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 Carter" who also worked on "Rome"?

  • I googled this while watching lol. I saw caesar and mark anthony, who else did you see? May 29, 2012 at 5:49
  • I wish I'd written them down when I counted four. The only other Rome actor I see now is Polly Walker. May 29, 2012 at 6:18
  • there were more than 3 of rome actors johns lawyer was Poska of rome also the woman who changed into to time and space traveling guy was Pompei's wife in rome Iam pretty sure.
    – user1638
    Jul 6, 2012 at 12:53
  • James Purefoy, Ciarán Hinds, Nicholas Woodeson, Polly Walker, is who I've seen so far.. yah wow..
    – user3352
    Nov 6, 2012 at 2:03

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A quick search doesn't show any obvious behind-the-camera shared staff between the two. John Carter's Director and writers all came from Pixar. Rome's creators, who wrote almost all of the episodes of the show are mostly still working on TV shows. One of them does some work writing TV shows and movies. Expanding the search to directors of multiple episodes of Rome, I just see a mix of people working on other HBO shows since, and people who've moved on to TV shows on other networks, with the occasional movie writer.

But, none of that really proves the lack of a connection, just that one isn't easily found by searching resumes.


The only connection I can find is that both Marcia Ross (Casting Director, John Carter) and Nina Gold (Casting Director, Rome) have used the services of the "Cast It" audition company.

  • Good catch. Still, would a company like cast it be involved in choosing talent or even bringing talent to the attention of the casting directors? Apr 8, 2017 at 22:31
  • @JohnSaunders it's speculation but it might just be that actors in HBO dramas have an "up and coming" screen appeal for casting agents. It had been awhile since Rome when John Carter came out but the four actors were certainly still on the map... Disney pictures was likely looking for the most recognizable talent to fill out the cast as they were taking something of a gamble with their movie lead (most notable at the time for his work on TV with Friday Night Lights - recognizable to the films demographic, but not a proven money maker as a movie lead).
    – MmmHmm
    Apr 8, 2017 at 22:48
  • @JohnSaunders Also, yes, I would imagine that Cast It would rank talent according to "who's hot" nytimes.com/2009/06/28/business/media/28steal.html
    – MmmHmm
    Apr 8, 2017 at 23:05

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