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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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More info about “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 dead. 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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Where do movie producers find actors with specific looks or personality?

Are there any national/global online databases or is this more of a regional business since actors can be flown in, but most people are extras who have to be "sourced" locally?
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Why do they use the same actor for 2 different roles in an series?

In Two and a half men, some different roles in the series are played by the same actor. For instance, in season 4 there is Herb's sister, which is exactly the same actress as Walden's ex-wife a few ...
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Has Emilio Estevez ever made a cameo as Charlie Sheen's brother?

So I know Martin Sheen has made several cameo appearances on shows that Charlie Sheen has been the star, Spin City and Anger Management, as Charlie's father. My question has his real life brother ...
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Are there any male actors written out of a “Star Trek” series?

I can only think of two main cast members who were written out of a Star Trek series. That includes Tasha Yar of ST:TNG, and Kes of Voyager who were both female. Wesley Crusher's role in ST:TNG was ...
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Anyway to verify stand ins used for Elizabeth Taylor [closed]

My grandmother died last year and at her funeral I was told by her cousin that she was used as Elizabeth Taylor’s stand in when she was 18 years old - apparently she got off a bus coming from Boston ...
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Gerard Butler in the Watchmen?

I was watching Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut this evening. I'd seen the original back in the theater when it came out. During the opening credits I happened to see Gerard Butler's name come across the ...
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Is there a reason why Ilsa Faust and Julia Hunt look alike?

When watching Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation I was constantly thinking about how similar the two characters look with their darker colored hair, similar complexion and freckles. When I saw the ...
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Unlisted/uncredited voice “Khalaid”(?) in S01E07 of Gary and his Demons

The voice of the "trickster demon" Khalaid or (Calade or how ever [kɑlɘid] is spelled) reminds me of one of the main guys from Picnicface, particularly as the Genie in "Gun Genie": ...
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Why was Spencer Fox replaced by Huck Milner as Dashiell “Dash” Parr in Incredibles 2?

Incredibles 2 is released and I noticed that Huck Milner did the voice for Dashiell "Dash" Parr in the movie. In the first film The Incredibles, Spencer Fox was the one to voice the character. Why ...
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Why didn't Arnold Schwarzenegger appear in Predator 2?

As per Wikipedia Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action-horror film written by brothers Jim and John Thomas, directed by Stephen Hopkins, As we know, Predator (1987) was a huge hit at ...
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Why have this character involved in Infinity War at all?

Taking this question from another perspective: Since [Out-of-universe] Hugo Weaving was not willing to take back his role as Red Skull [In-universe] and it seems that any generic ominous figure with ...
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Why didn't Hugo Weaving reprise his role as Red Skull?

In the movie Avengers: Infinity War, Ross Marquand played the role of Red Skull, even though Hugo Weaving played the role initially in Captain America: The First Avenger. Why did they replace Weaving ...
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Why aren't the actual people involved in incidents asked to do reenactments?

It has always struck me as being kind of funny that the actual people involved in incidents aren't invited to (reen)act the scenes. It's usually some look-a-like actor who needs to do a ton of ...
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Are the characters at the end chosen for production-related reasons?

At the end of Avengers: Infinity War a lot of characters disappear. Could this event be related to which actors didn't sign on for other movies? Is there a link between announced movies, end credits,...
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Why weren't J.A.R.V.I.S. & Jarvis played by the same actor in MCU?

J.A.R.V.I.S. is the AI built by Tony Stark as an aid & house-help (Butler) based on Jarvis who was the aid & house-help (Butler) of Howard Stark, Tony's father. J.A.R.V.I.S. is voiced by ...
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Is there a name for when a creator plays a long-term character in their own motion picture?

I just noticed that David Lynch plays one of the major characters in his own show Twin Peaks and it got me wondering about other instances like how Stan Lee appeared in his superhero movies, but only ...
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Husband & wife twice - coincidence?

I just re-watched Argo (2012) after not having seen it in quite a while. In the meantime, I've watched the series Halt and Catch Fire (2014–17). So I couldn't help noticing that Scoot McNairy and ...
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Was Deborah Voorhees cast due to her surname?

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 ...
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Did the actor Wylie Watson play the role of waiter in The Lady Vanishes?

Was the actor, Wylie Watson, who played Mr. Memory in The 39 Steps (1935), also the waiter on the train working with the bad guys in The Lady Vanishes (1938)?
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Why is Hollywood not casting Jim Carrey anymore? [closed]

Jim Carrey is a great comedian. But why are we not seeing him in Hollywood movies anymore? Any reason behind it.?
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Is the Golden Raspberry nomination the reason Katie Holmes didn't reprise her role? [duplicate]

I was reading Batman Begins (2005) Wikipedia article, and was shocked to see that the movie got nominated for a Golden Raspberry award for Worst Supporting Actress for Katie Holmes who played Rachel ...
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Why was Ivy recast a second time?

On Gotham, Ivy Pepper (Poison Ivy) was originally cast with 14-year-old Claire Flory. In the third season, her character was artificially aged and recast with 28-year-old actress Maggie Geha. ...
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How do TV shows/movie find unattractive actors? [duplicate]

Sometimes, especially in comedies of the 80s/90s, there will be a character whose very purpose is to be made fun of for being unattractive - be they an "abhorrent admirer" where the joke is how the ...
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Who acted as the masked killer in Happy Death Day?

I know the person who try to kill (killed several times :P) Tree is Lori Spengler in the film. We find it out at the end of the movie. At the first time when the killer shown and killed Tree he ...
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Why did Michael Praed not play the main role in Robin of Sherwood season 3?

The TV series Robin of Sherwood had 3 seasons. In 2 seasons the main actor, playing Robin of Loxley, was Michael Praed. He was killed at the end of season 2, though, and in the 3rd season the main ...