9 Iconic Movie Characters Who Appeared Outside Their Franchises

Bet you don't know George Lazenby played Bond twice.

Universal Pictures

Cameos can come in various shapes and sizes – from Stan Lee’s blink and you’ll miss it Marvel appearances to Alec Baldwin’s blistering scene in Glengarry Glen Ross - but most of the time they’re just fun Easter eggs for audiences to discover while they watch the movie.

Some of the best cameos can even help elevate a movie or overshadow it completely, like Bill Murray’s surprise role in Zombleland taking it from being a fun horror comedy to near masterpiece - for about five minutes anyway.

One of the rarer types of cameo is an actor reprising one of their iconic characters, but appearing in a film outside of their original franchise. This mostly comes down to legal reasons – after all, icons don't come cheap these days – but they can be a nice surprise for even the most jaded movie fan when they happen.

Nearly all of these cameos are just tongue in cheek (and decidedly non-canon) appearances that aren’t meant to be taken seriously, and while some of them go unnamed in the movie, there’s little doubt about who they’re supposed to be playing.

Contributor
Contributor

Handsome. Charismatic. Intelligent. Noble. Witty. I'm none of these things, but I'm a half decent writer, I guess.