Film Cameos You Probably Missed
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now less than a month away. And just to add an extra layer of intrigue, reports have come out suggesting that none other than Prince Harry and Prince William are set to cameo in the film as Stormtroopers. It’s been rumoured that the royals will be seen guarding John Boyega’s Finn in an elevator along with Tom Hardy and Gary Barlow in what is surely going to be the most star-studded cameo sequence ever.
But secret cameos are nothing new and there are plenty of blink-and-you’ll-miss examples littered throughout cinema history. Here’s a few of the best film cameos you probably missed…
Daniel Craig as a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
A cameo from Star Wars: The Force Awakens that you’ll kick yourself you missed takes place when Daisy Ridley’s Rey is captured and taken to Starkiller Base by Kylo Ren. Having been locked up, Rey uses some Jedi Force to get an unsuspecting Stormtrooper stooge to release her from her chains. That Stormtrooper? Well, it’s Daniel 007 Craig, of course!
Richard Branson as a Traveller in Casino Royale
Speaking of James Bond, Craig’s debut 007 film features a real cameo nugget during a chase sequence at Miami Airport. Having followed him to airport security, Bond’s mark goes through the metal detector just behind a familiar white haired business mogul. Richard Branson landed the cameo after he helped out the producers with a plane in Prague at the last minute.
Cate Blanchett as the Ex-Girlfriend in Hot Fuzz
Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright are notorious for their use of secret cameos and Hot Fuzz packs some crackers. You may not recognise her behind the mask and the body suit, but Australian acting royalty Cate Blanchett stars as Janine, the ex-girlfriend of Nicholas Angel. The scene is only brief but if you’ve seen the film, chances are you’ll know exactly who we’re talking about!
Peter Jackson as Father Christmas in Hot Fuzz
An even briefer camo in Hot Fuzz comes from another member of Lord of the Rings royalty hailing from the other side of the world. When we’re first introduced to Pegg’s Sergeant Angel, Wright offers up a set of flashbacks explaining his achievements in the Met Police. One quick scene shows Angel getting stabbed through the hand by Father Christmas. Believe it or not, Santa is played by LOTR director Peter Jackson.
Chris Martin as a Zombie in Shaun of the Dead
Another Pegg and Wright entry into our secret cameo list, Chris Martin and fellow Coldplay band member Johnny Buckland both make brief cameos in Shaun of the Dead. Though it’s nearly impossible to spot Buckland, Coldplay’s frontman can be seen staggering towards Pegg and his runaway partner near a red phone box. They’re only on screen for a couple of seconds but Martin is easily seen front and centre. The pair got the cameo having contributed to the film by singing part of the song, ‘Everybody’s Happy Nowadays’.
Ian Brown as a Wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Another British musician who made his way onto the big screen for a cameo is Ian Brown. But Brown didn’t just land himself a cameo in an indie flick, somehow the Stone Roses frontman found himself in one of biggest British movie franchises of all time. His appearance at the start of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is as bizarre as cameos can get. But despite being a wizard simply reading, Brown still manages to eke out some cool by stirring his tea using some magic. He wasn’t the only musical cameo in Harry Potter either, with Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, as well as Jonny Greenwood and Phil Selway of Radiohead, performing in the band ‘Weird Sisters’ at the Yule Ball in Goblet of Fire.
Glenn Close as a Pirate in Hook
Hook was a major part of our childhood film watching, so imagine our shock when we learned that the pirate who’s thrown in the Boo Box is not only female, she’s only bloody Glenn Close! The make-up department clearly did an incredible job on Close, and even now she’s more than convincing as a ‘mangy pirate’. Though their appearances aren’t altered in any way, those who grew up with Hook might not realise that young Wendy is played by Gwyneth Paltrow and the lead inspector with the note is none other than British music legend Phil Collins.
Dan Aykroyd as Weber in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Maybe it’s the incredible German accent or it could just be down to the fact his face is fully shown in close-up on screen, but as big Indiana Jones fans we were amazed to learn that Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd plays Weber, a man who sends Indy onto a plane out of Shanghai, in the Temple of Doom. Aykroyd played the role as he was a close friend of director Steven Spielberg, who can also be spotted alongside producers George Lucas, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy dressed as missionaries in the same scene.
Ron Jeremy as an Onlooker in Ghostbusters
While it’s obviously not his first movie appearance – not that we’re at all familiar with his work – rather incredibly, porn star Ron Jeremy can be seen in the 80’s classics for a matter of seconds as the containment unit explodes around an hour into the film – just look out for his trademark moustache on the left side of the screen.