Posts Tagged ‘podium’

Top Three Movie Cameos By Sports Stars

June 11, 2009

The Mike Tyson cameo in The Hangover has inspired this weeks Podium – Top Three Sports Star Cameo’s, and we’ve got plenty of options to choose from.

Honorable mentions include; Dan Marino in Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Joe Frazier in Rocky, Lawrence Taylor in The Waterboy (mostly for the irony – at the end of a long unintelligible rant from Adam Sandler’s Bobby Boucher, LT nods and delivers the line “Gentlemen, which brings me to my next point – don’t smoke crack.” Funny stuff at the time, funnier still when you heard that two weeks before the films release he was arrested for buying $100 of fake crack from an undercover cop).

Cam Neely – Dumb and Dumber

Cam Neely had a reputation as a violent goon during his days as a right wing in the NHL, so the Farrelly Brothers cast well when they were looking around for somebody to play Sea Bass – the truck stop enforcer who takes a dislike to Harry Dunne, enjoys classy tastes in baseball caps and has a penchant for the occasional public toilet rendezvous.

Not the man you want bursting through your toilet stall

Not the man you want bursting through your toilet stall

Lance Armstrong – Dodgeball

The famous cyclist appears as himself, and meets Vince Vaughan’s character at an airport bar just as he is about to run out on his team before the finals. Lance hits him with the following; “Quit? You know, once I was thinking of quitting when I was diagnosed with brain, lung and testicular cancer all at the same time. But with the love and support of my friends and family, I got back on the bike and won the Tour de France five times in a row. But I’m sure you have a good reason to quit. So what are you dying of that’s keeping you from the finals?”

Enough said.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar – Airplane (Flying High)

Kareem Abdul Jabbar turns in a solid 6th man of the year effort here, appearing as pilot Roger Murdock. It is a secret identity that does little to fool young Timmy, who unfortunately relates his father’s belief that Kareem doesn’t play defence (a well documented complaint from critics throughout his career). “Roger Murdock” responds by getting on the offensive; “The hell I don’t. LISTEN KID. I’ve been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I’m out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.” Later, when they are dragging him out of his seat, we see that he is in LA Lakers basketball shorts. Great comedy all around.

Previous Podium – Top Three Will Ferrell Movies

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Top Three Ben Stiller Movies

May 21, 2009

Night at the Museum 2; Battle of the Smithsonian,  is out, so I’m marking the occasion with a Podium devoted to Ben Stiller.

Honorable mentions; Dodgeball, The Royal Tenenbaums – and one glorious cameo as the tyrannical Orderly in Happy Gilmore. I would count Meet The Parents, which I honestly didn’t mind, but he ruined all the credit he built up there with the sequel, and this third installment they have scheduled, Little Fockers. Hmm.

3. Tropic Thunder.

Bounced back after a couple of so-so efforts, putting together an all-star cast and hitting the jungle for some old fashioned hijinks. He probably doesn’t nail every joke in this, but they come fast enough that you don’t mind. This movie also earns points for the Tom Cruise cameo – his funniest work since the stuff on Oprah’s couch.

2. There’s Something About Mary

Stiller has a gift for awkwardness, and plays it to the hilt here as one of several unrequited/sometimes requited suitors for the aforementioned Mary. Cameron Diaz is great as the friendly, successful, unrealistically hot girl (a role she is playing in real life in fact), and they get some solid support from Matt Dillon’s teeth. Some memorable moments, but this film will probably always be remembered two things; Cameron Diaz’s hair gel, and the most painful zipper scene in film history.

Current count of free hair gel offers since this movie? 3, 685, 456.

Of course, Stiller movies aren't always classy.

 1. Zoolander

For mine, the definitive Ben Stiller role – Derek Zoolander, the troubled male model who questions the shallowness of his existence as he starts to be replaced by a younger, more talented rival. He is brilliant in this, alternately carrying the comedy and making his co-stars shine. Plenty of iconic comedy scenes; the petrol pump shower, the walk-off with Owen Wilson, the orgy with the dwarves, a strange and creepy cameo from Billy Zane – and of course, Blue Steel.  Plenty of folks just didn’t get into this movie, but I rank it as his very best.

Previous Podium – Top Three Tom Hanks Films