ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

If you manage to get a big name star to appear in your movie, usually you'll want to put them front and center, right?

Well, not always. Sometimes it's just fun to take that major celebrity and stick them in a blink and you'll miss it role. For one thing, it makes IMDB trivia sections much more interesting.

Here are 13 times some big name stars were hidden in tiny roles.

Cate Blanchett and Peter Jackson - Hot Fuzz

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's second big screen comedy featured a veritable smörgåsbord of cinematic talent, however it was almost impossible to spot The Lord of the Rings alumni Cate Blanchett and Peter Jackson in Hot Fuzz. This is primarily because they have their faces almost entirely obscured. Blanchett played Nicholas Angel's SCI ex-girlfriend, while Jackson was an extremely violent Santa Clause. You can check him out in action below:

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright - Land of the Dead

Let's stick with Pegg and Wright for a minute, as the pair have also been hidden in someone else's movie. When George Romero saw Shaun of the Dead, he was so impressed he asked Pegg and Wright to star in a cameo. They agreed, but only if they got to play zombies. You can see their full contribution below:

George Lucas - Beverly Hills Cop III

The Star Wars director appeared in Beverly Hills Cop III in the incredibly important role of "Disappointed Man." He was onscreen for a whole seven seconds and had two lines: "Hey!" and "Come on, let's go." Real Academy Award stuff.

Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) - Iron Man

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello was originally credited on Iron Man as 'Additional Electric Guitar,' but he also got his face in the movie. In the first Iron Man, he is one of the terrorists who feels the rage of Tony Stark's machine. Check out the clip below:

Stephen Colbert - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Satirist Stephen Colbert is well-known for his extensive knowledge of all things Tolkien. In fact, he is such a fan he was eventually invited to cameo in the second Hobbit movie.

Bruce Campbell - Fargo

Although not technically a cameo, Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell did appear in the Coen Brother's crime caper, Fargo. Old soap opera footage of the star was used in the film.

Ron Jeremy - Ghostbusters

Ron Jeremy movies are not usually released in theaters - at least not the theaters you probably frequent. However, the world famous pornstar did appear in one blockbuster. He was a background extra in Ghostbusters.

George Harrison - Monty Python's Life of Brian

The Beatle's guitarist George Harrison was such a huge fan of Monty Python that when it looked like they wouldn't be able to finance Life of Brian, he stepped in at the last moment and created a production company just so he could fund it. His reward, other than getting to watch Life of Brian, was also to feature in it in a disguised cameo - although his signature modest wave gives him away.

Glenn Close - Hook

The six time Academy nominated actress (that's right, actress!) donned a beard and pirate garb for the role of Gutless in 1991's Hook. Of course, dressing up a woman as a man kind of acts as a kind of meta-joke when you realize Hook starts the scene by pointing out someone there "doesn't belong." Remind yourself of the scene below:

Dan Aykroyd - Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom

I never knew Dan Aykroyd was in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but then again due to the camera work and his fake accent he is rather hard to spot. He plays Weber, the Englishman who provides Jones a flight out of Shanghai in the beginning of the film.

Jim Carrey - Liar Liar

Although the frontman of the popular 1990s comedy, Jim Carrey also had a tiny background role as a fireman in one scene. This was a reference to his reoccurring In Living Color character, Fire Marshall Bill.

Source: EbaumsWorld


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