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When Quentin Tarantino shows up toward the end of Django Unchained for one of his traditional director cameos, it's important to remember that the man originally wanted to be an actor. (It's easy to forget this when his mouth opens and his attempt at an Australian accent comes out.) Though early on in his stardom, he ill-fatedly attempted to forge a dual career as a lead actor (From Dusk Till Dawn, Destiny Turns on the Radio), he has then and since mostly capitalized on his value as a guest star or surprise cameo; these guest spots usually come with lots of self-referential dialogue to capitalize on the har-har-in-joke factor. It's something that should be studied by all directors who could be spending more time in front of the camera. (Looking at you, Ang Lee: Why aren't you showing up on The Middle?) Below, using a plethora of Tarantino clips as »

- Jesse David Fox

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