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Is this the biggest age gap between romantic leads where the actress is the older?

The Lost City stars Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum as the romantic leads. The movie was filmed in 2021. Sandra Bullock was born on July 26, 1964 and Channing Tatum was born on April 26, 1980, ...
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How long after Luc Besson's "discovery" of Natalya Rudakova did the filming of Transporter 3 begin? Just a few "hours" or "lessons" later?

I'd linked to Natalya Rudakova's "doom and gloom" then did a little further reading about the actor. A "mini bio" in IMDB's Natalya Rudakova Biography says only She was born in ...
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Had Slim Pickens and Kubrick worked together prior to Dr Strangelove? [closed]

Slim Pickens was cast in Dr. Strangelove somewhat last-minute. Originally, Peter Sellers had been slated to play the bomber pilot, along with his three other roles, but a knee injury required him to ...
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Did the actor for "woman with stroller" change between shots in "Ruby and Quentin" (2003)?

In the beginning (around minutes 10-11) of "Ruby and Quentin" (2003), there is a robbery. The armored vehicle is initially "incapacitated" by a stroller with a bomb thrown at it ...
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Is Silvio Dante wearing a wig in The Sopranos?

In The Sopranos, behind the scenes, Silvio actor Steven Van Zandt gave up his trademark bandana for an equally signature well-coiffed pompadour toupee. But within the continuity of The Sopranos, is ...
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Why does Florence Faivre maintain a regular cast credit in 'The Expanse'?

So, despite having reached the middle of Season 3 of The Expanse, I have been particularly befuddled at the continuing presence of Florence Faivre's primary credit during the shows opening titles. ...
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Why do we almost never see footage of actors later fired from a production?

Last week I got the three-disc “Complete Dossier” version of Apocalypse Now. I watched the movie and the bonus features. At one point in the bonus features someone was explaining that Harvey Keitel ...
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Why could this actor on The Expanse not simply be replaced?

Spoiler alert for The Expanse, Season 5 episode 10. It appears that Cas Anvar, who plays Alex Kamal, has been let go from the show, following allegations of sexual misconduct. Unfortunately, the show ...
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Does Ellen Corby star in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)? [closed]

I'm new here but I've used other Stack Exchange sites. Fairly recently, as a family, we watched the 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. When Charlie finds the golden ticket, he gets ...
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Why were two people — a body double and a stunt double — used for a character who barely appears in “The Mandalorian?”

Season 2, episode 8 of The Mandalorian features a brief — but significant — cameo from a character well known in the Star Wars universe. While CGI technology was used to change the face of this ...
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What happened to Annu Kapoor's role in Anupamaa?

For the show Anupamaa there was a promo with Annu Kapoor and it was advertised everywhere and got covered in news: But he didn't appear on the show till now and when ...
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How many actors have portrayed both King Arthur and Robin Hood?

The late Sean Connery (RIP), among his many roles on stage and screen, played both of the most well-known characters of classic British legend: King Arthur and Robin Hood. Was he the only actor (or, ...
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Is the character played by Andy García in Stand and Deliver based on a real person?

In the movie Stand and Deliver (1988) Andy Garcia plays Ramirez, one of the two ETS officials who start an investigation into the alleged cheating of the Hispanic students in their AP Calculus exam. ...
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Did Murder She Wrote plan for a handsome young man in each episode?

I started re-watching Murder, She Wrote. When I started the second season, I realized that I was seeing a handsome young man in almost every episode. Sometimes it’s a bit character like a deputy, ...
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Why does Hollywood not use foreigners in foreigners' roles?

This is a question that bothers me for a really long time. For example, Russians in every (not literally, but you get the point) Hollywood movies/TVshows are acted by English-speaking actors. It is ...
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Did Henry Simmons play the dealer in Agents of Shield S06 E03? [closed]

In Agents of Shield, S06 E03, Fitz plays a variation of blackjack in a space casino. The dealer looks a lot like a heavily made-up Henry Simmons (the actor who plays Mack). Is it him?
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What role was Irrfan Khan supposed to play?

I heard in lot of sources the information that Irrfan Khan was offered a role in Interstellar which he turned down due to the requirement of an extended stay in the US, when he couldn't have served ...
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Why are all the Resistance members female?

In the British World War II sit-com 'Allo 'Allo!, it appears that all members of the French Resistance (even the Communist Resistance) are attractive young women. Obviously it's a comedy so there's ...
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Why didn't Theodore Bikel appear again as Worf's foster father?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Family", actor Theodore Bikel appeared as Worf's foster father, and actress Georgia Brown appeared as Worf's foster mother. Later in the series, in the ...
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Why did Rob Lowe exit The West Wing?

Why did Rob Lowe's character exit The West Wing towards the end of Season 4? Specifically is there any documented reasoning behind the same?
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If there is nudity in a movie, do actors have to show their bodies in casting too?

If there is nudity in a show or movie, will the producers/casting directors want to see the actors nude in casting? I guess to "see the merchandise", so to speak?
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How were Carrie Fisher's scenes filmed in The Rise of Skywalker?

Carrie Fisher, the actress who portrayed Leia Skywalker in the Star Wars films, had quite a few talking scenes in Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker even though she passed away in 2016. So how were ...
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Was Penelope always supposed to be short-lived on the show?

In Legacies, even being a side character Penelope stand out pretty well and #posie was a famous yuri ship among fans but her arc ended sooner than anyone expected and even ended with a petition of ...
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Were the upside-down airplane passengers played by extras or by stunt people?

Typically in movies, most of the passengers on an airplane are played by extras. A few will be cast or costumed to be a "type", and some may have lines and get paid more, but most are just poorly-paid ...
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Did any of the contestants on Masterchef not get a callback after the tasting but get on the show?

Just curious I’ve been reading all sorts of mixed things where some of the people that auditioned say they didn’t get called after the tasting to “learn more about the few contestants” and are still ...
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Was Wayne Brady considered a guest star on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

The show Whose Line Is It Anyway? had a run which aired for 8 seasons from 1999-2008. Each episode had 4 comedians doing improv. Two of them were always Collin Mocherie and Ryan Stiles, of the other ...
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Why was Edward Norton's name not featured in the cast of Alita Battle Angel?

We can clearly see the Edward Norton plays Nova in Alita Battle Angel, but his name was not featured in the end credits of the movie. I checked IMDb as well which didn't show his name. What is the ...
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Why was the actor for Ned on Ghost Whisperer replaced?

In season 3 of Ghost Whisperer, the character Ned (Son of Melinda's co-worker Delia Banks, originally played by Tyler Patrick Jones was replaced by Christoph Sanders. Given that there is a very ...
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Was Lauryn McClain's character always supposed to end up like this?

When Step Up: High Water started, Lauryn McClain as Janelle Baker seems like the main lead of the show and things were revolving around her but with time she got a clear exit and in the second season ...
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Why did John Goodman say he was sandbagged by being cast as Fred Flintstone?

In the video John Goodman Breaks Down His Most Iconic Characters | GQ at about 06:42 actor John Goodman says: Yeah they kinda sandbagged me. Stephen Spielberg cast me in a film called Always and I ...
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Why was Sean's father different in the portrait?

In Before I Wake, the Hobson family had Jessie Hobson, Mark Hobson and their dead son Sean. But in the portrait there was some other guy: But there was no mention about the previous father/husband of ...
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Why the prevalence of Tilda Swinton?

The 2018 version of Suspiria has Tilda Swinton not only play Madame Blanc, but also Mother Markos and, more prominently, Dr. Klemperer. Now while Mother Markos doesn't appear much in the story and it'...
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Who voices the character "Finger" in The Fifth Element?

In The Fifth Element, the main character Korben Dallas talks on the phone with someone named Finger - an old military friend who also happens to be Korben's boss at the taxi company. We never see the ...
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How does a new TV series ensures that its actors will be available for the future? [closed]

As I understand it, a new TV series sometimes goes like this: A pilot episode is produced, the network airs it or test-runs it, and the network decides whether to contract more episodes for a ...
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Cast and production of “Air Devils” (1932)

I am looking for information about the cast and production of 1932 American film Air Devils. It's mentioned in Stephen Pendo's Aviation in the Cinema (Scarecrow Press, 1985) on pages 12-13: The ...
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Where did Brooklyn Nine-Nine get Boyle's lookalike?

The character Bill (played by Winston Story) really does have an uncanny resemblance to Charles Boyle (played by Joe Lo Truglio). I know that the Brooklyn Nine-Nine production do sometimes work off-...
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Why do the lead characters use different names?

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a film of Quentin Tarantino. It weaves "multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age." In the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio's character ...
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Why didn't Zawe Ashton stay on Sherlock as Sally Donovan?

Sally Donovan was portrayed by Vinette Robinson throughout the series except for the unaired pilot (s1e0). Why didn't Zawe Ashton remain on Sherlock? Looking at their filmographies, Zawe Ashton ...
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Actor-director partnership

Which is the longest actor-director partnership? I'm talking about movies where a given director works with the same actor/actress in a leading role. Johnny Depp & Tim Burton is one of the first ...
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Why did Mike leave?

I don't think Mike's character should have vanished like what the creator showed in Suits. While it is true that Meghan Markle is now Duchess of Sussex and probably can't work (or something), the ...
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Was Nolan Sorrento supposed to look like a nemesis from a 1980's movie?

In Ready Player One, the actor Ben Mendelsohn plays Nolan Sorrento, an authority figure who is out of touch with what's important to the "gunters" who play in the Oasis. I noticed that he bears a ...
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Was Leo the Lion going to play the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz?

I once heard that originally Leo the Lion (the mascot for MGM) was going to play the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Is this true? What happened? Why didn't he end up playing him?
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Which bystander did Post Malone play as?

In the credits to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it is listed that Post Malone voice acted one of the Brooklyn bystanders. My question though is, which one?
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Why does Jonathan Hyde play two roles in Jumanji?

In the 1995 film Jumanji Jonathan Hyde plays two roles, one as Samuel Parrish, Alan's father, and the other as Van Pelt, a big-game hunter from Jumanji who is dead set to hunt Alan and other players ...
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For which future movies did Stan Lee finish his cameo?

Now we all know the great Stan Lee is no more. I am wondering if he has already finished cameos for future Marvel or other movies.
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In what scene does the character Bauernfänger (played by Theo Lingen) appear in Fritz Lang's M (1931)?

I'm trying to figure out who "Bauernfänger" is in Lang's M, what scene(s) he is in. He is supposedly played by the actor Theo Lingen. I haven't spotted him yet in viewing the film, and I can't find a ...
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Does Brendan Gleeson also play the role of the fiddlist in the confederate field hospital?

In 2003's Cold Mountain, Brendan Gleeson plays Stobrod Thewes, the father of Ruby Thewes played by Renée Zellweger. His character is a traveling minstrel, and according to imdb, Gleeson is a fine ...
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What is the reasoning for casting two actors to play young and old Hugh Crain?

In The Haunting of Hill House (2018) Netflix series, the character of Hugh Crain, the father of the family, is played by two different actors - one plays the father in the 80s and the other plays the ...
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Why did the Twilight Zone not feature a more diverse cast?

I'm watching re-runs of Twilight Zone and I was wondering why most of the cast the predominantly white? Rod Serling liked to write episodes about social issues, so it's surprising that Twilight Zone ...
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Why did this character leave the Lethal Weapon tv series?

Why was the character killed off the Lethal Weapon tv series after only 2 seasons? It seemed sudden and rushed and given the importance of the character to the movie franchise it doesn't really make ...
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