When Miami Vice it is now being thought of, it is possible telephone call keep in mind lazy afternoons of replay and wonder at an incredible assortment of hairstyles and sports jackets, a tidal wave of synth melodies and Michael Mann’s return to the 80’s series with a feature film adaptation of the same name in 2006.
However, what we don’t immediately remember is how many celebrities appeared on the show over its five seasons run. A super cut documenting 55 of these guest spots, published on the (surprisingly active) Miami Vice Youtube Channelhelps refresh the memory.
Some of these guest stars include the kind of early career actors you’d expect to show up on TV shows of the time. There are Lou Diamond Phillips, Pam Grier, John Turturro and Ed O’Neill. There are Richard Jenkins, Dennis Farina and Michael Richards.
There are also some of our most famous modern actors among the guest spots. We see Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson and Stanley Tucci playing minor characters. Steve Buscemi, Helena Bonham Carter, Chris Rock and Benicio Del Toro all appear in scenes. We also get Viggo Mortenson, Bruce Willis and Ben Stiller wearing a slew of gold chains.
The best, however, are the less-expected musical cameos. Frank Zappa shows up to demand $3 million from Don Johnson’s Sonny Crockett. Leonard Cohen threatens as a French-speaking villain. Phil Collins begs for mercy from another criminal. James Brown is questioned during an investigation. Isaac Hayes, Gene Simmons, Barbara Streisand, Little Richard and Miles Goddamn Davis also star in several scenes.
If all that wasn’t enough, we recommend checking out one of the compilation’s future stars, Giancarlo Esposito, who foreshadows his later career playing two different drug dealers. Be here are both parts, on their own excerptFeaturing The First Soundtrack Of The Most Sinister Use Of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Relax” We’ve Ever Seen.
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