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The Washington Post asked famous people (and others) to pick the movie that best depicts their industry. They got some interesting answers, and I gotta think some of them are a joke (A cable guy chose "The Cable Guy" as the most accurate?). And who knew "bank robber" was a profession?

I'm always curious whether really famous people actually experience their jobs the same way as other people who do their business. For instance, I'm betting Anthony Bourdain doesn't experience life like the guy at my favorite local restaurant. But I am sure they've seen enough and that's why they're famous.

I was a reporter for a number of years, and I've yet to see a TV show that accurately reflects what it was like to go into work each day, though there are some movies that probably show people doing the "grunt work" as it really is. I'll have to think about it at dinner tonight at my local restaurant!

In any case, it's kind of fun. Have you seen your job depicted in the movies, and was it how it really is? Tell me.

Here are the answers from the Post survey.

Astronaut: “The Martian”

Attorney: “My Cousin Vinny”

Bank Robber: “Heat”

Baseball Player: “Bill Durham”

Chef: “Eat Drink Man Woman”

Chess Player: “Queen of Katwe

Cable Guy: “The Cable Guy”

Doctor: “Something the Lord Made”

Engineer: “No Highway in the Sky”

Farmer: “Charlotte’s Web”

Firefighter: “Ladder 49”

Hairstylist: “The Man Who Wasn’t There”

Inventer: “Joy”

Law Enforcement: “Donnie Brasco”

Librarian: “It’s A Wonderful Life”

Magician: “The Dark Knight”

Military: “The Best Years of Our Lives”

Miner: “Matewan”

Nun: “The Trouble With Angels”

Politician: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Schoolteacher: “The Emperors Club”

Trucker: “Smokey and the Bandit”

Union Rep: “Hoffa”