One Click Wonder: Self Parody
Sunday 11 January 2009
New Channel 4 sitcom ‘Plus One’ is notable for an inspired turn from ex-boybander Duncan James, playing himself – and so joining a fine tradition of stars sending themselves up on screen with hilarious/humiliating results...
Duchovny’s guest spot on TV satire ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ saw him develop a crush on the eponymous chat show host, culminating in this memorable moment of ‘Basic Instinct’-style crotch-flashing.
Existential comedy ‘Being John Malkovich’ sent John Cusack inside the bewildered brain of the ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ star, thus revealing what a good sport lay beneath that famously brooding exterior.
Stars lined up to appear in Ricky Gervais’ self-reflexive sitcom ‘Extras’, but it was the ex–‘Family Fortunes’ host who stole the show, baring his soul as a cuckolded panto star on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
No stranger to playing himself, Coogan has never done it better than in portmanteau film ‘Coffee and Cigarettes’, parodying star egotism as he spurns the friendly advances of less well-known thesp Alfred Molina.
Jean-Claude Van Damme
The Muscles from Brussels undergoes postmodern reinvention in the upcoming ‘JCVD’, a fictional biopic which presents the action star as a burnt out, straight-to-DVD shadow of his former self. Here’s a sneak peek.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 2 Joan Rivers: 'Palestinians deserve to be dead'
- 3 Lady al-Qa’ida: On the trail of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the world’s most wanted prisoner
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 It's not just the savagery of Isis that is shocking – its weaponry is too
Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Gregg Wallace joins line-up as final celebrities revealed
Unseen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter deemed 'too subversive' released
X Factor, ITV, review: Simon Cowell banned sob stories but Cheryl Cole can’t stop crying
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
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