13 Surprising Celebrity Cameos You (Probably) Missed
Think you've seen your favorite celebrities in every movie they've been in? We think not. Celebrity cameos are common practice within the industry for even almost entirely unnoticeable roles, so it's easy to lose track when your favorite actor or actress shows up on the silver screen.
In case you haven't spotted them already (if you have, good on you!) here are our 13 favorite celebrity cameos that you may have missed.
CATE BLANCHETT - "HOT FUZZ"
Many people recognize the Oscar winning Melbourne native from her role as Galadriel in "The Lord Of The Rings" films, but only a few keen-eyed moviegoers were able to spot her cameo in Edgar Wright's 2007 smash hit "Hot Fuzz".
That's because Blanchett was covered in a hazmat suit and mask for the entirety of her incredibly short scene. When asked why he would enlist the talents of such a well known actress for such a minor role, Wright simply explains that it's "sort of a slight kind of joke...Let's get an Oscar winner in there but not see her face."
JOHNNY DEPP - "21 JUMP STREET"
The star of the original "21 Jump Street" TV series makes a brief appearance as his former character, Officer Tom Hanson, in the 2012 film reboot. The reunion between Depp and "Jump Street" was cut short however, when his character was shot in the neck after having his cover blown by bumbling patrolmen Greg Jenko and Morton Schmidt (Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill).
Of course, the former "Sexiest Man Alive" was content with this ending, saying that he wanted to provide closure to his character and end his 15 year storyline with his death.
Well played, Johnny.
BRAD PITT & MATT DAMON - "CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND"
It's no secret that superstars Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and George Clooney are all close friends; a fact that likely played into the creation of this cameo gem.
In Clooney's first role as director of a film, he enlisted the help of Damon and Pitt to play contestants on a faux episode of "The Dating Game". Of course, the irony is that both contestants are seemingly bested by a smooth talking, pudgy, mustachioed contestant #3.
If only that poor girl knew what she was missing out on.
GLENN CLOSE - "HOOK"
Of all the people Steven Spielberg could have gotten to play as extras in the role of "mangy pirate" (we think that was the role anyway), he chose Glenn Close.
Now Close is undoubtedly a great actress, but this cameo just didn't make a lot of sense. Sure she looked the part after hours of makeup, but it would have been so much easier to simply find a rough-around-the-edges sort of actor for this role.
Mark this one down as one of the more bizarre cameos of our time.
RON JEREMY - "GHOSTBUSTERS"
While certainly not his first movie (ehhhrm), Ron Jeremy can be seen in the 1980's blockbuster for a mere matter of seconds as the containment unit explodes, roughly an hour into the movie.
He might be hard to spot at first, but keep your eyes peeled and look out for that trademark 'stache and you're sure to find him.
MATT DAMON - "EUROTRIP"
Another case of "why did they pay that well known actor/actress so much money for such a minor role?" It turns out that Damon and directors Dave Mandel, Alec Berg, and Jeff Schaffer were friends in college, so they decided to give him a role for a day.
Honestly we loved that they picked Matt Damon of all people to sing (read: lip sync) the infamous ""Scotty Doesn't Know"" song, even if they did make him look like an idiot.
MICHAEL JACKSON - "MEN IN BLACK 2"
The King Of Pop made a minor appearance in the 2002 film "Men In Black 2" as Agent M (creative name), an employee of an affiliated agency who is seeking a position in the MIB program.
Michael was asked to be in the original "Men In Black" film along with fellow superstars George Lucas, Danny DeVito, Sylvester Stallone, and Steven Spielberg.
Although he denied this initial request, he came in contact with the producers of "Men In Black 2" after reportedly crying at the end of the first film.
Jackson's only caveat: he wanted to wear one of those black suits.
TOM CRUISE - "TROPIC THUNDER"
Tom Cruise has never looked so unappealing as he did as Les Grossman in "Tropic Thunder." While not exactly a cameo (Grossman was the ill-tempered movie producer in the film and therefore a staple character), Cruise is so unrecognizable in this role that it warrants his appearance on this list.
CHUCK NORRIS - "DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY"
Any real underdog story has its share of setbacks. Many will recall that for the Average Joe's dodgeball squad, one of their most prominent setbacks came when their captain, Peter, abandoned his team, forcing them into forfeiture on the biggest stage in dodgeball (apparently it gets pretty big).
Luckily for the Average Joe's, Chuck Norris made a quick cameo as the tie breaking member of the dodgeball committee who allows the squad to play. Way to go Chuck.
LANCE ARMSTRONG - "DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY"
TWO unexpected cameos in ONE movie!? Is this real life? Lance Armstrong, in his first big screen appearance, plays himself in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, helping the main character understand why he should return to his team and fight for his gym.
Looking back, this small role suddenly becomes a lot more controversial as the years go by.
PHIL COLLINS - "HOOK"
In an astoundingly minor role, Phil Collins appears as a police inspector (yes, an UNNAMED police inspector) in Steven Spielberg's "Hook". Most people didn't even notice Collins' appearance, but after his edgy music videos that put him on the musical map in the '80s, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came calling.
JAMIE FOXX - "A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST"
Jamie Foxx reprises his role of Django ("Django Unchained") in Seth MacFarlane's 2014 western-comedy "A Million Ways To Die In The West". Originally not in the film, Foxx's Django was added as a cameo due to harsh feedback from test screen audiences with regards to the images of black slaves as targets for the shooting gallery scene.
In the new scene, Foxx shoots and kills the owner of the shooting gallery instead of aiming for the targets.
MARK HAMILL - "JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK"
Best known for his role as Luke Skywalker (if you don't know what film, you're probably in a coma), Mark Hamill flips to the darkside for his cameo role in "Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back".
Portraying the fictional comic book villain C**k Knocker, Hamill participates in a lightsaber duel with Silent Bob which ends with the severance of his over-sized fist.