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The cameo appearance has been an integral part of cinema for many decades now, cropping up in many different guises.

Some pull you out of the film instantly (one painful example is ‘Bruce Willis’ in Ocean’s Twelve) – others riff on earlier, iconic straight roles for comedic effort (John Hurt in Spaceballs, Robert Patrick in Wayne’s World). A cameo can present the director with an opportunity to work with a hero (Stan Lee in Mallrats, Peter Jackson in Hot Fuzz) or a chance to immortalise themselves on film (Hitchcock, Scorsese, Tarantino). Some are a free-for-all, ‘bring yer mates’ love-in (The Expendables and most of the ‘frat pack’ films) while others are occasionally downright  bizarre (a skinhead Matt Damon in Eurotrip).

The list of cameos below represent a different approach, avoiding the sometimes gimmicky nature of the function, and offering moments of brilliance which enhance and enrich the quality of the films themselves. »

- Adam Lowes

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