“Hello Mrs. Madigan.
Braunshweiger.” – Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger) trying to pretend to be Arnold Schwarzenegger, Last Action Hero Arnold
Cameos by well known people have been in movies for many decades. Sometimes those cameos are funny precisely because of who the person is. An example is Bing Crosby appearing as a disappointed executioner in the Bob Hope comedy My Favorite Brunette (1947.) Sometimes the cameo is even the person playing themselves, such as Bruce Willis in Ocean’s Twelve (2004.)
Every now and then, though, an actor or actress takes a role as themselves that is a lot more than just a cameo. The plot in all of these is that they are playing an exaggerated, or even completely fictional, version of themselves. Probably the most well known movie example is Being John Malkovich (1999.) Jerry Seinfeld would famously do the same thing on his eponymous TV show.
You can find my posts for these movies here:
You’ll notice both Harold & Kumar movies are here. The third one is coming out late in 2011. Here is the trailer for it.
On to the reviews…