14 Movie Cameos by the Authors of the Original Books

From Mental Floss:

If you’ve paid any attention to the Oscar movies this year, you may have noticed that many of them started out as books. In fact, six of the nine Best Picture nominees were sold on bookshelves before making the move to the silver screen: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, War Horse, The Descendants, The Help, Hugo and Moneyball.

Some of those authors like to wink at those in the know by appearing in the movies based on their books. Keep your eyes peeled for these writer cameos the next time you’re enjoying one of their movies.

1. Stephenie Meyer, Twilight. It’s a very subtle cameo. See if your eagle eyes can spot it.

2. Michael Morpurgo in War Horse. Michael and his wife, Clare, both filmed a cameo for the movie. This isn’t the first time Morpurgo has popped up for a bit part in War Horse, though. He’s also made small appearances when the play adaptations of his books have been performed in London and New York.

3. Stephen King cameos in many of his movies. Thinner, Rose Red, The Storm of the Century, The Stand, The Shining, The Langoliers and Sleepwalker, just to name a few. But I like the one in Pet Sematary:

4. Louis Sachar in Holes. The famous children’s and YA author plays a character named Mr. Collingwood in a flashback scene.
5. Sara Gruen in Water for Elephants. In a scene that will make Edward Cullen fans green with envy, Robert Pattinson brushes by an “astonished woman” watching Rosie the elephant steal produce. That woman is Gruen. Many of her family members also appear in the scene.

6. S.E. Hinton in The Outsiders. Hinton – whose real name is Susan Eloise – appears as the nurse in Dally’s hospital room. Check out her extremely brief appearance at the beginning of this clip:

7. Kathryn Stockett in The Help. The author of one of this year’s Best Picture nominees has a bouffanted cameo as part of a scene involving the Junior League. Her mother, sister and some friends also appear.

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