As you’ll soon discover, some musicians just can’t resist some extra limelight and found themselves appearing in some pretty strange movie cameos over the years. From Kanye West screaming about how much he loves hockey, to Keith Richards playing a swash-buckling pirate in one of the world’s biggest movies, these guys showed up in places you really wouldn’t expect. Here are the most surprising cameos from musicians in films.
Keith Richards is Jack Sparrow’s dad?
When Disney were trying to figure out what kind of zany individual could fill the role of the crazy Jack Sparrow’s father, it must have been a real lightbulb moment when somebody suggested this rock and roll legend. Who better to play the pirate father of one of cinema’s strangest and most intriguing creations than one of the most iconic and controversial figures in musical history. Keith Richards plays the role of Captain Teague in Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End. Great cameo, but a pretty terrible film.
David Bowie is a catwalk judge?
Over the years, the late and great David Bowie was acted in front of the camera in a number of notable roles. From playing a genius scientist in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, to taking on the villainous role of Pontious Pilate in Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation Of Christ, the musical icon was a true talent. But we thought we’d give special mention to his ludicrous and pretty wonderful cameo in Ben Stiller’s ridiculous modeling industry satire, Zoolander. Bowie plays Nikola Tesla, a very memorable catwalk judge. Well, he always was a fashion icon.
Gwen Stefani is Martin Scorsese’s muse?
We don’t know if No Doubt’s enigmatic front-woman has further plans to step into the other side of show business, but the female star has a small cameo in Martin Scorsese’s 2004 film, The Aviator. In an early scene, Stefani can be seen playing the actress Jean Harlow alongside Leonardo Dicaprio’s airplane mogul Howard Hughes.
Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s Flea was in The Big Lebowski?
We’ve watched this Cohen Brothers movie more times than we can count, but honestly never noticed the fact that the bassist from one of the most popular bands on the planet is in one of it’s greatest scenes. Flea plays one of the crazed men who sets a wild marmot on Jeff Bridge’s dude while he’s trying to enjoy a relaxing bath after a pretty rough day.
Alice Cooper was in Wayne’s World, in case you forgot
One of the most cult movies on earth crosses path with one of the most cult and iconic rock stars on the planet. What’s beautifully bizarre, though, is that Mr Cooper embarks on an incredibly boring lecture about the city of Milwaukee’s native roots, instead of indulging on all the chaos that everybody knows was happening behind the scenes of his notorious live shows.
Kanye West was in The Love Guru
In a blink and you’ll miss it moment, Kanye West joins Mike Myers character during a victorious moment in a close hockey match. Check out Ye’s superb acting skills as he expresses just how much he loves hockey. How he wasn’t nominated for a best supporting actor award at that year’s Oscars is totally beyond us. A true injustice.
Michael Jackson could’ve been a Men In Black Agent
The late King of Pop makes a funny cameo in the pretty shocking Men In Black sequel. Appearing as a consultant for the top secret alien fighting agency, Mr Jackson is clearly desperate to be let into the inner circle so that he can hang out with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. If he’d had the opportunity, who knows, we may have had an epic Fresh Prince and Michael Jackson collaboration on our Ipods…
Alanis Morissette plays God?
In kevin Smith’s pretty controversial film Dogma back in 1999, the iconic female musician played God in a surreal universe. Needless to say, a lot of people were pretty perplexed…