Did You Know James Cameron Has Voice Cameos in His Own Films?

October 6, 2011
Source: FILMdetail

James Cameron / Cameron Cameos

While filmmakers like Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, and more recently Clint Eastwood and Ben Affleck, have given themselves prominent roles in the very films they are directing, others like Alfred Hitchcock and M. Night Shyamalan keep their appearances (for the most part) to small cameos. However, some directors don't seem to appear in their own films at all. One such filmmaker seemed to be James Cameron, but FILMdetail (via SlashFilm) has learned that the filmmaker likes to make mostly off-screen voice cameos in almost all of his films. Thankfully, they've compiled a video of all of them which you can see below!

Here's the compilation of James Cameron's voice cameos in his own film, courtesy of FILMdetail:

Now there's a slight chance that these voices aren't all James Cameron, but the audio evidence is pretty compelling. They're all pretty subtle too and nothing like a couple of Shyamalan's cameos in his films. Mostly Cameron has been an off-scree pilot, but my favorites are his voice being part of the alien queen voice in Aliens and providing some of the screams of the T-1000's in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.  Honestly, outside of comedies, I think cameos where the director can easily be seen (at least when you know what the filmmaker looks like), have the likelihood of taking you out of the viewing experience. Obviously, everyone knows when they're watching a movie, but a cameo from the director almost feels like breaking the fourth wall or seeing behind the curtain. That's why I like Peter Jackson's cameos since you can barely tell it's him in his own films. Of course, Cameron's route is even more subtle and harder to spot. Cool, right?

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Reader Feedback - 5 Comments


Awesome! Guillermo Del Toro has also been known to do voice cameos for his creatures.

Cinemamind on Oct 6, 2011


blew my mind sideways........

Jericho on Oct 6, 2011


Hehe, how did I not hear this in movies I've seen dozens of times? 🙂

David Banner on Oct 6, 2011


I actually thought I was aware of a few more. I was sure that the voice on Sarah Connor's answering machine in T1 was Cameron, and that one of the voices heard during True Lies was as the scene where Arnie goes to check in on Paxton and of the voices over the radio says something like 'She already has her head in his lap, yahoo'...sounds an awful lot like Cameron to me.

Chris_G on Oct 7, 2011


Edgar Wright has pretty subtle cameos in his films but I'm not sure if he has one in Scott Pilgrim.

The_Kid89 on Oct 8, 2011

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