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Why was Hugh Laurie credited as a Guest star in Friends?

I recently watched the episode The One with Ross's Wedding: Part Two of Friends, in which Hugh Laurie has a minor role. I noticed that he is mentioned in the credits as a Guest star. As a French ...
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List of actors looked at for Tony's role

I know Steven Van Zandt and Ray Liotta were looked at for the role of Tony Soprano on The Sopranos; however, has anyone come across or know of a complete listing of all actors considered for this ...
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What was Max Pomeranc's role in Definitely, Maybe, and in which scene was he?

Max Pomeranc, known for his role as Josh Waitzkin in Searching for Bobby Fischer/The Innocent Moves, was apparently in Definitely, Maybe. Who was he? In which scene was he?
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Why was Billy Crudup Not Credited in “The Watch”?

In "The Watch" from 2012, Billy Crudup plays a creepy neighbor. He has a lot of dialog, and several important/pivotal scenes in which he directly interacts with the main characters. Why was he not ...
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What non-actor did the director Robert Bresson cast as the French king?

I read (in a New Yorker article, "Clio at the Multiplex," many years ago) that the French director Robert Bresson made a movie about Joan of Arc, cast with non-professional actors, called The Trial of ...
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Is there a website showing membership stats for casting sites for actors?

Is there a website or organisation which shows membership stats for online casting sites for actors? i.e. How many members does Actors Access/CCP/LA Casting etc have? I'm putting together a research ...
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Was casting adults as teenagers more common in the past?

I've think I've noticed that decades ago, Hollywood seemed to be more okay casting actors in their 30s as teenagers. In Grease, for example, Stockard Channing was 34, Jamie Donnelly was 31, Michael ...
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What is the record for siblings from a single family in a film?

I was wondering if there's a movie that can beat Scrooged (1988) in terms of sibling actors starring in it - it starred Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray and John Murray. To narrow it: ...
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Is there any criteria for selection of James bond?

We have seen many actors playing "James Bond". So is there any criteria that actor has to fill in order to be James bond.
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Why was Michael Gambon's Dumbledore allowed to be so much more assertive than Richard Harris'?

Richard Harris' portrayal of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series was a very frail wispy old man. In the third movie, when Michael Gambon stepped in, they did a very good job of making him look ...
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Is there a website with stats on male versus female leading roles in movies?

In Hollywood, are there more main roles for male actors than female (actresses)? Are there generally more roles for male actors than female (not just leading ones)? It probably depends on the genre. ...
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Is Léa Seydoux the first person to be in both Mission: Impossible and a Bond film?

I recently found out that Léa Seydoux, who played female assassin Sabine Moreau in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, will be appearing in the newest James Bond film, Spectre, as Madeleine Swann. ...
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Why were there so many repeat performances in Columbo?

Watching Columbo reruns I noticed that a lot of actors have repeat performances in different episodes portraying different characters. This page has a big list of such actors, one of them played as ...
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First appearance of a predominately black cast in a TV show

I was watching MeTV the other day, which is a fantastic station chock-full of old-time TV shows. In one sitting I saw episodes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Rifleman and Star Trek (TOS). So ...
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Movie Database API [closed]

Does anyone know of an open source movie database (such as Imdb) or an api that I could plug my project in to in order to extract credits, cast listing or movie posters/trailers etc?
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Showtime series “The Tudors” casting question

Just finished watching the complete Showtime series "The Tudors". I very much enjoyed the show. One of my complaints is the actor whom played Henry VIII. I am not discrediting the young man's ...
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Why did Peter Jackson and Cate Blanchett take small uncredited roles in Hot Fuzz?

So, it's no big secret, but Peter Jackson and Cate Blanchett were both in Hot Fuzz. Peter Jackson plays the guy who stabs Nick Angel in the hand and thus is in the movie for mere seconds. Cate ...
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What was the reason for Terry Markwells departure from Mission: Impossible?

The episode "The Fortune" (S01E12) of the 1988 run of Mission: Impossible sees the death of primary team member Casey Randall (Terry Markwell) and the introduction of Jane Badler's Shannon Reed, who ...
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Did the same dog play Einstein in Back to the Future I and II?

The question is self explanatory: did the same dog play Einstein in the first two Back to the Future movies?
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How did Patrick Moore come to be the GamesMaster?

GamesMaster was a British television show, screened on Channel 4 from 1992 to 1998, and was the first ever UK television show dedicated to computer and video games. The show featured astronomer and ...
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Harvey Dent black?

I was watching Tim Burton's Batman series and found out that Harvey Dent was played by a black man but he is played by a white guy in Nolan's series. What race is Harvey Dent portrayed as in the ...
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Why so many British actors in American productions?

As a viewer from a non-Anglophone country, I noticed that there is a quite high proportion of British actors in American films and TV shows. They often portray British characters: a handful of agents ...
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Was “Big Lob” originally supposed to be a licensed sports personality?

In the animated G.I. Joe the Movie, basketball-player-turned-Joe "Big Lob" (voiced by Brad Sanders) is introduced. He has the number "14" on his jersey. Hasbro has used licensed personalities as ...
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What was the biggest actor-actress height mismatch in a romantic feature film?

It is a well-known fact that lead actor-actress pairings have not always resulted in good height matches. What was the biggest actor-actress height mismatch in a romantic feature film? ...
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Are there differences in the ways/rationales that movies cast real persons to play “themselves?”

One situation is when the movie features a famous person, especially with a relatively small part. I have a recollection of (former Secretary of State) Henry Kissinger in such a role. This is what I ...
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How is an actor cast that's an older version of another one?

How does someone show the same character at very different ages who has also morphed from one type of person to another? Is it possible that the same actor can somehow close the two-decade time ...
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Any known cases of a person appearing in one reality TV show as having one career but later in another reality TV show as having a different career?

This question is not about following types of reality TV shows: "Big Brother" or "Jersey Shore" were the portrayed individuals are recognized as "actors"/"participants". "Cops" where the portrayed ...
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Are Movie Stars typically forbidden from appearing in future commercials resembling a played character?

Maybe no one around here would know the answer to this, or maybe it varies wildly, but I'm curious to know whether or not it's typical for movie stars to be forbidden from resembling the character ...
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Switch in *The Matrix* - Two Actors?

Recently I found an article quoting an IMDb Factoid that the character Switch in The Matrix was supposed to be played by two actors, one male and one female: When Belinda McClory auditioned for ...
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Why did Matt Damon opt out of the Bourne Legacy?

Why did Matt Damon opt out of the Bourne Legacy? I read on the Wikipedia that he decided not to make himself available for playing the lead role in the fourth film of the series. Is there any ...
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Who were the choices for the leading role in Total Recall (1990)?

The wiki article for Total Recall (1990) states that Patrick Swayze was originally attached to the film. I could swear that somewhere I heard a few other names were originally planned for the lead ...
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Why kids are allowed to play in Caligula (1979) movie?

Why kids are allowed in Caligula (1979) movie? Actually Caligula (1979) is pure adult movie, even i can clearly saw sexual activity involved in the film. There is a scene: where womans with bare ...
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Is it possible to get an A-lister into a big-budget movie without anybody knowing?

Could a studio realistically disguise until the premiere the presence of an A-list actor in a small but non-trivial part in a movie they would not be expected to be involved in? Presumably if they're ...
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Why did Tommy Lee Jones play Harvey Dent in Batman Forever?

How is it that Tommy Lee Jones plays Two-Face in Batman Forever, when Dent is black in Batman?
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Why is Christian Bale not in the upcoming movie Batman vs Superman?

This is about the upcoming Zack Snyder movie Batman vs Superman, where Ben Affleck is playing Batman. I just read an article that Christian Bale wanted to be Batman again. So I wanted to ask why ...
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Was “Birdman” and/or “Riggan Thomas” written for Michael Keaton?

Some elements of Birdman seem custom-fit to the actor Michael Keaton: He plays Riggan Thomas, an actor who is about 25 years removed from a blockbuster role as a superhero, just like Michael Keaton ...
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What's the word for an actor not getting a part in a movie?

What's the word for an actor not getting a part in a movie?? It's like some verb, it starts with an S. It's not scooped, but something like that. There's an entire website about actors getting ...
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Why did they change the child actress portraying Lily twice?

I am watching Modern family and I am currently on season 3. In Modern family, season 1 Lily is played by Jaden. In season 2 by Ella Hiller and from season 3 Aubrey Anderson-Emmons. What is the reason ...
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Why does S06E08 feature so many guest stars?

The It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "The Gang Gets a New Member" (S06E08) features three significantly famous actors/comedians in guest roles, that being Jason Sudeikis as former group ...
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Is Extant only the SECOND national primetime scripted TV-drama with a female African-American lead?

Is Extant only the SECOND national primetime scripted TV show with an African-American female lead? I'm looking specifically for mainstream networks. To be explicit, BET is not that - talkshow and ...
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Has an actor or actress in a TV series ever returned as a different character after their role was re-cast?

I'm thinking more along the lines of a long-running soap than a normal TV series, but I know that in soaps, if an actor or actress leaves, and they need to bring the character back they will re-cast ...
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Is there a precedent for casting the same actor in an American remake of a British/foreign television show?

Broadchurch (ITV/BBC America) was my favorite television show, specifically crime drama, in 2013. FOX is remaking the series but changed the name to Gracepoint. Interestingly, they cast David Tennant, ...
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Are Sean Bean's characters more prone to die than others? [closed]

An image making the rounds on the Internet claims that Since 1986 Sean Bean has died in over 20 films and TV productions. He has been brutally killed by bow and arrows, handgun, ...
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What happened to Lazenby as Bond?

There is the ages old question posed by the 'older generations,' which is, who is the better Bond, Sean Connery or Roger Moore? (Of course the younger folk get to add the new ones, Brosnan, Craig and ...
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Why do the best chefs in the world go on Masterchef?

In the latest (UK) series, Ferran Adrià was prominently featured tasting the contestants food, possibly the most famous in a long line of critically acclaimed multi Michelin starred chefs. Presumably ...
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Do A-listers audition for roles?

It is normal for new actors who haven't proven themselves to audition for roles in movies. But What about A-listers like Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, etc. Do these guys still attend auditions or are scripts ...
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Lead actor/actress VS Supporting actor/actress

On what basis, Chris Hemsworth is considered as a Lead actor in the movie Rush? In the movie, both characters have equal importance and both narrated the story in equal measure and occupied same ...
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Have any directors gone on record explaining why they chose to cast a famous musician in a musical film and not have them sing?

Taylor Swift stars in The Lorax, and Idina Menzel appears in a major role in Enchanted. These are two of the most famous musicians in the world, and they are starring in musical films without singing. ...
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Why did so many different actors end up playing Quatermass?

Quatermass was a british rocket scientist in a pioneering series of early television science fiction on the BBC. There were originally three series (incidentally broadcast live to camera) with a forth ...
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Why does Joss Whedon use the same actors so frequently?

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 ...