16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

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Movie making has got to be an absolute blast. There's no other explanation for how pretty much every movie you've ever seen has some kind of weird joke hidden inside it just as an Easter egg for fans, obsessive compulsives, or in some cases, even the film-makers themselves. Below are all examples of actors, stunt-people, writers, and directors all making references to their previous work.
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    Jeff Bridges in Iron Man/The Big Lebowski In the first Iron Man movie, as Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) is trying to steal some information from Obadiah Stane’s (Jeff Bridges) mainframe, there’s a brief reference to an earlier film starring Bridges - it’s only one frame

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    The Nicholas Cage Beige Volvo Trilogy Here’s a neat one that I found on TVTropes: Apparently Nicholas Cage really likes beige cars. He says he drives one in The Rock. Later, he drops Dave Chapelle’s body into one in Con-Air.And he steals one during

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    Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin/Evan Almighty The 40 Year Old Virgin wasn’t that good, so you have to be in a really s**tty movie to want to go back to it. Luckily, Evan Almighty was a really s**tty movie.I guess none of us are really “lucky” to be subjected to that kind of

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    Jeremy Irons in Lion King/Reversal of Fortune No one plays “Creepy old guy” like Jeremy Irons. In The Lion King, when Simba says “you’re so weird,” Scar’s haunting response (“You have no idea”) would have been strange and foreboding even if it hadn’t been a repeat of the same

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    David Duchovny in Evolution/The X-Files Does anyone remember Evolution? It was that movie that came out in the early 2000s that all the sci-fi nerds really wanted to like because it had David Duchovny in it and was about wacky alien monsters, but it actually wasn’t any

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    Sean Connery in The Rock and... you know... One of the most obvious ones we’ll encounter here, when Sean Connery says that he was trained by British Intelligence we all know exactly what he’s talking about.  If you haven’t seen The Rock, you can watch the whole

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    Michael Biehn Keeps Getting Bitten on the Arm in James Cameron Movies James Cameron really hates Michael Beihn’s arm. First in Terminator: When Sarah Connor still thinks he’s a crazy person. Then Aliens: Newt gets him when they first meet her and he’s trying to pull her out of the

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    Sylvester Stallone in Rambo/Tango & Cash “Just who do you think you are?” “He thinks he’s Rambo!” “Rambo... is a p*ssy.”And then Tango shoots the truck they’re talking about. Jesus. Though I guess that wildly and illegally shooting your gun at random things is

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    John Cho: Better Luck Tomorrow/Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle Near the beginning of the film when Harold (Cho) tries to park his car, someone else swerves into the spot just in front of him and shouts “better luck tomorrow!” –the title of a movie Cho starred in just two years

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    Ray Park in X-Men/Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace This one’s pretty cool, but unfortunately, you’re going to need the DVD or Blu-Ray (or I guess, like, the VHS?) to see it in full effect: Ray Park is the Scottish actor/stuntman/martial artist responsible for the only good thing

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    Ewan MacGregor in The Men Who Stare at Goats/Star Wars I’m throwing this one on here primarily to dispel a rumor. In the Men Who Stare at Ghosts, Ewan McGregor plays an American reporter who stumbles across some former members of the army’s psychic warrior training program, who call

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    Kevin McCarthy in Both Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Major Spoilers) The ending of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) is one of the most haunting in the history of horror film endings: the hero Dr. Miles Benell (Kevin McCarthy) loses his love interest to the alien invaders, who take

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    Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes/Planet of the Apes Do I need to describe this scene to you? At the end of the original Planet of the Apes, Charlton Heston (Charlton Heston) discovers that the planet he’s been on the whole movie was (spoilers) Earth the whole time! He screams “damn

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    Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter/Equus The decision to cast Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe as the lead in Equus – a play that, among other things, involves walking around naked (it also involves horses and psychology) – garnered a little bit of controversy. Some

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    Sonny Chiba in Kill Bill/Shadow Warriors  You probably know the character Hattori Hanzo from the movie Kill Bill, where he’s played by Karate-film legend Sonny Chiba. But Tarantino didn’t invent the Hanzo character: he’s actually a common figure in samurai

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    F. Murray Abraham in Last Action Hero/Amadeus This is the best movie ever that no one else likes. Do you like this movie? I like this movie. Last Action Hero is about a boy named Danny who, due to his sh*tty life, finds the only solace he can in movies. His favorite are the

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