20 Cool Director Cameos You Never Noticed
Cameo roles are generally small, many of them are non-speaking ones, and only appear on the screen very briefly. Director cameos are even harder to spot because we are not used to the sight of these who usually stand behind the camera and call all the shots suddenly appear in front of it.
Speaking of director cameo, there is one man to be mentioned, the great Alfred Hitchcock, the king of cameos. There is an interesting story about him. In order not to distract viewers from the plot, he deliberately put his “regular” cameos in the early stage of his later movies.
Most of the director cameos on this list are directors appearing in other director friends’ movies, they are very cool and entertaining, but are also very easy to be ignored. Get ready to be surprised!
20. Vanilla Sky
The Cameo: Steven Spielberg (complete with trademark cap) embraces Tom Cruise’s character at his birthday celebrations.
Why It’s Cool: It’s an unexpected treat when Spielberg greets Cruise with, “happy birthday you son of a bitch!”
19. Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
The Cameo: Peter Jackson can be spotted as one of the menacing locals in the village of Bree, chowing down on a carrot, as menacing locals are wont to do.
Why It’s Cool: Jackson loves a cameo, and the more grotesque the better. This slack-jawed hick is one of his finest.
18. Scream 3
The Cameo: Roger Corman shows up as a studio exec in Wes Craven’s in-joke laden third instalment of the Scream franchise.
Why It’s Cool: It’s a nice tip of the hat from one horror icon to another.
17. Star Trek: Nemesis
The Cameo: Bryan Singer can be spotted in the home stretch, taking over Worf’s station as Picard is saying his goodbyes to Riker.
Why It’s Cool: When you know how much of a nerd Singer is for all things sci-fi, there’s something immensely gratifying about seeing him get his face in a Star Trek movie!
The Cameo: Tim Burton plays a grungy filmmaker in just one of many cameos in Cameron Crowe’s star-laden film.
Why It’s Cool: Burton fits the bill of brooding outsider in the same way as fellow guests from the likes of Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Soundgarden.