According to his autobiography, he accepted the Big Bad 's role in The Return of Captain Invincible because he felt he should at least once demonstrate his singing ability on screen. Lee had his lightsaber made with a fencing grip in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith so he could show off his authentic fencing skills, though obviously most of his fights were performed by stuntmen.
In the comedy 'Jocks', Lee performs fencing moves as the foil, a college president who wants to cancel his school's tennis program because he prefers fencing. The Wicker Man has a scene of him displaying his singing ability.
In The Man with the Golden Gun , he did his own stunt driving. Ed Helms shows off his piano playing in The Hangover. Michelle Pfeiffer 's baton-twirling in Hairspray. In fact, the creators of the movie have said that a lot of the parts were cast to show off the cast members' musical skills, especially from people whose talent wasn't exceptionally well-known James Marsden , Amanda Bynes , Christopher Walken , or who hadn't had much of a chance to show off in recent years Pfeiffer, John Travolta , and even Queen Latifah is nowadays seen by most as an actress more than a musician.
Sean Connery is a superb golfer, and his superlative swing largely won him the lead role in A Good Man in Africa. It also shows up in Goldfinger. Valentine's Day shows off several of its actors' talents. In the first The Princess Diaries , Lupe the Cheerleader played by rhythmic gymnast and Olympian Tamara Levinson does all the impressive stunts while the other cheerleaders never do anything beyond basic choreography.
In the same movie, Lana Mandy Moore sings a musical number. Mandy Moore also gets a musical number as Hilary Faye in Saved! Peter Sellers puts on a range of accents, while Orson Welles fills his side with magic tricks Welles was a keen amateur magician. None of it is remotely relevant to what little plot there is. In Batman Begins , Liam Neeson 's younger days as a boxer can be seen in Ducard's fighting style, especially the climactic battle towards the end.
He goes into boxing stance when fighting Batman in the train. Copley and Bradley Cooper also get to display their actual fluency in Swahili and French, respectively. Ex-boxer Liam Neeson also got to show off his moves in the film's climax. Bradley Cooper also breaks out the French in Limitless , along with Italian and Mandarin Chinese he doesn't fare so well on that last one.
In Demolition Man , Denis Leary enters into a rant in the style he uses in his comedy routines. Zooey Deschanel puts her singing talents to good use in Bridge to Terabithia where she even plays a music teacher!
It's possible that Anna was made a musician rather than an athlete in Freaky Friday so that Lindsay Lohan could sing and play guitar. Incidentally, when Jamie Lee Curtis who's swapped bodies with Lindsay in the plot plays the guitar solo in the climax, she really is playing it. Ever since the media learned that Madeline Kahn could sing, it isn't uncommon for her work onscreen to feature her singing even one note. Though the best example is probably Young Frankenstein , and a subversion occurs in Blazing Saddles when she is deliberately singing badly.
The Cradle of Life , there's a scene where Lara plays with a switchblade. Angelina Jolie collects knives and is evidently good at handling them. Deleted scenes in Tomorrow Never Dies would have showcased renowned magician Ricky Jay's playing card throwing skills, for which he once held a Guiness World Record. Wai Lin is a secret agent, so it makes sense for her to know some martial arts, but the fact that she uses kung fu so extensively as opposed to a more practical martial art like junshi sanda or just shooting enemies is because Michelle Yeoh has decades of experience doing kung fu movies.
Lewis Ozawa Changchien, who played Hanzo in Predators has practiced kendo since he was five years old, and insisted on using that style in Hanzo's fight with the Predator. Scarlett Johansson loves to sing at every chance; she even bursts into song during The Other Boleyn Girl. Daryl Hannah was a skilled gymnast since she was a girl, and puts her skills to use in Blade Runner. The makers of The Exorcism of Emily Rose saved a lot of money on special effects when star Jennifer Carpenter pointed out she could do all those weird poses herself.
Jack Nicholson was a volunteer firefighter before he got into acting. Thus, when he must hack his way through a door with a fireaxe to get to Shelley Duvall in The Shining , that's a real door he's chopping through because he annihilated the prop door they had used in a previous take.
Gene Wilder was a champion fender in his college days. Edward Norton lived with Salma Hayek for years, and speaks fluent Spanish. If there is any excuse to get a few lines in Spanish shoehorned into any of his movies, he will take it. There is a particularly egregious example in his directorial effort Keeping the Faith , where his priest character chats to a boy in his congregation in Spanish for no plot-related reason whatsoever.
It gets turned around in The Incredible Hulk when he spends the first act living in Brazil, and speaks the local language Portuguese — poorly, and when he finds himself in Guatemala he barely knows a few basic words. A Film with Me in It has an in-universe example: Mark asks Pierce to make his character in the script they're supposedly writing a clarinet player, solely due to the fact that Mark can play the clarinet — so no-one else can play the role.
However, Denholm Elliott was an accomplished equestrian and so knew how to nearly-fall without much of a risk involved. The Great Race has an example that is perhaps too brief as we only hear the character of Maggie - who is established as being fluent in Russian as Natalie Wood was in real life - speaking one mere sentence in Russian while addressing and winning over the sinister Russian villagers. Steve Martin has many talents that he often works into his movies or standup routines, such as playing banjo, singing, dancing, juggling, and some acrobatic feats.
This was lampshaded when Martin was a judge on an episode of The Gong Show that filmed at the end of a production week and ran out of regular contestants. Martin helped pad the show by twice pretending to be a contestant playing an extremely competent banjo, before getting cutoff by Chuck Barris for competing as a celebrity.
Tom Cruise has all but built his career on this; he easily competes with Jackie Chan for the world's single most physical actor - any of his movies where he is seen driving , motorcycling , climbing , performing acrobatics or running , odd are high that it's not a stunt double.