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When I watch Joss Whedon's shows I'm very aware of how often the same actors appear. Here's a quick list of ones I've spotted.

  • Eliza Dushku - Dollhouse and Buffy/Angel
  • Alexis Denisof - Buffy/Angel and Dollhouse
  • Adam Baldwin - Angel/Firefly
  • Nathan Fillon - Firefly/Buffy
  • Gina Torres - Firefly/Angel
  • Summer Glau - Firefly/Dollhouse
  • Amy Acker - Dollhouse/Angel
  • Alan Tudyk - Firefly/Dollhouse

Has he ever given any reason for hiring the same actors in his different shows instead of finding different casts?

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There are numerous incidences of actor/director/producer pairs, with various reasons, be it friendship, mutual admiration, building on past successes... And many of the Buffy-Angel similarities are probably just due to the same characters, which are natural to be played by the same actors. There are in fact much better examples of non-related characters in non-related productions reprised by reused actors for the same director, be it Scorsese/DiCaprio, Scott/Washington, Carpenter/Russel, ... (This comment is of course not saying that this question is without any substance). –  Sonny Burnett Dec 10 '13 at 23:18
    
And what did Nathan Fillion do in Buffy? –  Sonny Burnett Dec 10 '13 at 23:20
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@ChristianRau When Firefly was canceled, Nathan Fillion and Gina Torres both appeared for about half a season in Whedon's other current projects. Nathan Fillion played an evil preacher in Buffy. Gina Torres played a goddess on Angel. –  Scivitri Dec 11 '13 at 0:27

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They have a camaraderie and a short-hand that only happens by having worked together before. Fillion said in an interview (maybe with EW?) that when the phone rang and he saw it was Joss Whedon calling, he answered the phone by saying "YES." And that's how he became a member of the cast of Dr. Horrible. It's the same reason Martin Scorsese works so often with De Niro and more recently DiCaprio. Many directors do this. Wes Anderson, Hal Hartley and Woody Allen. It makes the set more relaxed and communication easier because there's no "getting to know you" orientation when you're working with friends.

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