daily Telegraph, and when the adaptation was being broadcast she would often mention how much she fancied him. His casting in Bridget Jones's Diary was a HUGE Actor Allusion. Also, the only male actors mentioned in the novel Bridget Jones's Diary are Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Firth is Darcy, and Grant played Daniel Cleaver, Bridget's other Love Interest. Grant also starred in another Jane Austen dramatization, Sense and Sensibility.
  • In Brigada Explosiva: Mision Pirata, Emilio Disi's character asks a girl if she's heard of Brigada Z. When she says no, he asks: "What about Bañeros?". Disi and his co-star in the movie, Gino Renni, co-starred in the Bañeros trilogy.
  • There's an interesting example of what looks like an Actor Allusion but apparently isn't in Evolution with David Duchovny. When an alien threat appears, Duchovny's character advises against calling in the government, saying, "I've worked with those guys, you can't trust them" or words to that effect. This would appear to be an obvious reference to The X-Files. According to interviews with Duchovny and the director of the film, however, this line was not an allusion to The X-Files; the director had never seen the show. That, however, did not stop the studio's marketing department from making it appear that way in the movie's TV commercials.
  • In the 1940 screwball comedy His Girl Friday, Cary Grant delivers the line "Listen, the last man that said that to me was Archie Leach just a week before he cut his throat." (Archie Leach was Grant's real name.)
  • In Stardust, Ricky Gervais's character Ferdy the Fence tells Robert De Niro's character, Captain Shakespeare, that "You're havin' a laugh." On Extras, Gervais plays an actor who plays a character on the Show Within a Show, and this character's Catch Phrase is "Are you havin' a laugh?" In one episode, he even wonders what DeNiro would think of his career.
  • A Fish Called Wanda
    • Otto secretly betrays George to the police, then visits him in jail. He asks if George knows who sent him up, mentioning "Kevin Delaney" as a possible suspect. Otto is played by Kevin Delaney Kline.
    • George's full name in that movie is George Thomason. He is played by Tom Georgeson.
  • Speaking of which, in Fierce Creatures, Rollo briefly calls Willa "Wanda" by accident. Makes sense for a Spiritual Successor.
  • In How to Marry a Millionaire, Lauren Bacall's character is talking about men who married younger women: "Look at Roosevelt, look at Churchill, look at that old fella what's his name in The African Queen."
  • Will Smith played a Younger and Hipper alien-busting rookie agent in Men In Black, but that wasn't his first run-in with extraterrestrial life.
  • The Rock
  • Connery also replies "But of course you do!" to a mook who claims he has a black belt, in the film Rising Sun.
  • The American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had a very James Bond inspired title sequence. Fitting, since Michael Blomquist was played by Daniel Craig.
  • In the 1986 remake of Invaders From Mars, the police officer who was told that something strange was going on up at the sandpit (and mentioned he hadn't been up there since he'd been a boy) was played by the same actor who, in 1953, was the boy who'd seen something strange going on up at the sandpit.
  • The remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers has a couple:
    • At the start of the film, protagonist Donald Sutherland is startled by an old lunatic (played by Kevin McCarthy) running through traffic and screaming that they're coming. Kevin McCarthy had been the protagonist in the original film, who'd last been seen running through traffic screaming that they were coming at the end of that film.
    • Leonard Nimoy's character is replaced by an emotionless Podling.
  • Iron Man:
    • Jeff Bridges plays nice piano at Tony's house. He plays even better when Michelle Pfeiffer is lying on top of it.
      • Even when he's playing weapons manufacturer Obadiah Stane, it's hard not to think of him as His Dudeness. The film very subtly acknowledges this when Stane speaks dismissively about hippies and then asks "Am I wrong?", which John Goodman repeatedly asks Bridges in Lebowski.
    "You're not wrong; you're just an asshole."
    • A harder to catch one is when Pepper is at Obadiah's computer, and there are folders marked "Lebowski".
  • Iron Man 2:
  • Iron Man 3:
    • Tony has a Wing Chun dummy in his workshop and gives it a few strikes in passing. Robert Downey Jr. is a practitioner of Wing Chun in real life, and it's the fighting style of choice for his Sherlock Holmes character.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Jack Sparrow's father is played by Keith Richards, which is a Shout-Out to Johnny Depp's quote about using him as inspiration for Jack's famous mannerisms. Even better, Keith's scene features him playing guitar.
    • The fourth film features Gemma Ward as a character named Tamara. Out of the only four films Gemma has starred in thus far, one has been The Strangers, in which her character is introduced enigmatically asking if an unknown "Tamara" is in the house.
    • Also in the fourth film, Barbossa asks, "aren't we all kings' men?" Geoffrey Rush was fresh off his Oscar-nominated role as Lionel Logue in The King's Speech.
  • In Stay Tuned, John Ritter's character lands in the living room of an apartment that looks like the one his character in Three's Company lived in. Two women (lookalikes of Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt) enter and ask in unison "WHERE have you been?". He does a pratfall over the sofa, as he frequently did on the series. This scene solely exists to be an Actor Allusion, since Ritter screams and immediately hits his remote control to go elsewhere.
  • It's probably easier to list the scenes in the 2007 adaptation of St Trinians which don't nod to Colin Firth's previous career in some way. The dog is called Mr. Darcy. (In one scene, it starts humping his leg, and he later kicks it into a lawnmower.) The MacGuffin of the film is the painting Girl with a Pearl Earring. (At one point, a couple of Chavs remark, "Wow! I can see why Colin Firth wanted to shag her!") It all culminates in a scene where, after being thrown out of a window into a fountain after being caught in a girls' dorm room, he walks across a field with his shirt sopping wet and romantic piano music being played in the background in a spectacular Homage Shot of the famous scene with Sexy Soaked Shirt from the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
  • The Ocean's Trilogy has several:
    • In Ocean's Thirteen, as Rusty (Brad Pitt) bids goodbye to Danny (George Clooney), he tells him not to gain so much weight in between gigs next time — an allusion to Clooney packing on extra pounds for his role in Syriana. Danny responds by telling Rusty to settle down and have a couple of kids — a reference to Pitt's relationship with Angelina Jolie and their many adopted/biological children "acquired" in the short period of time between the films 2 and 3 (or Twelve and Thirteen depending on semantics).
    • Tess Ocean pretends to be Julia Roberts as a part of a heist, because she looks a bit like her. She is played by Julia Roberts.
      • In the same scenes when Tess is pretending to be the actress playing her, she encounters Bruce Willis playing himself. During the scene involving Bruce and her interacting, Matt Damon's character interjects with a line that includes "You know, that little statue on the mantle starts smirking at you after a while, know what I mean?" Bruce replies with a very dry and seemingly annoyed "No.". The reference is to the fact both Matt Damon and Julia Roberts have won Oscars. Bruce Willis has not.
      • It could further be an allusion to Bruce Willis originally being cast as Danny Ocean before being recast due to schedule conflicts.
    • All three films make references to Frank Sinatra either through dialogue or through his music. Frank Sinatra originated the role of Danny Ocean in the original Ocean's Eleven.
  • On the subject of Frank Sinatra, in the original Ocean's Eleven, he played a guy who runs a floating crap game. Sound familiar?
  • In the film The Marine, John Cena's relentless pursuit of the bad guys prompts one underling to remark that "This guy's like the Terminator!" The head bad guy, played by Robert "T-1000" Patrick, glances in the rear view mirror at the comment.
  • Maverick
    • The title character (played by Mel Gibson) is in a bank as it is held up by an unnamed bankrobber played by Danny Glover who starred alongside Gibson in the Lethal Weapon series of movies. Maverick acts as though he recognises the voice of the bank robber and pulls down his mask, leading the two of them to share a moment (as a portion of Lethal Weapon's main theme plays) before shaking their heads and walking away. As he makes his getaway, the unnamed bankrobber also mentions that he's "getting too old for this".
    • Further, the film features the father of Bret Maverick — who, just coincidentally, happens to be played by none other than James Garner, who originated the role of Maverick on TV (and who in fact played Bret and Bart's "Pappy" in the Maverick episode of that same — he was often referenced on the show, but that was the only episode in which he was ever seen).
  • Hot Shots Part Deux
    • The film features a particularly tangled Actor Allusion. Charlie Sheen, as Topper Harley, rides a boat through a swamp and in voice-over makes an entry in his journal, reciting dialogue that is almost identical to one of his monologues from Platoon. But he's distracted by another voice-over — he looks up to see Martin Sheen, his real-life father, heading towards him in another boat while re-enacting one of his monologues from Apocalypse Now. To cap it off, the two notice each other, stand up, and as the boats speed past, give each other a thumb's-up and reference yet another movie, in which both Sheens appeared: "I loved you in Wall Street!"
    • President Benson dons a wet suit and joins a Navy Seal team of scuba divers. He also provides voice-over narration, describing the underwater action. The actor is most famous for the television series Sea Hunt.
  • X-Men:
  • The Spaceballs parody of the Alien chestburster scene comes complete with John Hurt, who hangs a lampshade on it with the line, "Oh no, not again!"
  • Epic Movie
  • Towards the beginning of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, an extreme sports punk who steals Harold's parking space shouts "Better luck tomorrow!" at Harold, in reference to John Cho's role as the antagonist in the eponymous film.
  • Meet the Spartans has the Captain, played by Kevin Sorbo, say, "Don't make me go Hercules on your ass!"
  • In The Cannonball Run, Burt Reynolds' character considers driving a black Trans Am in the eponymous race, the same vehicle Reynolds famously drove in Smokey and the Bandit. He then comments "It's been done."
  • In Evan Almighty, the title character, while being carjacked by God, drives past a movie theater. It's showing The 40-Year-Old Virgin Mary. Minus the Mary, this was one of Steve Carell's movies.
  • Indiana Jones
    • In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Indy at one point declares, "I have a bad feeling about this," a line he previously uttered as Han Solo in Star Wars (and which would be a sort of Once per Episode occurrence in that film series; Solo was the second character to say it, in the trash compactor). Yoda Stories has an appearance by Indy too. Luke just says he looks familiar.
  • The Rock, Con Air, and Face/Off are connected by a running gag around Nicolas Cage. In The Rock, Nicolas Cage explains to Sean Connery that he drives a beige Volvo. In Con Air, Nicholas Cage cuts Dave Chappelle's body loose from the plane, and it crashes onto a beige Volvo. In Face/Off, Nicolas Cage escapes from the oil rig prison and steals a beige Volvo.
  • Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have had a friendly rivalry for years, and many of their movies have in-jokes about the other:
    Arnold: I'll be back!
    Willis: No! You've come back enough! I'll be back!
    Arnold: Yipee-ki-yay.
    (Chuck Norris joins in the brawl)
    Arnold: Who's next, Rambo?
    • The third film has Wesley Snipes make a joke about being in jail for tax evasion and has Schwarzenegger yell "Get to da choppah!" Harrison Ford, a helicopter pilot in real life, spends most of his screen time flying a helicopter.
  • In The 6th Day, Arnold tells a man to "Get Out" of his truck — just like he did in The Terminator with a tanker.
  • In Terminator Salvation, the bodybuilder playing the T-800 (physically, that is), Roland Kickinger, had previously played Arnold in the made-for-TV biopic See Arnold Run.
  • In Hot Fuzz, Edward Woodward is one of the villagers in the Town with a Dark Secret. Woodward investigated such a town in The Wicker Man.
  • Hulk
    • In the 2003 film, Lou Ferrigno played a security guard (alongside Hulk's creator Stan Lee), and in The Incredible Hulk (the 2008 movie starring Edward Norton), he voiced the Hulk (as well as playing another security guard). Ferrigno played the Hulk in the 1978-'82 live-action TV series.
    • In the 2008 movie, Edward Norton watches the Brazilian version of The Courtship of Eddie's Father, which starred Bill Bixby, who played David Bruce Banner in the Hulk live action TV series. The kindly owner of the pizza parlor is played by Paul Soles, who voiced the Hulk in the '60s cartoon.
  • The Tim "Buzz Lightyear" Allen remake of The Shaggy Dog has the eponymous dog jump off a bridge on to a bus, with Allen saying "To infinity and beyond!"
  • In The Santa Clause 2 Santa (Tim Allen) encountered a plastic duplicate of Santa who believes himself to be the real thing. While combating one another the plastic Santa calls him a "Sad, strange little man."
  • In The Punisher (2004), Frank's old cop buddies are trying to calm him down by saying they understand that he's upset. He responds, in part, "I used to get upset when the Yankees won the Series." This is both a Shout-Out to the original Punisher, where Frank Castle was always depicted as a New Yorker. And its an Actor Allusion about the actor, Thomas Jane, whose biggest role prior was playing Mickey Mantle of the Yankees in 61*
  • Kung Pow! Enter the Fist has Mushufasa (a reference to Mufasa from The Lion King, played by James Earl Jones), signing off with one of Jones' taglines: "This is CNN".
  • There are at least two Shannen Doherty in-jokes in Mallrats: in one scene, Doherty's character Rene is called "Brenda" by mistake (her character in 90210). Ben Affleck's character's name, Shannon Hamilton, is a veiled reference to Doherty's previous marriage to Ashley Hamilton.
  • The Naked Gun
    • In The Naked Gun 2½, actor Lloyd Bochner has a small role as a member of a consortium of villains. Towards the end of the film, there's a hysterical crowd scene which features a split-second shot of him holding a large book entitled "To Serve Man", yelling "It's a cookbook!!" This is a reference to a famous episode of the original Twilight Zone TV series which Bochner starred in.
    • The climax of Naked Gun 33 1/3 occurs at the Academy Awards, complete with a number of celebrities showing up as usual. Two of them are "Weird Al" Yankovic and Vanna White. Frank and Jane tie them up with lights and drag them into the bushes, leaving a small but notable number of viewers wondering why they weren't stuffed into a closet instead.
  • The first scene of Tango & Cash has Tango saying "Rambo is a pussy." Guess who plays Tango.
  • The Norwegian war movie Nine Lives, directed by Arne Skouen, has a married couple helping the hero in a critical phase - played by actors Alf Malland and Henny Moan. At some point in the movie, the two have to fight their way through a blizzard, with the wife (Moan) almost collapsing in the snow. Five years after Nine Lives producer Arne Skouen made Cold Tracks, once again with Malland and Moan in central roles, and once again, Moan collapses during a blizzard (in Cold Tracks, she does it twice). This movie also retold events from World War II.
    • The two also starred in a third Norwegian war movie, Surrounded, and they once again played a couple.
  • The Freshman is all about this trope. Marlon Brando plays a powerful, shadowy, charismatic crime boss whose resemblance to Don Vito Corleone is remarked on by all the other characters. Matthew Broderick's character tells Marlon Brando's, "You know, you look an awful lot like The Godfather." The problem was that Marlon Brando tripled his body mass between movies, so he didn't really look that much like he did in The Godfather.
  • Fanboys has several, including, but not necessarily limited to; Ray "Darth Maul" Park doing some of the acrobatics from his Star Wars role, and Carrie "Princess Leia" Fisher responding with "I know" to "I love you".
  • Mark Hamill's appearance in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is immediately followed by the message "Hey Kids it's Mark Hamill! (Applause!)" referring to his role as the voice of the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. Also when Jay cuts off his hand during a "bongsaber" fight, he looked at the camera and moaned "Not again."
    • "Don't fuck with the Jedi Master, son." Which became "Don't mess with the Mandos, mate." The way Star Wars fandom interacts with the EU is a very complicated dance.
  • Another Fisher example occurs in The Blues Brothers; when her character shoots off a bazooka, the sound effect is the same as the blasters in the Star Wars films.
  • Danny Trejo almost constantly plays a character whose name is a type of knife (or the Spanish word for one). He plays Navajas ("knives") in Desperado, Machete in Machete/Grindhouse, Razor Charlie in From Dusk Till Dawn and Cortez (a play on the Spanish word "cortes," meaning "cuts") in Spy Kids.
  • In Chúmbale, the dad is watching Enrique Pinti on TV and bursts out in laughter, saying "I Love this guy!". The dad is played by Enrique Pinti.
  • In Speed Racer, the oldest race announcer is played by Peter Fernandez, who voiced Speed Racer and Racer X in the English dubbed version of the original Japanese cartoon series.
  • In The Saint, Simon Templar's car is voiced by Roger Moore, who played Simon Templar in the TV series.
  • One of the older actresses from the Black Christmas (2006) remake starred in the original movie: Andrea Martin.
  • Danielle Harris, who played Laurie Strode's daughter Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, appears in the Halloween (2007) remake and its sequel as Annie Brackett, Laurie's best friend.
  • In the latest Get Smart movie, Smart is almost run over by a man with a peculiar accent while trying to hitchhike. That man is Bernie Kopell, the villain Siegfried in the original series.
  • The mockumentary Waiting for Guffman includes an in-character Actor Allusion. Fred Willard plays the town travel agent, and one of his roles in the Show Within a Show is President McKinley.
    McKinley: I was headed for Wichita, but somehow I ended up here in Blaine. Guess I need a new travel agent! (turns to the crowd and winks)
  • During a tense scene in the remake of Sleuth Jude Law (playing opposite Michael Caine in the role Caine played in the original) asks "What's it all about?" Caine and Law had assailed the eponymous roles in Alfie and its remake.
  • Christopher Lee
    • In the Star Wars prequels (specifically the second movie, and a bit of the third), Christopher Lee plays an evil count whose name starts with a D. with unnatural dark powers. (Lee has played Dracula in no fewer than ten movies, according to his IMDB profile. Plus one "Count Drago.")
    • In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Lee's character Saruman (another villainous magic-user, not a count though) dies by being impaled on a wooden pole. This did not happen in the book.
      • Lee jokes about this during one of the rare Lord of the Rings behind-the-scenes montages. Bonus points for joking while waiting to shoot the scene of his death, as in, "IMPALED" on the giant wooden spoke.
    • Back to Lee's Star Wars character, Count Dooku has a lightsaber with a curved handle, much like the sword of King Haggard, whom Lee voices in The Last Unicorn.
      • The curved handled lightsaber was actually just a prop design for the reason that Lee could not hold a lightsaber properly because of joint issues due to age and medical reasons. The fact it becomes an actor allusion and looked really cool is rather ironic.
  • 24 Hour Party People, which chronicles the rise and fall of Manchester's Factory Records (which featured Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, A Certain Ratio, and many others), makes frequent use of this. Several times throughout the film actual people who were involved with Factory make brief cameos as janitors, bartenders, etc, sometimes interacting with the actors portraying them. At one point in the movie Steve Coogan (narrating as Factory founder Tony Wilson) points out to the audience that there have been these cameos all along. Additionally, Howard Devoto of The Buzzcocks refutes the veracity of a scene in which he is portrayed (wherein he has sex with Tony's wife) saying "I definitely don't remember this happening."
  • Kill Bill
    • Elle Driver's fate is left ambiguous as the last we see of her is her trashing around wildly on the floor and screaming after getting her other eye ripped out. As "Pris," Daryl Hannah reacts the same way to getting shot in Blade Runner.
    • Also, Bill tells The Bride the legend of Pai Mei before he sends her to train with him. The story is a word-for-word recounting of the backstory of David Carradine's character from the Kung Fu TV series.
  • Derek Jacobi as King Claudius in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet; he had previously appeared in I, Claudius. He also appeared in the BBC Television Shakespeare adaption of the play as Hamlet himself.
  • A director one, which doubles as a Take That: the opening scene of Scream (1996) features Drew Barrymore saying of the A Nightmare on Elm Street series "The first one was good, the rest sucked." Scream director Wes Craven had directed the horror classic, with the studio later making lots of sequels without his involvement. But it should be noted that he also wrote Dream Warriors and directed Wes Craven's New Nightmare. Craven has a Creator Cameo as a janitor named "Fred", who is wearing a fedora and a red & green sweater.
  • The 2001 Planet of the Apes features cameos from the stars of the original, Charlton Heston (protagonist Taylor), becomes... the "damned dirty" ape father of the villain, with the added bonus of his last words being "Damn them! God damn them all to hell!") and Linda Harrison (the Nubile Savage Nova), turned into an unnamed human captive).
  • Dracula 2000. A famous television reporter turned vampire asks, pinning down the male lead, "Ever wanted to fuck a TV star?" The reporter was played by Jeri Ryan, famous for playing Ms. Fanservice Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager. In addition, she divorced her ex-husband after he tried to take her to a wife-swapping club... so someone else could do just that...
  • In the Made-for-TV Movie, High School USA, the Jerk Jock (Jerk Prep, actually) gives the Eddie Haskell treatment to Eddie Haskell himself. Ken Osmond (the actor who played Eddie Haskell) played the father of the girl that that the Jerk Prep was dating.
  • In Crank High Voltage, one of the characters mentions that Chev Chelios looks a lot like "that guy from The Transporter movies". Chev and "that guy" are both played by Jason Statham.
  • Near the end of Fred Claus, the antagonist of the film, played by Kevin Spacey, is given a Superman cape by Santa Claus. Kevin Spacey recently played Lex Luthor in Superman Returns
  • In Sex and the Single Girl (1964), Tony Curtis's character has to wear a woman's robe, because his clothes are wet. He says he looks like "Jack Lemmon did, in that movie, where he dressed up like a girl." Later, he's several times said to be looking like Lemmon.
  • In Billy Wilder's One, Two, Three, Red Buttons appears as an MP who does a "You dirty rat" impression to the face of CR MacNamara... played by James Cagney.
  • In Mystery Men, Ricky Jay says, "I'm not a magician!" — which the actor is in real life. He also played a magician in The Prestige.
  • In Tomorrow Never Dies, Ricky Jay's character was to have used throwing cards as weapons, but the scenes were ultimately cut from the film. Ricky Jay is an expert card thrower and was consulted by the MythBusters on the subject too.
  • Hell is for Heroes is for the most part a gritty World War II action film... except for a brief sequence in which comedian Bob Newhart, at the time best known for his one-sided telephone conversation comedy routines, appears as a G.I. After the Americans discover a German bug in their camp, Newhart's character is forced to improvise a one-sided telephone conversation making it seem like the Americans are in a better position than they actually are.
  • A rather painful one in Steel, where Richard Roundtree's character says of the hero's trademark giant hammer "I especially like the Shaft!" apropos of absolutely nothing.
    • Another one is the title character's inability to make basketball free throws. The title character is played by Shaquille O'Neal, a basketball player who was well-known for his inability to make free throws.
  • Possible example in Best in Show: Fred Willard's character says of Catherine O'Hara's "That handler looks familiar to me." It works in the film itself as part of the Running Gag that O'Hara and her husband keep running into her old boyfriends, but also references that she and Willard played a couple in Waiting for Guffman.
  • In Mr. Skeffington Bette Davis play an older woman, complete with make-up and all, who believes she is still young and acts accordingly. When a doctor implies that she is indeed not young anymore she asks if he thinks she is old and ugly. He answers something to the effect of: "Well, you're no Greta Garbo". The two of them had sort of a friendly rivalry going, not unlike Schwarzenegger/Stallone.
  • Michael Biehn has been bitten on the arm in every James Cameron movie he's been in — The Abyss, Aliens, and Terminator.
  • Death Proof
    • Abby, Rosario Dawson's character, tells her friends that her boyfriend fucked Daryl Hannah's stand-in. Zoe Bell, one of the friends, was Uma Thurman's stand-in in Kill Bill, wherein Thurman at one point fights Hannah. The character Lanna Frank is played by Hannah's Kill Bill stand-in, Monica Staggs.
    • Earlier, in the bar where Stuntman Mike meets the first group of girls, Jack Burton's shirt is in a frame on the wall.
    • Stuntman Mike has a scar over one eye, on the same side as the eyepatch in Escape from New York.
  • There's a memorable instance of this the otherwise forgettable film Stakeout: To pass the time while on stakeout, Emilio Estevez and Richard Dreyfuss's characters are playing a guessing game where they cite memorable lines of dialogue and quiz the other as to what movie it's from. Emilio Estevez's character, in an over-the-top way, recounts the line: "This was not a boating accident!" Dreyfuss, after a moment's pause, replies "I don't know." The line is from the film Jaws, spoken by Matt Hooper — a character played by Richard Dreyfuss.
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats
  • In the final dance scene in Dirty Dancing, Baby's mother says proudly of her daughter's dancing abilities, "She gets it from me!" Baby's mother is played by Kelly Bishop, who was in the original production of A Chorus Line and is a pretty accomplished dancer.
  • In one of the Look Who's Talking movies, Kirstie Alley's character is reduced to working as an elf in a mall Santa display, sporting a gigantic pair of pointed ears. When some kids ask what she's supposed to be, she snarls "I'm a Vulcan! Wanna see my death grip?" Alley's first movie role was playing the Vulcan Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • In the "blinkandyoullmissit" category, Jeff Goldblum's performances in Jurassic Park and Independence Day both use the line "Must go faster" during chase scenes.
  • In Living in Oblivion Steve Buscemi plays Nick Reve, an independent film director. At one point in the movie his lead actor storms off, shouting that he'd only wanted to work with Nick because he'd "heard he was tight with Quentin Tarentino!"
  • Airplane II: The Sequel
    • An incredibly blatant one when Cdr. Buck Murdock looks into a periscope. The first shot shows the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek, followed by a reaction shot, and then what the character was really seeing. Buck Murdock is played by William Shatner.
    • Earlier in the same film there's a scene where air traffic controller Steve McCroskey (played by Lloyd Bridges) is shown residing in a nursing home. A nurse explains that he's gone senile and "thinks he's Lloyd Bridges," and we see him donning a scuba mask (an allusion to Bridges' role on the '50s TV show Sea Hunt).
  • Coy example: in Batman, Jack Nicholson's plastic surgeon uses an assortment of crude, rusty tools to reconstruct his wounded face as the Joker. At least one of these implements closely resembles one used by the evil dentist in the remake of Little Shop of Horrors. Who'd appeared in the original The Little Shop of Horrors, as a masochistic client of this evil dentist? Jack Nicholson.
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
    • In The Squeakquel, Alvin, voiced by Justin Long, says he must "remember the five D's of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive, dodge." A line from his previous film, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
    • There is a rare instance of Director Allusion in the first movie. In the film, Alvin, Simon and Theodore watch Sponge Bob Square Pants. This is because Tim Hill directed The Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie as well as directing Alvin and the Chipmunks.
  • An odd case occurs in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Kristen Bell plays the title character, an actress, and at one point, other characters mock her for a bad movie she was in, in which she was attacked by a killer cell phone. The writers insist that they wrote the line not knowing that Kristen Bell actually was in a movie, Pulse, about a killer cell phone.
  • In Uwe Boll's Alone in the Dark (2005), a character falls to his death in a spiky pit trap. The actor portraying him was Ho Sung Pak, who portrayed Liu Kang in the first two Mortal Kombat games, where characters could also meet such a fate.
  • In The Great White Hype, Samuel L. Jackson's character of "The Sultan" greets a well-dressed white man with long black hair with "Vincent, Vincent, where's Jules, man?", referring to Vincent Vega (played by John Travolta) and Jackson's own character Jules Winnfield, from Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.
  • From Paris with Love
    • Similarly, the trailers for this new John Travolta movie include Travolta's character singing the praises of Royale with cheese.
    • The same film has a writer allusion. Early on, Travolta's character uses the Bond One-Liner "Wax on, Wax off". Co-writer and producer Luc Besson often works with Robert Mark Kamen, who wrote The Karate Kid which originated that line.
  • In The Muppet Movie, Mel Brooks' character wears a lab coat with "PROF" on the back — a nod to his role as Governor Le Petomane ("GOV") in Blazing Saddles.
  • And in the Muppet's Christmas Carol, Michael Caine's Scrooge has been reformed and can be seen dancing in front of a shop called 'Mickelwhites' - Caine's real name.
  • David Boreanas' character in Valentine is a drunk who breaks his sobriety. One of the characters even say that "he's no Angel".
  • Valentine's Day
    • Taylor Lautner's character says he's uncomfortable taking his shirt off, a swipe at Lautner's Shirtless Scene-prone role in the Twilight films.
    • Julia Roberts' character is asked if she's ever been to El Rodeo Drive. She smirks and says yes.
  • At the end of The Real Howard Spitz, the eponymous protagonist (played by Kelsey Grammer) considers becoming a sitcom writer. When his friend points out he knows nothing about it, Spitz replies "Writing a sitcom's not hard. You just have a married couple, a bar in Boston or a psychiatrist on the radio."
  • During a Good Cop/Bad Cop sequence in the buddy cop film Cop Out (starring Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis), Tracy Morgan is interrogating the suspect by acting like a gun-waving maniac and spewing random movie lines. When Tracy says Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!, Bruce Willis's (who starred in the Die Hard films) character says "I've never seen that movie before."
  • In Last Action Hero, Daniel points out that F. Murray Abraham is playing Jack's old buddy, but he was the traitor Salieri in Amadeus so he shouldn't be trusted. He's correct, and the character later makes a Face-Heel Turn.
  • Lynda Carter's line in the movie Sky High, "I'm not Wonder Woman, you know." Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman in the TV series.
  • One scene in Scotland, PA sees police Lt. McDuff pick up some maracas and spontaneously dance a few steps, explaining, "You know, I used to be a dancer." Said character is played by dancer-turned-actor Christopher Walken.
  • When the stalker Fireball first enters the combat zone in the movie The Running Man, Killian announces his arrival to the TV audience by declaring, "There he goes, the number one rusher!" Fireball is played by football player-turned-actor Jim Brown, who is widely considered the greatest running back in NFL history.
  • In The Three Stooges short Crash Goes the Hash, the butler (Bud Jamison) responds indignantly to the boys' antics by saying, "Such levity; you remind me of the Three Stooges!" Curly takes exception to the comment.
  • The well-known Jackie Chan movie Drunken Master has him playing a Drunken Boxing expert. He also plays a Drunken Boxing expert in his American film, The Forbidden Kingdom. Shanghai Noon was supposedly going to feature a Drunken Master fighting sequence too but Hollywood knows they're not good enough for cool fight scenes... Jackie does get drunk at one point, however, if that's good enough.
  • Inception
    • The song that is played to wake everyone up is Edith Piaf's "Non, je ne regrette rien". Marion Cotillard (Mal) played Piaf in the biopic La Vie en rose and won an Oscar for it. Also, the song title translates to "I have no regrets." This was apparently coincidental, the song was chosen before Cotillard was cast, and the director didn't realize the connection until it was too late to change the score.
    • She also beat Ellen Page for the Oscar that year. In the film, the two don't get along.
    • Crossing over with Wrestler in All of Us and Fridge Brilliance. At one point, Arthur locks a hostile projection in a hold known as the Cobra Clutch. The move was used (and named after) Sgt. Slaughter, a wrestler who was also a character in G.I. Joe. Levitt portrayed Cobra Commander in the G.I. Joe movie.
  • In The Princess Diaries 2, at the sleepover, Queen Clarisse says to Mia, "I've done quite a lot of flying in my time." This is referring to her part in Mary Poppins.
  • In the newer The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds plays the protagonist's mentor in prison. Reynolds played Sandler's role in the original installment. Burt Reynolds' character asks Adam Sandler, "How'd they get you to go to Florida State?" Burt Reynolds attended Florida State University on a football scholarship.
    • Rob Schneider plays one of the good behavior inmates who watch the game from the stands. At one point he encourages the players by saying "You can do it!" exactly like his character in The Waterboy.
  • The Vincent Price vehicle Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine has more than one; when Goldfoot shows off his family portrait gallery, all of his ancestors are images of Price from previous movies. Soon after, Frankie Avalon's character discovers his fellow Beach Party stars Annette Funicello and Harvey Lembeck locked up in Goldfoot's dungeon.
  • At one point in The Mask, there is a photo of police lieutenant Kellaway's wife. The woman is actress Verna Bloom, as she appeared in Animal House, in which Kellaway's actor Peter Riegert starred.
  • There's a lot of this in the Mockumentary Comic Book The Movie due to its large cast of voice actors in live-action roles, as well as several actors, directors and comic creators as themselves. Leo Matuzik staring at a poster of Fry stands out as one of the funniest. Then there's Don Swan's short conversation with Ms. Q in the studio office. Swan is played by Mark Hamill, and Ms. Q is played by Arleen Sorkin. They portrayed Joker and Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series.
    • There is a short blink-it-and-you'll miss it scene where Don Swan (Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker) at Comic-Con ask three men sitting at a table, "Excuse me, do you mind if we share this table?" The first man replies, "No son, move along." The three men? David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, and Jeremy Bulloch or Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Boba Fett respectively. Bonus points for it being David Prowse that says "No son."
  • In Suck (2009), after Joey and Jennifer have given up vampirism and rock stardom for a mundane suburban life, they run into the bartender from earlier in the movie, a vampire played by Alice Cooper. When he unfurls his wings, Jennifer says "Tell me I'm dreaming", to which he replies, in reference to their boring life, "Welcome to my nightmare". In another scene, when the band is crossing the border into America, the border guard is suspicious and hostile until they mention they're in a band, and he says he used to be in a band too. The guard is played by Alex Lifeson of Rush.
  • In Dreamscape, George Wendt, who is most famous for his role of "Norm" from Cheers, plays an author who believes he's uncovered a government conspiracy. His character meets the protagonist in a bar.
  • Be Cool: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's pro-wrestling persona is playfully referenced in a discussion about his character, a gay bodyguard who dreams of getting his big break as an actor.
    Linda Moon: He can raise just one eyebrow at a time... and that's all he thinks it takes to be an actor.
  • In the intro for The Alphabet Killer, the protagonist (played by Eliza Dushku) laments how the people she most wants to talk to are dead. This could be an allusion to Tru Calling, in which one of Eliza's previous characters (the eponymous Tru), could indeed talk to the dead.
  • In Enemy of the State, Gene Hackman plays a character who seems like an aged version of his character from The Conversation. When the baddies bring up a file photo of Hackman's character when he was younger, it is of Hackman as he appeared in The Conversation.
  • In Back to the Future Part III, Mary Steenbergen stars as Clara Clayton, a woman who falls in love with a time-traveller (Doc Brown). Steenbergen had also starred as such a character in Time After Time.
  • In An American Haunting, Sissy Spacek plays the mother of a teenaged girl named Betsy Bell who is constantly plagued by supernatural events... something Spacek should be quite familiar with, given that her most famous role was the eponymous telekinetic teen in Carrie. The comparison becomes even more apt when it's revealed that the source of the ghostly attacks was Betsy herself, manifesting the Bell Witch to protect herself from her sexually abusive father.
  • In Avatar, Grace Augustine — played by Stanford alumna Sigourney Weaver — sometimes wears a Na'vi-size Stanford tank top on her avatar body.
  • Harry Potter
  • In Red, John Malkovich's character remarks "I remember when the Secret Service used to be tougher", referencing his role in In the Line of Fire.
  • In the B-movie, Gryphon, one of Jonathan LaPaglia's lines is "Seven Days," spoken in such a way that it must have been intentional.
  • In A Carol Christmas, the ghost of Christmas Present is played by William Shatner and the way that he transports Carol to different places looks like teleportation in Star Trek.
  • Again with His Dudeness in TRON: Legacy. Mellowed-out old Kevin Flynn is very reminiscent of The Dude in that he's all about zen, man.
  • In Cedar Rapids, Isiah Whitlock Jr. quotes Omar from The Wire. "And I keeps one in the chamber in case you ponderin'." On The Wire itself, Isiah plays Senator Clay Davis.
  • Unintentional example in The Book of Eli: Gary Oldman plays a character who, despite the difference in setting and time period, has certain similarities to his character in The Fifth Element: a smarmy corporate villain with a slight Southern accent who's obsessed with finding a certain artifact and, on multiple occasions, appears to have the artifact in his possession. It's already pretty funny in The Fifth Element when he repeatedly opens the case only to find that it's empty, but it transforms into something of a Running Gag when in The Book Of Eli, he finally obtains the similarly leather-bound, locked Bible and opens it, only to discover that it's in Braille. Could also be a Hilarious in Hindsight depending on when you're watching each movie.
  • It could be accidental, but in The Colour of Magic, The Film of the Book, Sean Astin, who plays Twoflower, says "potatoes" to Rincewind in a way that sounds just like a certain scene from The Lord of the Rings, where he was Sam.
  • In the movie Kellys Heroes, Clint Eastwood has a standoff against a tank. The scene is shot like a Spaghetti Western, and has the theme from one of the Clint Eastwood Westerns.
  • Ramona and Beezus has several shout outs at Selena Gomez's expense. As Ramona is getting ready for her pictures, Beezus is styling Ramona's hair with a curling iron. Beezus points out to her that "That's a curling iron, not a magic wand." Earlier in the scene, the father states that, "TV kids make millions" as Beezus is shown to be smiling in the background. A later scene has Beezus telling Ramona "Every princess needs a little sparkle," which could be a reference to either Princess Protection Program or Another Cinderella Story.
  • In ¡Three Amigos!, Steve Martin's character (Lucky Day), has to recite a magic phrase consisting of gibberish. The last two syllables are "Hoff-HARR", which is how you pronounce the last name of Steve Martin's character in The Man With Two Brains.
  • Robert Downey, Jr.'s character in A Scanner Darkly tried to make a homemade silencer only to make the gun louder. Sherlock Holmes while bored and drunk tried to make the first silencer with the same results.
  • In Captain Ron, the title character, played by Kurt Russell, wears an eyepatch to cover up an ill-fitting Glass Eye. Kurt Russell with an eyepatch? Sounds familiar...
  • Counts as Self-Deprecation: during the credits of Rock Star, Mark Wahlberg's character says he'll leave rock and move into rap... while "Good Vibrations", by Marky Mark, is playing in the background.
  • In 1988's Working Girl, corporate executive Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver) steps off a helicopter carrying a giant stuffed gorilla. Earlier in 1988, Weaver starred in Gorillas in the Mist.
  • In the Apocalypse film series movie Revelation, Jeff Fahey's character Thorold Stone enters an ultra-realistic virtual reality simulation of a beach... guess which movie he starred in where he also entered a virtual reality program?. Interesting contrast is that one of Fahey's characters claims to be God and the other is claiming that he isn't looking for God.
  • In Mulholland Dr., the transition from dream world to the real world is marked by the Cowboy telling Naomi Watts' character, "Come on now, pretty girl, time to wake up". In I Heart Huckabees, her character is replaced in her spokesmodel job by Isla Fisher after having a philosophical revelation. Trying to make Fisher aware of what she's seen, Watts puts her in a headlock and says, "Wake up, pretty girl!"
  • In Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, Natalie Portman plays the stepmom of a precocious eight-year-old, as he considers his future education options. When he brings up Harvard, Portman's character Emilia blurts "Harvard sucks!" No prizes for guessing which university is Natalie's alma mater.
  • In the original 13 Ghosts, the house comes complete with a creepy old maid who happens to be played by Margaret Hamilton, at the very end of the film she picks up a broom to resume her house work, but instead gives the camera a devious look while she holds it, reflecting her best known role as the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • In Brewster McCloud, Margaret Hamilton plays Daphne Heap, who is murdered early on. When the camera pans down to show her, she is wearing ruby slippers, a reference to her role of the Wicked Witch.
  • In the film Liar Liar, the actor playing Jim Carrey's son makes a funny face and asks if his face will get stuck like that. Carrey replies with something like "No; in fact, some people make good money that way," poking fun at his own distinctive style of acting.
  • In Star Trek: Generations, we see a wet-behind-the-ears Captain Harriman, played by Alan Ruck. According to the Memory Alpha wiki, Harriman's personnel file from one of the video games says he has "a wife named Sloane and a son named Ferris who both live in Chicago, as well as interests in 20th century Italian sports automobiles."
  • Andy Griffith is forever remembered for the character he played on The Andy Griffith Show: an aw-shucks, small-town do-gooder with a heart of gold. But in the film A Face in the Crowd, Griffith plays Lonesome Rhodes: an immoral, power-hungry egomaniac who becomes one of the most popular personalities on pretending to be an aw-shucks, small-town do-gooder with a heart of gold. Yikes. (Though his role in Face was in fact one of his earliest.)
  • The Rundown: At the beginning of the movie, The Rock is destroying the football players in the night club. One of them receives a Rock Bottom, his finisher in WWE.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was not Helena Bonham-Carter's first time playing an insane, corset-wearing, mentally unstable yandere with a crush on a ruthless serial killer.
  • Transformers
  • In his first appearance onscreen in Zardoz, Sean Connery aims his gun at the camera and shoots it.
  • Madhouse (1974): Having Vincent Price play an actor well known for playing the villain in horror films is sort of an actor allusion in and of itself, but then there's the fact that the clips we see of his character's old films are actually doctored scenes from other American International Pictures films starring Price. Also, after his character suddenly disappears during a talk show appearance, the host notes that he once played the invisible man: Vincent Price starred in The Invisible Man Returns. Robert Quarry also gets an AIP-related Actor Allusion - During a costume party, his character is dressed as a vampire, and costume is the exact one he wore in Count Yorga, Vampire.
  • Edward Hardwicke as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Photographing Fairies. By the time the film came out, Hardwicke was by far best known as the second Dr. Watson in the Granada Sherlock Holmes adaptations.
  • In Sin City, a cop attacking John Hartigan (Bruce Willis) advises his colleague to kill without hesitation: John quickly dispatches them both and quips "Good advice". In Die Hard, John McClane (Bruce Willis) took down a terrorist who had told him to kill without hesitation... then snarked "Thanks for the advice". Bruce's also lying on his back, shooting upwards, on both occasions.
    • Gail says to Dwight "us girls are as safe as we can be, Lancelot". Clive Owen had previously starred in King Arthur, though playing Arthur not Lancelot.
  • Gamera Vs Guiron featured a scene near the end of the film that seemed strange to non-Japanese viewers where the comic relief cop Kondo's glasses fell down his face, which he explained happened whenever he smiled. This was apparently actor-comic Kon Omura's trademark joke and appeared in most of his works.
  • In 2006's Casino Royale once in Monaco James Bond and Girl of the Week Vesper Lynd stay at the Hotel Splendid. Hotel Splendide is an indie film starring Daniel Craig as the chef at a failing island resort.
  • In Shooter, Rhona Mitra's character apparently sleeps in her old Lara Croft outfit.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Eddy Valiant (played by Bob Hoskins) is skeptical about Judge Doom's scheme to raze Toon Town to make room for a freeway. Hoskins was also in the 1974 movie Inserts, which involved an attempt to get a washed-up director's home torn down to make way for a freeway.
  • In the film version of Spawn, Martin Sheen says, "Let's start the Apocalypse now!"
  • Cannonball: Look how Cannonball Buckman beats up the thug disguised as a motorcycle cop. Where have we seen David Carradine fight like this before?
  • In A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Harold is referred to as "Sulu". John Cho played Sulu in Star Trek. Also, when the arrive at the party, Kumar's friend admits he told the girl that Kumar worked at the White House. Kal Penn worked in the Obama White House.
  • Happy Gilmore managed the impressive feat of getting in at least three with Carl Weathers, who plays Happy's golfing mentor Chubbs, all during the course of a single scene. First, Happy, (who sneers at golf in the early sections of the film) asks Chubbs why a big guy like him isn't playing a "real" sport like football. (Weathers was once a pro football player.) Chubbs claims his mother wouldn't let him play any dangerous sports, and after thinking it over for a few seconds, Happy remarks might be for the best. (Weathers played Apollo Creed from the Rocky movies, who died in the ring during the 4th film). Lastly, Chubbs is missing a hand, and Weathers' character from Predator had his arm cut off and sent flying into the air shortly before he died.
  • In Immortals, John Hurt plays Zeus in human form — exactly what his character Caligula thought he was way back in I, Claudius.
  • In Crispin Glover's film What Is It? he has a role and asks the people around him what they address him as. One man answers "McFly".
  • The theatrical poster for The Parole Officer featured quotes — both glowing and condemnatory — from Steve Coogan's other comedic personas.
  • Unintentional (probably) but still funny example: in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, Allison Pill played the role of Zelda Fitzgerald, who threatened to kill herself because she thought her Scott (as in, F. Fitzgerald) was unfaithful. Pill's most famous role to date is Kim Pine, who also had a troubled relationship with another Scott.
  • Zoolander
    • Jon Voight as Derek's father says the following:
    "Damn it Derek, I'm a coal miner, not a professional film or television actor."
  • In Booky Makes Her Mark, Booky has tea with Lucy Maud (L.M.) Montgomery. Booky's mother is played by Megan Follows, perhaps best known for her role as Anne Shirley.
  • In Some Like It Hot, gangster Spats Columbo (played by George Raft) asks a coin-flipping hoodlum, "Where'd you pick up that cheap trick?" Raft became famous playing coin-flipping gangsters in movies like Scarface (1932) and If I Had a Million.
  • In Tapeheads, the FBI agent who says "Remember what we did to Jello Biafra?" as he arrests Tim Robbins and John Cusack is Jello Biafra, who less than two years earlier had been prosecuted for obscenity based on complaints from the PMRC.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: Todd Ingram, a Vegan Psychic with Telepathic powers and also plays electric bass is played by Brandon Routh, the same actor who played Superman in Superman Returns. The Vegan Police come in and zap him when he drinks half-and-half with a green beam that removes his powers. The Trivia Subtitles even say that this was done deliberately because Routh was Superman.
    • Roxy is played by Mae Whitman, who played Ann Veal, George's girlfriend in Arrested Development. This knowledge makes Scott's "You and... her?" line all the more priceless.
  • In The Contender, Jeff Bridges plays the President of the United States, and puts his feet up on the resolute desk just like the Dude does. He also goes bowling.
  • Mavis Gary of Young Adult drives the same car as Stella Bridger of The Italian Job. Both are played by Charlize Theron.
  • In Think Like a Man, the male characters are discussing the film For Colored Girls. One of the men mentions that he hates the movie — "That's the movie where Janet Jackson got AIDS and some crazy guy threw his kids out the window!" Sure enough, the man saying this is played by the same man who played the role of said "crazy guy" — Micheal Ealy.
  • Return of the Living Dead Part II gets bonus points for having a couple of characters say things their actors said as different characters in the previous film. For example, when Joey assumes that Ed wishes to be burned after he dies because he's worried some grave robber's going to steal his head:
    Ed: Watch your tongue, boy, if you like this job!
    Joey: Like this job!?
  • A somewhat strange example; In My Week with Marilyn, Colin Clark went to Eton and sang in the choir. Colin Clark did go to Eton, but it was his actor, Eddie Redmayne, who sang in the Eton College Choir.
  • In A Hard Days Night, the other Beatles comment that Paul's grandfather is "very clean. He's a clean old man." He's played by Wilfred Brambles, better known as Albert Steptoe in Steptoe And Son, whose son Harold is always calling him "You dirty old man!"
  • An interesting example in Journey 2 The Mysterious Island, which is a location allusion instead. Hank's wife tells him "why don't you visit a less mysterious island, like Hawaii?" The film was shot in Hawaii.
  • 1993's Boris And Natasha (a live-action take on the Rocky and Bullwinkle villains) had June Foray — the original voice of Natasha — approaching her for an autograph.
  • Andy Serkis gets two of these in a movie known as Rise of the Planet of the Apes, one where he once again He portrays an Ape again (however smaller), and another where, like Gollum, he chomps on someone's finger, only this time that person somewhat had it coming
  • In Bring It On, when the Clovers cheerleaders confront Torrence and Missy about stealing their routines, one of the Clovers says, "Can we just beat these Buffys down so I can go home?" When they decide not to do so, another Clover tells them, "You just got touched by an Angel." Missy is played by Eliza Dushku, who plays Faith in both those shows.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar is the titular Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the gang call themselves the 'Scoobies', a reference to Scooby-Doo. In the Live-Action Scooby-Doo film, Daphne is played by Sara Michelle Gellar, who also drew heavily from her role as Buffy.
  • In The Amazing Spider-Man, Gwen Stacy suddenly has a little brother played by Skyler Gisondo. The kid's name turns out to be Howard. Gisondo had just finished playing a young Moe Howard in The Three Stooges. Also Gwen Stacy was previously played by Bryce Dallas Howard in Spider Man 3.
  • In the 1995 horror film Mosquito, the character played by Gunnar Hansen finds a chainsaw and notes that he hasn't used one in 20 years, an obvious nod to Hansen's most famous role.
  • In both Paul and The Cabin in the Woods, Sigourney Weaver plays the part of the mysterious chief of a top secret organization who appears only late in the film and dies a quick and painful death.
  • Beulah Bondi played Ma Bailey in Its A Wonderful Life. This was the fourth time she played James Stewart's mother on screen. Previously she played his mom in Vivacious Lady, Of Human Hearts, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
  • In the third Spy Kids movie, Grandpa Cortez (Ricardo Montalban) tells some technicians to be careful with his wheelchair because it features "rich, Corinthian leather". Montalban touted this very feature in ads for the Chrysler Cordoba.
  • In French movie Sur la piste du Marsupilami, Jamel Debbouze's character, Pablito, riding a reluctant llama, utters at one point, "You're not moving at all, Ganja." Just like his character in Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cleopatra, another Alain Chabat movie, who had the same problem but with a donkey, said: "You're not moving at all, Cannabis."
  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again features Dreyfus mocking the Phantom of the Opera, playing a huge pipe organ in a similar matter. In truth, Herbert Lom played both roles — he was the Phantom in the Hammer Films version from 1962.
  • The Waterboy and The Animal share a particular line, by Rob Schneider to Adam Sandler in the former, and by Adam Sandler to Rob Schneider in the latter: "You can do it! You can do it... ALL NIGHT LONG!" In the latter case it's not only an obvious shout-out to the former, but also intended to mock the former as it's said even more ham-handed and over the top than the original, likely due to a mutual agreement.
  • In The Sky's the Limit, the second chorus of "A Lot In Common With You" has Fred Astaire sing "Where's Cagney?", which Joan Leslie answers with "Where's Hayworth?" Rita Hayworth had been Astaire's co-star in You'll Never Get Rich and You Were Never Lovelier, while Leslie had been recently featured in Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney.
  • In "The Bridge on the River Kwai" Sessue Hayakawa played a Japanese colonel overseeing a bridge-building project. In "The Geisha Boy", he was building a bridge in his backyard...with the help of men whistling "Colonel Bogey".
  • In the opening scene of Peter Sellers's final film, The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, Sellers-as-Fu notes "Your face is familiar" to the servant bringing him (but ultimately spilling) his Elixir Vitae. This references the actors' roles in The Pink Panther films — Sellers was Inspector Clouseau while Burt Kwouk, the servant in question, played his sidekick Cato.
  • In The Dark Knight Rises:
    • Anne Hathaway's character, Selina Kyle, is instructed by Alfred to take a tray up to Bruce's quarters, and to put it down, then immediately leave and lock the door behind her. It clearly references something said to Hathaway's character in The Devil Wears Prada.
  • In Ransom, Tom Mullen's son asks him if he can enter a project into the science competition under a different name, since his mother is mother is judging and there would be a conflict of interest. Tom suggests "John Smith" - Tom was played by Mel Gibson, who also provided the voice of John Smith in Pocahontas.
  • Near the end of Rachel Getting Married, Kym (Anne Hathaway) is interrupted when her father comes up to her with one of the wedding guests. He tells his daughter that the woman "just lost an office assistant" and she'd be perfect for the job—a job Hathaway's character had in The Devil Wears Prada.
  • In Judgment at Nuremberg, Marlene Dietrich's appearances are often accompanied by the tune "Lili Marleen" in the background. Dietrich recorded one of the most well known renditions of the song.
  • In Whats Up Doc, Judy makes a reference to Love Story, which Ryan O'Neal also starred in.
    Judy: "Love means never having to say you're sorry." [Bats eyes.]
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  • In Star Trek Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock , pins down Kirk by the neck, eerily Sylar-like.
    Admiral Marcus: It's evil. Pure and simple.
    • Spock Prime introduces himself to Kirk saying "I am Spock", which was the title of Leonard Nimoy's second autobiography (so named to counter the notions that his previous autobiography I Am Not Spock created, namely how he supposedly hated both Star Trek and the Spock character)
  • Ian Mc Shane plays the king in Jack the Giant Slayer as he did in Kings.
  • Pitch Perfect has several. Anna Kendrick's (who was in Twilight) character is a member of a group called The Bellas (probably inadvertent). She also while in Bellas uniform gets asked if she's in flight attendant school.
    • Ester Dean who plays Cynthia Rose sings lead on S&M, a song recorded and made famous by Rihanna, but was in fact written by Ester Dean.
    • "So you know German. Well, now I know why you don't like fun things," is a funny line given that Skylar Astin acted in a musical all about Germans and fun.
  • A truly bizarre one in Atonement. Keira Knightley dies tragically but the one responsible (inadvertently) for her death makes up a happy ending for her in which she lives. The exact same thing previously happened to her in The Hole.
    • Also Irish actress Saoirse Ronan plays the young Briony while Romola Garai plays her as an adult. Garai had previously played Fake Irish in Rory O'Shea Was Here who was also a caregiver and in a position of unrequited love towards James McAvoy. Though in the latter, McAvoy was the one with the unrequited love while it was the other way around in Atonement.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: In The Sea Of Monsters Hermes (Nathan Fillion) gives Percy powerful winds in a thermos from a Hercules-themed TV show that he describes as being "the best show ever...which means it's canceled". A good number of people may say the same regarding a show that Fillion became well known for.
  • In The Lone Ranger Tonto is dressed similarly to Jack Sparrow. He has a similar headband and beads in his hair. He is even wearing the eye shadow.
  • In Austenland, based on Shannon Hale's book about the milieu of Jane Austen's books recreated at a present-day vacation resort, Rupert Vansittart plays a minor character, the husband of a more important character, and mostly lounges and eats and drinks. In the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Vansittart plays the little-seen husband of one of Bingley's sisters, "an indolent man, who lived only to eat, drink, and play at cards". His facial hair is even styled similarly in the two movies.
  • Elysium:
  • At one point in Pain and Gain Paul (played by Dwayne Johnson) threatens a man with a bat, saying something along the lines of, "I used to use an aluminum one, but then I upgraded to wood." In Be Cool, Johnson's character Elliot is ridiculed for selecting an aluminum bat instead of a wooden one.
  • Roy from R.I.P.D. basically looks and acts like Rooster Cogburn, even speaking with the same drawl he does in that movie. All that's missing is the Eyepatch of Power.
  • John Lithgow in Kinsey played a minister at least as strict as the one in Footloose.
  • The entire point of Jürgen Prochnow's character in Beerfest is basically to keep making references to Das Boot. Including, but not limited to, people drinking out of boots while chanting "Das Boot!", gratuitous submarine scenes and his character stating that he "had a bad experience" aboard a U-boat.
  • Édith Scob (Chauffeur Céline) in Holy Motors starred in the French horror classic Eyes Without a Face (1960). The mask that Céline puts on by the end of the film is a direct reference to this.
  • In The Two Mrs. Carrolls, Humphrey Bogart's character tells his wife, in anticipation of meeting her ex-boyfriend, "I have the feeling this is the beginning of a beautiful hatred." This is a nod to Bogart's famous closing line as Rick in Casablanca ("Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.")
  • 1955 film Strategic Air Command has a peculiar version. The movie stars James Stewart as a US Air Force Reserve colonel assigned to the Strategic Air Command who in his "normal life" is also a professional baseball player. At this time, James Stewart was an actual Air Force Reserve colonel (and a combat veteran during World War II) assigned to the real life Strategic Air Command who, in his "normal life," was a Hollywood movie star.
  • Youth in Revolt: Trent is played by the same actor who played the Beefy Guy in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Nick's father's girlfriend is the actress who played Caroline. And his friend Lefty is played by the guy who was Crash of Crash and the Boys (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World).
  • In Billy Elliot, Julie Walters portrays a sailor-mouthed ballet teacher. In Driving Lessons, she portrays a similar character, who this time around is a sailor-mouthed thespian. Both are mentors to the main character.
  • In Race to Witch Mountain, Meredith Salenger plays a news reporter named Natalie Gann. This is a nod to her role as the title character in Disney's The Journey of Natty Gann nearly 25 years before.
  • Charles Dance as a vampire in Dracula Untold? Not the first time he played one. Also not the first time Charles Dance has thought about unleashing Dracula.
  • In If I Stay, you would think Mia would be used to the supernatural after being a vampire, a werewolf and a psychic.

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