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I was just browsing IMDb and always wondered why in some movies an actor/actress will appear in the credits as the character but right beside in parenthesis "As Name"? Check out Dane DeHaan's profile as an example:

There are two in his profile, one for Lincoln - Second White Soldier (as Dane Dehaan) and one for At Risk - Cal Tradd (as Dane Dehaan)

Can anybody provide a reason for this? Or is this an IMDb only tweak?

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This is because there is a difference between how IMDb (or another source) lists the actor's name than their credit in a movie. The name after 'as' shows how they were credited in the movie.

In the case here, it is because there is a difference in the capitalization between Dane DeHaan and Dane Dehaan. The difference here is relatively minor, they can be more significantly different.

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ahhh, nice. Thank you, that makes sense to me. It's also pretty sad that the movie credits can't even get the names correct. – Chad Kapatch Jul 18 '13 at 14:52
@ChadKapatch - It's not always the fault of the credit writers. Some actors operate under different names, and it's not unheard of for actors to change their screen name several times in their career. – System Down Jul 18 '13 at 15:40
Example: Arnold Schwarzenegger was "Arnold Strong" in "Hercules in New York". – Andrew Grimm Jul 21 '13 at 11:26
Another example is Laurence Fishburne, who has been credited as "Laurence Fishburne", "Larry Fishburne" and "Laurence Fishburne III". – JohnP Mar 31 '14 at 14:43

The two names which are listed are the one the actor is commonly known as and the other is how the credit in the film is given.

(EDIT: So the main listing is the main one and the one in the parenthesis the credited.)

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