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There's a case to be made for Bewitched (1964 - 1972), which continued for three seasons after the co-star Dick York was replaced by Dick Sargent in the same role of Darrin Stephens. The main character, Samantha Stephens, was married to Darrin, so they definitely qualify as a couple/duo. Watching syndicated re-runs of Bewitched as a kid, I actually didn't ...


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There are a lot of films with actors/actresses who dominate the film, but actually have very little screen time. For example, Orson Welles in The Third Man had ~10 minutes of screen time. Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight had just under 20 minutes. Judi Dench won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love for less than 8 minutes acting time. Similarly, Beatrice Straight ...


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The Wayans family is usually a good source for this sort of thing. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) stars no less than 6 siblings: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Kim Wayans, Nadia Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans. [And as a corollary, Dance Flick (2009) must be holding some sort of record too. I've counted at least 11 different members of the Wayans ...


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Hugh Laurie has been well known in the UK since the 1980s, appearing in such popular TV shows as: The Young Ones A Bit of Fry and Laurie Blackadder (series 2 - 4) Jeeves and Wooster And parts in the films: Peter's friends 101 Dalmations Spice World Before 1998 when these episodes were made. As these episodes were set in the UK a well known (and ...


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Yes it has happened. An early example is Doctor Who. Every few seasons either The Doctor regenerates and begins to be played by a new actor, or he switches his companion and gets a new one, again played by a new actor. It has been running for ages and is still successful. As @KutuluMike noted, the success or failure of losing actors or getting new ones is ...


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EDIT: We might have a new record. In the US historical epic One Night with the King from 2006, Peter O'Toole briefly appears in the prologue as the Prophet Samuel for "barely 30 seconds", according to Leonard Maltin's 2015 Movie Guide. (I timed it myself and it's about 25 seconds). Despite this, he's top-billed as the film's star: Another notable example ...


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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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TL;DR: Christian Bale isn't in the movie as he wanted to leave the role after the third Dark Knight film. Ben Affleck was the choice to replace him. Long Answer: Christian Bale** certainly said he was jealous, but that by no means indicates he wanted the role himself. To quote from USA Today: The former Batman ended his tenure as the masked vigilante ...


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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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Outside of officially licensed appearances, it would be copyright/trademark infringement and illegal. Movie studios own the characters in the films. The actors do not. Unless the actors get specific permission from the studio to appear as their character, it's generally not allowed as someone will get sued over it. Could Johnny Depp appear in a commercial ...


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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 deaths/...


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(Historical note: This answer was written before the question was edited to ask for "the first". I'm not changing it because I think it's more informative the way it is.) Yes, it has happened, though it's rare. The trick seems to be how strong of a replacement character they can get to fill the void, and how well the show's supporting cast is at holding ...


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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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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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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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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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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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So, I actually work in casting... There are honestly a couple ways to do this sort of thing and I'm going to take your example as a hypothetical because, let's be honest, you're probably not actually going to be casting Julia Roberts and/or Jonah Hill. No offense meant... just being realistic. Split the Difference You want someone to play both 30 and 50? ...


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The Goldbergs is possibly the earliest example, running from 1949 to 1957, originally starring Phillip Loeb as Jake Goldberg, but the Red Scare forced him off the show and he was replaced by Harold Stone and Robert H. Harris (sources differ as to which was first). Phillip Loeb, blacklisted on suspicion of being a communist, eventually committed suicide. ...


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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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The 1980 western The Long Riders stars four sets of actor brothers as the real-life sets of brothers: The Keaches: Jesse James (James Keach) and Frank James (Stacy Keach) The Carradines: Cole Younger (David Carradine), Jim Younger (Keith Carradine) and Bob Younger (Robert Carradine) The Quaids: Ed Miller (Dennis Quaid) and Clell Miller (Randy ...


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In the early days of Hollywood, at the Academy awards, the Academy members could choose whether they thought an actor’s performance was leading or supporting. This led to an interesting scenario in 1945, where an actor was nominated for the leading and supporting Oscars for the exact same role (Going My Way). After this the Academy changed the rulings and ...


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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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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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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 I also remember reading an article at the time stating that she wanted to get a pay rise to be in line with other members of the cast, but was denied ...


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TLDR: Conan Stevens left to star in The Hobbit. Ian Whyte moved on to other roles within the show and the rumours are he was only ever an emergency replacement for Stevens, not the long term solution. Another potential reason was the desire for a more physically imposing character, given Clegane's heightened importance in Season 4. Answer: Conan ...



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