The reasons I gave such as "being a Doctor Who Fan", were explanations of why they would take such a small role.
Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy were the stars, starting their Acting careers, that's entirely different then a "one Off" cameo.
And no, I didn't say, if an actor is getting a role, its because they're an actor. What I said was if an Actor is a career actor, it's what their job is, it's not a stunt to offer them a job, even if it is a small role.
First, that's not what you said, but I won't bother with that anymore. Regardless, your statement does
mean that Bones showing up at the end of Encounter at Farpoint
wasn't a ''gimmicky cameo'' since DeForest Kelly is a professional actor. Or Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis in The Expendables
. What about Edward Norton in The Invention of Lying
? Paul Glaser and David Soul in the Starsky and Hutch
remake? I can go on and on.
But according to your statements, I must be mistaking because those couldn't possibly have been cameo appearances since they all feature professional actors who were offered a role.