Some actors and actresses have brilliantly played themselves in movies - think "Being John Malkovich" and "Columbo" star Peter Falk's turn as a former angel in "Wings of Desire." However, for this list we're going to focus on some of the smaller celebrity cameos in movies. You know, we're talking about the flicks where celebs are thrown in to try to sell more movie tickets, much like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber - they recently attempted to get Beliebers and Little Monsters to help boost the box office numbers for "Men in Black 3" by playing alien versions of themselves in the film. So in honor of their cameos, here's a look at some of the other stars who appeared as themselves in movies:
Bill Murray in "Zombieland"
We'll begin with one of the better celebrity cameos of recent years. Here Mr. Murray uses his acting experience to transform himself into a faux zombie so that he can play golf without having to worry about getting gobbled up by the undead, and he also takes part in a pretty awesome "Ghostbusters" reenactment. However, he finds out that pretending to be a zombie in a post-apocalyptic world can easily backfire.
Megan Fox in "The Dictator"
In Sacha Baron Cohen's latest, Megan plays the role she was born to play - that of a high-priced prostitute. But while the actress secretly makes a little extra cash as a sex worker, don't you dare insult her by treating her like she's a lowly Kardashian.
Jessica Simpson, Kanye West, and Mike Myers in "The Love Guru"
This movie is proof that Myers should stick to playing Austin Powers and Wayne Campbell. However, it is kind of funny that he and Kanye are shown enjoying watching Justin Timberlake play hockey together - apparently they became pals after Mike awkwardly listened to Yeezy proclaim that George Bush doesn't care about black people. And Jessica gets the gift of the big O from the love guru, although it probably wasn't as good as it was while she was pregnant.
Selena Gomez in "The Muppets"
The Biebs must have decided that a movie cameo would be an awesome idea after seeing his girlfriend star alongside puppets. Here Selena gets to make a joke about having no idea who the Muppets are (because she's so young and clueless) during a celebrity telethon that also features cameos from Whoopi Goldberg and "Modern Family" star Rico Rodriguez. John Krasinski, Neil Patrick Harris, and James Carville also appear as themselves, while cameos from Gaga and Katy Perry were astonishingly cut from the film.
David Hasselhoff in "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie"
You've got to love how this "Baywatch" star turns into a human motorboat to give SpongeBob and Patrick a lift in this zany animated flick.
The "Jersey Shore" cast in "The Three Stooges"
The Three Stooges nyuck it up with Snooki and the gang in this movie that sees Moe becoming part of the "Jersey Shore" cast. Perhaps the Snookster's son will sport his distinctive bowl haircut someday (along with his freshly-laundered nappies, fake tan, and mini muscles, of course).
So which of these instances of celebrities playing themselves did you love, and which did you find atrocious? Also feel free to mention some of the film cameos that we missed in the comments.
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