In Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, the character of Tina is portrayed by an actress named Deborah Voorhees. She coincidentally shares the same surname (even spelled the same) as Jason Voorhees, who is the main antagonist in the majority of the Friday the 13th films.

Deborah Voorhees

Deborah Voorhees

Is there any evidence that filmmakers cast Deborah Voorhees due to her last name? Did her last name have anything to do with her being awarded the role of Tina?

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    Voorhees isn't a super-unusual surname: Wikipedia lists 18 famous Voorheeses, plus six fictional ones and a bunch of Vorhieses, a Voorhis, a Vories and a bunch of places named after them. Commented Apr 11, 2018 at 12:20
  • @DavidRicherby Sure, but were any of the people on that list ever cast or audition for a Friday the 13th film? Commented Apr 11, 2018 at 16:51
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    @steelerssquirrel Yes -- Deborah! :-P Commented Apr 11, 2018 at 16:58
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    @DavidRicherby Hahaha! Touche ;) Commented Apr 11, 2018 at 23:29
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While she wasn't cast due to her name, she certainly got to the auditions part due to the name as per this interview:

(DAN PETERS): Being that you share the last name of the infamous killer Jason Voorhees, do you think that helped you secure your role in the franchise?

(DEBI SUE): It certainly helped me get the interview. That was one of the first things the casting agent mentioned when I came in. “We knew the second we saw that name we had to audition you.”

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    It's possible that the casting director was just making a joke.
    – Barmar
    Commented Apr 11, 2018 at 22:06
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    It is indeed possible that the casting director made a joke but it's too good an opportunity to pass up when a person's name consists of two of your movie's character's names "Sue" and "Voorhees" that they might have just wanted to see her firsthand! The movie role was a good side-eefect from it! :D Commented Apr 12, 2018 at 3:51

The director had directed a soft core porn called High Rise in the 70's without the studio realizing it. He decided to change the actress because of her breast size and her last name was a happy coincidence.

Fun fact: the original girl for that role was cast in the next F13 film. Part 6 is known to show no nudity at all. They asked her if she would and she said its not in my contract so she didn't. She would've in part 6. She was the girl in the winnebago.

Watch Crystal Lake Memories and it explains it all. Its a documentary that covers every movie including the remake. It interview Cast, Directors and Producers.

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    any proof for this?
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 4:58
  • You make a bunch of claims in your answer, please edit to include proper citations or links.
    – Luciano
    Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 13:03

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