#5. Jerry Springer in Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me
The Cameo: Jerry applies his "take care of yourselves " and each other" mentality to the twisted family unit of Dr. Evil and son, Scott, with predictably riotous results.
Why They Got It: No one knows how to inform an estranged son that his evil father isn't in fact cryogenically frozen, but rather in the green rooam eating muffins, quite like Jerry Springer. Besides, a crowd chanting "Donahue! Donahue!" while a Klansmen and a bald arch-villain battle doesn't have the same punch.
How it Went: As one of the most original openings to a franchise sequel, the Springer segment earned a special place in our hearts. Not to mention that watching Dr. Evil run toward the camera hefting a desk globe and shouting, "The world is mine!" while a beefy Springer security guard attempts to subdue him never gets old.
Most Memorable Moment: For Springer, definitely the moment when he finally gets to strike back at an unruly guest, punching Dr. Evil in the chest and then latching jaw-first onto his ankle like an angry Chihuahua:
#4. David Crosby in Hook
The Cameo: One-third of Crosby, Stills and Nash takes to the poop deck and cheers on Capt. James Hook. For the fist time in its existence, his tangled, greasy rope of hippy hair feels like it belongs.
Why They Got It: The supporting cast of Hook was almost entirely comprised of celebrity cameos. Phil Collins appeared as a police officer, and Glenn Close plays the unconvincingly male pirate in this clip. If you watch the movie closely, you may also notice Stan Lee as "man who saves a woman from the crocodile" and Dane Cook as Wendy.
How it Went: Crosby reportedly spent a month on the set to film this sequence, in which he is essentially indistinguishable. Do you realize how many women he could have impregnated with that much down time?
Most Memorable Moment: Right at 0:12. See the hooked index finger? The third from the left? That' the finger that played "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," man!
#3. M. Night Shyamalan in All of His Films
The Cameos: Alfred Hitchcock appeared in every one of his 37 full-length feature films, often for less than a second. It was considered a tasteful and humorous signature for devoted fans of his brand of horror/suspense. M. Night Shyamalan is kind of like that, except he puts his name in a larger font than the movie title, inflicts his "acting" on us for minutes at a time, and makes far, far shittier movies.
Why They Got It: It' getting harder and harder to find more than three actors who will appear in an M. Night Shyamalan movie.
How it Went: The hardest part was just getting through a take, considering that Shyamalan compulsively masturbates whenever he catches a glimpse of himself in a reflective surface.
Most Memorable Moment: We won't bore you with his movies (he's doing a good enough job of that on his own, really), so here' a commercial Shyamalan did for American Express instead. It gives a real insight into a mind filled with overdone Sci-Fi Channel movie premises. Then, surprise, surprise, Shyamalan is accosted by an adoring fan, clearly the hardest working actor in the whole thing.
[subtitle]#2. Elvis Costello and Mos Def in Talladega Nights: Ballad of Ricky Bobby[/subtitle]
The Cameo: Two respected but wildly divergent musicians dine with Ricky Bobby' pseudo-French racing nemesis Jean Girard to make him come off as just that much weirder. And, it works.
Why They Got It: Word has it they were on the lot recording a video for their new cover of "Ebony and Ivory" when Nights writer/director Adam McKay burst in and asked if they wanted to make 100 bucks each. After it was established that he wasn't propositioning them for alley sex, they happily agreed.
How it Went: The bulk of the cameo wasn't shown in theatres, but below you can watch the scene in its entirety, exclusively at CRACKED.com (unless you own a DVD player or have access to the Internet).
Most Memorable Moment: About 1:05, when Mos Def improvises a rambling monologue before finishing with his best impression of a white southerner, all while Elvis nods uncomfortably in the background. Hey everyone, looks like we've got a new Kanye West/Mike Myers on our hands!
#1. Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire
The Cameo: Rod Tidwell, feisty football player, struggles against all odds and finally leads his team to Super Bowl victory, and his son to a victory against his leukemia. Cruise, his agent, speaks on the phone with him occasionally.
Why They Got It: The same way Travolta got Saturday Night Fever: Scientologist connections.
How it Went: Cruise performs remarkably well for a non actor. At times, his grotesquely exaggerated looks of confusion and broad, charming grins almost make him seem not entirely like an android sent to observe and then crudely mimic humans.
Most Memorable Moment: 1:13, when Cruise gives what looks to be a natural laugh. The startlingly life-like effect was achieved by cutting the audio track and then squeezing one of Cruise' testicles with a C-clamp.