The term rockstar can be used to describe anyone who is just an overall bad-ass, but in this case we are talking about literal musicians. They're probably the most legendary type of celebrity; the phrase "party like a rockstar" almost always means you're partying hard. Rockers have everyone's respect... even those who don't necessarily indulge in rock music.
These rockstar cameos in some big-time movies are ones you may not have noticed, but they're awesome and deserve to be recognized. So without further ado, check out these 9 rockstar cameos that you may have missed. They're listed in no particular order... just know they are all equally awesome.
1. No Doubt's Gwen Stefani was in 'The Aviator'
Gwen Stefani from No Doubt fame played the real-life 1930s starlet Jean Harlow in a classic that I feel doesn't get as much love as it deserves: The Aviator with Leonardo Dicaprio.
2. Jon Bon Jovi, the ultimate rockstar in my opinion, stepped into a role in 'U-571'
I went to a Bon Jovi concert in Las Vegas when I was about 12 years old. It was probably one of the first -and undeniably one of the best - concerts I've ever been to. Dude can perform. Which is why it made sense that he was cast as Lieutenant Pete Emmett, Navy chief engineer in WWII film 'U-571'. His parents were in the Marine Corps so this role was close to his heart.
3. Nancy Wilson was sexy in 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'
Nancy's role as "Beautiful Girl in a Car" was mostly the doing of Cameron Crowe, who she was dating at the time. He told her to come on set, and the rest is history. Here's what she had to say about it:
"I was really excited that I was going to be in a movie—even though I had to wake up at some ungodly hour to do the shoot. ... The character played by Judge Reinhold has just been fired from the burger place where he worked, and he’s sitting at the stoplight when I pull up. He thinks I’m making eyes at him, but I’m actually laughing at the ridiculous burger-joint hat he’s wearing. Then I peel out. That was my big-screen moment."
4. Kylie Minogue played the trippy Green Fairy in 'Moulin Rouge'
After Ewan McGregor's character, Christian, drinks absinthe for the first time in Moulin Rouge!, he quickly starts to have hallucinations of the Green Fairy, played by Kylie Minogue. (Fun fact: Ozzy Osbourne provided the Green Fairy's demonic laugh.)
5. Jack White did his best Elvis Presley imitation in 'Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story'
Here's how White explained getting the role:
“John C. Reilly called me up and asked if I would do it. They were filming in a couple of days. I said, ‘Okay, but what year is it supposed to be?’ He said 1957, so that was Okay. I thought it was just going to be for cable or something but he said, ‘Oh no, this is one of the biggest films this company is going to to put out this year.' He sent the script over and it was really funny.”
6. Phil Collins, Jimmy Buffett, and David Crosby all appeared in 'Hook'
Epic scene right here.
7. Dave Grohl was in 'The Muppets'
In The Muppets reboot, ex-Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl played "Animool," the replacement for Animal, in the fake band The Moopets.
8. Alanis Morissette played God in 'Dogma'
Writer/director Kevin Smith cast Alanis in the role of God. She said the following to CNN:
"I had just gotten off the road, and I was tired, and I didn't think I'd be of any value to him. I said no at first, but then as I kind of rejuvenated, I checked back in with him and he still hadn't cast the role of God. And I said I'd love to do it and I did."
Isn't it ironic? Don'tcha think?
9. Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers was in 'Back to the Future II' among other cameos
Flea was also in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the Psycho remake, The Big Lebowski, and would later reprise a younger version of his Back to the Future character Needles in the third film as well.