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How Conan O’Brien Got 50 Cameos for MTV Movie Awards Opening
According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Troy Miller said he assembled a guerrilla-style team to get talent in and out in six minutes or less. “We’d come in, get it from six different angles and people would be out.”
Sunday’s big opening at the MTV Movie Awards hosted by Conan O’Brien was one of the best with about 50 cameos of stars like, Russell Crowe and Demi Moore to Anthony Hopkins and Martin Scorsese.
Everything was put together in the past three weeks after O’Brien went to MTV with the idea. For getting the footage of the busy stars, speed was the name of the game, says Troy Miller, who directed and produced the segment via his Dakota Pictures.
“We had this lean, mean Teal Six machine. We’d come in, get it from six different angles and people would be out in six minutes,” Miller tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The cast of Noah, we did just one take.”
Thousands of emails between MTV team and talent reps were sent with the effort guided by MTV’s Wendy Plaut, co-executive producer of the show. Lupita Nyong’o signing on Saturday,was the final puzzle piece that made the number 50 the magic number.
“I think it speaks to how much the community loves Conan. To book 50 cameos in three weeks is kind of an epic challenge,” MTV president Stephen Friedman said.
O’Brien worked really hard, getting to work early before working on TBS’ Conan. He traveled across the country to get the cameos. O’Brien and the team at Dakota Pictures got Adam Sandler in Dallas and Martin Scorsese in New York. “It’s like jazz. It’s these alternative jokes where you don’t know where it’s going to go,” says Miller.
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