The past year has been challenging time for South Africa, with challenges in education, the environment and the economy. The objective of this blog is to look on the brighter side of life and try and find the humour and main talking points in topics relating to sports and movies.Real sport and movie fans will totally get it and for everyone else it should provide some entertainment and laughter in trying times. Without further a due, here is my first movie blog.
Movies in focus
For the past 15 years, movies have evolved at a rapid pace with the release of the latest technology which includes Computer generated imagery(CGI),motion capture and the evolution of visual and special effects. It resulted in an era where there are more superhero movies, movies based on fantasy novels and many CGI animated movies. So with some major blockbusters coming this year in the form of Batman vs Superman, X-men:Apocolapse, Captain America-Civil War, Suicide Squad and Star Wars:Rogue One , comedy movies tend to be forgotten at times. With the releases of two comedies in the coming months which is Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising and Zoolander 2 , I would like to pay tribute to the top 10 comedic performances in movies. Cameos in movies are basically any actor/actress or famour person who appears in a movies, most of the time , less than five minute screen time.
Here are the following funniest male cameo appearances from 10 to 1 in my opinion.
#10. Michael Jackson- Men in Black 2(2002)
It was really fun that Michael Jackson was playing an employee working for the Men in Black (MIB) and he was promised for his goodwork by the MIB boss Zed played by Rip Thorn that he would become the first alien agent. The funniest part was when he was pleading with Zed after he got turned down that he can be “Agent M “, obviously M relating to his real name Michael.
#9. Mike Myers – Mystery Alsaska (1999)
Before becoming the voice of his most profitable role of the title character in the movie Shrek, Mike Myers became famous in the late 90’s for playing the role of the funny spy Austin, in the Austin Power series. In the movie Mystery Alaska in 1999, he played the role of a sports panelist,Donnie Shulzhoffer who is calling a hockey game between the New York Rangers and the local team from Alaska. What was really funny about the scene that he was completely dry in his role and it made absolutely no point to the plot of the movie
#8. Danny Trejo – Anchorman(2004)
Danny Trejo is normally known for his tough roles with his friend, director Robert Rodriquez and the majority of movies that he appeared in, had alot of violence and blood, though in Anchorman he plays the role of a bartender who tries and speaks some sense into Will Ferril’s character (Ron Burgundy) who is going through a slump at the time. What was hilarious was after he gives Ron a peptalk, Ron turns around and says, “I’m sorry did you say something, I don’t speak spanish.” It was hilarious in the sense that the character of Ron was shown to be so vain.
#7. Kevin Nealon- Just go with it (2011)
In the above picture on your left, that is Kevin Nealon’s character who appeared in the movie. On the above picture, that is how he looks in real life, incase nobody knows who he is. Anyway in Just go with it, he plays the friend of Adam Sandler’s character Danny, who plays a plastic surgeon, and his character was someone who took too much botox surgery from another plastic surgeon, and his main reason for it is, that he tells Danny, “I am just trying to stay in the game.” He was really funny in that role.
#6. Arnold Schwarzenegger- Around the World in 80 days(2004)
This movie was released in 2004, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s scenes were shot before he became “Governator”of Califonia for 8 years. In this movie, he plays Prince Hapi, from Turkey who plans to take Monique (Cecile de France)as his 7th wife, for each day of the week and Phileas Fogg ( Steven Coogan) and Passport 2( Jackie Chan) plans to save her. They do so by threating to break a statue of Prince Hapi, and he gives in. Schwarzenegger, known for playing a action mega star was quite hilarious as a egotistical prince playing a strange musical instrument.
#5. Vinnie Jones- Eurotrip (2004)
Vinnie Jones , known for his tough guy roles, got to play a comedic role, Mad Maynard as a “soccer hooligan”/ president of the Manchester United fanclub in their private bar which the lead protagonist walks into by accident. To avoid danger, the protagonist, claims they are Man United supporters from the USA, so Maynard tells them to sing the theme song otherwise they will get a beating, Scotty( Scot Thomas) sings the “morning train song” and just include Man United in it, and Maynard loves it and they have the most craziest party ever.
#4. Ken Jeong – Transformers : Dark of the Moon(2011)
Ken Jeong came to fame as the crazy “Leslie Chow” in the Hangover series.It was quite strange of him appearing in a Sci-fi blockbuster. He plays Jerry”Deep”Wang, who is a paranoid employee at the same company as Sam( Shia LaBeouf), the lead charater, and he has important information about the villians aka, the Decepticons, the way he meets Sam is hilarious, he pushes Sam into the bathroom and tries to tell him, what he must do, and he pulls the information out of his pants, he really stole the show in his short screen time spent.
#3. Vince Vaughn- Anchorman: The Legend continues (2013)
He plays Wes Mantooth, who was the “second best”newscaster in the first Anchorman. In the second Anchorman he appears exactly at the time when Ron (Will Ferril) and his news team is fleeing the scene from the crazy park fight and is cornered by Jack Lame ( James Marsden) who wants revenge on Ron and then , Wes Mantooth delivers the most “bad ass”line to Jack Lame. He saves Ron and threaten to blow up his bike after releasing fuel on the floar with his lighter and he tells Jack Lame, “You made one mistake today. You messed with somebody from San Diego.
Wes Mantooth: The greatest city in the history of the Earth.
Wes Mantooth: With the things I’ve done in my life, oh I know I’m going to burn in hell. So I sure as shit ain’t afraid to burn here on earth. ”
Ron Burgundy: Oh my goodness! That’s the most badass thing I’ve ever heard!
That is Legendary !!!
#2. Adam Sandler- The Hotchick (2002)
Adam Sandler ,funny for his cheesy one liners in his leading roles, got to play a funny cameo in his friend’s, Rob Schneider’s movie. He plays a stoned bongo drummer playing employee at an antique store that knows everything about what they have in it.In one scene, he explains to a group of girls what Robben Island is all about, after they find a model of it, and he ends his explanation, by telling them, where on the model they can stow their weed. It was so funny in the sense he was so calm and relaxed without really trying to over act.
#1. Will Ferrell – Wedding Crashers (2005)
If there is another funny cameo that I have missed, it would take some beating , to beat this scene. Will Ferrell is the champion, this scene is so hard to describe how funny it is, you need to see it, in the below youtube video you will see Will, playing a character Chazz, who is the original Lothario who give Owen Wilson’s character some strange advice.
That video shows how brilliant Will Ferrel is as a comedian.
Sometimes not all comedies are funny, though sometimes it takes a brilliant cameo to make that movie memorable.