When an actor nails a certain role in his career it can be both a blessing and a curse. Anthony Perkins, for a no-brainer example, rarely picked up any roles after Psycho due to being typecast as the lunatic he so exquisitely played.
That’s why it’s also great to know when actors have a sense of humor about their more iconic roles – taking up the burden of spoofing themselves so no one else has to.
10. Lloyd Bochner Discovers What it Means “To Serve Man” in The Naked Gun 2 ½
Lloyd Bochner has a relatively small part as a villain in the second Naked Gun film, but that didn’t stop them from finding some way to fit in his famous line from The Twilight Zone’s “To Serve Man” episode. You know, the one where all the bigheaded aliens come down to eat us after promising us technological advancements. It’s the biggest dick move an alien race could ever pull.
Of course, anyone who has actually seen the episode will tell you that the actor never actually speaks the line, but whatever – it’s the only iconic role this guy’s got.
9. John Ritter Finds A Familiar Set in Stay Tuned
The concept of this film is that the devil is installing satellite dishes that suck people into TVs where, if they survive for 24 hours, their souls won’t go to hell. So basically it’s a world where Lucifer exists and smokes a shit load of marijuana.
Of course, since the film stars John Ritter they just had to get Three’s Company in there somewhere. But at least he didn’t get stuck in Three’s A Crowd instead.
8. Robert Patrick Is Looking For Someone in Wayne’s World
Robert Patrick, one suspects, gets addressed as T-1000 by fans more often than his real name. They sure as shit don’t call him Doggett, and “that guy from Die Hard 2” just doesn’t have a great ring to it either. No, he might be marked as this razor sharp character – but he isn’t complaining either.
At least he wasn’t when he showed up in Wayne’s World looking for John Connor.
7. Samuel L. Jackson Runs Into A Very Familiar Cop in The Incredibles
If it were up to me, this would be number one on the list. What I mean is, Die Hard With A Vengeance holds a very special place in my heart – as well as one particular scene where Zeus, Jackson’s character, has a run in with the worst city cop in the world – who pulls a gun on him for what can only be described as “yelling at a white person.”
You probably didn’t even notice it in The Incredibles, but his character Frozone finds himself in the exact same situation with a cop that looks quite familiar indeed. And like Die Hard, he calmly reaches over to the water at gunpoint. It’s actually quite amazing.
6. The Entire Cast Spoofs Themselves in Airplane!
Airplane is known as the film that took a bunch of serious old men and made then instant comedic legends without them ever having to lift a finger. Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Peter Graves, and of course Leslie Nielsen had all – up until that point – often played the straight-faced hero. Along with that, Stack, Bridges, and Graves all had roles in previous airplane disaster movies or TV shows playing captains or air traffic controllers.
Airplane – while hilarious – is way better with context. For example the sweet women who speaks jive is funny, but much funnier when you realize who played her.