What do Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Deadpool, and The Big Short all have in common? Cameos. And if you're like me, you love them. But why? Why do we love cameos so much? I think it's because of the unexpected humor that comes from seeing your favorite celebrities thrown in the midst of film. It's a surprise; it's random; it's totally unnecessary; but most importantly, it's hilarious.
Personally, I've choked on WAY too much popcorn seeing a celebrity make a cameo in a film. Seriously, I barely made it through Zoolander 2 alive. I will never be able to get the image of a eyebrow-less Benedict Cumberbatch out of my head. That being said, here are my favorite cameos of all time! Enjoy!
1. Daniel Craig, 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
Before Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered, there were rumors that Star Wars fanboy, Daniel Craig, was going to be in the film. But who would he be? Turns out he was stormtrooper JB-007. That's right. 007, a.k.a James Bond. As the guinea-pig stormtrooper that Rey practices mind control on, Daniel Craig's cameo was one of my favorite parts of the movie.
2. Michael Shannon, 'They Came Together'
This incredible little indie comedy starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd riffs all your favorite romantic movies. They Came Together is laden with great A-list cameos throughout. My favorite? Michael Shannon's turn as Spike, the crazed ex-husband of Amy Poehler's character. On screen for less than five minutes, Shannon's sword-wielding, hilariously jealous character stands out as something of a cameo legend.
3. The Entire Cast Of 'Zoolander 2'
Even though the movie generally wasn't well received, the one thing it does have going for it is its crazy cameos. From Ariana Grande and Willie Nelson to Benedict Cumberbatch and the biggest faces from the world of fashion, the cameos in Zoolander 2 are endless. Some are in poor taste, some are completely unnecessary, but I have to admit I found a certain sadistic glee in watching Justin Bieber's death scene. GOLD.
4. Tom Brady, 'Ted 2'
The Golden Boy of the NFL gets exposed in one of the best scenes from the film. As an unwilling sperm donor for Ted, Tom Brady's cameo in Ted 2 was perfect. Plus, he gets to demonstrate that his quarterback skills are not limited to just deflated footballs. He can also haphazardly chunk helpless teddy bears across his yard. What a guy.
5. Bill Murray, 'Zombieland'
One of my favorite actors of all time plus one of my favorite films of all time equals one of my favorite cameos of all time! Bill Murray's turn as a zombie will have you laughing so hard. Seriously, if you haven't seen Zombieland, go watch it now. It's amazing.
6. Margot Robbie, 'The Big Short'
This cameo is purely for educational purposes. Putting Margot Robbie in a bathtub helps people across America understand a financial crisis better, really. In all seriousness, inserting celebrities randomly throughout The Big Short to explain financial vernacular was a stroke of genius on director Adam McKay's part.
7. Tom Cruise, 'Tropic Thunder'
In probably his most unrecognizable role to date, Tom Cruise as Les Grossman is one of the best things about Tropic Thunder. I had to re-watch the film twice before I actually realized it was Tom Cruise underneath that obscene amount of body hair. Cold, crass, and hilariously out of control, Les Grossman is a wonder to behold.
8. The Cast Of 'This Is The End'
Rihanna slapping the shiznit out of a coked up Michael Cera? Channing Tatum as Danny McBride's... slave? Priceless. The celebrity cameos in This Is The End are hilarious and probably the best thing about the film. Although, my childhood was slightly violated by seeing Emma Watson as an ax-wielding thief. Why Hermione? Why?
9, Stan Lee In All Things Marvel
The cameo king, Stan Lee, is in almost every Marvel comic based film — most recently seen in Deadpool. Not only are his cameos priceless, but as the creator of Marvel comics, they are nostalgia at its best. The 93-year-old's appearance in the Marvel films is a treat and if there's one thing a true Marvel fan will tell you, it's to never leave the theater before ALL the credits are done. You might miss the best part of the film. The man, the myth, the legend; Stan Lee is a Marvel stud.