Part one was a mixed bag of cameos, but this time we’re showcasing the cameos of one particularly talented musician – David Bowie. We thought it only fitting to create an ode to his song-writing, and apparent acting genius by giving you a rundown of his most famous film and TV cameo appearances. Either playing his fabulous self or an eccentric character (so still himself), Bowie lives on in both sound-waves and film reels so that we can remember his impact on the world.
In one of the film’s most memorable and equally ridiculous scenes, Bowie bobs up out of nowhere sporting a bouffant hairdo. Whipping off his sunglasses, he volunteers to judge the walk-off between Zoolander (Stiller) and Hansel (Wilson) and proceeds to note down scores of the pair’s outlandish moves on his hand.
In a brilliantly funny scene, Bowie’s singing and acting talents appear in British sitcom, Extras. Fighting through crowds in a busy bar, aspiring actor, Andy Millman (Gervais), manages to pay his way across a piece of red rope into the VIP section where David Bowie, playing himself, is sitting. As Andy tells him of his role in the TV industry, Bowie begins to murmur on the spot lyrics to a song about Gervais’ hopeless character.
The song, entitled, Chubby Little Loser grows arms and legs and soon everyone in the bar begins belting out the chorus: “See his pug-nosed face. Pug, pug! Pug, pug!”
The Prestige (2006)
Playing inventor Nikola Tesla, Bowie nonchalantly enters the scene through a cloud of electrical bolts, complete with Victorian era moustache. With a staid expression throughout, he exchanges lines with lead actor, Hugh Jackman, discussing the construction of a machine to awe and astound Jackman’s audiences.
A master of many talents, Bowie’s showmanship echoed through everything that he did. As well as appearing as cameos, he also played more leading roles. He appeared as Jareth the Goblin King in cult classic, Labyrinth (1986), and is credited most recently in Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces.
Hopefully, the musically gifted out there will take inspiration from the work of Bowie and his passion for performance. At VDC, we strive to help budding recording artists get their music out there with our CD replication services in the UK. For any enquiries about our products, don’t hesitate to contact us so we can help spread the sound of your music. Otherwise, you can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.