Celebrity cameos in movies can be the perfect addition of humor and wit when done right, and turn a scene into an awkard mess if done wrong. The best appearances are the unexpected ones, where celebs act completely differently from the way we expected them to in real life. Usually best done in comedies, a good celebrity appearance can give your movie an extra boost of publicity and appeal.
1. Neil Patrick Harris in “Harold and Kumar 1 & 2”
Harold: Neil, you wouldn’t happen to know how to get on the highway from here, would you?
Neil Patrick Harris: Dude, I don’t even know where the fuck I am right now. I was at this party earlier tonight and some guy hooked me up with this incredible “X” – next thing I know I’m being thrown out of a moving car. I’ve been trippin’ balls ever since.
Kumar: That’s crazy, dude. We’ve been having a pretty crazy, night, too. We’ve just been driving around looking for White Castle but we keep getting sidetracked.
Neil Patrick Harris: Yeah, dude, you fascinate me. Forget White Castle, let’s go get some pussy!
Neil Patrick Harris, a.k.a Doogie Howser M.D., makes for one of the funniest cameos in a stoner comedy playing himself in Harold and Kumar 1 and 2. In the movies, Harris is a little off-his-rocker and is into drugs and messing around with Harold and Kumar. Ectasy and shrooms make for a happy and hysterical NPH cameo.
2. Bob Barker in “Happy Gilmore”
“The price is wrong, bitch”
The now 86-year-old retired “Price is Right” host makes quite the appearance as himself in one of Adam Sandler’s best comedies. Gilmore (Sandler) is teamed up with Barker for a celebrity golf tournament and they don’t exactly make the best team. Punches are thrown, and Bob Barker proves he can do more than just play a good game of Plinko.
3. Mike Tyson in “The Hangover”
Mike Tyson: By the way man, where you get that cop car from?
Stu Price: We uh, stole it from these dumbass cops.
Mike Tyson: *Nice*! High five there!… That’s nice!
Seeing Mike Tyson sing “In the Air Tonight” is one of the most iconic scenes of the 2009 blockbuster hit. The 44-year-old heavyweight boxer belts out Phil Collin’s smash single and sounds like a seven-year-old with a speech problem, not like a guy who could bite your ear off if he so pleased. With nicknames like “Iron Mike” and “The Baddest Man on the Planet”, I don’t think he would be quite so understanding if someone were to actually steal his pet tiger.
4. Will Ferrell in “Wedding Crashers”
“Mom, the meatloaf! FUCK!”
Will Ferrell makes an appearance in “Wedding Crashers” as Chazz Reinhold, the legendary wedding crasher turned funeral crasher, who still lived with his mother. The cameo was meant to be a surprise to the audience, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson discussing the infamous bro who could get in any girls pants throughout the movie. The reveal of Ferrell as Chazz makes perfect sense, as the Wilson brothers, Vaughn, and Ferrell have done other films together, earning them the nickname “the frat pack”.
5. Bob Saget in “Half Baked”
Thurgood: I’m here today because I’m addicted..to marijuana.
Rehab patient: You in here ‘cuz of marijuana?! Man, this is some BULLSHIT!
Bob Saget: Marijuana is not a drug. I used to suck d for coke.
Rehab patient: I seen him [do it]!
Bob Saget: Now that’s an addiction, man. You ever suck some d-ck for marijuana?
Thurgood: No, I can’t say I have.
Bob Saget: I didn’t think so
Bob Saget gets as far away from his “Full House” days as he can with his cameo in “Half Baked”. Unlike Danny Tanner, the real Bob Saget wasn’t so squeaky clean.
6. Chuck Norris in “Dodgeball”
White Goodman: Spare me… I won that tournament… f-ckin’ Chuck Norris!
Chuck Norris, the actor and man who can do anything because of his awesome-ness, makes a cameo in “Dodgeball” as a judge. He gives the thumbs up for the team, giving them the win and making it even better than Chuck Norris was the guy who did it for them. Chuck Norris can do anything. He can divide by zero, and ended the song that never ends. Check out more of these hysterical “Chuck Norris Facts” here.
7. Matt Damon in “Eurotrip”
“Scotty doesn’t know that Fiona and me
Do it in my van every Sunday.
She tells him she’s in church but she doesn’t go
Still she’s on her knees and Scotty doesn’t know”
Matt Damon makes an appearance as a tattooed, skin-head singer who steals away Scotty’s girlfriend in the 2004 comedy “Eurotrip”. Damon’s cameo is surprising and unexpected, and when he belts out “Scotty Doesn’t Know”, it shows a side of the Oscar-winner that we haven’t seen.
8. Jack Black in “Anchorman”
Angry Biker (Jack Black): “What the hell, bro?”
Ron: “Hello, neighbor.”
Angry Biker: “Did you just throw a burrito out your window, huh?”
Ron: “I believe I did.”
Angry Biker: “What, are you high or something? Did you see what happened?”
Ron: “I did see. That was a terrific little spill. That’s quite a raspberry.”
Jack Black shows up in “Anchorman”, a comedy that’s already heavy with other actor cameos as well, as a motorcyclist who gets smacked with Ron Burgundy’s burrito. Will Ferrell and Black share a few lines, and then Black’s angry biker character puts Ron Burgundy in his place. He punts Baxter, Burgundy’s dog, right over the bridge and into the water sending Burgundy into a glass case of emotion.
9. Keith Richards in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”
When Johnny Depp first took on the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, he was questioned by movie executives and producers on his portrayal of everyone’s favorite pirate. Depp explained to them that he thought of pirates as modern day rock stars and was basing a lot of his performance on the Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards. After two hugely successful movies, the third Pirates movie “At World’s End” featured a cameo from none other than Keith Richards himself. Richards plays Captain Jack Sparrow’s father, Captain Teague, who was once the pirate lord of Madagascar.
10. Alanis Morissette in “Dogma”
My favorite angst-ridden Canadian songstress, Alanis Morissette, makes an appearance in 1999’s flick “Dogma” which stars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Morissette plays God in the movie, a beautiful long-haired female God, and her reveal as Her Holiness was largely unexpected by myself when I saw it for the first time. Not only does everyone assume God to be male, but they definitely don’t assume God to be Alanis Morissette. Nice one, Kevin Smith.
11. David Bowie in “Zoolander”
David Bowie, along with Paris Hilton and Billy Zane, makes a cameo in “Zoolander” as the walk-off judge. Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) decide to have the modeling world’s version of a fight out-back to decide who’s the better male model and Bowie pops up and offers his expertise as judge.
12. Justin Long in “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”
Brandon (Justin Long): I’m an actor.
Zack Brown: Wow! That’s really impressive.
Brandon: Thank you.
Zack Brown: Fucking movies?
Brandon: Fucking movies. Pretty much.
Zack Brown: Look at you! Anything I’ve seen? What movies?
Brandon: Oh, all sorts of movies with all-male casts.
Zack Brown: All-male casts? Like “Glengarry Glen Ross”? Like that?
Brandon: Like “Glen and Gary suck Ross’s meaty cock and drop their hairy nuts in his eager mouth.”
In one of the funniest roles of the movies (if not the funniest), Justin Long plays Brandon St. Randy, a gay porn star. With no qualms or insecurities about his lifestyle and career choice, Brandon gives Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) the idea to start doing porn for quick cash.
13. Tom Cruise in “Tropic Thunder”
Byong: We no get money yet. Price now 100 million. You pay now, or tomorrow Simple Jack Die!
Les Grossman: Great. Let me get this down. 100 million… Oh, wait! I got a better idea. Instead of a hundred million, how about I send you a hobo’s d-ck cheese? Then, you kill him. Do your thing, skin the fucking bastard. Go to town, man. Go to town! In the mean time and as usual, go fuck yourself.
Tom Cruise did a complete 180 from his image when he played Les Grossman in the 2008 comedy starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr. Usually looked at as crazed Scientologist who uses words like “glib”, Cruise does an excellent job with his role as Les Grossman, the Hollywood producer who isn’t afraid to speak his mind. And good news for Grossman fans, word is out that Cruise will reprise the role in a movie based solely on the character.
14. Lou Ferrigno in “I Love You, Man”
Lou Ferrigno, the actor and body builder who is best known for playing “The Hulk”, has a small role in the 2009 comedy. In “I Love You, Man”, Paul Rudd plays Peter Klaven, a real estate agent trying to sell Lou Ferrigno’s home and get himself a male best friend before his wedding. The movie is about the bromance between Rudd and Jason Segel, who plays Sydney Fife. Segel’s character ultimately gets into a fight with Ferrigno causing Peter to potentially lose exclusive rights to the sale of his house.
15. Seth Rogen in “Step Brothers”
Seth Rogen’s appears in “Step Brothers” when Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly attend several different job interviews. After a few disastrous interviews, it seems that Rogen’s character is the only boss willing to give the guys Brennan and Dale a break. But when they decide to play a trick on Rogen, his characters feelings change immediately.
16. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in “Airplane!”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appears in “Airplane!” as an airline pilot named Roger Murdock. As the movie progresses, people start to call him out for being a famous baketball player. When he eventually succumbs to food poisoning, he appears fully dressed in his team uniform complete with goggles and a basketball.
17. Tim Robbins in “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny”
Tim Robbins appears in Tenacious D’s “The Pick of Destiny” as a homeless, legless, toothless man in search of the devil’s guitar pick. He uses Jack Black and then threatens to cut his eyes out and put them in his ball sockets, and cut out his balls and put them in his eye sockets.
18. Bruce Springsteen in “High Fidelity”
Bruce Springsteen has a cameo in the 2000 film “High Fidelity” starring John Cusack. While Cusack tries to decide if he should visit his ex-girlfriends or not, The Boss is there to offer him some advice.
19. Steve Buscemi in “Wedding Singer”
“Remember that time in Puerto Rico when we picked up those two uh, well I guess they were prostitutes but I don’t remember paying.”
Steve Buscemi’s cameo as a groom’s brother in the “Wedding Singer” is one of my favorite. His drunken Best Man speech where he reveals family secrets and the groom’s sexual history is exactly the kind of speech people dread at their own wedding.
20. Donald Trump in “Home Alone 2”
Donald Trump makes a brief cameo in the sequel to the ultimate Christmas classic starring Macaulay Culkin. Kevin McAllister is once again left on his own, sans parents, but this time instead of being at home, he’s in New York City. More specifically, the Plaza hotel which Donald Trump owns. Culkin bumps into Trump in the lobby of the Plaza and asks him for directions.