With wins at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, Nomadland becomes the favorite to receive the main Oscar statuette. Chloé Zhao’s film has been praised since its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, and part of that success is due to the director’s decision to use a cast of non-actors in her film. With that, the film becomes more real, assuming an almost documentary appearance.
Zhao had already done this in Taming Fate, his previous film, which features Brady Jandreau in his only film role to date. The film tells the story of a young man who sees his future at rodeos end after suffering a serious accident.
Below we present nine other films that feature non-actors who appeared in films playing themselves.
Good Behavior (2017) – Eric Paykert
In Good behavior, Robert Pattinson lives in an assailant who needs to find a way to get his brother out of jail. At the beginning of the film, he talks to a bailiff, who asks for $ 10,000 to release him, and thus begins Pattinson’s journey in the film. Originally, who was responsible for the role was Eric Roberts (who played Maroni in Batman the dark knight), however, the Safdie brothers did not like the actor’s performance and put Eric Paykert himself – whose bail agency was already being used for the scene – playing himself in the film.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Effect (2018) – Wolf Blitzer
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Effect It was not the first time that CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer appeared playing himself, but in addition to being the most recent, it was also the one that most had a narrative importance for the plot. In the film, he reads a manifesto from a terrorist, to convince a scientist to reveal information about his whereabouts. Before that, Blitzer appeared in The Candidates, 007 – Operation Skyfall, Money Game and in the series House of Cards.
The Sound of Silence (2020) – Shaheem Sanchez
Another film that has stood out in this awards season, The sound of silence puts Riz Ahmed in the role of a rock drummer who loses his hearing and starts spending time with people with other deaf people. One of them is the dancer Shaheem Sanchez, who acts for the first time in a feature film as a character also called Shaheem.
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) – Salman Rushdie
Helen Fielding is the author of the book Bridget Jones’s Diary. She was also one of the screenwriters for the film, and the idea of bringing Salman Rushdie to the film came from her. In the scene, the essayist and also a writer appears talking about a book during the launch event. Bridget Jones joins the circle, but when asked, she disguises it by laughing and asking where the bathroom is.
Back to School (1986) – Kurt Vonnegut
In the classic Back to school, the science fiction writer, Kurt Vonnegut, has a brief participation, when he appears and says his only line: “Hello, I’m Kurt Vonnegut. I’m looking for Thornton Melon ”. In the plot, Thornton decides to join his son Jason (Keith Gordon) in college, but discovers that he likes parties more than studying. Thornton needs to write an article about Vonnegut to try to win over his literature teacher, and for that he hires Vonnegut himself. In 1996, Gordon directed the film Victim of the Past, an adaptation of the novel The American Spy, by Kurt Vonnegut.
Fire in the Sky (1993) – Travis Walton
Technically, Travis Walton does not play himself in the film, but a resident of the city. But as he is the protagonist of the story told, it deserves to be mentioned. The film tells the story of Walton’s alleged abduction, which would have been witnessed by some coworkers. He went missing for a few days and his colleagues were even accused of murder, however, Walton returns to his city with strange behavior. In the film, the character is played by D.B. Sweeney.
Neurotic Groom, Nervous Bride (1977) – Marshall McLuhan
At the beginning of Neurotic Groom, Nervous Bride, Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) and Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) are in a queue to enter the cinema and overhear a conversation about the philosopher Marshall McLuhan. Allen’s character is so dissatisfied with the bullshit he hears that he decides to bring McLuhan himself into the debate. The scene was originally written with filmmaker Federico Fellini, but last-minute problems forced Allen to replace him with McLuhan.
3:17 pm: Train to Paris (2018) – Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, And Spencer Stone
Clint Eastwood’s film chronicles the real events of a terrorist attack on a train in France. In real life, National Guard veterans Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone prevent the attack from having more serious consequences. And in the movie, too, since Eastwood invited the three soldiers to their roles.