Ocean’s 12 (2004)
Playing off: Julia Roberts’ character Tess looking like Julia Roberts.
Stars involved: Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Carl Reiner, Bruce Willis.
Quote: “I’m Bruce Willis.”
Arnie playing an action hero played by Arnie meeting ‘the real Arnie’ might be the meta-est meta moment ever, but Julia Roberts playing a character who has to pretend to be (a pregnant) Julia Roberts gives it a good run for its money. Especially as Matt Damon and Don Cheadle are also in the picture, and then Bruce Willis drops in to say hello…
In fact, over the course of things, Matt Damon has to pretend to be Julia's PR man to maintain everyone’s cover, managing to remind Bruce Willis he doesn’t have an Oscar in the process. “That little statue on the mantle starts smirking at you after a while, you know what I’m saying?” Bruce: “Not really, no.” Why is this so brilliant? Because Matt Damon has an Oscar of his own. In real life. It makes your head hurt, just thinking about it.
The icing on the cake is Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner) bursting into the room to help get the pseudo-pregnant “Julia” off the phone and out of the hotel by pretending to be her doctor: “Do you have any idea how vulnerable a foetus' brain is to the electromagnetic field created by your cell phone? You might as well point a gun at her stomach!” Bruce Willis’ response? “I’m Bruce Willis.” Fair enough.