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  • Over the course of the three Austin Powers movies, Mike Myers played Austin Powers, Dr. Evil, Fat Bastard, and Goldmember. So, in the scenes between Austin and any of the villains, Mike Myers was basically talking to, or fighting, himself.
  • In Resident Evil: Extinction, Doctor Isaacs clones Milla Jovovich's character Alice. While these clones do not interact for most of the movie, in the final battle sequence between Alice and Isaacs, Alice watches a clone of herself die in her arms - therefore Jovovich was watching herself die. The movie ends with Alice and a clone standing side-by-side and looking at dozens more clones. The fourth movie, Resident Evil: Afterlife, starts with Alice and her clones bringing down an Umbrella facility, resulting in two or three Alices, all played by Jovovich, featuring in shots at the same time.
  • Back to the Future Part II:
    • There's a scene in which future Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, sits down at the dinner table with his son, played by Michael J. Fox, and his daughter, also played by Michael J. Fox.
    • In two different scene, elderly Biff Tannen talks first to his grandson Griff Tannen, both played by Thomas F. Wilson. Later still, elderly Biff talks to his younger 1955 self, also played by Wilson. Here, elderly Biff even hands Gray's Sports Almanac to his younger self. Wilson also did the voice of Biff's unseen grandmother who constantly yells at Biff.
    • Not forgetting the scene where 1985 Doc Brown has a conversation with his "1955 counterpart".
    • In the future cafe, time-traveling Marty and Marty Junior are both crouched down behind a bar. Marty quickly grabs Marty junior's hat off the latter's head, even though they're both played by Fox.
  • Continues on in Back to the Future Part III with scenes with both Marty and Seamus McFly who is also played by Fox.
  • In Dave Kevin Kline plays both the president of the U.S. (Bill Mitchell) and the head of a local employment agency who gets hired by the Secret Service to stand in for the president (Dave Kovic). At one point President Mitchell inspects Dave to make sure he'll be convincing.
  • Perhaps in a nod to this, in Wild Wild West, Kevin Kline plays Artemis Gordon, who on multiple occasions impersonates President Ulysses S. Grant... also played by Kline. They interact quite a bit, with Gordon even trying to fool the villain into abducting HIM by decrying the real deal as a poor imitation. It, like the film, could have gone better.
    Dr. Arliss Loveless: We'll take 'em BOTH!
  • Peter Sellers, after honing his gift for voices on radio (see below), became famous for this on film:
    • He plays three characters in The Mouse That Roared, including a woman. The film lampshades this by noting they are all descendants of the founder of their very small country.
    • Two of his three characters in Dr. Strangelove share scenes and converse.
    • He plays both the hero and the prince he's impersonating in 1979's The Prisoner of Zenda.
    • The penultimate scene of his final film, The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, has a conversation between his two characters (Fu Manchu and Nayland Smith).
  • Michael Keaton in Multiplicity.
  • Alec Guinness played eight roles in the 1949 comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets. Only two at a time ever had a conversation, though.
  • Kung Pow! Enter the Fist is essentially a dubbed-over wuxia film with some new footage spliced in. Steve Oedekerk did all the dubbing himself, with a single exception (the new character "Whoa"). Essentially it's an entire movie of him talking to himself, with a single scene in which another performer is heard.
  • The Lord of the Rings
    • Andy Serkis, famous for portraying Gollum, does the voices for a number of orcs and Uruk-hai. Particularly, the argument at the beginning of The Two Towers about whether they should eat the hobbits? All Andy Serkis, Talking to Himself.
    • Lawrence Makoare has a short scene in The Return of the King giving orders to himself, as he plays both the Witch King and Gothmog (the butt-ugly chief orc). The two halves of the conversation were filmed months apart.
  • Manos: The Hands of Fate was apparently so cheaply filmed, the camera could not record sound and as such, all the voices had to be dubbed in later and were done so with just four people. As Joel pointed out in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, there is a scene where it is fairly obvious that one person is voicing two characters in conversation.
  • Quest of the Delta Knights, where both The Mentor and the Evil Overlord are played by a very bored David Warner.
    David Warner, you are under arrest by order of David Warner.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Graham Chapman voices God and plays Arthur in just one example.
  • Moon: Other than his robot buddy and a few barely-seen side-characters, this movie is entirely Sam Rockwell and his clone, interacting and at one point even having a fistfight.
  • TRON has David Warner playing Senior Executive VP Dillinger, the Master Control Program, and a villainous program named Sark. Sequences in both worlds have the MCP interacting with the other two. In this case, he deliberately makes no effort to change his voice for the various characters; in Tron, programs are meant to resemble their creators and are all played by the same actors; Dillinger wrote both Sark and the MCP, so all three share the same actor. Though for the MCP, Warner's voice was modulated to a lower pitch.
    • In TRON: Legacy, Kevin Flynn and CLU are both played by Jeff Bridges.
  • Eddie Murphy has done this multiple times in live-action film, notably The Nutty Professor (1996) movies and Norbit, but there are plenty more.
  • In Moulin Rouge (1952), there are several scenes in which Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, played by José Ferrer, argues with his father, the Comte, also played by José Ferrer.
  • Voice actor Paul Frees was known for doing voice dubbing in many live-action movies. In Spartacus, he was said to have dubbed three people having a conversation.
  • In the film Adaptation., Nicolas Cage appears to simultaneously play the hero, Charlie, and his twin brother (and total opposite), Donald.
  • In The Parent Trap (1961), the two twin daughters are played by the same actress, Hayley Mills.
  • In The Parent Trap (1998), the two twin daughters are played by the same actress, Lindsay Lohan.
  • The Ten Commandments (1956) had Charlton Heston as Moses talking to Charlton Heston as God. This is homaged in The Prince of Egypt, where they're both voiced by Val Kilmer.
  • In Fanboys, Seth Rogen plays three roles; Admiral Seasholtz, Alien, and Roach. In one scene, Admiral Seasholtz and Roach get in a fist fight.
  • In The Spiderwick Chronicles, Freddy Highmore plays both the Grace brothers including one fistfight where they are rolling around the ground with each other.
  • In Paulie, Jay Mohr provides the voice of the titular parrot, as well as playing one of Paulie's owners.
  • In the German dub of The Expendables Thomas Danneberg who is known for dubbing Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger dubbed their brief conversation with each other.
  • Peter Jackson's debut movie Bad Taste has one character (played by Jackson himself) torturing another character also played by him.
  • In Vampire in Brooklyn, Eddie Murphy as Maximillian the vampire king briefly speaks to two of his victims Preacher Pauly and Guido also played by Murphy before he kills them and assumes their forms.
  • Brendan Fraser plays three different characters in Looney Tunes: Back in Action: D.J., himself and the voice of Taz. Towards the end of the film, he even punches himself.
  • The Man in the Iron Mask: Leonardo DiCaprio playing twins who are enemies.
  • Jeremy Irons played identical twins in David Cronenberg's psychological thriller Dead Ringers.
  • In Oh, God! You Devil, George Burns plays both God and Satan.
  • Star Wars
    • In the prequel films, Temuera Morrison plays Jango Fett and also provides the voices for all of the clone troopers. Justified as it is firmly established in the plot that Jango's DNA was the genetic template from which the clones were created. The clones are usually wearing full body armor, allowing them to be physically portrayed by stuntmen, though Morrison does physically portray a few of the clones himself for scenes when they are seen with their helmets removed.
    • In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker must have heard a rebel soldier announce "The first transport is away" as he ran through the Hoth base hangar. That rebel soldier is also played by Mark Hamill.
    • Another weird moment from Empire: an extra falling ill meant that actor Ian Liston played both rebel pilot Wes Janson and a nameless AT-AT gunner. Or as he put it, "I play a stormtrooper, in a walker, who's trying to shoot down my own bloody plane."
  • In The Matrix sequels, the former Agent Smith gains the ability to copy himself. Predictably, all the copies are played by Hugo Weaving. At one point, there are over a thousand copies of Smith on-screen at the same time. The fact that Neo's fight against 200+ Smith copies in the second film ends in what is effectively a draw only reaffirms how absurdly powerful of a fighter Neo is.
  • In King Kong (2005), Andy Serkis plays both Kong and Lumpy, the ship's cook. There's one shot on the log sequence where Lumpy fires at Kong with a machine gun... meaning that Andy Serkis is shooting at himself.
  • Lance Guest in The Last Starfighter playing the hero Alex Rogan and his Beta clone.
  • In Youth in Revolt, Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) interacts with his alter ego Francois Dillinger (Michael Cera with a silly mustache).
  • In Double Impact, Jean-Claude Van Damme plays twins separated at birth who reunite to avenge the murder of their parents. At one point they fight each other.
  • Averted in the Italian version of Sleepers, as both Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro used to be dubbed by Ferruccio Amendola. As a result, Amendola voiced DeNiro, and Hoffman was voiced by Giorgio Lopez (who kept dubbing Dustin Hoffman after the death of Ferruccio Amendola in 2001).
  • When it was time to redub the Star Wars original trilogy for the DVDs in Brazil, Darth Vader was voiced by the same guy who was doing Palpatine in the prequels (because as the director of the dub, he put himself as Vader in a test track because his wanted actor didn't come, and the studio approved it). Hence Vader's "birth" in Revenge of the Sith has him literally talking to himself.
  • In Gremlins Mark Dodson said in one interview that in the bar scene he voiced all four of the gremlins who play poker with Stripe.
  • In Goosebumps (2015) Jack Black not only plays R.L. Stine but he also voices Slappy the living dummy and The Invisible Boy both of whom he talks to at different points in the film.
  • In a segment of the ensemble film Coffee and Cigarettes, Cate Blanchett plays both a mildly parodic version of herself and her own (fictional) cousin Shelly in conversation with each other.
  • In Cult of Chucky we have a scene where Brad Dourif voices three Chucky dolls conversing with each other.
  • In-universe in Mrs. Doubtfire: the opening scene has Daniel (Robin Williams) recording dialogue for a cartoon, doing the voices for both characters.
  • In Doctor Strange (2016), Benedict Cumberbatch — who plays the titular Stephen Strange — also did the voice and motion-capture for Dormammu, leading to the climax of the film consisting of a single actor playing both hero and villain. It is difficult to tell in the film that Cumberbatch plays both of them however, as Dormammu's voice is deep and distorted and his face is so alien it's barely even recognizable as a human actor.
  • Deadpool 2 sees Ryan Reynolds voice the Juggernaut, in addition to playing Deadpool—and the reveal scene even has Cain talking to Wade.
  • Venom (2018) has Tom Hardy playing Eddie Brock, and voicing the titular symbiote, which eventually possesses Eddie and they talk, at times face to face.
  • The Nutty Professor (1996) has Eddie Murphy playing the entire Klump family (with the exception of Ernie Jr., who is played by Jamal Mixon) and Buddy Love. Downplayed in the dinner scenes, which has Murphy's characters talking with each other and one or two other people. The second film has Buddy talking with Sherman at times.
  • Tyler Perry's Madea movies, where he plays the titular Madea, her brother Joe, and her nephew Brian, who all interact with each other at times.
  • In Ernest Goes to Jail Jim Varney played Ernest P. Worrell and his evil Criminal Doppelgänger Felix Nash, the two interact a few times, Felix kidnaps Ernest and makes him take his place in jail, and they get into a fist fight at the end.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Charles Fleischer voiced both Roger and Benny the Cab, who get into two different arguments.
    Driving through downtown L.A
    Benny: Hey Roger, what do you call the middle of a song?
    Roger: Gee, I don't know...A BRIDGE!!!
  • Christopher Robin features Jim Cummings reprising his usual role as both Tigger and Pooh.
  • The Irony of Fate has a brief scene of Nadya with her female friends. One of them is played by Valentina Talyzina, who also dubbed over Barbara Brylska as Nadya's speaking voice.