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Best movie cameo appearance

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by hondo, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Okay, weigh in on the best 1-5 minute cameo appearance in a movie by a notable actor or actress.
    Rules: It must the only scene they're in and must have been known by the time they appeared in that movie. Plus, supply a notable one-liner from the appearance.

    My picks:

    Alec Baldwin, the salesman in Glengarry Glen Ross (I think most would agree this is the gold standard)
    "Coffee is for closers."

    Wilford Brimley, the U.S. attorney in Absence of Malice
    "You call this a leak ... boy, the last time there was a leak this big Noah built hisself a boat."

    Tony Shalhoub, the Cuban developer in Primary Colors
    "He's going down. This is America. You can bank on it."
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  2. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Matt Damon in Deadpool 2.
  3. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Cruise in Magnolia; or Cruise in Tropic Thunder

    Love Baldwin in Glengarry though.
  4. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Not a movie, but Jimmy Fallon showing up as a jeep driver in the "Bastogne" episode of "Band of Brothers" was memorable. I remember thinking, "Is that Jimmy Fallon? WTF?"
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  5. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    That was Brad Pitt.
  6. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Dammit. I denounce myself.
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  7. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    Billy Crystal - The Princess Bride
    "To blathe,"

    Dana Carvey, Billy Crystal - This is Spinal Tap
    "Mime is money."

    I'm honestly having trouble thinking of them. I know there are hundreds.
  8. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    But Damon has been in two Marvel movies and Deadpool 2 was one of them.
  9. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    I’m gonna push back on the Baldwin cameo, because, while yes his seen is short and powerful, it also helps drive the movies main plot. I would say it is likely the most memorable scene in the movie.

    To me, a cameo has to be along the lines of unexpected, unannounced and not just another cameo. The last is key since some movies are built on how many stars they can wedge in there to get some laughs/buzz.

    For example, John Wayne as a centurion in “greatest story ever told” is cool as anything, but it’s a movie based on having superstars in small parts. Another is John Houseman as the drivers ed teacher in the naked gun. It’s hilarious, but that movie is about sticking people into funny scenes.

    So, if I had to choose, I would go with Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein with, “i was going to make espresso.”
  10. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Reggie Jackson in Naked Gun.

    “I must kill the Queen.”
  11. Sea Bass

    Sea Bass Well-Known Member

    Cam Neely as Sea Bass in Me, Myself & Irene.

    “Charlie, nicely done!”
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  12. justgladtobehere

    justgladtobehere Well-Known Member

    I don't think Cruise in Magnolia meets the definition. He was in multiple scenes and he had that story about his father who was being treated by Hoffman. (Am I right?)

    The Tropic Thunder underscores the difference between stunt cameos and ones that are just having a well known actor in a minor role. So much of Cruise in Tropic Thunder was 'he's Tom Cruise' and 'he is under this ridiculous makeup.' The casting of a star changed the perception of the role, which I think is a big thing.

    What about movies like 'JFK'?
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