Just when you thought that you knew everything about your favorite celebrities, you discover that there are hidden moments that you’ve missed. These appearances were brief or otherwise obscure, but they were no less important to your appreciation of the actor(s) and their innumerable talents.
Wes Craven Scream Appearance
Famous for Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes, and A Nightmare On Elm Street, Wes Craven is the Master of Horror, so it’s absolutely appropriate that he should appear in a cameo for Scream, the 1995 slasher filmwritten by Kevin Williamson. With his status as an iconic figure in Horror, he also took on cameos in The Tripper, Shocker, Diary of the Dead, Body Bags, Tales from the Crapper, Paris Je T’Aime, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Castle, and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. There’s nothing quite like the ole nudge and wink, creating the comical side-note on the blood-and-gore extravaganza. In Scream, he perfectly personifies the creepy janitor, while wearing a costume that reminds us of his Freddy Krueger.
Tom Cruise Appears in Tropic Thunder
Tom Cruise is seen as such a megastar that it’s disconcerting to see him as a balding middle-aged man, but that’s what he is on Tropic Thunder, when he plays Leo Grossman, the most offensive, venom-spewing character you can imagine. Justin Theroux even says that Cruise wanted the character to be bald and overweight with “prosthetic hands — big, chubby hands.” Of course, the over-the-top presentation helped to turn the tide of Cruise’s waning popularity. The cameo even helped to make him “hip” again. There’s even been talk of a Grossman spin-offs. It’s even possible that this new, offensive focus may not be such a box-office flop.
Stephen Colbert Appears in The Hobbit
Turnabout is fair play. Stephen Colbert invited Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman on The Colbert Report to talk about The Hobbit. He also dedicated an entire week to exploring the first iteration of The Hobbit. So it seems very appropriate that he’d get a cameo spot on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It also helps that Peter Jackson called him the “biggest Tolkien geek he’d ever met.” Even with his hood, this Laketown spy obviously has the Colbert twist.
Steve Love Appears On Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones producers have been criticized for some of the cameo appearances they’ve worked so hard to secure, but those roles have also helped to drive the increasingly popular series. So, it makes sense that they’d bring on Steve Love, a Canadian actor who’s famous for his YouTube impersonations of characters from Game of Thrones. On the cameo-appearance episode, he took on the role of Steve, a member of the Brotherhood Without Banners. Now, you can probably bet that any Game of Thrones fans who hadn’t yet seen the sensational YouTubeimpressions of our favorite characters will have seen it now. It’s all the rage.
Dodgeball Highlights Lance Armstrong
You could say that Lance Armstrong is famous for his seven-year stint as the reigning winner of the Tour de France, but he became quickly villainized when evidence arose that he was involved in doping. The scope of his long-term offenses caused him to receive a long-term ban from Olympic sports, as well as voided winnings. In the context of the unfolding scandal, some claimed that Armstrong’s appearance “ruined” or “tainted” the end of Dodgeball.
In that cameo appearance, Armstrong says, “Quit? Ya know, once I thought about quitting, when I was diagnosed with brain, lung and testicular cancer all at the same time. With love and support from my friends and family, I got back on the bike and won the Tour de France 5 years in a row. But, I’m sure you have a good reason to quit…” He says, “If a person never quit when the going got tough, they wouldn’t have anything to regret for the rest of their life.
Garrett Morris Appears On Ant Man
The Ant Man cameo part is small for Garett Morris, but the expression on his face is perfect nonetheless. It all revolves around Scott Lang trying on his Ant-Man suit to disastrous effect. It’s an understatement to say that it was an unexpectedly violent adventure, ending when he smashes into the top of a car that’s parked on the street in the rain. The irony of his cameo spot isn’t lost though. He was the Saturday Night Live cast member, who was also the first person to play Ant-Man for a superhero sketch.
Dan Aykroyd on Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom
You know the starring roles in Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, but did you know that Dan Akroyd took on a cameo role in the film? You can see him, in this shot, shaking hands with Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford). If you missed him,you’re not alone. But, hey, who can really blame you? He appeared for just 18 seconds, so some have said that this is probably his shortest screen appearance ever. So, what does he do in those relatively few moments? He escorts Indiana Jones, Willie Scott and Short Round from the car to the plane, which is famously filled with poultry. Yeah, it’s THAT scene.
Funnyman Conan O’Brien – Walking Dead
The zombie-ridden Walking Dead episodes are the perfect backdrop for lots of celebrity cameos. Yes, as you might imagine, the layers of zombie face can obscure anyone’s appearance. Of course, celebrity appearances tend to create intriguing moments, which may be part of why the apocalyptic tale is so popular. For his brief cameo appearance, Conan O’Brien brought the funny, which lightened the tone. While some avid fans probably were not amused, Conan offered up a ratings bump, and even offered up a bit of SEO juice to The Walking Dead cause. Aren’t you curious to see Conan as a zombie funnyman?
Zombieland Bill Murray
The fact that Bill Murray is a real authentic and talented actor becomes even more evident as you see him take on a zombie role in Zombieland, but did you know that the part was originally written for Patrick Swayze?
Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick revealed that after Swayze turned down the cameo due to his battle with pancreatic cancer, they contacted Sylvester Stallone, Mark Hamill and Jean Claude Van Damme. After being turned down by all of those well-known actors, Woody Harrelson recommended Bill Murray, and the rest is film legend. After seeing him in that role, can you imagine anyone else playing that cameo role better? Do you remember his cameo appearance in Little Shop of Horrors?
Michael Jackson’s Men in Black II
The Men in Black producers wanted Michael Jackson to appear in the first Men in Black movie, but it just didn’t happen. But, the cameo appearance became an obvious must when Jackson saw the first movie, loved it and reached out to the producers to ensure his spot on a future movie. According to reports, he wanted play an agent in his cameo, and also wanted to wear one of the black suits. As you can imagine, the producers jumped at the prospect of having Michael Jackson star in that brief cameo appearance.
John Hurt’s Spaceballs Cameo
In the American comic science fiction film, Spaceballs, John Hurt takes on one of the most memorable cameo roles. You can see that a dancing alien bursts out of him, and he famously exclaims, “Oh, no! Not again!” The “Dancing Alien” is a parody of the Chestburster from Alien and Michigan J. Frog from One Froggy Evening. In Alien, John Hurt played Kane, who was eating when the extraterrestrial tears out of his body. On Spaceballs, the dancing alien proceeds to dance his way back to the kitchen, singing “Hello Ma Baby.”
Glenn Close Plays Male Character on Hook
You really wouldn’t expect Glenn Close to play a male character for her brief cameo in Hook, but then you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Here’s the side-by-side look. Just look at that beard and greying hair. Of course, Close’s cameo on Hook was before she received the Academy Award nomination in Albert Nobbs. Still, we know that she’s an amazing actress, but this knocks it all out of the park with this role as Gutless the pirate. You’ll recall that Captain Hook punishes Gutless by making him stay in the “boo box.” She’s not crying now.
X-Men: Apocalypse Cameo for Bryan Singer
Filmmaker Bryan Singer took on a cameo role on X-Men: Apocalypse, but it probably didn’t end the way you’d have expected. Wolverine killed him. As Singer explained, “I have a little cameo, I’m the guy with the machine gun… screaming. When I look at it, I couldn’t recognize myself so I knew no one else could. But it was cool to get killed by Wolverine. It’s now one of the many things I can put on my resume.” Of course, he also has a cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past, where he’s (perhaps most appropriately) holding a camera as Mystique goes after Bolivar Trask.
Matt Damon Goes Live On Eurotrip
In Eurotrip, the heartbroken Scotty has just been dumped at his high-school graduation, only to be even further crushed when he attends the afterparty. There he sees the character played by a bald Matt Damon in a live band, on-stage, covered in tattoos and piercings. From the stage, the singer calls out to the “nastiest, freakiest, sex puppet” and it turns out to be Fiona, Scotty’s ex-girlfriend. To further send this scene over the top, he sings “Scotty doesn’t know,” which further supports the obvious fact that Fiona has been cheating on him with the singer in a Punk/Rock band. If you needed more of an enticement to watch the film, you’ll also see cameos by Fred Armisen and Lucy Lawless (a sex mistress).
Phil Collins On Hook
As Phil Collins was known for the humor that he brought to his music videos, producers wanted to see what he would do on the big screen, which led to a number of acting roles, including in Buster, where he played the starring role and also was responsible for the soundtrack. Steven Spielberg’s Hook is famous for the number of really great cameo appearances, including spots by Glenn Close, David Crosby, and Jimmy Buffett. Collins’ character in Hook was Inspector Good, a British detective. Another fun fact about the film: the uncredited kissing couple was non other than George Lucas and Carrie Fisher!
A Million Ways And Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx (Eric Marlon Bishop) is an actor, singer-songwriter, musician and producer. He took on the small cameo role of Django in A Million Ways To Die In The West, where he shoots the game master and then says, “People die at the fair.” The incident revolves around a racially charged shooting gallery. Seth MacFarlane explains about Foxx’s role: “That was something partially we just thought it would be cool to have him in the movie, and also, it was sort of a way to kind of buy back what is probably the edgiest gag in the movie, which is the shooting gallery. And once again, the shooting gallery’s yet another example of the terribleness that was the 1880s…”
The film is an American western comedy, starring a star-studded cast: Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, and Liam Neeson.
Catch Me If You Can
You must remember what a blockbuster Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hanks on opposite sides of the law. But did you know that the real-life Frank Abagnale, Jr., who is the original impostor, trickster, check forger, and escape artist, also made a cameo appearance on the film. In real life, he is now a security consultant. Who better to have protecting your money and assets than the one person who was once of the world’s most famous criminals. The producers for Catch Me If You Can also used Abagnale as a consultant on the film. He has famously claimed that 80% of the film is dead-on accurate.
Tom Morello In Iron Man
Rage Against the Machine Guitarist Tom Morello took on a cameo role on Iron Man. (He was also part of Audioslave in the past, and also had an acoustic solo act, The Nightwatchman.) Although he doesn’t have any lines in the film, and he gets destroyed by the first version of Iron Man, he did play guitar for part of the film score, by Hans Zimmer.
It’s not the first time Morello has appeared on the Big Screen, though. He was in Star Trek: Insurrection and Made.Also, in the film score department, he contributed to Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Dodgeball.
Cate Blanchett on Hot Fuzz
If you blinked, you probably missed the appearance of Cate Blanchett in Hot Fuzz. She takes on the uncredited role of Janine, Nicolas Angel’s ex-girlfriend who is also a forensic scientist. Her head and face are covered by a mask, goggle and a protective suit, but you can still hear her voice. Peter Jackson was another person who had a cameo appearance in Hot Fuzz. Both Blanchett and Jackson are fans ofShaun of the Dead, so both of them jumped as the opportunity to take on a cameo on Hot Fuzz.
Bret McKenzie’s Cameo On Lord of The Rings
Comeidan-Actor-Producer-Musician Bret “Figwit” McKenzie famously portrayed the part of Lindir on The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring films. He famously wrote: “I’ve got a proper name this time: Lindir. In the book he was a musical elf. This time, if I make the edit, I’ll speak in Elvish. But I don’t sing. They haven’t asked me to do the theme song yet! Maybe this time it’s me and Annie Lennox.” In his role as an elf, he shaved his beard. He also said, “[Ian McKellen] and I had a good time on set, coming up with ideas for Hobbit: The Musical. We’re still developing it…”