Cameos are kind of the best. When it comes to movies and television, it's entertaining to see a music mega star get out of their comfort zone and take on another character in hopes they'll do a good enough job to avoid becoming the subject of media fodder.
But what about when actors take on a role in music video? Their talent is put to the test as they only have an average of 3:30 to deliver a performance that is not only convincing, but holds up the integrity of the music arttist's work.
It's been proven in the past unknown actors have gotten their start in music videos (hello Courtney Cox a la Bruse Springsteen's 'Dancing In The Dark"), but when award winning talent is thrown into a music video setting it can be the toughest job they've ever done.
Check out the top ten best celebrity cameos in music videos below!
Zach Galifianakis in Fiona Apple's "Not About Love" In what world these tow end up together in the same bed, we have no idea, but the funny man and angst ridden sing song writer paired up to shine the spotlight on Galifianakis who lip syncs to the song, dances and makes us forget Fiona is the actual star.
Jake Gyllenhaal in Vampire Weekend's "Giving Up the Gun" Welove seeing Jake rip off his pants, nipoff a flask of booze and mime the death of his opponent in Vampire Weekend's tennis inspired video .
James Van Der Beek in Kesha's "Blow" Well, well, well, if it isnt James Van Der Douche. Lolzz...whoever thought up the idea to have James Van der Beek star in Kesha's video for "Blow" deserves a round of applause. The Dawson's creek star takes on the role of douche-bag, bra wearing heartthrob in the aggressive dance track. If it wasn't for james, the video full of mythical unicorns and Kesha attempting to look tough would definitely blow.
Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Elijah Wood, Rashida Jones, Will Arnett, Ted Dansen, Rainn Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Amy Poehler, Steve Buscemi, Mary Steenburgen, Maya Rudolph, Kirsten Dunst, Chlo Sevigny, Will Ferrell, David Cross, Orlando Bloom, John C. Reilly, and Jack Black in Beastie Boys "Make Some Noise" Do we eve need to explain why this celebrity cameo video overload rules?
Aubrey Plaza in Father John Misty's "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" Aubrey Plaza goes bat shit cray cray in the 2012 video. Eating a corsage, breaking stuff, looking like hell, crying uncontrollably...if anyone needs a Xanax she does. Video acting at its finest.
Alexander Skarsgard in Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" Because he's hot and everyone knows it. It doesn't matter if he just sat in a chair and stared at a pencil, we'd be into it.
Christopher Walken in Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" The was no buzz greater than when Fatboy Slim dropped "Weapon Of Choice" with Christopher Walksens fancy footwork and deadpan face.
Scarlett Johansson in Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around...Comes Around" Put a sexy singer with a sexy actress and you get this. Siiigh.
Jennifer Lawrence in Parachute's "Mess I Made" Before Jennifer Lawrence was JENNIFER LAWRENCE, she was the love interest in Parachute's "Mess I Made" video. We're used to J-Law's feisty acting ability making this softer side all the more special.
Ed Helms, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte in Mumford & Sons "Hopeless Wanderer" L-O-L-Z...watching these funny mean embrace the intensity and musicality of the award winning band is almost better than the real thing.