Five of the Best Times Stars Made Movie Cameo Appearances as Themselves
In honor of the big names sending up their images in 'Top Five,' THR looks back at those who've done the same
Chris Rock's Top Five features cameos from a number of stars playing fictional versions of themselves. There's the bachelor party strip-club scene with several well-known comedians that already received a fair amount of coverage prior to the movie's release on Friday. But there's also a lesser-known appearance from an often-incarcerated rapper that had the audience roaring and applauding at the film's New York premiere.
In honor of Top Five, and the characters' habit of listing their top five rappers, The Hollywood Reporter has rounded up five of the best times stars made movie cameo appearances as fictional versions of themselves.
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1. Bill Murray in Zombieland
In this 2009 comedy about the survivors of a zombie apocalypse, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone's characters discover that Bill Murray is one of the few people still alive in the U.S. and in order to survive, he's made himself up to look like a zombie. Harrelson's character freaks out, the three of them re-create Ghostbusters and Murray reveals his Garfield regret.
2. Neil Patrick Harris in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Harris was still best known as Doogie Howser when Jon Cho and Kal Penn's characters picked him up in the 2004 stoner comedy. But the future Oscar host quickly obliterated his squeaky-clean image, with his fictionalized version of himself revealing that he's "tripping balls" after taking some ecstasy from a stranger at a party. He then insists that the boys abandon their quest for fast food and hit a strip club.
3. Michael Jackson in Men in Black II
The late King of Pop makes a brief appearance as an alien who wants to be a Men in Black agent in the Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones sequel. Director Barry Sonnenfeld told the BBC that while Jackson passed on a cameo as an alien in the first film, after he saw that movie, he insisted he be in the sequel. "Jackson said he would love to be in Men In Black II wearing the black suit, all that mattered to him was that he wore that black suit," Sonnenfeld said. "It was very funny and it was entirely Michael's idea."
4. Bob Barker in Happy Gilmore
The former Price Is Right host memorably got into a brawl with Adam Sandler's character during a charity golf tournament in the 1996 movie. The scene won best fight at the 1996 MTV Movie Awards and included Sandler uttering the now-famous line, "The price is wrong, bitch."
5. Mike Tyson in The Hangover
The boxer delivered a knockout performance (quite literally, in that he punched out Zach Galifianakis' character) in the 2009 Vegas comedy, showing up in the bachelor party trio's suite rocking out to Phil Collins and demanding that they return his tiger, which they stole from his mansion during the series of unremembered high jinks from the night before.