Top 10 Worst Cameos

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Another week, another Top 10, and I couldn’t be more excited! As you probably realized from the article title, this week’s edition will contain 10 cameos I figured to be just plain awful. However, while I was compiling this list, I realized how exceedingly hard it was to find 10, utterly terrible cameos, so I expanded the criteria a bit. The cameos listed are not confined to just being terrible, they can be odd, bizarre, unnecessary, and so on, and so on. Essentially, anything that’s out of the ordinary. I was initially going to post the 10 best cameos I could think of, but came to the conclusion that one couldn’t exist without the other. So, instead of starting strong and finishing weak, I reversed the printing order. Next week’s top 10 will contain the best cameos, so, yeah, look forward to that!

And no, before you even ask, Mike Tyson’s cameo in “The Hangover” is not on this list. Until I am able to concoct a header image for this “Top 10” segment, I will continue to use random pictures that are in some way connected to the general theme.

I know that some of you may not agree with my choices or think that I overlooked a cameo that down-right ruined a movie for you. If this is the case, leave a comment below and I will address you personally, because I have nothing better to do ;).

Without further ado, let’s get started!

 

10: Bruce Willis in “Oceans 12.”

Why?: Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the “Oceans” trilogy. It’s just that this particular segment really annoys me. The whole Julia Roberts thing and meeting Bruce Willis and him being oblivious to the stars and situation around him, it just really bothers me.

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9: Thomas Lennon in “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Why?: Another film that I genuinely love through and through. I just feel that this is a cameo that Mr. Nolan should have let slip through the cracks. Regardless if it was casting or a legitimate attempt at a cameo, it is so bizarre and unnecessarily funny.

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8: Quentin Tarantino in “Django Unchained.”

Why? Again, I absolutely love Mr. Tarantino and his films, yet, I can’t let this cameo slide. I know he likes to appear in his own films and I am fine with that. I thought his cameo in “Pulp Fiction” was hilarious, but “Django Unchained” is another story. The accent is atrocious and that entire sequence felt a bit off to me. I know I am going to catch hell for this.

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7: Matt Damon in “Finding Forrester.”

Why?: Reprising his role as Will Hunting, oh wait, does he? Anyway, the movies are so similar that Damon’s cameo really connects the two in an unpleasant way. This is as unnecessary a cameo as they come. Don’t worry, this list has more Matt Damon to come.

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6: Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Expendables.”

Why?: I know that Willis has a brief cameo as well, but didn’t feel like picking on him twice. I didn’t care for “The Expendables” and I see no reason to drag down another action star just for a brief chuckle.

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5: David Hasselhoff in “Piranha 3DD.”

Why?: Because I said so, that’s why. This is such an unnecessary film and I see no need to bring the “Hoff” into it.

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4: Matt Damon in “Eurotrip.”

Why?: Yes, the movie is somewhat entertaining and the cameo may be funny as hell, but it is so weird and idiotic. A mega-star like Matt Damon doesn’t belong down in the gutter.

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3: Stan Lee in, take your pick.

Why?: Yeah, it was cute and charming for a while, but it got real old, real fast for me.

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2: Macy Grey in “Spider Man.”

Why?: I don’t mind a good cameo, but it can’t date a film for eternity, if you know what I mean.

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1: M. Night Shyamalan in “Signs.”

Why?: I don’t think a career has ever gone so sour, so fast. This is as unnecessary a cameo as they come. Terrible acting and just plain weird. M. Night Shyamalan will be forever repeating to people “Hey, remember “The Sixth Sense?”

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If you’ve got beef with this top 10, be sure to let me know in the comment section below ;). Have a great weekend!

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About Joseph@thecinemamonster

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Posted on June 14, 2013, in Top 10s and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. One of the funniest cameos I’ve seen is Jim Belushi in New Year’s Eve. It’s a horrifyingly bad movie and the introduction of his character is built up as a huge cameo. Then you see that it’s him and you’re just left confused.

  2. The theory about Stan Lee’s cameo in all the Marvel movies is that he’s The Watcher.

  3. Great post!!

  4. Nice list. I knew Tarantino had to make an appearance in Django. He’s a great director but acting has never been his thing, though I liked how he (spoiler) let his own character get blown up.

  5. Not from a movie but Geri Haliwell in an episode of Sex and the City…youtube it if you dare…

  6. I wasn’t too keen on that Tarantino cameo either, but I actually enjoyed the Bruce Willis cameo in Ocean’s Twelve. It was just kinda funny to me. I didn’t even know that that was a cameo in TDKR.

    • The Tarantino cameo was just too off. A lot of people don’t know about TDKR cameo, regardless it felt really weird to me. I know people who also loved the Bruce Willis cameo, I just couldn’t take it seriously.

  7. Genius. Matt Damon sucks.

  8. Amen on #8! So self-indulgent. That sequence was completely disposable and Tarantino was atrocious in it. Nobody wants to see him in front of the camera!

  9. Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Expendables is just about the worst cameo I have ever seen, glad you included that one. I couldn’t image a scene worse, or as uncomfortable as that.

  10. Oh man I am so with you on Tarantino. His cameos are just ego trips. Hitch showed the world how to do director cameos – short, sweet, fun. But Tarantino just seems to love himself onscreen a little too much (and I am a huge fan of Tarantino’s films BTW).

    Like you, I am also pretty over the Stan Lee cameos. They were fun, but just a little annoying now.

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