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Stephen King

  1. Joe Bruno, Monkeybone, 2000.      The best-selling author had to back outon the day of his cameo.  Lookalike Bruno was rushed in.   He called  himself Steve King - the credits said: Man in Dungeon. 
  2. Brian Libby, The Mist, 2006.  They gelled so well - this was director Frank Darabont’s fourth Stephen King movie after The  Woman jn the Room, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mjle - that he wanted the author to cameo as a biker. No, he was too frightened by this adaption – “the happiest moment of my career,” chortled Frank. Called “a competently made Horrible Things Pouncing on People Movie,”  by Rogert Ebert,  this was the 107th of King’s staggering 313 screen credits.  That includes most of his short stories, sold for a mere dollar (aka The Official Stephen King Dollar Baby)  to new or student directors around the world, from Bulgaria and Ireland to Russia and Serbia. This has resulted in not merely three or four versions of the same story but, for example,  eight takes  on Rest Stop (with the central character changing from John to Johanna Dykstra), ten versions of  Man Who Loved Flowers (one in French and eleven of  Mute And yet,  as globally  renowned as he is, the original trailer for Children of the Corn (itself a  nine-film franchise) said it  was written by... Steven King! 




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