Ever wonder how many actors have cameos in remakes of their own films? The answer: quite a few, especially as remakes continue to rise in popularity.
Since the technology existed to record movies, filmmakers have been prone to remaking existing works. While the remake is designed to update a cinematic story for contemporary audiences, it serves another important purpose: tapping into the nostalgic feelings fans have for a beloved production.
Nothing elicits an emotional reaction in said fans quite like cameos from original cast members. These not-so-subtle homages have become standard operating procedure in remakes - although some actor cameos are more clever than others. Vote up your favorite examples.
Marvel Comics character Bruce Banner and his alter ego the Hulk have been the subject of innumerable films and shows, but the first live-action venture to feature the superhero was CBS's The Incredible Hulk television series, which aired between 1978 and 1982. While Bruce Bixby plays Bruce Banner, bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno portrays the green, muscular Hulk.
Ferrigno returned to the franchise a few times, making cameos in 2003's Eric Bana-led Hulk and 2008's The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton. In the 2003 remake, Ferrigno plays a security guard and shares a scene with the Hulk's co-creator, Stan Lee. Ferrigno features more prominently in the 2008 film, giving his voice to the computer-animated Hulk. Ferrigno's vocal cords also went to work creating the Hulk's voice for The Avengers films, for which he's uncredited.Clever cameo?
Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway star in 1968's The Thomas Crown Affair, a sultry heist drama. In the film, McQueen's title character pulls off the ultimate robbery merely for sport. Dunaway's character Vicki Anderson, an insurance investigator, suspects the wealthy businessman is responsible. Their characters engage in a cat-and-mouse game, one fueled by their mutual attraction.
This taut thriller was remade by John McTiernan in 1999, with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo playing the lovers. McQueen passed in 1980 from cancer, but the very alive (and still kicking) Dunaway appears in the new film as Crown's unnamed psychiatrist.Clever cameo?
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Johnny Depp's acting career received a major boost thanks to his role in the Fox series 21 Jump Street. The series, about a group of police officers who go undercover as high school students, aired for four seasons between 1987 and 1991.
An unlikely pair were brought together for the big-screen remake of the series, which hit theaters in 2012: Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Reworked into a self-aware buddy cop comedy, the 21 Jump Street film did well financially and critically. Depp and Peter DeLuise, another original cast member, have uncredited cameos. Depp plays police officer Tom Hanson. Spoiler alert: Rumor has it Depp only agreed to the cameo under the condition that his character had to bite it.Clever cameo?
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You finally really did it. You maniacs! You blew it up!
Charlton Heston plays astronaut George Taylor in 1968's Planet of the Apes, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. In the film, Taylor and his crew awaken from a long hibernation on a strange planet, one Taylor eventually realizes is a post-apocalyptic Earth ruled by anthropomorphic apes. The enduring popularity of the movie launched a franchise, and Heston returned for 1970's Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
Tim Burton revived the franchise for the new millennium with his 2001 remake, a box office success that was considered a major letdown by critics. Heston makes an uncredited cameo in Burton's film, devolving from man to ape with his portrayal of Zaius, the father of evil chimp autocrat General Thade.Clever cameo?