Meg Ryan is a helicopter pilot
A phrase used by Mark to indicate a piece of improbable casting. Dating back to 'Courage Under Fire,' in which Meg Ryan played an unlikely role.
JAMES KING: Every now and then Keira Knightley comes in and says “hello, I’m Domino, I’m a bounty hunter” and you go, “no, you’re not.”
- SIMON: Is it like the problem Meg Ryan had when trying to persuade everyone she was a helicopter pilot?
- JAMES KING: Very similar.
"Charlize Theron is a miner - I know, I don't believe it either" - North Country (2005)
"Liv Tyler is a psychotherapist? No you're not, you're Liv Tyler. The last time I saw you, you had elfin ears... it's like me saying I'm an astrophysicist" - Reign Over Me (2007)
"Anne Hathaway is Jane Austen. No, really." - Becoming Jane (2007)
"Tim Roth is a brilliant professor. Stop laughing at the back" - Youth Without Youth (2007)
"Number one - Kevin Costner is a serial killer. Well I don't believe that for a start. Number two - William Hurt is a voice in Kevin Costner's head. I don't believe that either. Number three - Demi Moore is a policewoman who is tracking down a serial killer... being pursued by someone she is divorcing and asking for millions of dollars. Now that's the bit that I believe." - Mr Brooks (2009)
"Kate Hudson is a high-powered lawyer? No." - Bride Wars (2009)
"Amy Adams is incredibly wet" - Julie And Julia (2009)
(Not one year later, Jennifer Aniston was one more a journalist - and once more channelling the spirit of Meg Ryan): "She's a journalist, and she comes into the office and shows no sign of ever having worked there. This is like the Meg Ryan is a fighter pilot thing." - The Bounty Hunter (2010)
MARK: Jennifer Lopez runs a pet shop? Yeah. Like Meg Ryan is a helicopter pilot, and Keanu Reeves is a famous architect.
SIMON: Or Buddha.
- The Back Up Plan (2010)
"Mark Wahlberg is a Professor of Literature? Really? You're going to have to work very hard to convince me of that" - The Gambler (2014)
"Daniel Radcliffe is an undercover neo-Nazi, right? Which immediately makes you go - 'yeah, and Meg Ryan is a helicopter pilot; Keanu Reeves is an architect; and Elijah Wood is a football hooligan. No.' Well actually - yes." - Imperium (2016)