Did Albert Finney Have A Hilarious Cameo as a Woman in Miller’s Crossing?

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MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Albert Finney had a bizarrely hilarious hidden cameo as a woman within his own film, Miller’s Crossing.

Miller’s Crossing is a 1990 gangster film by the Coen Brothers…

In it, Gabriel Byrne plays the right-hand man to an Irish-American mob boss (played by Albert Finney) while also having an affair with his boss’s girlfriend (played by Marcia Gay Harden).

While everyone in the film is quite good, Finney’s Leo O’Bannon is certainly a stand out, especially a wonderful sequence where he fights off an assassination attempt while in his home in a robe listening to “Danny Boy.”

However, amusingly enough, this is not the only character Finney plays in the film!

In one of the early scenes in the film, Byrne’s Tom Reagan storms into a ladies’ restroom to confront Harden’s Verna Bernbaum.


This naturally offends the ladies within the room at the time.

Check out who one of the ladies is…


Yep, it is Finney dressed as a woman (click here for a larger version of the image)

I don’t know WHY he did it, but it sure is hilarious (and I assume that this is all the reason needed – that it was a funny bit)!

The legend is…


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