While most known writers of showbiz refrain from stepping out in the limelight, we’ve got some versatile gems who can act as good as they pen down their stories. Take a look at 15+ writers who came in front of the cameras to star in their own productions:
Sylvester Stallone himself wrote the script of this award-winning film. He apparently got the inspiration after watching a boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner.
2. A Quiet Place
John Krasinski co-wrote, directed, and starred in this film about monsters who have an extremely powerful hearing ability.
3. Pulp Fiction
Quentin Tarantino put himself in his own movie that he had written himself. The film won Best Original Screenplay at the 67th Academy Awards.
4. The Office
B.J Novak, Mindy Kaling, and Paul Lieberstein were the three writers behind this iconic sitcom who were often seen in front of the camera too.
Ben Affleck co-wrote this movie with Chris Terrio which he even went on to direct. Affleck was even in talks for penning a Batman movie that he would also direct.
The multi-hyphenate actress-writer-producer, Phoebe Waller-Bridge wrote and starred in this series based on her play of the same name.
Mark Gatiss who happens to be the show’s co-creator, snuck himself in as Mycroft, Sherlock Holmes’ protective older brother and government liaison.
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8. Jay and Silent Bob
Kevin Smith has perpetually featured as a quiet stoner called Silent Bob in nearly every film that he has written.
9. The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling single-handedly ran this TV show on her name, fame, and game. She showed that celebrity-driven projects aren’t just limited to Roseanne and Seinfeld.
Superbad was a film that Seth Rogen wrote with his friend Evan Goldberg when he was just 13 years old. He ended up acting in the film as an adult.
11. This is Spinal Tap
Rob Reiner initially started off his career as a comedy actor, appearing in several movies and TV shows before taking the director’s chair for films like Misery and The Princess Bride.
12. School Of Rock
Mike White who wrote this musical comedy of the early 2000s actually wrote himself a character too. He appears as Ned Schneebly.
13. Good Will Hunting
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were actually launched into stardom when the duo wrote the script for Good Will Hunting. The film went on to bag 2 Oscars including that year’s Academy Award for Writing.
14. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Jason Segel wrote the film based on his own real-life issues with break-ups, stardom, and a Dracula musical he couldn’t really crack.
15. 30 Rock & SNL
Tina Fey managed to write both shows and starred in them with equal grace.