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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 three actors play Darth Vader?

In the original Star Wars movies (IV, V, and VI) three actors ended up playing Darth Vader. David Prowse was the actual physical body for the most part, James Earl Jones was used for the voice, and ...
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What rules govern how TV show opening credits are structured?

I've always been curious what decides if a credit is in the opening or closing credits. It seems loosely that cast (in order of today's "big name" significance), directors and financiers get the ...
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Top-billed actor with the least screen time

What is the least amount of screen time, relative to the total running length, that the single highest-billed actor (or actress) has ever had in a feature-length, non-experimental film? (For the ...
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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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In opening credits for TV shows, why does it say 'with so and so' for some actors?

I am thinking of Ally McBeal in particular. For the entire run of the show the opening credits generally had clips of a character and the name of the actor that plays them. The final two actors (Peter ...
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What was the first tv show that successfully continued after losing a co-star from an established pair of characters?

It's getting to be the end of this year's cycle of tv seasons and there have been a few shake-ups announced on some shows. Both Sleepy Hollow and Castle were built on the pairing of a couple and now ...
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Why was Prowse chosen to play Darth Vader?

Everybody knows that David Prowse played Darth Vader in the old Star Wars episodes. He was a weightlifting champion and a bodybuilder. Does anybody know who and why actually chose him to play this ...
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Why don't they align actor & actress names with their photos in film posters?

I've always wondered why they don't do this properly. It seems wrong to me to place a different name on top of an actor's/actress' photo. Why don't they align actor & actress names with their ...
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Why did Lisa Edelstein not return for the final season of House?

With the ending of House, a lot of cast members returned to their roles in order to give some sort of closure either to their story or even just as more character development to House. However, the ...
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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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What is the major reason for casting Heath Ledger as The Joker?

What could be the major factor that convinced the casting directors of The Dark Knight to decide that Heath Ledger will play The Joker's role?
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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 wasn'...
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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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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, revolver,...
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Why didn't Katie Holmes play Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight?

Katie Holmes played Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins but Maggie Gyllenhall played the character in The Dark Knight. Was there any particular reason why Katie Holmes didn't continue on in the role?
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Why are twins often cast for young roles?

I've seen it many times. Very young identical twins cast for the same role. Off the top of my head: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in Full House. Dylan Thomas Sprouse and Cole Mitchell Sprouse in Big ...
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Why didn't Terrence Howard play Jim Rhodes (Rhodey) in Iron Man 2?

Terrence Howard played Rhodey in Iron Man but Don Cheadle played the character in Iron Man 2. Was there any particular reason why Terrence Howard didn't continue on in the role?
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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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Have there been other candidates to play Jack Reacher?

First, let me emphasize that this is not about the highly subjective question whether or not Tom Cruise should play Jack Reacher. Lee Child's novel One Shot is being turned into a movie. Tom Cruise ...
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What is a chemistry test?

In the context of casting for a movie, what is a chemistry test and how is it performed?
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What was the first case of a celebrity playing a fictionalized version of her/himself?

James Van Der Beek in Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is one of the more recent examples of celebrities playing a fictionalized version of themselves To be clear, I'm not talking about a ...
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Why were so many inexperienced actors hired for lead roles in Game of Thrones?

On one hand you've got some very seasoned actors like Sean Bean, Lena Headey and Natalia Tena who have been in other TV series as well as some big Hollywood films. And on the other hand you've got ...
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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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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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Do AMC have some kind of linkage/negotiation with the British entertainment industry?

Recently I've noticed that the original programming output from AMC seems to feature what I consider a disproportionate amount of British talent; a distinction that is amplified by the fact that these ...
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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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Why are some actors uncredited in certain films?

Eli Wallach appears in Mystic River. Olivia Williams plays a role in X-Men: The Last Stand. However, neither of them (according to IMDb) is credited in the movie. These two instances are simply ...
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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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Why does John Travolta play a woman?

In the 2007 film Hairspray the character Edna Turnblad is played by John Travolta. She's also played by a man in at least one stage production I know of. Why? I know of the tradition in panto for ...
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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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Why are there three different actors playing Gregor Clegane?

I happened onto the IMDB trivia which mentioned that the current actor is the youngest and shortest one to portray The Mountain, which lead me to this entry in Wikipedia: ...he is portrayed by ...
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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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What traits do theater actors have?

A lot of TV and film actors come from theater; many of the best actors have theater experience. I've noticed every now and then, through interviews and so on, about there being a big distinction ...
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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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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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Why Are So Many Actors from “Rome” in John Carter?

I just saw the movie "John Carter" (and loved it). But I noticed that four actors in the movie who were also in the HBO miniseries "Rome". Does anyone know why? For instance, was there staff of "John ...
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Why is there no Wilson brother in the new Wes Anderson movie?

Wes Anderson's new movie, Moonrise Kingdom, does not include any of the Wilson brothers, i.e.- Luke, Owen or Andrew in the cast. In every previous film a Wilson brother has been cast. In fact Owen ...
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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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Was Jackie Chan In Big Trouble In Little China?

I was watching Big Trouble In Little China (1986) again today and during the fight scene in the beginning of the movie. I noticed this guy who [to me] looks exactly like Jackie Chan. I looked through ...
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Why do most of the Hollywood movies have at least one non-white guy?

Why do most of the Hollywood movies have at least one non-white guy? Are there any casting guidelines for that or Just a coincidence?
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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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Did Ichabod Crane's wife Katrina Crane get re-cast during Season One?

I am watching Sleepy Hollow, and there have been several scenes showing Ichabod's red-haired wife, Katrina Crane. She seems slightly younger in her appearances in the second and subsequent episodes. ...
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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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How many nationalities has Christopher Lee portrayed?

In The Spoony Experiment's review for Captain America 2: Death Too Soon, host Noah Antwiller says the following about Christopher Lee: The doctor has been kidnapped by the notorious international ...
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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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How to correctly identify an actor/actresses is in something that is not listed on their IMDB profile?

While looking for various actors and actresses I keep coming across material they have done that isn't on their IMDB profile. An example is Allison Scagliotti is in a web short yet there is no ...
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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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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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How do filmmakers avoid offending actors when casting?

Almost all characters in films necessitate actors who have certain features before makeup and costumes fill in the gaps. The role of James Bond, for instance, necessarily calls for a tall, handsome ...