News Anchor Movie Cameos: Rachel Maddow In 'Ides Of March' (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
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Fans of Rachel Maddow will be glad to know that the MSNBC host is making a cameo in the recently released political drama "Ides of March." Her appearance in the movie, which stars Ryan Gosling as an idealistic campaign staffer for George Clooney's character, is her first cameo, according to IMDB.
Of course, news anchors are no stranger to the silver screen, where they often appear as themselves reporting the news in political and action flicks. Who's made some of the most prominent cameos? Anchors from the "Today" show have been in at least three movies interviewing characters as part of the plot, and Chris Matthews has made at least a whopping seven cameos.
Below, see some of the other news anchors who have taken a break from their desks to make their Hollywood debuts. Tell us in the comments if you think of others and let us know which roles you loved -- and which you didn't.
Matt Lauer Can Suck It
Matt Lauer appears as himself with Will Ferrell in the "Land of the Lost." Ferrell's character goes on the "Today Show" twice. After the first interview ends in a fight, Ferrell sits down with Lauer again, bringing his new book entitled "Matt Lauer Can Suck It" to the show. Lauer also appears in "Beaver," which stars Mel Gibson as a man who takes to expressing himself through a beaver puppet. In the movie, Matt Lauer grills Gibson's character on the "Today Show" over whether he's crazy and if so, why he's using his mental imbalance to sell toys.
Diane Sawyer In "The Switch"
Diane Sawyer doesn't actually appear in this movie about Jason Bateman's character trying to get his best friend, played by Jennifer Aniston, pregnant through artificial insemination. But her picture on the cover of New York magazine plays a pivotal role in making it all happen, wink wink.
Christiane Amanpour played herself in "Iron Man 2" and "Pink Panther 2."
Katie Couric in "Austin Powers In Goldmember"
Katie Couric played a prison guard in "Austin Powers in Goldmember."
Rachel Maddow In "Ides of March"
Rachel Maddow, Charlie Rose and Chris Matthews appear in "Ides of March," a political drama starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney.
Charlie Rose in "Elegy"
Charlie Rose appeared as himself in the 2008 movie "Elegy." He interviews the movie's main character, a literature professor who tries to seduce his student, played by Penelope Cruz.
"The View" In "Madea Goes To Jail"
Joy, Whoopi, Sherri and Elisabeth appear in Tyler Perry's movie, speaking up in defense of grandma Madea who goes to jail as a result of her anger problems. Even Dr. Phil appears to counsel Madea.
Meredith Vieira In "Stepford Wives"
Meredith Vieira appeared at the beginning of "The Stepford Wives" as the host of a TV show called "Balance of Power."
Bill O'Reilly in Transformers 3 movie: Decepticons vanquished by Autobots and Bill O'Reilly
Bill O'Reilly plays himself on his show in the third "Transformers" movie. He has four words for the Autobots: "Get 'em outta here!" Vanity Fair's Mike Ryan, who didn't like the movie very much, said that the film's best performance was either O'Reilly or Frances McDormand.
Man Of The Year Trailer
Chris Matthews plays a news anchor in "Man of the Year," which stars Robin Williams as a comedy show host who takes a run at the presidency. Check Matthews out in the trailer starting at 1:30.
Bob Schieffer, Chris Matthews, Morley Safer In "Morning Glory"
Chris Matthews made yet another cameo in "Morning Glory," which stars Rachel McAdams as the new executive producer charged with reviving a struggling morning show. <a href="http://www.politico.com/click/stories/1011/ford_joked_for_sober_newsmen.html" target="_hplink">Matthews, Bob Schieffer and Morley Safer join the show's co-host</a>, played by Harrison Ford, in a bar scene. CNN's Miles O'Brien appears later as well.
Aldous Snow Interview On The Today Show
Meredith Vieira interviews Aldous Snow in "Get Him To The Greek."
Al Roker appears in "Men In Black" -- not as a news anchor though. He's one of the aliens that the agency is monitoring on a TV screen when Tommy Lee Jones explains all this alien business to Will Smith for the first time.
Before becoming the co-host of "Good Morning America," Robin Roberts was a sports commentator at ESPN. She appeared in two basketball flicks: "Love and Basketball" and "He Got Game."
Helen Thomas In "Dave"
Helen Thomas was just one of many members of the media who appeared in the 1993 political comedy "Dave." Some of the others included Chris Matthews, Larry King and Jay Leno.
Paul Krugman, movie star
cameo from get him to the greek (2010)