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10 Great Cameos

George Clooney, Spy Kids
Love the late-movie cool Clooney brings to his role as top spy dog, Devlin. Love the joke where he has a bar over his eyes for most of his appearance (a bar which - post-modernism ahoy! - he removes himself). Love the fact that one member of the Empire staff didn't recognise him until the bar was removed.
Tom Cruise, Tropic Thunder
When he danced on Oprah's couch, his career hit its lowest ebb. When he danced like a drunk uncle at a wedding in Ben Stiller's action comedy, he was Daddy Cool again. Go figure.

David Bowie, Zoolander
The only man cool enough to judge a dance-off between Derek Zoolander and Hansel. "Perhaps I can be of assistance?" says The Thin White Duke. Let's dance, indeed.
Steven Spielberg, Austin Powers In Goldmember
22 years after his cameo in The Blues Brothers, and our former boss still can't act. But that doesn't spoil the fun of this cameo, where he waves an Oscar at Austin Powers and then backflips or, more accurately, a stunt double out of frame during a lavish dance number.

Jessica Hynes, Reece Shearsmith, Matt Lucas, Tamsin Greig, Martin Freeman, Julia Deakin, Shaun Of The Dead
As Shaun and his gang stumble blindly through alleyways and back streets on their way to the Winchester, they run smack-bang into his old mate, Jessica Hynes' Yvonne and a gang of survivors designed to look like more competent, better-armed mirror images of Shaun's rag-tag mob. All played by comedy gods. Excellent.
Mike Tyson, The Hangover
Just when you thought that The Hangovers drink-addled mood couldnt get any more surreal, along comes the former heavyweight champion of the world, dancing along to Phil Collins' In The Air Tonight, before punching out Zach Galifianakis. Barmy.

Bruce Campbell, Spider-Man 1-3
For he is Bruce Campbell. No further explanation needed.
Bill Murray, Zombieland
The greatest movie star cameo of all time? Possibly. Certainly, the moment where Murray dressed in zombie make-up to take part in a pots-and-pans re-enactment of Ghostbusters was a genius cherry on top of a great big old wonder-cake.

Luke Wilson, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Bigger names may cameo in Anchorman, but the running gag where Luke Wilson's Channel 2 lead anchor, Frank Vitchard, loses his arms (one by machete; the other ripped off by a bear) makes us laugh every time. Every. Single. Time.
Lance Armstrong, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Until Murray showed up in Zombieland, the wonderfully knowing appearance of ace cyclist Armstrong, shaming Vince Vaughn's Peter LaFleur into going back for the Dodgeball tournament ("Once I was thinking about quitting when I was diagnosed with brain, lung and testicular cancer, all at the same time. But with the love and support of my friends and family, I got back on the bike and I won the Tour de France five times in a row. But I'm sure you have a good reason to quit. So what are you dying from that's keeping you from the finals?"), was THE celebrity cameo of the Noughties.

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