A couple of nice responses to this week’s Quick Read, looking for some of your favourite film cameos – here you go, and thanks to everyone who offered their suggestions!
Raymond Chandler in Double Indemnity
You said: “I don’t love Double Indemnity but the discovered-quite-recently cameo of its co-writer Raymond Chandler fries my tiny mind. Him and Billy Wilder didn’t like each other – so what prompted him to appear…?”
Peter Falk in Wings Of Desire
You said: “Is he playing himself playing Columbo who’s actually an angel? Dunno.”
Sam Neill, Matt Damon and Liam Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok
John Cleese in Time Bandits
He’s Robin Hood, played like a clueless royal! More fun than the Connery appearance, but that’s great too.
Dirk Benedict in The A-Team
You said: “Dirk Benedict in The A-Team because a) he’s ace and b) the smile it puts on Bradley Cooper’s face is brilliant.”
(Bonus ‘original Murdock’ cameo in the clip below too)
Vincent D’Onofrio in Ed Wood
Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder
You said: “One of the first ‘maybe Tom Cruise isn’t such a dick’ moments.”
Mike Myers in Inglourious Basterds
You said: “Mike Myers being Austin Powers in Inglourious Basterds gets me every time.”
(We know he’s not being Austin Powers, but… come on, he pretty much is)
Marshall McLuhan in Annie Hall
“Boy, if life were only like this…”
Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein
Brad Pitt in Deadpool 2 and Bill Murray in Zombieland – both great cameos, but a bit too spoilerific to post the clips. If you’ve seen the films though, you know.
Last But Not Least
Here’s a submission from Paul Diamond…
… Paul is the “only person on earth to write for Miami Vice and Married With Children”, the son of Billy Wilder’s writing partner I.A.L. ‘Iz’ Diamond, and the 17-year-old on the right sharing a frame with Goldie bloody Hawn and Walter fricking Matthau in 1969’s Cactus Flower.
Yeah, it might not be a competition, but Paul wins this week.
Thanks as always to everyone who got involved!
If you’ve ever wanted to find out more about cinema from a bygone decade but have no idea where to start, the readers of Late Reviewer can help – click here and check out the By The Decade section for reader recommendations from the 1930s to the 2010s!