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Film Comment Trivial Top 20®: Most Memorable Instances of People Playing Themselves

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It's usually better than when they actually try to act

1. The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night, 1964
2. Fred Dalton Thompson Marie, 1985
3. Edward McDonald Goodfellas, 1990
4. John Malkovich Being John Malkovich, 1999
5. Fritz Lang Contempt, 1963
6. Samuel Fuller Pierrot le fou, 1965
7. Marshall McLuhan Annie Hall, 1977
8. Babe Ruth Speedy, 1928
9. Muhammad Ali The Greatest, 1977
10. Steve Coogan A Cock and Bull Story, 2005
11. Evel Knievel Viva Knievel!, 1977
12. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Airplane!, 1980
13. Howard Stern Private Parts, 1997
14. Tom Jones Mars Attacks!, 1996
15. Bill Murray Zombieland, 2009
16. Cecil B. De Mille Sunset Boulevard, 1950
17. Arlo Guthrie Alice’s Restaurant , 1969
18. Mike Tyson Black and White, 1999
19. Burt Reynolds Silent Movie, 1976
20. Roger Moore Cannonball Run II, 1984
21. Julia Roberts Ocean’s Twelve , 2004
22. Audie Murphy To Hell and Back, 1955
23. Neil Patrick Harris Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, 2004
24. Brice Parain Vivre sa vie, 1962
25. Henri Laborit Mon once d'Amérique, 1980
26. Frankie Avalon Grease, 1978
27. Henny Youngman Goodfellas, 1990
28. Harland Sanders (Colonel Sanders) Blast Off Girls , 1967
29. Jackie Robinson The Jackie Robinson Story, 1950
30. Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder The Cannonball Run, 1981
31. Lou Ferrigno I Love You, Man , 2009
32. Jean-Claude Van Damme JCVD, 2008
33. Rob Brydon A Cock and Bull Story, 2005
34. Martin Scorsese The Muse, 1999
35. Tony Randall The King of Comedy, 1982
36. Sam Fuller The Last Movie, 1971
37. Mike Tyson The Hangover, 2009
38. Alex Karras Paper Lion, 1968
39. Francis Jeanson La Chinoise, 1967
40. Sylvester Stallone An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, 1997

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