10 athletes you didn’t know were in Hollywood blockbusters
Dan Marino is a legend in Miami, so it was a no-brainer to cast him in a film about the team’s dolphin going missing. Laces out, Dan! OK, so you probably knew about his Ace Ventura appearance, but did you also know he was in Bad Boys 2? The NFL MVP of 1984 finds himself in the middle of the action with Smith and Lawrence, but why? Because it was also set in Miami!
You know the feeling: you’re in the middle of a dodgeball tournament and you just want to give up. Thank God for Lance Armstrong and his motivational speeches. He may have since had his seven Tour de France titles revoked, but no one can take away this role alongside Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn.
He’s a six-time NBA Champion, 19-time All Star, six-time MVP and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is without doubt one of the greatest basketball players ever. But did you know he also lived a secret double life as co-pilot Roger Murdock?
Want to get your idol’s autograph? Then maybe try the Ted 2 technique. But try not to overstep the line, as you could find yourself in a perfect Tom Brady spiral.
In an alternate universe, 2016 was the year Raheem Sterling guided England to the World Cup final and scored the winning goal against Germany with a little help from Nobby. Maybe he’ll have more luck at the next World Cup.
How do pro athletes actually get cameo roles? They ask! Well, that’s how things panned out for American Football star David Bakhtiari. The Green Bay Packers player simply tweeted Pitch Perfect star Alexis Knapp, declaring his fandom. The rest is cinematic history.
John McEnroe was one of best tennis players of his generation, but he’s probably better known by many for his bad-boy antics and angry outbursts than anything else. He’s made a decent film and TV career out of it as well. One of his most well-known cameos came in Adam Sandler comedy Mr Deeds. Don’t forget leg day kids!
Mike Tyson’s cameo in The Hangover is perhaps one of the most-discussed pub chats ever. Would you rather wake up after a heavy night on the tiles with a tiger in your tub or an angry Mike in your living room singing Phil Collins? Discuss.
OK, so it makes sense for a film about football to have plenty of footballers in it, but the sheer amount of cameos Goal manages to cram in is impressive. More than 50 of the world’s greatest make an appearance in this 2005 flick. AC/DC singer and Newcastle United fan Brian Johnson also gets in on the fun.
The fastest man in the world has already declared his interest in playing a role in the film about the fastest man in the comic book world, and we’re very excited! You may have to look very carefully, though as this may be one of those blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments.