By JOHN DALY
There’s something oddly exciting about seeing familiar faces show up in places where we’re not expecting them to. While it’s their music that draws us in and turns us into fans, we come to like the people behind our favorite musicians’ personas, and seeing them in other forms of media introduces us to another side of them.
Sometimes, they pop up in truly unexpected roles. Here are four examples of surprise rock star cameos you might have missed.
Jon Bon Jovi in U-571
Jon Bon Jovi is the epitome of an 80s rock star. Founder and frontman of the Grammy-award-winning band that’s named after him, he’s one of the most famous musicians ever to have lived. As well as churning out numerous chart-topping songs, he’s known for his starring turns in several angst-ridden music videos, so perhaps it’s no surprise he has a flair for acting.
This was best demonstrated in World War II film U-571, where he played Lieutenant Pete Emmett, a navy chief engineer. Speaking on the script, Bon Jovi said he was drawn to the story because his parents had served in the Marine Corps.
While his acting was arguably impressive, his character’s ending was far from happy – he dies after being knocked overboard during a German U-boat attack. Nonetheless, the film is well worth a watch for Bon Jovi’s cameo alone.
Ozzy Osbourne in the ‘Ozzy Osbourne Slot’
While several rock stars make cameos in movies or TV shows, there are those who’ve taken it a step further and appear in other forms of entertainment. In the case of Ozzy Osbourne, there’s a bona fide slot dedicated to his public persona, music, and offstage antics.
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Alanis Morissette in ‘Dogma’
To ordinary folks, rock stars can seem a cut above the rest of us. Director Kevin Smith took this idea and ran with it when he cast singer Alanis Morissette in the role of God in his 1999 film Dogma.
When she first heard the idea, Morissette was reluctant to accept. She’d just got off the road, was tired, and wasn’t convinced she was the right fit for the film. Luckily, she reconsidered and delivered a now-iconic performance.
The film, which was an unusual mix of fantasy and comedy, was a box office hit and featured several big names alongside the singer. These included Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Alan Rickman, Salma Hayek, and Chris Rock.
Keith Richards in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
When asked about his inspiration for the character of Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp shared that the eccentric pirate’s mannerisms were based on Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. The rock legend, known for his zany personality and partying ways (he only gave up drinking on the eve of his 75th birthday) therefore seemed like the obvious choice to play Jack’s father in the third film in the franchise.
It should thus come as no surprise to see him pop up in 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, where Richards took on the role of Captain Teague. Given that his speech and mannerisms had already been adopted by Depp, he was essentially being asked to play himself in piratical form – and he did so with aplomb.
Even the critics were impressed, with Richards taking home the Best Celebrity Cameo gong at the 2007 Spike Horror Awards. He was also asked to reprise his role in the 2011 instalment of the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Which of these rock star cameos were you most surprised to hear about?