11 Meta Films Starring Actors Playing Extreme Versions Of Themselves

11. This Is The End

While This Is The End received mixed reviews from critics (generally fairly positive, but certainly nothing game-changing), its entertaining narrative of several film stars teaming up during the Apocalypse is a very fun take on the disaster movie genre. James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Jay Baruchel... This is basically a meta-film that contains star after star playing themselves. It's not a biopic, like most of the others in this list, but it is very similar in terms of its style. According the film's creator, Evan Goldberg, the film was partially inspired by the ubiquity of reality television. Essentially, "the popularity of reality television now also feeds into that idea of whether what we're watching is actually real" - can the actors on TV be trusted? Are they playing it "real"? With the actors in this movie playing exaggerated versions of themselves, the jokes stem almost entirely from the audience's foreknowledge of their star identities. It doesn't always work, but when it does it's a very enjoyable and clever piece of cinema.
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