The latest Judd Apatow produced comedy was released early this fall and Bros has found its way to being a hit with critics and audiences alike, despite an initially weak box office showing. Like many Apatow films, Bros has an ensemble cast filled with many famous movie stars and celebrities playing both characters and themselves.
The film has a fairly large side-plot involving real-world celebrities playing variations of themselves. Fortunately, these cameos tend to work in Bros, but Redditors have many thoughts on times that celebrity cameos not only didn’t work but were downright distracting. It takes good writing, invested celebrities, and an actual reason for a celebrity cameo to work and when those things aren’t present, the results can be ugly.
Michael Bolton – Snow Dogs (2002)
Snow Dogs from 2002 stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and most would agree that it is not the best film. Even it’s weird celebrity cameo couldn’t save it from the poor reviews, as Reddit user BrianDePalmtree puts it, “Michael Bolton in f*****g Snow Dogs, though that movie is so bad that Michael Bolton may come around to being the best part.”
Michael Bolton appears as himself in a talking album cover who inspires Gooding Jr.’s character to “have soul.” It is random in the worst way, and it sounds like Bolton may have only had one take to get his line out, as he sounds disinterested. In fact, it’s likely he and Gooding Jr. weren’t even on set with each other for the scene.
Bruce Willis – Ocean’s 12 (2004)
Ocean’s 12 is a critically divisive film, with some fans loving the European direction the film took and others being annoyed with a self-satisfied tone they sensed in the film. This divergence of opinions extends to Julia Roberts’ sub-plot in the movie and the presence of Bruce Willis playing himself. Redditor burth179 says, “…the whole Bruce Willis interaction with ‘Julia Roberts’ in Ocean 12 comes to mind.”
It is a very high-concept cameo that, while well acted, is incredibly strange to see play out. Julia Roberts plays Tess Ocean who pretends to be Julia Roberts because they look-alike, then she runs into the real-world Willis, who believes Tess is the real-world Roberts. It’s confounding to follow, and the whole cameo seems tacked on just as an excuse to get another celebrity involved.
Jack White – Cold Mountain (2003)
Before there was Ed Sheeran cameoing on Game Of Thrones, there was Jack White in Cold Mountain. Redditor The71Show explains why sticking the White Stripes lead into the film was a clumsy idea, “His character adds nothing to the plot, his dialogue is minimal, and at least one shot lingers on him seemingly for no purpose other than to say ‘hey, we got Jack White to appear in this movie!'”
Cold Mountain is an epic period piece, so to give the iconic singer a minute and a half long song in the middle of the film is an odd choice. White did provide some music for the soundtrack, as well, but the way the camera stays on his face as he looks into the camera makes the cameo seem very out of place.
Bill Murray – Ghostbusters: Answer The Call (2016)
Filmmakers had been trying to make a third Ghostbusters for years after Ghostbusters II, but the disinterest of Bill Murray continuously stopped the project from gaining any traction. Finally, in 2016, Sony decided to reboot the series as opposed to adding a third in the series.
Those who didn’t see the new Ghostbusters might not know that most of the cast returned for cameos to play small bit roles alongside the new Ghostbuster lineup, but Redditor TheListenerCanon did not appreciate their work, “…any of the original Ghostbusters actors in Ghostbusters 2016. Forced, unfunny, and look bored as hell especially Bill Murray.” Murray’s three-minute scene could have been funny but his flat delivery and unwillingness to emote too much makes it unfunny and a little sad to watch.
Iggy Azalea – Furious 7 (2015)
The seventh entry in The Fast & Furious franchise is considered, by many, to be one of the better entries in the series, thanks to the action, acting, and in particular, the emotional tribute to the recently deceased Paul Walker. But Reddit user friedchicken11 says there is one cameo that bothers them, “Iggy Azalea in Furious 7.”
The Australian rapper, who was making headlines at the time of the film, feels very out of place as a competitor to main character Letty Ortiz. Her acting is not quite there either and her delivery of the line “ghost girl” is made more laughable by the editing that repeats the phrase on a loop.
Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained (2012)
Quentin Tarantino enjoys playing side characters in his own movies and usually finds at least one excuse for a cameo or even a supporting role. While fans generally love his films, they’re usually less receptive to his appearances. Redditor Alive_Ice7937 says, “Tarrantino in Django was worse.”
What the Redditor is comparing the role there to is his earlier appearance in Pulp Fiction, but Tarantino’s appearance in Django Unchained is generally considered far worse. He comes into the film at the very height of the climax, so audiences are unable to ignore him and his Australian accent is offensive.
Al Pacino – Jack And Jill (2011)
Jack And Jill, starring Adam Sandler in both Razzie-nominated roles, is considered not only one of his worst films but also one of the worst reviewed films in the last decades of filmmaking. The film also contains one of the worst cameos in recent memory according to Reddit user theshaneakers, “*SAY HELLO TO MY CHOCOLATE BLEND.” -Al Pacino in the cinematic masterpiece, Jack & Jill.”
The cameo is so bad, in particular, because the Oscar-winning performer actually seems to be giving a more dedicated performance as a parody of himself than he has in recent dramatic films. It may have actually been a funny cameo had the rest of the film not been so poor.
M. Night Shyamalan – Lady In The Water (2006)
M. Night Shyamalan has a history of appearing in every film he makes, generally as a short cameo, but occasionally his role is slightly larger. Redditor A_Polite_Noise writes about Shyamalan, “He really went overboard in Lady in the Water, though.”
Shyamalan’s cameos are references to one of his influences, Alfred Hitchcock, who would usually appear for a few brief moments in his films, as well. But in Lady In The Water, Shyamalan’s character is a writer whose story will save the world, and it’s a bit too on the nose seeing as he wrote the film, as well.
Macy Gray – Spider-Man (2002)
One Reddit user, TheTrueRory, posts about a cameo they always thought was bad, “No mention of Macy Gray in Spiderman? That was a dated reference before the film even came out.” Macy Gray appears for only a couple of minutes in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film as the hired singer for a NYC parade.
Macy Gray was popular in the early-2000’s and is still active with a new album, but she has somewhat disappeared from the public consciousness in recent years, and some going back to the movie now may not even be sure who she is. It was a clear marketing stunt pulled by Sony, who owned both the film studio for Spider-Man and Macy Gray’s label.
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