Created By: MasoTey on August 29, 2009

Body Part Cameo / Hand Cameo

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A specific (perhaps too specific) version of Creator Cameo, in which the audience never sees the cameoer's face, but rather some other body part (often a hand), which in-story is attached to a "real" character. This type of cameo is distinct in that it can't be spotted by an uninformed viewer, even one familiar with the creator's appearance; it's All There in the Manual.

Examples off the top of my head:

ETA: Examples found in An Insert:
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • August 26, 2009
    This is An Insert.
  • August 26, 2009
    Yes, it is. But it's rather more particular than that, too: it's a veiled cameo by way of insert, which I think may be common enough to warrant a page of its own.

    (However, thanks for pointing me back to the page, which I didn't think to check; I'll add the Titanic and Lot R examples to the OP.)
  • August 26, 2009
    random surfer
    It wasn't someone "famous" but...In the TV Movie My Breast Meredith Baxter gets a breast exam on-camera; the hands during the exam belong to her doctor, not the actor playing her doctor.
  • August 27, 2009
    @Random Surfer: you can add your example to An Insert.
  • August 29, 2009
    How about just Insert Cameo.

    The hand striking the match during the opening credits of the original Mission Impossible was that of series creator Bruce Geller
  • August 29, 2009
    Lee M
    Does Ted Cassidy in The Addams Family playing Thing (shown in the original series as a hand in a box, rather than the ambulatory hand of the movie remakes), as well as his credited role of Lurch, count?
  • August 29, 2009
    In the Lost episode "?", what should be Locke's hand turns on the lights at the Pearl Station. It's actually creator/showrunner Damon Lindelof's hand.
  • August 30, 2009
    Insert Cameo seems like a reasonable title.
  • August 31, 2009
    . . . although on second thought it sounds a bit like insert is a verb ("insert cameo here"). Thoughts?
  • August 31, 2009
    I like Insert Cameo.
  • August 31, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The enormous "animated" hand in FLCL is actually a digitally altered video of the director's hand.
  • September 1, 2009
    It looks like there's enough response to make this launchable. If anyone thinks they can write a better description, call dibs on it now; otherwise I'll do the honors.