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The movie cameo has been around since the start of movies. And if that’s not entirely factually correct, then movie cameos have been around since someone in Hollywood thought it’d be a good idea to shove a famous person into a scene for a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it moment. In today’s mind, one person quickly comes to mind when thinking of scene-stealing cameos: the late, great Stan Lee. However, he wasn’t just a famous person paid a boatload of money to appear for a hot minute (think any terrible comedy movie like Zoolander 2). He created the film’s lead characters and had a personal connection to the film.
So the question I ask today is: What movie would you want to have a cameo in for personal reasons?
My mind instantly went for the eighties. There are so many great films that I have connected with from Some Kind of Wonderful to The Breakfast Club to When Harry Met Sally…, but I couldn’t see myself inserted into any scene. My mind then wondered to more recent films that I’ve connected with. Midnight in Paris and La La Land were close runner-ups, but in the end I had to choose The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a potent coming-of-age story with a band of outcasts you can relate to on a personal level. I’d give anything to get some sage advice on love and life. from Paul Rudd’s Mr. Anderson, Charlie’s English teacher; or hang out with Sam, Charlie, and Patrick and feel “infinite”.
So what about you, folks? What is one movie that you connected with and would want to have a cameo in?
I’ll see you in the trenches.