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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Five Musicians Mocking Themselves in Movie Cameos

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

click to enlarge Expect some crazy cameos in Anchorman 2
  • Expect some crazy cameos in Anchorman 2

So. Word on the street is that both Drake and Kanye West are filming cameos for the upcoming Anchorman 2 movie. We'd love to see both of them doing something self-deprecating and hilarious, but Kanye is involved, so we'll not hold our breath. Truthfully, the only thing better than musicians showing up in movies when we least expect it is when they do that and then mock themselves. Here, then, are our favorite examples of musicians mocking themselves in movie cameos.

Elvis Costello in 200 Cigarettes

Elvis Costello's cameo in 200 Cigarettes is so subtle and so awesome that unless you watch the last five minutes, you'll miss him entirely. Highly strung stress-case Monica is so concerned about her New Year's Eve party being a failure, she gets wasted, alone in her apartment, and passes out, only to find out the following morning that a crazy shindig happened at her place and she slept through the whole thing, even though "love of [her] life" Elvis Costello was there. The great thing here is, the only time we actually see him in the movie is in the photos of the party that show up when the credits are rolling. Before that, we just find out that he's the type of guy that loses his glasses while wasted and asks people for crab dip recipes. Brilliant.

David Bowie in Zoolander

There were about a zillion cameos in 2001's Zoolander -- Gwen Stefani, Lenny Kravitz, Fred Durst, Lance Bass, and Spice Girls Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham all popped up at some point. But it was Bowie -- stepping into a conflict between Ben Stiller's Zoolander and Owen Wilson's Hansel and offering to judge a "Walk Off" -- that was the shining moment of the piece. The moment when he stood up sharply, whipped off his sunglasses, and announced: "I believe I might be of service" was one of the greatest in the whole movie because -- let's be honest -- if we found out tomorrow that David Bowie was part of an underground network of fashion psychos who battled each other on runways, none of us would be that surprised, would we?

Billy Idol in The Wedding Singer

We hadn't realized just how much we needed to see a rocker from the 1980s openly acknowledging which decade he belonged in until Billy Idol emerged on The Wedding Singer -- a movie that was based almost entirely around dragging up the most memorable elements of the '80s and quietly laughing at them. Imagine seeing Bon Jovi or Motley Crue doing such a thing. Wouldn't happen. We salute you Billy Idol!

Bruce Springsteen in High Fidelity

In 2000's High Fidelity, Bruce Springsteen mocks his role as The Boss, appearing as an inner moral guide for John Cusack's Rob Gordon. He is, of course, incredibly encouraging on all fronts, but also can't stop playing blues riffs on his guitar while he's giving his advice. This is awesome because, deep down, Springsteen knows that people all over the world must wonder to themselves on a regular basis: "What would The Boss do?"

Wilson Philips in Bridesmaids

The use of Wilson Philips' "Hold On" in Bridesmaids is entirely in the spirit of mockery. This is a movie about bitterness and rivalry and shitting in the street while wearing a wedding dress, so "Hold On" just sounds even more ridiculous than usual in this context. It's the kind of song women look back and laugh at because they made up stupid interpretive dances to them as children. So when Wilson Philips actually showed up at the end of the movie to perform the song, we kind of wanted to pat them on the back for not being too proud to do it. We found out later, of course (via their reality show) that this group lost their pride a long time ago, but when we first saw Bridesmaids, that final scene was awesome.

-- @Raemondjjjj
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