Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Book Authors & Movie Cameos

I love it when authors make cameos in movies based on their own books. Juju over at Tales of Whimsy recently shared a cool tidbit about Sara Gruen’s cameo appearance in the new movie Water for Elephants.

Per BookPage: “Gruen and her entire family have cameos in the movie. Her big moment comes when Robert Pattinson (as Jacob) brushes past her during a tense scene with a runaway circus animal. “I’m the astonished woman watching an elephant [Rosie] steal produce!” she says.”

And according to The1stdaughter over at There’s A Book, Something Borrowed author, Emily Giffin, will be making a cameo in the new movie based on her book. Ms. Giffin will be sitting on a bench reading a book in one of the scenes with Rachel in it. How appropriate!

Here are a few more movies with author cameos:

Holes by Louis Sachar (Mr. Collingsworth, bald man who receives onion hair tonic from Sam)

Pet Cematary by Stephen King (minister at funeral)

Twilight by Stephanie Meyers (eating at a diner)

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (plays the nurse in Dally's room)


  1. +JMJ+

    I like looking for Stan Lee cameos in movies based on Marvel superheroes. Does that count? =P

    The only other example I can think of--but still my favourite--involves Barbara Branden, who wrote The Passion of Ayn Rand, a memoir about her life as a close friend of Rand's. Branden got to play her own mother during the wedding scene. I can just imagine how dream-like--or even surreal--it must have been for her to recreate her own wedding with the filmmakers and then watch it unfold again from the point of view of a guest.

  2. Hi Enbrethiliel,

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!
    And thanks for the great discussion you got going on over at BookBlogs. :)

    Yes, of course, Stan Lee counts! Finding his cameos are so much fun -- like Alfred Hitchcock!
    There were just so many to choose from...

    And thanks for the cool tidbit about Barbara Branden. Have you seen Atlas Shrugged Part 1 in the theater yet?


  3. +JMJ+

    No, I haven't seen it--and I don't think I'll get a chance to until it comes out on DVD. =S The trailers and teasers I've watched have been very intriguing, though! I'm amazed at how they made Hank Rearden's character both true to the cold, forbidding person in the novel and very charming and likeable! The actor playing John Galt will have a lot to live up to. ;-)

    What about you? Did you get to watch the movie?

  4. Hi Enbrethiliel,

    No, I'm like you -- I usually wait until movies come out on DVD before I watch them.

    There are so many movies based on novels being made these days -- I'm having a hard time chosing which ones I want to spend my money on!

    Thanks for stopping by,

  5. Thank you so much for linking back to me and Danielle. I adore movie cameos and will be making it permanent new feature.

    I love the Twilight diner scene.

  6. No problem, Juju -- it's my pleasure!

    The next author cameo I know of is Kathryn Stockett in The Help, set to release on August 12th.

    Here's a link for more info and a photo:


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