The Star Wars franchise is known for a long list of actors, some well-known, others unknown and some that are nearly impossible to distinguish due to their costumes, makeup, and prosthetics. And one actor that probably through without public perception is James Bond himself, Daniel Craig.
In the rebooted franchise, Craig appeared as a stormtrooper but, because of the iconic mask, most probably would not have known it was him until the credits. Craig asked director J.J. Abrams if he could have a part in the film and Abrams enthusiastically agreed, offering for Craig to appear in a scene alongside the main character, Rey.
Hugh Jackman: Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb
The “Night at the Museum” films have a number of surprising cameo appearances, usually leaving the audience wondering who they are going to run into next. Hugh Jackman took his turn as one of the cameos when he appeared as King Arthur in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”.
Jackman’s Arthur has a brief scuffle with Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens) in the film. Interestingly enough, while still a fledgling actor, Jackman played King Arthur in a stage production of “Camelot”.
Emma Watson: This Is the End
The comedy “This Is the End” had many celebrity cameos, one of which was the household name, Emma Watson. The filmmakers reportedly had hoped for Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, but the actor declined.
Watson was certainly an unexpected addition to the cast and, although she wasn’t terribly happy at some of the on and off-screen antics, she still managed to make an appearance. The film also featured a wide variety of celebrity cameos (Mindy Kaling, Rihana, etc.) playing no other than themselves!
Chuck Norris: Dodgeball
Chuck Norris has certainly become one of the most iconic faces over the years and has taken his place in multiple, pop culture references. Norris represents quintessential, American masculinity but that doesn’t mean a comedic role is beneath him.
The rugged star made an appearance in the comedy “Dodgeball.” Norris was reluctant to join the project at first because he had to drive a long way to do any filming, but when the lead star, Ben Stiller, gave him a call, Norris became convinced to take the role of, well, himself.
R.L. Stine: Goosebumps
The "Goosebumps" book series became staple reading for many kids during the 90s and it finally made it to the silver screen in 2015. Jack Black was cast in a lead role, but true fans will notice another brief addition to the lineup.
R.L. Stine, the author of the entire series, made an appearance as the drama teacher, Mr. Black. Kids may not know his face, but they would certainly recognize his name in the credits. Stine wasn’t terribly happy with how his character was written into the film, but he still enjoyed seeing the books come to life on screen.