You’d think we’d all be excited to see a famous face pop up out of nowhere. That’s the movie’s goal anyway. Those sneaky little filmmaking devils sit in the back of a test screening, waiting to see an audiences’ reaction when Matt Damon or whoever rears their pretty head. Not that we have a thing for Matt Damon specifically, it’s just, you know… Oh whatever, that’s not even the point! The point is, there are countless examples of fun, satisfying cameos, but sadly, these ain’t them.
It’s hard to quantify exactly why something “works” or not. You just feel it. There’s either an audible laugh, a satisfied head nod, or a scrunched face like someone plucked an “off” note on a guitar. They’re all involuntary reactions, and movie nerds everywhere scramble to find out why. Today, we were those nerds. In these 13 jarring or lackluster cases, they just shoehorned a famous face in there when the role could’ve gone to any old day player.
Must be nice, Matt.
The fun little day he wishes he could take back.
M. Night Shyamalan gives away his own twist.
It’s kind of like accidentally showing a new car in a period piece.
The movie would’ve been better with a no-namer in this role.
When a “cameo” goes way too long.
They got Madonna to play one of many girls for Bond to flirt with.
Oh hey, it’s Shaq for some reason.
Wait, you kids don’t remember Macy Gray?!
And why did they have to put his face on the big screen?!
She couldn’t even reach the acting bar in a 'Fast & Furious' sequel.