In "Any Given Sunday", there is scene between Tony D & Willie at Tony D place, where Tony watching Ben Hur (1959) in TV.

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Later into the movie, Charlton Heston who was in Ben Hur is seen as the AFFA Football Commissioner shown talking to Christina.

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    At the least, Last Action Hero did it before Any Given Sunday; though in that case it was more of a fourth wall joke. Same with Space Balls.
    – GendoIkari
    Mar 19, 2017 at 12:34
  • But My question is completely different.
    – user48198
    Mar 19, 2017 at 12:41
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    Not sure how? Both of the movies I mentioned have an actor who is also in a movie mentioned within that movie.
    – GendoIkari
    Mar 19, 2017 at 12:44
  • Almost certainly not but tracking down the first example would be extremely difficult.
    – Paulie_D
    Mar 19, 2017 at 12:51
  • It doesn't matter one way or the other, the questions will more than likely be closed because it is probably considered "trivia" for this site. Mar 19, 2017 at 13:07

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Truly trivial, but this happened back in Singin' in the Rain (1952)...

The movie begins with the premiere of Don Lockwood's latest picture, "The Royal Rascal", a silent black-and-white adventure film. The footage shown from "The Royal Rascal" is actually from a film MGM released in 1948, The Three Musketeers (1948), starring Gene Kelly - which is in color and has sound. For this film both color and sound were taken out of the footage and title cards were added. The other change was adding shots of Jean Hagen (who played diva Lina Lamont) in place of "The Three Musketeers" leading lady, Lana Turner. If you look closely, it is Lana--not Jean--opening the door when the spear hits it. The ending of "The Royal Rascal" was shot on the same set used for "The Three Musketeers".

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