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27 December 2008 @ 10:00 pm
Not. a. Cameo.  
I am oddly very, very annoyed at everyone calling Tom Cruise's role in Tropic Thunder a cameo. It. was. not. a. CAMEO!!! A cameo is a very brief appearance in a film; Tom Cruise had a supporting role. We saw him as much as we did Matthew McConaughey, possibly more. No one is calling McConaughey's role a cameo. So why is Cruise's being called one?!?! God, this is annoying me so much.

I have no idea why.

Just thought I'd share.
Principiaprincipia on December 28th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
Because Tom Cruise Doesn't Do Supporting Roles?

Just a thought.
Arabian: ATttD - Sorryarabian on December 28th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
But he has. He got an Oscar nomination for the supporting role in Magnolia. So he has already done so -- and that was well into his superstar days. And regardless if he has or not, just because he doesn't do "Supporting Roles," this is one and so very not the definition of a cameo.

ETA: I honestly have no idea why this is annoying me so much. It shouldn't. I know this. Logically I know this is an extremely stupid thing to get annoyed about, but dang, it's bugging me.

Edited at 2008-12-28 03:14 am (UTC)
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Arabian: Doylearabian on December 28th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
Well, I imagine that most who have watched him regularly for the last 15-20 odd years, would know it was him. I'm not a fan AT ALL!!, but I recognized his voice and face with no problem. Plus, he was credited, his name next to his character in the closing credits. Still, even if one didn't recognize him, it was still not a cameo. A cameo is a brief appearance (generally in one scene); Cruise was in several scenes.

I didn't not not like it, but I didn't really like it either. It was okay; definitely over-rated, imo.
leosgreens: vivienleosgreens on December 30th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
I hate when people talk about him being in a movie, period, cameo or no.
Arabianarabian on December 30th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)
Re: Cruise
There's that too, but sadly, I must admit that he did do very well in the role. (Of course, he WAS completely unrecognizable as himself in acting, looks, style or temperment.)
Juliafairnymph on January 2nd, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
So not a cameo. That's ridiculous.

I thought he was awesome in it, but I'm a fan of the man (as an actor, not a wacko). I had NO idea until the credits.
Arabianarabian on January 2nd, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Really, you had no idea? That's kinda cool.

But yeah. NOT. A. CAMEO!!!!!!!!!!!
Juliafairnymph on January 2nd, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
None at all, and I watch nearly everything with Cruise in it. I did quite enjoy the film, though - totally outlandish and RDJ was awesome as always.