There’s plenty of rockstar cameos out there, if you look hard enough…
Peace on Made In Chelsea (2014)
Harry Koisser said that they were ‘concerned’ about playing on the programme: “When we were invited to play at a party on […] Made In Chelsea, we were briefly concerned about the consequences of our actions. What if they didn’t like earth music? What if our earth fans found it confusing? What if we let it slip about the outside world?”
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Flaming Lips -Beverly Hills 90210 episode (1995)
There can be few sights stranger than a pre-greying Wayne Coyne rattling through ‘She Don’t Use Jelly’ in the company of the likes of Tiffany Amber Thiessen and Ian Ziering. “It’s not Michael Bolton” says Ziering, bizarrely. No, it isn’t.
Lady Gaga – Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt praised Lady Gaga’s performance in the forthcoming Sin City sequel, saying she “nailed it”, despite his misgivings about the casting of a pop star. “She had her character down, and she was like a total pro, and did a great job, I was really impressed,” he said.
Justin Timberlake – Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Timberlake’s acting credentials are pretty respectable for a guy who was once in ‘N Sync, and while his turn in the latest Coen Brothers movie doesn’t particularly stand out, the folky Mulligan and O’Hare beard he grew for the role certainly does.
Geri Halliwell – Sex and the City episode (2003)
The Spice Girl’s fleeting cameo in the hit show features her bumping into Samantha briefly in a New York street. The critics roundly slated poor Geri predictably enough, with the Daily Mirror suggesting, “Halliwell looked like a baked bean that had been microwaved.”
David Bowie – Zoolander (2001)
Bowie has actually starred in a lot of movies, some smashing, some best forgotten. His turn as himself in Zoolander is a hoot. Watch and enjoy and become dewy-eyed remembering a time when David Bowie would appear as himself, or appear at all for that matter.
Justin Hawkins – Telstar (2009)
The Darkness singer took on a cameo playing the late politician Screaming Lord Sutch in a movie about the fascinating life of Joe Meek (but unfortunately written and directed by Nick Moran, quite a disappointment). Justin’s “talents may lie elsewhere” said The Guardian.
Mark E Smith – 24 Hour Party People (2002)
The Fall singer appears as a punter in 24 Hour Party People while Sam Riley, who went onto to play Ian Curtis in Control appears as a younger version of The Fall singer in the Michael Winterbottom movie, also about Curtis. Confused? You probably should be.
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