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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 03/11/2010

Comic Riffs Cameo: Stan Lee's bid for Oscar [UPDATED]

By Michael Cavna

Perhaps we mostly have Kevin Smith to blame for this. No, not the surliness of our last flight attendant. Nah, this goes back at least to "Mallrats." The fact is:

Stan Lee has become our favorite King of the Cameo.

Lee's most recent gig: The folks at the Will Ferrell-founded site "Funny or Die" -- which recently spawned an HBO show, too -- asked him to star in a video pitch for a new Oscar category for best cameo.

"I shot it about two weeks ago," Lee tells Comic Riffs. "They came to me, and it was a fun shoot. It didn't take long -- I'm known as 'One-Take' Lee."

The Marvel mastermind and Pow! Entertainment honcho continues: "The concept was theirs. I think I ad-libbed some of it."

The video, viewed more than 60,000 times, has been deemed a "Chosen One" on the site. "I've been Twittering, Tweeting -- whatever -- about it and all the people following me say they 'loved it,' " Lee says of the video. "I didn't realize it would end up all over the Internet."

Lee jokes: "I don't want Brad Pitt or Leo DiCaprio to worry. I'll stick to cameos."

The comics legend notes that he's recently done cameos for TV's "Big Bang Theory" and the feature films "Iron Man 2" and "Thor." He kids: "I was hoping to get the role of Odin for 'Thor' -- I guess they didn't know I was available. ... People with DC [Comics] ought to give me a cameo in Superman or Batman. That would blow people's minds."

He's also ready to take the call for a cameo in the "Spider-Man" reboot. So whom would he cast in the role of the teen Peter Parker? "I don't know enough young actors," he acknowledges. "I'm not up on them. I did see Zac Efron on the Oscars show -- he'd definitely be fine."


By Michael Cavna  | March 11, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, The Comic Book, The Comic Strip, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Funny or Die, Oscars cameo, Spider-Man, Stan Lee  
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He was hilariously wooden on The Big Bang Theory recently.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 11, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

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