Movie Stars Playing Movie Stars: A Marvy Montage

Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest: Don't fuck with her, fellas!
Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest: Don't fuck with her, fellas!

No one plays a legendary movie star like another movie star--I mean, they really know how it's done, or at least they're willing to trot out their best mannerisms and try.

Here are some of the most memorable examples (some because they're brilliant, others because they're glittery trash) of filmland's favorite self-reflexive genre.

Cate Blanchett as the butch Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator. Blanchett won the Oscar, some say because they wanted to give another one to Hepburn.
Cate Blanchett as the butch Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator. Blanchett won the Oscar, some say because they wanted to give another one to Hepburn.
Errol Flynn and Dorothy Malone as John and Diana Barrymore, "Too Much Too Soon." Too little too late, but the movie is trashy fun and Flynn is actually brilliant in it.
Errol Flynn and Dorothy Malone as John and Diana Barrymore, "Too Much Too Soon." Too little too late, but the movie is trashy fun and Flynn is actually brilliant in it.
Jerry Lacy's Bogie haunts Woody Allen in "Play it Again Sam"
Jerry Lacy's Bogie haunts Woody Allen in "Play it Again Sam"
Robert Downey Jr. as Chaplin--the original Iron Man.
Robert Downey Jr. as Chaplin--the original Iron Man.
Rod Steiger and Valerie Perrine. Valerie played "Me." Said Leonard Maltin: "Has little relation to the truth, but still entertaining." Like practically every movie on this list.
Rod Steiger and Valerie Perrine. Valerie played "Me." Said Leonard Maltin: "Has little relation to the truth, but still entertaining." Like practically every movie on this list.

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