by Robert Hacker

Robert Mitchum in Scorsese’s 1991 remake of Cape Fear. David Bowie as Special Agent Jeffries in Lynch’s Fire Walk With Me. Vanilla Ice in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze. The cameo. A universally small acting role in scope, and sometimes even a non-speaking one. Often times the cameo is considered to be nothing more than an appearance relating to a film in which an actor my may hold some special significance as a "nod" to a previous "piece" or "work".

In the cae of legendary actress and Hitchcock muse Tippi Hedren appearing along side newcomer Whitney Moore in James Nguyen's breakthrough cult sensation Birdemic - Shock And Terror, the results are nothing short of staggering. Recalling upon my initial screening of the film at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, the very minute I noticed Hedren on screen, I was taken aback. I was all like, "Holy fucking shit! What in the ever loving fuck? Is that Tippi g-damn Hedren? Holy crap that is fucking Tippi Hedren! Holy pissing Christ that's rad! Fucking hell, why do I have a dolphin boner? She's so old..."

Tippi's core essence beaming through that 13" CRT television monitor facing the threshold of Rod and Nathalie's Motel 6 single, non smoking queen, unquestionably eclipsed Ms. Moore by leaps and bounds. To be perfectly honest with you Whitney's presence in the scene eluded me entirely. To this day Tippi's cameo still stands out to me as one of the most arousing aspects of the film and one of my favorite cameos of all time. I watch it all of the time in my lonely studio apartment while I lie in wait for my Tony's freezer pizza to finish baking.

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