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41 Astonishing Movie Star Music Video Cameos
Bateman, Helms and Sudeikis joins the party. The rock party.

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It’s fair to say that the pop world has had better luck in Tinseltown than Hollywood’s finest have had bashing out chart-topping ditties. Need proof? Just hit play on Steven Seagal’s ear-burning Songs From The Crystal Cave, try to lay your hands on Bruce Willis’ The Return Of Bruno or listen to just anything by Russell Crowe’s 30 Odd Foot Of Grunt. Of course, there are minor exceptions – Scarlett and Zooey, take a bow – but as a rule, actors’ musical ambitions are served best with sparkling cameos in music videos. There they can wow us without being allowed anywhere near an instrument. Of course, there are too many examples to list them all, but here are a few we love – and a few almost too terrible to mention.

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Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis

Video: Hopeless Wanderer
Artist: Mumford & Sons
Year: 2013

Earnest songsters Mumford & Sons strike back at those who dare dismiss them as earnest (not us, guv) by enlisting comedy big guns Will Forte, Ed Helms, Jason Bateman and new Tottenham manager Jason Sudeikis as self-spoofing surrogates in their new video. There’s a lot going on here – simmering passions we daren’t address by name, emotions so raw they bring tears to the eyes and some really silly stick-on beards – but the highlight is an amazing barbershop-style banjo’athon. The video is the handiwork of Foo Fighters, Cold War Kids and Wilco promo veteran Sam Jones.

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1 Harold Shand??
What about Bob Hoskins' in Jamie T's 'Sheila'? More

Posted by shitneck on Thursday August 22, 2013, 21:10

2 RE: 26 Great (And Not So Great) Music Video Cameos
How about Elijah Wood in the video to The Apples In Stereo's loorrsten Dunst in Savage Garden's video for I Loved YouLoads of weird cameos from film stars in music videos, I doubt we'll ever exhaust the list! More

Posted by rigsterblaster on Tuesday March 20, 2012, 21:55

3 RE: There are loads of cameos out there
oh right, end of discussion. More

Posted by terlot on Saturday March 17, 2012, 01:19

4 RE: How DARE you forget...............
L: Necroscope6408 How on earth could anyone forget the late, great Freddie Mercury swordfighting with Christopher Lambert in the video for Princes of the Universe by Queen or Rhys Ifans in the excellent video for Oasis' The Importance of Being Idle. Empire, I suggest you compile a top 100 list rather than a very poor 26. Whoever put this together really does not know their "stuff." a nanosoceond - literally BLINK and you would miss him.......pity though More

Posted by Sphinx on Saturday April 9, 2011, 17:22

5 RE: How DARE you forget...............
Nickelback's Rockstar got a bunch of cameos. More

Posted by Luggen on Saturday April 9, 2011, 12:44

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