Everyone pretty much knows now that Johnny Depp had an uncredited cameo in "21 Jump Street," basically playing an older version of his old character from the TV series of the same name. The cameo was the worst-kept secret in Hollywood, most people entering the movie wondering when and where Depp would show up. Despite the lack of secrecy, it was still a great scene when he finally popped up and made an already fun movie even better.
Following Depp's cameo in this movie, here are some of the best cameo appearances in other flicks. Some of these are uncredited appearances, so if you have not seen the movies, there are spoilers within this article.
Bill Murray, "Zombieland"
I can't think of a better cameo than when Bill Murray popped up in the zombie comedy "Zombieland." The survivors found a mansion to hide in, and when they get in to safety, it turns out another survivor owns it. That survivor is Bill Murray, playing a version of himself. The highlight is when Murray throws on the "Ghostbusters" power pack for some role playing fun.
Tom Cruise, "Tropic Thunder"
Tom Cruise was in a career tailspin at this time. His wild antics on "Oprah," outspoken beliefs in Scientology, and strange treatment of wife Katie Holmes made him look more like a wackjob and less like one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood.
Cruise has since rebounded in his career, and it all started with his cameo appearance in "Tropic Thunder" as Les Grossman, a fat Hollywood producer with a toilet mouth. One cameo role, and fans were behind Cruise once again.
Keith Richards, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
When talking about defining his role as Capt. Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp said he patterned the character's mannerisms on Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. Then rumors began to swirl that the producers were trying to get Richards in for a special cameo as a result. When the rocker showed up in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," it made it worth the wait.
Hugh Jackman, "X-Men: First Class"
Professor X and Magneto are out and about, trying to recruit mutants to their side, when they come into a bar to try to recruit someone else. The mutant they find is a certain Canadian named Wolverine. Of course, since Wolverine's aging process has slowed, he looks the exact same as he did in the other "X-Men" movies. He is a perfect Wolverine as well, uttering the only F-bomb in "X-Men: First Class" in response to their recruitment.
For those who might be confused, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" shows that his mind was erased, explaining why he didn't recognize anyone in the other movies.
Samuel L. Jackson, "Iron Man"
Everyone knows about this cameo. "Iron Man" was coming to an end, and everyone had heard that Marvel wanted to make more movies, possibly leading to the team-up movie "The Avengers." There were also rumors there would be a post-credits scene, so everyone waited around to see it.
As Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) entered his house, he came across an intruder. It was Nick Fury, (Jackson), and he wanted to talk to Stark about an initiative called The Avengers. Every Marvel movie since includes one of these bonus scenes.
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- Johnny Depp
- Bill Murray
- Tom Cruise
- Keith Richards