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Highly billed parts that are merely glorified cameos

i swear this topic has been done before but i couldn't find any. I'd say 'highly billed' as first 3 or 4 names (or if their on the poster)
Ones that come to mind
Sean Penn Tree of Life (maybe 5 minutes if that)
Keifer Sutherland Taking Lives (only appears at the end)
most of the cast of Jay & Silent Bob strike Back
George Clooney The Thin Red Line (litterally the end of the movie)

what are some others
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Chang Chen in The Grandmaster. He gets third billing yet he only has three minor scenes and his character doesn't even come into the main story at all.
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Marlon Brando gets TOP billing in Superman: The Movie (Chris Reeve is actually third, after Gene Hackman).
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Wasn't Reeve a nobody at that point?
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Alec Baldwin in Glen Garry.

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Jet Li in EXPENDABLES 2 (2012)

Sophia Loren in OPERATION CROSSBOW (1965)
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Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love.
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Drew Barrymore - Scream
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Re: Highly billed parts that are merely glorified cameos

Originally Posted by Rypro 525 View Post
Sean Penn Tree of Life (maybe 5 minutes if that)
George Clooney The Thin Red Line (litterally the end of the movie)
They probably had more screen time but this is Malick we are talking about.
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Bruce Lee in Game of Death.
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Re: Highly billed parts that are merely glorified cameos

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Drew Barrymore - Scream
Wasn't the reason behind doing that so the audience would be shocked at just how small of a role she had? Kind of like Psycho.
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Re: Highly billed parts that are merely glorified cameos

Originally Posted by Goat3001 View Post
Wasn't the reason behind doing that so the audience would be shocked at just how small of a role she had? Kind of like Psycho.
Yeah, that one was deceptive but useful. I remember going into that movie on opening night, expecting Barrymore to be the star. Then she got killed in the first scene. It cut to Neve Campbell, and I assumed it would spend the movie killing off B-list actors repeatedly.
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Orson Welles - The Third Man
William Hurt - A History of Violence
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They probably had more screen time but this is Malick we are talking about.
Before editing began, I believe they each had about 350 minutes of screen time.
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Most DTV movies plaster the stars with top billing and on the cover, when most of the time they have a small part or cameo.
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Re: Highly billed parts that are merely glorified cameos

Charlton Heston in Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
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Re: Highly billed parts that are merely glorified cameos

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William Hurt - A History of Violence
I think Hurt's part in AHOV is more than a cameo - it's certainly important to the movie.
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Re: Highly billed parts that are merely glorified cameos

Originally Posted by Goat3001 View Post
Wasn't the reason behind doing that so the audience would be shocked at just how small of a role she had? Kind of like Psycho.
Totally correct, and completely well-done. It's a shame now that every knows Neve Campbell is the main star of the Scream series. I saw the original when it was still in theaters, and was led to believe (via the previews) that Barrymore was the star of the movie. It made the opening scene all the more shocking.

Too bad the rest of the movie didn't quite live up to that opening scene.
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Robert DuVall in everything he's done recently
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Angelina Jolie in Sky Captain and the World Of Tomorrow.
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Re: Highly billed parts that are merely glorified cameos

Originally Posted by Obey The D View Post
Drew Barrymore - Scream
Good scene. Something about it makes me feel the knife when it goes in. Kind of like that scene in Saving Private Ryan.
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Re: Highly billed parts that are merely glorified cameos

Originally Posted by Mr. Flix View Post
Totally correct, and completely well-done. It's a shame now that every knows Neve Campbell is the main star of the Scream series. I saw the original when it was still in theaters, and was led to believe (via the previews) that Barrymore was the star of the movie. It made the opening scene all the more shocking.

Too bad the rest of the movie didn't quite live up to that opening scene.
I was only 11 when that movie came out and didn't watch it for the first time a few years later. By then I already knew that Drew Barrymore only had a bit part. It's great how they did that, very cool way to shock the audiences.
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Every guest star in the TV program Police Squad.
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I'm not sure whether they had top billing or not but we were led to believe Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger would have more significant roles in The Expendables.

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