Warning! As fans sat down to watch the first three episodes of Hulu’s Only Murders in the House — which premiered on August 31, 2021 — many were surprised to see several famous faces pop up for a blink-and-you-missed-it cameo.
The show, which stars Steve Martin, Martin Short Selena GomezThe show has seen several big names drop in for a scene. The biggest celebrity to drop by for an episode? Legendary recording artist Sting made a quick cameo as himself during the third episode, which was titled, “How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?”
Not only did Sting act opposite the main characters in one scene, but he also sang a chilling rendition of “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” in another.
One fan expressed shock at the revelation via Twitter at the time, writing, “i was already on board for only murders in the building because i think selena gomez is so cool but the fact that sting is in it too??? incredible. only 3 episodes released so far and i’m hooked.”
It wasn’t just the fans that were surprised to see the “Every Breath You Take” crooner’s participation in the show, but the show’s creative team themselves were also shocked. Martin has been friends for many years, so the invitation to appear as a cameo was an easy one. Cheaper by the Dozen Collider noted star August 2021.
“We were kind of stunned by how quickly the yes came, and suddenly I was on a Zoom with him,” creator John HoffmanTelled Entertainment Weekly at the time. “And he was, of course, in a French chateau in the middle of a pandemic. We couldn’t stop looking at his bookshelves. It was like, ‘How old are those bookshelves behind you?’ It was the most beautiful, perfectly apt setting to be Zooming with Sting.”
Hoffman also dished on Sting’s willingness to dive into the material while filming.
“He ran with everything we asked him to do — he was completely into it,” Hoffman recalled to the outlet. “And beyond that, he came on set so prepared. It was scripted that Marty had to express his disapproval of dogs, but he went even further. Marty was the joke about. [Short] says, ‘Do you have a dog?’ And then Sting nods and says, ‘I have a dog. I don’t like him either.’ He threw it in, in a first take. Marty and I were talking right after the first take: ‘Oh my God, he’s hysterical!’ He just dove in. He didn’t surprise us all because he’s brilliant. But I think the gamesmanship was clear from the moment he stepped on set.”
Show producer Dan Fogelman also gushed about Sting’s role via Twitter, writing, “Well this is pretty damn cool (and Sting is really so funny here – just wait!).”
Sting’s not the only celeb who had a cameo on this debut series. One Twitter fan was particularly excited to see the episode. Tina FeyPop up for a brief position.
“Currently watching ‘Only Murders in the Building’ just for the Tina Fey cameos,” the social media user tweetedAugust.
The ten-episode series follows a trio of unlikely friends (Martin, Short, and Gomez), who share an apartment in New York’s Arconia. Together, they work together to solve a grisly murder and create a podcast about it. As each episode chronicles a different fictional podcast episode, fans get one step closer to figuring out the “whodunnit” mystery.
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