Cameos can be a great way to catch an audience off guard and give them a laugh or two. After all, with celebrity culture dominating the world, what better way is there to attract an audience? However, this tested tool can’t always be successful. With star ex-footballer David Beckham receiving a heap of criticism for his performance in the inevitable financial flop King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which other cameos have been rather underwhelming?

M. Night Shyamalan in Signs

Signs

This cameo is beyond tedious. After everyone kissed Shymalan’s arse following the undeniably excellent The Sixth Sense his ego did the talking, and he botched film after film. How hubristic must you be to randomly chuck yourself into your own movie for no real reason? There’s nothing too bad about his acting, but it’s overly dramatic and comes as across as so self-indulgent. Luckily Shyamalan has had somewhat of a return to form of late, but still, leave the director cameos to Hitchcock, the real king of thrillers.

Donald Trump in Home Alone 2

Home Alone 2

Yeah, Trump only pops up for 2 seconds. Do I care? No. Seeing the wotsit himself is unpleasant no matter how long for. I only wish I didn’t hear about his ridiculous antics every day. It’s the annoying orange Kevin should be running from, not the murder oriented burglars. At least they don’t spout as much as rhetoric, and they aren’t focused on tearing apart a country.

Smash Mouth in Rat Race

Smash Mouth

The band who created the term ‘one hit wonders’ pop up at the end of this rather average comedy film. Whilst hilarious since Smash Mouth have become a meme, this is pretty damn tragic and dates this film so badly. They’re the type of band who could only ever have existed in the late 90’s and 2000’s. If you can somehow think of a more underwhelming and cringe-inducing way to end a film I’ll pay you £10,000 (not literally, I’m a poor student)…

Quentin Tarantino in Django Unchained

Taran

Yay! Yet another egotistical director who decided to star in his own film. To be fair to the legendary director, he has performed a cameo successfully before, often giving good performances in his movies. Here, however, his acting left a lot to be desired (*COUGH* AUSTRALIAN ACCENT *COUGH*). At the very least, unlike Shyamalan, he actually has the talent to make his egotism slightly more bearable.

Al Pacino in Jack and Jill

Pacino

By far the most disappointing of the cameos has to be this stinker. WHY AL PACINO?! You’re better than this! It’s not like Pacino wouldn’t know about Sandler’s track record by this point. Do I even have to talk about his performance? He’s in an Adam Sandler ‘comedy’, it’s going to be bad. Every great actor compromises their dignity for money sometimes, but it still stings badly when they do so. Please, for the sake of humanity, piss off Sandler, and don’t try and drag other actors down with you.

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