For example, in The Office, at first look there are six characters who maintain the same first name as their real life actor, with five of them being major characters:
- Angela, Phyllis, Creed, Oscar, Clark and Hide.
As far as movies go though, although there are cases where the character will have the same name as the actor, most often the actor will actually play themselves (ex. John Malkovich in Being John Malkovich), and so, I consider this to be a different situation altogether.
So, again, my question: Why are TV show characters more frequently permitted to use their real life name, but not so much in movies?