Gibson, Mel Easter Egg - Minor roles, no credit

Although he was (and still is) a big name star, I've seen Mel Gibson in tiny roles in newer movies. I started noticing Mel as having a bit part in the movie "Fairy Tale: A True Story." At the very end of the movie the father of one of the girls comes home. We only see his face briefly but when we do, it's Mel. However, his name does not appear in the credits.

Again, when watching the movie "Father's Day" I saw him. This time he had a bit of a speaking role--he played a guy dressed as a punk rocker. Again, there was no credit given for this tiny part.

Maybe there are other roles he's taken that I haven't seen.

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Tutti Frutti writes:
That's because they are cameo roles. A lot of actors and actresses take them on for some "pocket change" when they are not doing title roles. Cameo roles are not usually listed in the credits.
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You are wrong. At the moment he is the highest paid actor. He was paid like, 30 million in a recent film. He does not need pocket change, nor does he need to earn like the guy down the street. He can retire if he wanted to now, and live a happy life without roles or cameos
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imran writes:
Actually Mels production company produced these two films , Icon productions
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SkyBronco writes:
Maybe Mel likes being in movies. ;)
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Cynicat writes:
Cameos are often just for fun, as a little treat for observant viewers, or as an in-joke with someone else in the movie.
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Wayne writes:
Mel Gibson was in Casper (when Bill Pullman looks at the mirror and it is Mel Gibson as a reflection)
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Jens69 writes:
It's just like the cameo that Sean Connery did in Robin Hood, Prince of thieves. Sean supposedly gave the money he made from that gig to charity...After all, Mel does have more than a few kids to feed, and maybe he needs a break now and then...lol :P
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MWProds writes:
Same goes for Robin Williams in the extremely offbeat "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" (1995), uncredited playing role of John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt."
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MWProds writes:
And Mels'a earliest or first cameo was in "The Chain Reaction" aka "Nuclear Run"(1980) playing a bearded mechanic.
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Mac writes:
Surely Richard the First, Richard Couer de Leon (Richard the Lion Heart)or Richard Plantaganet? Robin Hood was not around at the time of Richard the Third!!
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lalock writes:
A cameo is defined as follows (please note number 4): camĀ·eo Pronunciation: 'ka-mE-"O, Function: noun, Inflected Form(s): plural -eos, Etymology: Middle English camew, from Middle French camau, kamaheu, Date: 15th century 1 a : a gem carved in relief; especially : a small piece of sculpture on a stone or shell cut in relief in one layer with another contrasting layer serving as background b : a small medallion with a profiled head in relief 2 : a carving or sculpture made in the manner of a cameo 3 : a usually brief literary or filmic piece that brings into delicate or sharp relief the character of a person, place, or event 4 : a small theatrical role usually performed by a well-known actor and often limited to a single scene; broadly : any brief appearance A cameo is *not* limited to someone acting as him/herself; it's simply a small role. All of these Mel Gibson appearances are properly called cameos.
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sillyone writes:
The cameos that Mel has done in his movies are not really a secret.. infact if you want to check the all out go to..the internet movie data base. http://us.imdb.com/Name?Gibson,+Mel and for the one they missed..... http://www.punkernose.com/Mel/CCCC/ just passin it on! TTFN Silly
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luzer writes:
This has been bothering me for some time now. In the end credits for "Lord Of The Flies" it says "Make Up-Mel Gibson". Did he have anything to do with that movie?
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garethgazz writes:
It's true a cameo is a famous actor taking on a smaller part, Tom Berenger-Born on the fourth of July (Recruiting Officer). Sean Connery's role as Richard was indeed a cameo. As for Mel Gibson i suspect he just wanted to do it, i don't think it was for any particular reason and definatly not for pocket change. The talking to his grass to make it grow comment... the whole message was ridiculous. If he owned the production company that made the films he may well have just wanted to be in the film for fun.
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Actually, I have met Mel before. Most people would say he is a big ego'd jerk but really he is a kinda like guy who understands and takes acting for a serious career. He finds fun in all roles he plays. Even though they may be short and not credited for them he enjoys just having fun doing what he likes.
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ThInc writes:
"luzer" wrote: "This has been bothering me for some time now. In the end credits for "Lord Of The Flies" it says "Make Up-Mel Gibson". Did he have anything to do with that movie?" This is a different "Mel Gibson". This person is a make-up artist and hair designer that has worked on such movies as "Titanic" and "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"(1989, and apparently was moving up, career-wise; in "The Cook, the Thief...", this person's was "make-up trainee". In 2001's "Crust", the title had become "key make-up artist" and "key hair-designer".
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Surfer_Gurl writes:
Jen69's comment was tongue-in-cheek, to those of you who didn't understand that...
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