Directors Love To Stick Their (Literal) Hands Into Their Movies
We all know how Quentin Tarantino can't make a movie without giving himself at least a bit part in which he quietly mutters the N-word in a dark corner. But he's not the only one, and many other directors have a seemingly irresistible compulsion to insert themselves into their own films. For instance, did you know that James Cameron was in the drawing scene in Titanic? Those are his hands doing the actual drawing. Yes, the tasteful PG-13 nude was by Mr. Avatar himself.
Paramount Pictures This replaced his earlier plan to serve as Winslet's body double.
Mel Gibson also got his hands metaphorically dirty with an appearance in The Passion Of The Christ, when he decided that he should be the one driving the nails into Jesus' crucified palms.
Icon Productions His line for the scene, "Hands up, Jesus!" was left on the cutting room floor.
Ridley Scott is another director who sneakily got his frisky digits an IMDb credit, in this case in a scene in Alien. But not the scene you're thinking:
20th Century Fox It wasn't this one. As far as we know, that's not Scott's hand, nor any other part of him.
No, it was Scott's hands creating the fluttery movement in the alien egg, right before John Hurt gets his face impregnated. And once you know that the effect was simply Sir Ridley making bird-shaped shadow puppets in a pair of dishwashing gloves, you'll never unsee it.
20th Century Fox If you'd even want to.
Bill Hader And Jean-Ralphio Played The Voice Of BB-8
BB-8, Star Wars' latest attempt to corner the global toy market, may sound like R2-D2 with his undies on too tight, but there can't be any interesting stories behind that, right? They just threw piles of money at a synthesizer and called it a day, surely. Well, though they might have tried that, at some point, J.J. Abrams decided the series' newest droid should have more personality than mere electronics could offer. So he enlisted the help of a couple of friends: SNL alum Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz (Jean-Ralphio of Parks And Recreation fame).
NBCUniversal Television Distribution They had to use two actors on a shift system due to the constraints of working within such a small ball.