Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cameos

Alfred Hitchcock used to make cameo appearances in nearly all his films. People used to try and figure out where he was in his movies. Other directors have done the same; Peter Jackson appeared in the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

Now thanks to the effortless work and infinite time on VE’s research staff (and their lack of being employable) they’ve uncovered several surprise film cameos from directors.

Steven Spielberg

Steven used to appear in a number of his films. In ET he was waving from the alien ship. In Close Encounters he was eating Chicken & Stars soup at the cafeteria in the Mt. Rushmore facility. In Duel he would occasionally ride in the back seat for fun.

Ron Howard

That’s right. Ron Howard did cameos often. In Apollo 13 you could see him floating around in space if you looked in the right place. In Backdraft he would don a fireproof suit and hang out in the background of the really big fire scenes to see if anyone would notice. In some of his other movies if you find him you can often see him mouthing the words “I wish I still had my hair” to the audience.

Robert Redford

Redford has only directed a few movies but he’s been in them all. In Ordinary People he was just that…an ordinary person. Look for him wearing his Electric Cowboy costume in it. He barely sticks out…

Leonard Nimoy

It’s hard to believe that Leonard did anything but Spock on Star Trek. He did direct 3 Men and a Baby though. The movie is so awkwardly 80s though that it’s very difficult to focus and try to find him now. You usually just end up scratching your head wondering what happened to these 3 actors…

Mel Gibson

Sure, Mel did cameos in many of his films too. In Passion of the Christ you could see him selling drops of Jesus’ blood to gullible Romans. In Man without a Face he was practically everywhere and nobody noticed (mostly because nobody saw it).

40 comments:

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

LOL. But seriously, Ron Howard's brother has a cameo in all his movies. He's usually the working class stiff.

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

Oh, yah, FIRST!!

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

And Second!

VE said...

prefers her fantasy life - Ha ha. You are correct! He wouldn't be working in Hollywood without Ron. I mean Gentle Ben was a LONG time ago...

eve cleveland said...

ve....
I had to cross Mel oft my list when he became a total buzzkiller. I'm not down with him since he got the idea that anyone gives a rat's rump what he has to say, I just used to like to look at him.
Come to my trailer and do a cameo fer me...I will let you type too because you tickle me.
Eve

VE said...

eve - I have to warn you though, like Mel I don't use a stunt double for ass shots...

Roy Scribner said...

I'm making a cameo appearance at work, right now. Like Ron Howard, though, my Happy Days are a thing of the past. But I look upon them with the innocence of a young Richie Cunningham, knowing full well that it is I, and not some punk-ass Fonzie wannabe kid, who should have been tagging Joanie.

VE said...

roy - Ha ha. Very creative. Yeah, I knew a few Joanies I would have like to tag! ha ha

Megan said...

Thanks, VE and staffers. I totally missed all those. I don't know how that could have happened...well, except for the Ron Howard one, because I refused to see that "film."

VE said...

megan - Good for you. Even the single screen shot of it causes temporary headaches...

Chris Wood said...

That one with Mel Gibson is fucking hilarious! Nice one.

VE said...

chris - Thanks. Mel is always good for a joke...

padraig said...

Now the real question is, how many directors have photoshopped their own "favorite director/actor" into a cameo in their film?

Can you find Scorsese in a Bruckheimer film? Do Lenny and/or Squiggy show up in the background of the latest Marshall film? Inquiring minds want to know!

justacoolcat said...

That Redford was a good looking fish, but would you eat him?

The Hussy Housewife said...

Wow! I want to make cameos on my own blog. I can sneak in all kinds of places....did I mention I have/had a gnome too?

The Hussy Housewife said...

Wow! I want to make cameos on my own blog. I can sneak in all kinds of places....did I mention I have/had a gnome too?

Kanrei said...

The Nemoy one was funny and educational...I did not know he directed or did anything without pointed ears other than being In Search Of...things.

VE said...

padraig - Ha ha. Good point. I'll bet we can find ET in the last Star Wars movie somewhere...

justacoolcat - Sure...just add a little Waldo Pepper for seasoning...

hussy housewife - That's the funnest too...putting yourself somewhere on your own website. I put myself right in my "about me". They'll never suspect that!

kan - And you thought he just lived long and propsered!

leelee said...

LOLOLOLOL...I love those..

my friends and I used to cut out heads from catalogs and paste them on other bodies in catalogs and magazines..we would laugh till we cried..you may think we had sad little sorry lives..but it was really funny, not unlike your cut and paste skillz.....you would have fit right in with us..

lime said...

i think hussy may be onto something. cameos in each other's blogs. would be funny....if i knew how to photshop. hahahaha.

VE said...

leelee - I would fit right in! I used to make parody paper ads doing that when I was a kid!

lime - That would be pretty funny...hmmm....

Kurt said...

I saw Man Without a Face. Lame.

VE said...

kurt - Brave of you to admit that!

QuirkyLoon said...

I did a cameo in a movie once.

Do you remember a little movie called, "Dr. Zhivago."

Oh yes, I was one of the bus riders at the very end of the movie.

Not too many people know that about me, but now consider yourself one the privileged few who do.

I'm so glad you do trivial. It is mighty amusing.

ReformingGeek said...

Man, you've got a great eye! I totally missed all of those! ;-) I think Brent Spiner did some cameos but I can't remember specifics.

colbymarshall said...

Now I really want to know where Peter Jackson is (in the movie, not at this moment.)

Dee said...

i thought that was MEL!

Sharon said...

That Spielberg is one sneaky guy!

Serena said...

Poor Mel. Diarrhea of the mouth and a butt too homely to appear in public. If he reads this, he'll probably start foaming at the mouth and muttering redheaded epithets.

I really like that idea of traveling cameos throughout Blogdom. You're gonna have to do a Photoshop seminar so we can get with the program.:)

Chat Blanc said...

hahaha! loves it! (although, between you and me, nimoy's cameo kinda creeps me out! :P)

VE said...

quirkyloon - Wow, you should let more people know that. That's a decent movie. I wouldn't be mentioning it if it were like "Daddy Day Camp" or something though

reforminggeek - I think you're right on that Brent Spiner thing. I remember him in Phenomenon but that was actually just a small part.

colby - He's the drunken guy by the side of the road as the hobbits go into The Sign of the Prancing Pony

dee - Mel is everywhere!!!

sharon - I'll bet he's making a cameo over at your house right now!

serena - You don't even want to know the process I use to get images the way I want. It involves four different software programs because I cannot understand photoshop...it's too damn technical for me!

chat blanc - It is kinda creepy, huh? Sort of like something you'd see in Psycho...

Bee said...

I'm with Chat, Nimoy's was creepy!

I knew that was Mel Gibson, nobody believed me but now I have proof! Sort of.

Maureen said...

Har! Love that last one... yes, Hitchcock was the best at cameos. I never knew about the Jackson one, though. Next time I am going to have to look for him. Thanks.

The other images, though? I could do without.

VE said...

bee - Those damn non-believers...don't they know your wrath?

maureen - Come on...you want to see Nimoy behind your curtains! ha ha

Matt-Man said...

Ha Ha. Very good. And by the way, Duel is one of my favorite movies evah. Cheers!!

Deb said...

Duel was great. Wasn't Spielberg's face also in the chum bucket in Jaws?

5,000 people saw Man Without a Face 'cause it was filmed right here were I live, population 5,000. Shops in town have his photo tacked up on the walls because he was the only tourist who bought a shot glass and a magnet with a lobster trap on it that says "Trapped in Maine".

nikkicrumpet said...

OH crap...you are gonna get me fired...I was reading this at work and laughing so hard I drew a crowd...I doubt the boss is gonna think all these people looking over my shoulder are actually inspired by MY work!

VE said...

matt-man - It a piece of cinema genius!

deb - Ha ha. I think Mel was in the chum bucket too. And OJ, and Paris, and...

nikkicrumpet - Just tell him HR wants to interview him for some newsletter. He'll be gone for hours trying to figure it out. More time for blogging...

HeyJoe said...

The Robert Redford fish is so life-like. I can't believe I missed it when I fell asleep during that movie.

Duel, on the other hand, is a classic.

VE said...

heyjoe - They have toothpicks out at the concession stand for prying them open you know...