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Take five: Unlikely appearances

Unlikely cameo appearnaces by famous non-actors in films.

The Canadian author Margaret Atwood has announced that not only will she appear in the film Score: A Hockey Musical, but also sing in it. Here are five unlikely cameo appearances by famous non-actors.

Once Johnny Depp said he had based Jack Sparrow on the Rolling Stones guitarist, there were demands for a Richards cameo in the series. He eventually showed up in the third film, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, as Sparrow's father.

In the sporting comedy Dodgeball the Tour de France legend and cancer survivor Armstrong inspires Vince Vaughan's character not to give up when he suffers a crisis of confidence.

Perhaps attempting to follow in the footsteps of the actor-turned-president Ronald Regan, the US presidential hopeful and senator John McCain appeared in the fifth season of 24 as an unnamed office worker. A strange choice, given the show's soft line on torture

In the comedy Back to School, the author is hired to write a paper on- the novels of Kurt Vonnegut. The teacher who set the assignment claims: "Whoever did write this doesn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut."

In High Fidelity, the Boss appears as an apparition, giving relationship advice to John Cusack's heartbroken character. The scene was inspired by a moment in Nick Hornby's book where the narrator wishes he could handle past girlfriends as well as Springsteen in his song Bobby Jean.