Five Other Great “Actors Playing Themselves” Performances

In tribute to This Is The End, here’s a look at five other great performances by actors playing themselves that you might have missed:

1) James Van Der Beek in Don’t Trust The B*tch In Apt. 23


When Dawson played Dawson. An absolutely random casting decision, but definitely epic. James Van Der Beek revived his career playing himself, hilariously, on Don’t Trust The B. Gone was the sweet boy with teen charm. Now was an extremely vain, struggling actor, who just wants to be taken seriously. Hilarity ensued.

2) Bill Murray in Zombieland


An already great movie was made better by stumbling into the house of a celebrity, only to find that celebrity is still inside, and doing a damn fine job of pretending to be a zombie. Great cameo performance that no one saw coming.

3) Neil Patrick Harris in The Harold And Kumar Franchise


Michael Cera might have taken a page from the NPH book when doing This Is The End. Neil Patrick Harris turned his quiet Tony-hosting, gay advocate self, into a batshit crazy, cocaine snorting, stripper humping madman that is clearly the best thing about the stoner-trilogy. He stole a car and even brought himself back from the dead. How amazing is that?

4) John Malkovich in Being John Malkovich



Those boobs. Enough said, right? Seriously, if you haven’t seen Being John Malkovich, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Good sport isn’t being honest enough, in this film about a secret door that takes you into the mind of John Malkovich. Literally.

5) Seth Green and Mandy Moore in Entourage

Seth Green

Entourage definitely saw its fair share of cameos over the years. Two were memorable. Seth Green played a rival of Vince and Eric’s who really wanted to hook up with Sloan (Eric’s on-again-off-again girlfriend). Mandy played herself, but also an ex of Vince’s who was tapped to play opposite him in Aquaman, and sent Vince into a tailspin.


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