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13 Of Cinema's Most Meta Moments
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Airplane! (1980)

Playing off: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar being a famous basketball player in real life.
Stars involved: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rossie Harris, Peter Graves.
Quote: “Wait a minute. I know you. You're Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. You play basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers.”

Let’s be honest, we have a very limited knowledge of basketball here in the Empire office. We know it involves jumping, tall men and bouncing balls, but that’s about it. The few basketball players we do know include Michael Jordan (a.k.a. him off Space Jam) and, of course, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, our favouritest basketball player of all time.

Sure, he might look like an airplane pilot – in a movie called Airplane! – but actually he’s a basketball player pretending to be an airplane pilot, something we only learn when pipsqueak Joey (Rossie Harris) calls him out on it, insulting him and forcing him to break character: “LISTEN KID! I've been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I'm out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.” BOOM!
 

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1 RE: 13 Of Cinema's Most Meta Moments
The bit at the end of Hot Fuzz where Edward Woodwards character says "Oh lord no" just after he sets off the sea mine, the same thing he says at the end of The Wicker Man when he's about to be burnt... More

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