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A scene in Jurassic Park: The Lost World, includes adverts for three films that have been made up for the scene.

  • Jack and the Behnstalks starring Robin Williams
  • Tsunami Sunrise starring Tom Hanks
  • King Lear starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

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What is the earliest film to include adverts for fake movies, using real actors?

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  • 13
    I don't know about the first, but The Last Action Hero (1993) memorably has an advert for the Terminator starring Sylvester Stallone. Apr 14 at 12:46
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    Back to the Future 2 had Jaws 19 directed by "Max" Spielberg.
    – Paulie_D
    Apr 14 at 13:04
  • You may be interested in Films in Films.
    – Schwern
    Apr 15 at 21:25

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Although more of a spoof movie The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) than full SF/F (ridiculous/silly - thus fantasy - premises) it incorporated at least trailers/adverts for fake movies / tv shows. One of which was That's Armageddon with named actors.

A parody of the then-common disaster film genre, with Donald Sutherland as the clumsy waiter and George Lazenby as the architect

Other spoof trailers included:

  • Catholic High School Girls in Trouble
  • Cleopatra Schwartz
  • Danger Seekers

...although these did not have named real actors

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  • I always assumed they got look alikes, but wow that really was George Lazenby and Donald Sutherland! And, uhh... Jack Roberts. But "Barbara Radnitz" (the nurse) is Victoria Carroll.
    – Schwern
    Apr 15 at 20:37
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John Landis's Schlock (1973) features voiced advertisements for two movies both titled See You Next Wednesday starring real actors.

@8:10

Be sure to watch the dinnertime movie tonight at 6 on 6. Tonight it's See You Next Wednesday starring Charles Laughton, Claudette Colbert, and Mickey Rooney. A fun filled musical frolic through the leper colonies of Europe during the Thirty Years War.

@25:02

Tomorrow evening's dinnertime movie at six on six. Tomorrow evening's film is See You Next Wednesday starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, and "Stymie" Beard in an action-packed war drama of defrocked missionaries in the Belgian Congo.


See You Next Wednesday became a running gag in films involving Landis being mentioned in Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)...

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...and a full billboard in The Blues Brothers (1980) starring Donald Sutherland.

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...and many more.

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Airplane II from 1982 had a Rocky XXXVIII poster with Rocky as an old man when Sonny Bono was buying his bomb. Probably not the first but pretty funny.

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  • (And made by the same team as the earlier The Kentucky Fried Movie, as in another answer.)
    – gidds
    Apr 15 at 12:03
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Mel Brookes' fantastical and farcical 1981 History of the World, Part I features a 'trailer' for a film History of the World, Part II featuring a segment titled 'Hitler on Ice' (later featuring a space opera segment titled 'Jews in Space').

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