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It is probably a combination of the decisions of graphic designers (who may not agree with you that there is necessarily a 'proper' way to do this). Plus the order of names in credits and posters is carefully negotiated in contracts with the stars. In the example above Nick Stahl probably got top billing, and negotiated his name to be first in all ...


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David Prowse definitely did not have the right voice. He is from Bristol in the UK, and has a Bristolian accent, what would be described as in the UK as a 'west country accent'. To many ears this sounds a little parochial - most people would think this more the accent for a farmer than a galactic enforcer for the Emperor, however unfair that comparison might ...


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This is a great question and I think Ian nailed it - but I also wanted to bring up the classic story of The Towering Inferno: Stars Paul Newman and Steve McQueen apparently argued intensely over who should get top billing. In the end the producers settled for a compromise: reading the film poster (which is reproduced as the DVD cover) top to bottom, Paul ...


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In 1971, Stanley Kubrick cast him as Julian, the bodyguard of Mr. Alexander for A Clockwork Orange. And when such a great director casts you, it is a big thing. So for Star Wars, he did not even have an audition, George Lucas wanted him to have a role. David Prowse as Julian carrying Malcom McDowell in a Clockwork Orange David Prowse says: George ...


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It appears to depend on the film's creators and what they want. E-Online were asked about this via Twitter and published an article as a response, which included this snippet: Most of the time, A-list gods and goddesses don't have to read for anything. In fact, even B-plus talent often joins a project before a casting director is even hired. They ...


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If you average the number of deaths from Bill the Lizard's answer over the length of the actor's career and number of appearances, only Bela Lugosi could be said to have died more and more often than Sean Bean. Sean Bean - 0.86 deaths/year, 0.22 deaths/credit Vincent Price - 0.6 deaths/year, 0.17 deaths/credit Bela Lugosi - 0.86 deaths/year, 0.32 ...


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From IMDB: Despite endless speculation on which actor had been chosen to portray The Joker, Heath Ledger had always been Christopher Nolan's one and only choice for the role. When asked the reason for this unexpected casting, Nolan simply replied, "Because he's fearless." He later said that the two had met up to discuss it before there was even ...


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The new Amazing Spider-Man is a reboot of the series. In other words, it has nothing to do with the earlier three movies. A few core elements remain, but the rest have been changed. So it only makes sense since they're giving the franchise a fresh start to give the role of Peter Parker to someone else.


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There is no official word on the actual reason for replacing Terrence Howard from the second installment of the movie. Nonetheless, there are some speculative reasons, which were doing rounds in the industry about his departure or better say eviction from Iron Man 2 and the main thing which kept coming was.. Contract Negotiation According to Entertainment ...


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The rules for how the order of credits is produced is very long and convoluted. They also vary from show to show, so for any one "rule of thumb" it's almost guaranteed you can find an exception on the air right now on some channel. The basic guidelines that most shows follow most of the time are drawn from the rules for the various industry guilds. In the ...


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Sometimes they have to give an audition and sometimes they don't have to give an audition. If you count Russell Crowe as A-lister then he also gave an audition for the film version of the musical Les Miserables. (Source: www.dailymail.co.uk). There are many other examples over the internet. Even sometimes non-A-listers can also clear auditions over ...


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The other two answers here are pretty solid, but I wanted to touch on the sort of "cliques" that exist in Hollywood as well. Take many of the Judd Apatow movies for example. There is an established group of cast members from movie to movie. You get the sense that the roles they play may not necessarily designed for them, but that the genre of movie is so ...


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It's quite a rare occurrence, with two major exceptions: comedies and factual programmes. Comedy remakes: Red Dwarf which was remade in the USA (one pilot episode) with Robert Llewellyn as Kryten in both versions, and he was also joined by the original series writers, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. The IT Crowd also suffered a US pilot in which Richard Ayoade ...


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As far as I can remember, there were two reasons for Lisa Edelstein to leave House. Her contract was ending at the end of Season 7 She was not going to get a pay rise, in fact the possibility of a pay cut http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00040587.html I also remember reading an article at the time stating that she wanted to get a pay rise to be in ...


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I don't know who chose him, probably a combination of the casting director and Lucas. David Prowse was tall and imposing and the movie sets that the character appears in were shot in the UK, and he is English. He did a series of short road-safety 'adverts' in the UK in the 70's - he was the "Green Cross Code Man" - where he had to wear a super-hero ...


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Actors are usually hired if they fit the role they are supposed to play. In case of GOT, some of the characters can be visualized with existing actors. As you can notice, none of the star or lead characters (Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Daenerys etc.) are known faces. Senior actors are roped in because they either fit the role or lend some good acting in the ...


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There are several actors who appear to die frequently in films, and Sean Bean is near the top of the list. According to Which Actors Die the Most in Movies? and Actors Who Die Really Often in Movies & TV shows, here are a few of the most notable: Bruce Willis, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, and Nicolas Cage have all died around a dozen times. ...


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According to the Wall Street Journal there were several candidates to play Jack Reacher: Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Vince Vaughn, Jamie Fox and Will Smith. In the article Lee Child explains they went through the list of names above even thinking they should 'find the biggest guy possible'. Reading on you can see it's a money thing. ...


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The most important reason is that the number of hours a child actor can work is strictly limited by law. Movie shoots often have long days, longer than a single child actor is legally allowed to be on the set. According to this site for would-be stage parents, children aged 2 to 5 are only allowed to work three hours per day in California.


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No, Jackie Chan was not in this film. This character in your photo is indeed Chang Sing (or at least one of them) but Jackie Chan is not credited as any of them. The credit list for this role (from IMDb) is as follows: James Lew - Chang Sing #1 Jim Lau -Chang Sing #2 Kenny Endoso - Chang Sing #3 (as Ken Endoso) Stuart Quan - Chang Sing #4 Gary Toy - Chang ...


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Well first of all I'm not sure the premise of your question is true. I can think of several movies off hand with just white actors in significant speaking roles. If you reduce it to 'a majority of modern Hollywood movies' then your observations might be closer to the mark, but I don't think this is down to any form of explicit policy of positive ...


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It test how two actors can relate to each other. Generally the male and female lead. Here's a good article about the same The Chemistry Test. Apparently the producers and studios want to be absolutely sure that the lead actors have chemistry, otherwise known as attraction, compatibility, comfort and any other vague quality that might translate to the ...


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John Waters, who wrote and directed the original film had this to say: (from the article Waters recalls men who played Edna) In the beginning, Divine played the role of Edna Turnblad. And the first day on the set of “Hairspray,” I didn’t recognize him. I thought it was another neighborhood woman watching the shoot. We were filming in East Baltimore, and ...


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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 ...


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Its due to Huge pay cut as rumor suggest and even due to role cut as indicated in @Incognito's answer. Here are Howard's reaction on the removal from Iron Man 2- "Marvel made a choice, and it was a very, very bad choice. They didn't keep their word. They didn't honor my contract," Howard tells Parade magazine. "They produced a great bounty with the ...


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The Screen Actor's Guild sets certain required pay scales for actors. In some cases actors will agree to pay adjustments or a lack of credit as a favor to a friend directing the film (Robin Williams in Baron Munchausen) or just to have the chance to cameo in the film for fun. In some cases an actor won't be billed so as not to spoil a surprise. Lately the ...


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Don't know this as fact (no references) in this case, but many productions use some high paid actors as the draw, then fill in the rest of the characters with lesser known actors as a means of limiting production costs. It comes down to economics.


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From this interview of Nolan at IGN, I am sure that Nolan himself wanted to cast Heath Ledger as Joker. He says that he wanted to work with Heath on past projects, but could not. He and Heath shared a character portrayal of Joker and that's how he was cast in the movie.


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It seems to be an amalgamation of agreements between the various guilds: the screen actors guilds, the screen writers guild, and directors guild. These aren't set in stone and there are many different variations to opening credits. Wikipedia has a pretty good article on the subject. Opening Credits on Wikipedia



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