The art of the cameo has become an effective tool in modern cinema, often resulting in some of a film’s most memorable moments. Whether it’s a famous actor who randomly passes by or an off-screen character who turns out to be a familiar face, cameos get people talking. wonder got used to it, including always the late one Stan Lee in their films while featuring cameos from random heroes and celebrities.
While it’s always nice to see a famous actor in a surprise appearance, sometimes the most memorable cameos are when the stars perform themselves. These appearances often come at their own expense, playing an unkind version of themselves or being drawn into a dangerous scheme. It’s always nice to see an actor not taking themselves too seriously, and the under ten’s are some of the best examples.
Keanu Reeves – ‘Always Be My Maybe’ (2019)
Everybody Loves Keanu Reevesso it seems perfect to include him as a rival in a romantic comedy. Always be my maybe stars Ali Wang as Sasha, a celebrity chef who returns to her hometown to open a new restaurant. There, she reunites with her childhood crush, Marcus (Randall Park) and their complicated relationship reignites.
One of the best scenes is when Sasha goes on a double date with Marcus and his girlfriend, with Sasha’s date being none other than Reeves. Mr. Wick plays an eccentric version of himself, spouting nonsense like he’s a spiritual guru, and the fact that Reeves is willing to poke fun at himself makes him even more endearing. Always be my maybe is available to stream on Netflix.
Stan Lee – ‘Mallrats’ (1995)
Stan Lee is the undisputed champion of cameos, appearing in countless Marvel movies, so much so that one of the highlights of going to see a new mcu was waiting to see where he would appear next. While his role in Mallrats is bigger than his Marvel appearances, it’s still a minor part that only happens towards the end.
The movie sees Jason Lee and Jeremy London featuring two slackers who spend their days at the mall while pining for their ex-girlfriends. There, Brodie (Lee) meets the comic book legend and offers the teenager some in-depth love advice, presenting a genuinely touching performance from the big man.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck – ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ (2001)
Another comedy Kevin Smith, Jay and Silent Bob strike back follows the two characters after their passage in Mallrats as they head to Hollywood to stop a movie being made about them. The film is filled with celebrity cameos, as stars such as Carrie Fisher, Chris Rockand Marc Hamil all make appearances.
One of the most memorable moments is when Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are seen on a studio set. Filming a sequel to their classic film Goodwill huntingDubbed “Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season,” the pair parodies dialogue from their previous film before Damon pulls out a shotgun and blasts his rival. Jay and Silent Bob strike back is available to stream on Showtime.
Neil Patrick Harris – “Harold and Kumar Go to the White Castle” (2004)
Before his legendary Barney Stinson turn in how I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris has endeared himself to modern audiences through his appearances in Harold and Kumar series. The first film sees stoners Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) embark on a wild journey to White Castle in order to satisfy their cravings.
Best Friends meet Harris, who at the time was best known for his role in Doogie Howser, MD The former child actor is nothing like they imagined as he takes drugs, steals their car and uses it to have sex with prostitutes. His outrageous behavior helps Harold and Kumar earning its place as one of the best stoner movies. Harold and Kumar go to the white castle is available to stream on HBO Max.
Anna Faris – ‘Keanu’ (2016)
From the spirits behind Key and Peele, Keanu stars Key Keegan-Michael and Jordan Pele like a pair of best friends who lose their beloved kitten, Keanu. Discovering that the kitten has been adopted by a dangerous gang leader, the friends pose as notorious killers, so they can infiltrate his gang and take back their kitten.
Anna Faris has made a name for itself by placing goofy characters, and Keanu sees her at her craziest. Playing an enhanced version of herself, Faris engages in a drug deal with Rell (Peele) and Hi-C (Tiffany Haddish). A coked Faris offers to pay Hi-C to shoot Rell, so she can see what his brain looks like.
David Hasselhoff – ‘The SpongeBob Movie’ (2004)
One of the most popular cartoons of the 21st century, Sponge Bob SquarePants is loved by fans all over the world. The film follows SpongeBob and Patrick as they embark on a journey to clear Mr. Krabs’ name after he is framed for stealing King Neptune’s crown. Of course, the pair constantly find themselves in trouble.
Near the end of the movie, once SpongeBob and Patrick get the crown back, they find themselves lost. Who else would appear and offer them a ride that David Hasselhof? The pair jump on The Hoff and ride him across the ocean, even getting into a fight with the movie’s big bad across the board. Baywatch the star’s bare back. The Spongebob Movie is available to stream on Paramount+.
Bob Barker – ‘Happy Gilmore’ (1996)
One of Adam Sandlerbest movies, Happy Gilmore sees the comic play the titular failed hockey player who tries his hand at golf. Discovering that his beloved grandmother will lose her home and that her powerful hockey shots translate into a more peaceful sport, he begins to win golf tournaments.
As Gilmore’s popularity increases, he is asked to participate in a charity event with celebrity partners. After being paired with The price is right host Bob Barker, his aggressive style infuriates Barker and the partners engage in a fight. The memorable sequence ends with old Barker knocking out Gilmore.
Bill Murray – ‘Zombieland’ (2009)
Perhaps cinema’s most famous cameo, Bill Murraythe appearance of in zombieland is also the most popular scene in the film. Like the four survivors of the film (Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelsonand Abigail Breslin) cross the desert of America, they stop at Murray’s to relax.
Seemingly a refuge from the apocalypse on the outside, the survivors discover that Murray is alive and well. Self-confessed superfan Tallahassee (Harrelson) gets a chance to hang out with the comic book legend before they decide to prank Panicked Columbus (Eisenberg). The misguided joke results in Murray being shot in his home.
Bruce Willis – ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)
The sequel to one of the best animated films of the 21st century, The Lego Movie 2 picks up five years after the events of the first film. When invaders from another planet kidnap his friends, Emmet (Chris Pratt) embarks on a new journey to rescue them, accompanied by a mysterious stranger named Rex Dangervest.
Countless characters have appeared in both Lego movies, including Superman, Dumbledore and even abraham lincoln. The second film features an appearance by Bruce Willis, who plays a Lego version of himself. Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) meets the action star in an air duct, a hilarious nod to his role in die hard. The Lego Movie 2 is available to stream on HBO Max.
Emma Watson – “It’s the End” (2013)
One of the most meta movies of all time, It is the end sees its entire cast playing larger-than-life versions of themselves. Located at a party in James Francothe celebrity guests soon face the apocalypse, as a series of cataclysmic events descend on Los Angeles.
As the survivors hide in Franco’s house while chaos reigns outside, they are soon visited by Emma Watson, which bursts in looking for supplies. A misunderstanding causes Harry Potter star to be wary of the group, and she transforms into an axe-wielding badass that hunts men and steals their water. It is the end is available to stream on Netflix.
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