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We all know that movies and shows are full of clever cameos -- celebrity buddies will pop up in each other's movies, or someone stopping by a film set will appear in a scene, or some famous person wants to jump into the spotlight for a sec.

But sometimes the creative force behind the movie -- the writer, the director, or some other visionary genius -- will pop up in one of their creations, and do so in such a clever, meta way that it's an instant Easter egg. For example ...

Wes Craven references his other popular franchise in Scream. The horror director briefly appears in his own movie as the high school janitor wearing F

12 Creators Who Had Brilliant Cameos In Their Own Work

12 Creators Who Had Brilliant Cameos In Their Own Work

Marvel comic book artist Jack Kirby draws in an episode of The Incredible Hulk. Kirby helped create the Hulk, SO it only makes sense for him to be in

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12 Creators Who Had Brilliant Cameos In Their Own Work

Stan Lee's cameo in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a nod to an old comic. During Reed Richards and Sue Storm's wedding, the Marvel comic

12 Creators Who Had Brilliant Cameos In Their Own Work

The composer of Tomorrowland's score is operating the It's a Small World ride during the 1964 World's Fair scene. Most people who visit the famous a

Nic Pizzolatto tells his characters what to say in True Detective. ME KISS IM AN ASSHOLE The creator of the HBO crime anthology Series is a bartender

The weirdest and most reclusive Simpsons writer is a patient at Calmwood Mental Hospital. John Swartzwelder, the writer responsible for some of the gr

Peter Jackson secretly pays homage to the original King Kong. Jackson directed the 2005 remake of the classic monster movie, and chose to be one of th

12 Creators Who Had Brilliant Cameos In Their Own Work
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