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13 Memorable Examples Of Actors Playing Themselves In Movies And TV

7. Cate Blanchett, Coffee and Cigarettes

This whole movie features vignettes where celebrities play themselves, but this one really stands out because A.) Cate Blanchett is fabulous, and B.) She also plays a fictional cousin who looks just like her. Brilliant.

8. Bill Murray, Zombieland

Bill Murray is one of the other celebrities in Coffee and Cigarettes, and he also played himself in Space Jam, but perhaps his best cameo is in Zombieland. Bill Murray is always great, but zombie makeup makes any celeb cameo funnier.

9. Jerry Seinfeld, Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld built a whole show around playing a fictionalized version of himself. The difference between this character and ones like Van Der Beek and LeBlanc is that Jerry plays the straight man and doesn’t exaggerate his persona in the same way.

10. Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Speaking of Seinfeld, its co-creator Larry David also played himself on a hit sitcom. What’s different here is that much of the dialogue is improvised. The show also features plenty of celebrity cameos, upping the meta quotient by quite a bit.

11. Louis CK, Louie

Aaand here’s another comedian starring as himself on a sitcom. Louie really is Louis CK’s show. Not only does he play himself, but he also writes, directs, produces and edits the episodes.

12. Paul Giamatti, Cold Souls

Here’s a weird one for you. Paul Giamatti stars in this movie as Paul Giamatti, a character who chooses to have his soul frozen but then must get it back when it’s sold on the black market. I told you it was weird.

13. Julia Roberts, Ocean’s Twelve

This one can be a little confusing to keep up with. Julia Roberts is playing a woman named Tess who looks like Julia Roberts and is also pretending to be Julia Roberts. So in a very roundabout way Julia Roberts is playing herself. Oh, and Bruce Willis is there too.

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  • Ria

    Don’t forget Lou Ferrigno on King of Queens:) He moved in next door to Doug and Carrie.

    • Jill O’Rourke

      Ah, yes. He also played himself in I Love You, Man.

  • Katie

    James Van Der Beek was so hilarious in Don’t Trust the B. I was devastated when it was cancelled. I kind of blame Dream Walker because Van Der Beek and Krysten Ritter were gold.

    • Jill O’Rourke

      I’m so sad it’s over.

  • Anisa

    Daniel Radcliffe, Kate Winslet, and every other actors/actresses that played themselves on Extras!

    • Jill O’Rourke

      Good call! I never watched that but I’ve heard it was great.

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