Following other filmmakers who have slipped into the shots of their own films, director Martin Scorsese made a cameo in his film “Hugo.” The whimsical, mystery film was supposed to take place in 1930s Paris but when Scorsese appeared on the screen, the director was clearly seen.
Paramount Studios Scorsese had the role of a photographer in the film but the eyebrows are a dead giveaway! Scorsese isn’t particularly known for his cameos like say, director Alfred Hitchcock, but he apparently decided to make an exception for “Hugo.”
Ming Na-Weng: Mulan
Many are familiar with Disney’s animated film “Mulan” but in 2020 it became a live-action film. It was one of Disney’s most unique animated films as it featured a female lead, the heroine of the story who put everything on the line to protect her family. In the 2020 live-action version, there was a very special cameo from the cast from the 1998 film.
Ming-Na Wen, the voice of Mulan from the original animated film also got a part in the live-action film. She had the role (near the end of the film) of introducing the new Mulan to the emperor.
Ed Sheeran: Yesterday
The film “Yesterday” centers on a man (Jack) who wakes to find that he is the only one who remembers who “The Beatles” were. Being a film based on music and musicians, you would think that maybe a musical celebrity would slip into the script.
Musician Ed Sheeran was the featured musical camel in “Yesterday” and it really surprised the audience to see him pop up on screen. Sheeran starred as himself in the film and was supposed to be very interested in Jack’s musical compositions.
Brett Favre: There’s Something About Mary
“There’s Something About Mary” was the comedy that helped make Cameron Diaz a household name. The film of course had Diaz as one of the leads along with Ben Stiller, but there was another star that no one probably expected to see.
Green Bay Packers quarterback, Brett Farve, made an appearance as one of Mary’s exes who was still besotted with her. Farve may have been one of the top quarterbacks of his generation but he was actually the third choice of the film’s directors for a cameo appearance.
Liam Neeson: Ted 2
Liam Neeson has a strong, on-screen presence and is known for his gritty, action roles. So audiences must have been shocked when he appeared in the comedy “Ted 2." Surprisingly versatile, Neeson’s steady manner lends itself well to comedic roles which is why his cameo was such a hit with audiences.
Neeson appeared as himself in the film simply trying to buy a box of Trix cereal. The delivery of his lines and his disheveled appearance only added to the comedy of the scene.