The luckiest man: 6 of Stan Lee’s best cameos
Sky 1 are pulling out the big guns to impress us in 2016: kicking off the year with new gambling-based drama, Lucky Man.
Lucky Man stars James Nesbitt as the down-on-his-luck Detective Inspector of Central London’s infamous Murder Squad, Harry Clayton. His wife has left him, taking their child with her, as a result of a gambling addiction that has also managed to land him in a huge stinking pile of debt. Just when things seem to be at their worst, Clayton is given a charm that seems to allow the wearer to control their own luck. A recipe for disaster with a gambling addict, as you might imagine.
If all of this doesn’t sound thrilling enough for you, here’s why we’re excited… Lucky Man is the first UK drama to be written by legendary comic book mogul, Stan Lee.
The 93-year-old (!!) stalwart co-created countless iconic characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man and Thor. Lee said of the project:
“Luck has always been a fascinating subject to me, and I am excited to finally share that fascination with audiences around the world. With all the creative projects I have worked on, I sure am a lucky man myself and I am excited to be working with Sky 1 and Carnival Films on this latest project.”
When asked what his own lucky charm was, the old romantic crooned:
In celebration of Lee’s UK debut, we decided to look at 6 of his best cameos. The man is infamous for his blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearances in essentially all of the films he’s ever produced, so here’s hoping we’ll see him crop up next to Jimmy Nesbitt when Lucky Man hits screens tomorrow.
1. Stan Lar-ee: you’d be forgiven for missing Stan’s appearance in Iron Man 2 owing to his uncanny similarity to Larry King once you get him in suspenders.
N.B. The first Iron Man also demonstrates his likeness to Hugh Hefner when flanked by two blondes. The man’s a chameleon!
2. Stan f-lee: spotted in the first Spider-Man movie, running for his life from a collapsing building.
3. Stan three: cropping up again in the third Spider-Man film, this time Stan gets promoted to a speaking role.
4. Stan & Lou-ee: A double whammy cameo of Stan alongside original Hulk actor Louis Ferrigno.
5. Stan Wil-Lee: 2005’s Fantastic Four saw Lee elevated to a fully-blown character, delivering mail to Reed Richards as “Willie Lumpkin”.
6. Stan careless-lee: testing out his comedy chops in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and succeeding.
Check out the trailer for Lucky Man here.
Lucky Man airs tomorrow on Sky 1 at 9pm.