ByJas Smith, writer at Creators.co
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Celebrities cameo-ing in music videos is nothing new. And for some artists, it's what makes or breaks their music videos:

I'm looking at you, Christopher Walken.
I'm looking at you, Christopher Walken.

But some celebrities star in music videos for different reasons. Some star in them pre-fame: before they became as big a star as they did. So I have carefully selected 5 music videos that will make you stop and say: wait... is that who I think it is? The more famous the celeb, the more bizarre it is to see...

5. Zooey Deschanel Lives in a Cartoon Fantasy World

This is the Zooey Deschanel that most people recognise:

Zooey, in her natural surprised state
Zooey, in her natural surprised state

But before Deschanel became the lovable dork she is most commonly typecast as, she tried her hand at music videos. Namely, The Offspring's track She's Got Issues:

The video follows Deschanel as a girl working at a photo print shop. Her average life is invaded by disturbing cartoon creations of her own imaginings.

A role clearly reprised in Yes Man
A role clearly reprised in Yes Man

Video highlight: At 2:34, Zooey steals someone else's prints by hiding them down her trousers.


4. Jeremy Renner is a Sexy Sheriff

Jeremy Renner is a badass Avenger, who doesn't answer to anyone:

Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye
Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye

Oh, except for P!nk.

That's right: before fame, Jeremy Renner starred as the Sheriff who tries to take on P!nk in her hit single Trouble.

He mostly sits there and broods.
He mostly sits there and broods.

Video highlight: 1:54, Jeremy hits P!nk over the head with a bottle, and then proceeds to a do a hairflip.


3. Norman Reedus Betrays Jesus Christ

Lets face facts here: Norman Reedus is a pretty cool guy.

Here he is looking badass on a motorcycle.
Here he is looking badass on a motorcycle.

Reedus is most famous for his role as Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead, and of course Murphy MacManus in The Boondock Saints. Oh, and he also played Judas once, in that Lady Gaga song:

Still motorcycle clad, Reedus runs with Gaga's crowd in her biblical gang.

Complete with sweet Rhinestone jacket
Complete with sweet Rhinestone jacket

Video highlight: so many, including a bath with Gaga, Jesus and some beers. But at 3:38, Gaga uses a lipstick gun to draw on Reedus's mouth.


2. Kim Kardashian Makes Out With a Monkey

Kim K is no stranger to music vids. In 2013, she starred in husband Kanye West's Bound 2:

Something we're all trying to forget.
Something we're all trying to forget.

But Kim also starred in this Fall Out Boy video, and things got a bit strange:

Fall Out Boy are known for making strange and wonderful videos for their songs. But this one with Kim K takes the cake.

Kim, taking the cake.
Kim, taking the cake.

Video highlight: 2:54 a monkey teaches Pete Wentz how to properly seduce Kim Kardashian.


1. Alan Rickman Salsa Dances at A Petrol Station

Alan Rickman was an incredible actor with many talents. The world mourned his death earlier this year as the loss of one of the greats:

R.I.P Mr Rickman
R.I.P Mr Rickman

But along with his untimely death, many of his earlier works resurfaced. Including a music video he starred in for pop band Texas:

Rickman rides in a seemingly driver-less car with his runaway lover. And this is not the only Texas video Rickman has starred in. In 2015, he starred in the video Start A Family, which included a verse from Rickman himself.

Alan Rickman approves.
Alan Rickman approves.

Video highlight: Basically, the entire video is a masterpiece. But Alan's slick salsa moves start at 2:10.

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