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A particularly modest type of Creator Cameo consisting of An Insert of the creator's hand, usually standing in for that of one of the regular actors.

This may be an attractive alternative to an ordinary cameo for three reasons. First, it is unobtrusive and therefore does not risk breaking a tense or dramatic mood. Second, it symbolizes the creator's deep involvement in the project by portraying him almost literally as a "guiding hand." Third, it makes a neat trivia question.

Examples of Insert Cameo include:


  • Director Kazuya Tsurumaki's hand (rotoscoped and digitally altered) as the giant hand in FLCL.



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  • Peter Jackson's hand as Faramir's, pointing at a map in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
    • Jackson's cameos in LOTR don't end there. In Return of the King, when Shelob drags paralyzed Frodo away, the Sam's hand welding sword that enters the frame gunslinger-style is actually Peter Jackson's.
    • More esoterically, he banged the gong which is heard as Aragorn enters Edoras and sees that Eowyn has disappeared.
  • Dario Argento as the Hand of Death in many of his films.
  • Lewis Milestone's hand as Paul's at the famous ending scene of All Quiet on the Western Front.
  • Bryan Singer as the silhouetted Keyser Soze in The Usual Suspects.
    • Which makes him one of about a half-dozen different people, including two of the lead actors, to portray Keyser in that film.
  • Sam Raimi's hand pushing Spider-Man onstage.
    • Raimi walking by and slamming Peter Parker's face with a briefcase in Spider-Man 2
  • In Paul Blart: Mall Cop, at one point producer Barry Bernardi's hand stands in for Adam Ferrara's. It's quite obvious, given the... significant age difference between them.
  • An somewhat squicky just-barely-an-example: In the first scene of the film adaption of Ichi the Killer, Ichi is shown masturbating, with what is supposed to be sperm being shown dripping down later. Turns out it really was semen, supplied by none other than the film's director himself.
  • Terry Gilliam is the gorilla hand who turns the book in Monty Python and The Holy Grail (the female hand that precedes it is his wife).
  • Andy Dufresne's hand loading the gun at the beginning of The Shawshank Redemption belonged to director Frank Darabont.
  • In Cameron's first scene in Ferris Buellers Day Off, we see the character's hand reach down and press a button on his speakerphone. The hand was actually that of writer/director John Hughes; actor Alan Ruck didn't get the movement quite right, so Hughes did it himself after everyone else had left for the day.

Live Action TV

  • Series creator Bruce Geller's hand, striking the match during the opening credits of the original Mission Impossible.
    • In the 80's revival it was Peter Graves' hand.
  • Show Runner Damon Lindelof's hand as Locke's, turning on the lights at the Pearl Station in the Lost episode "?".
  • Series creator Agnes Nixon's hand opening the photo album in the old opening titles to All My Children.
  • Mark VII Productions created several Police Procedural shows including Dragnet and Adam-12, has a trademark video of the "VII" being set into stone by the use of a sledge hammer striking a chisel. The hands holding the hammer and chisel are Jack Webb's.
  • At the end of the Doctor Who episode Last of the Time Lords, the hand that picks up the Master's ring belongs to one of the producers.