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What was Max Pomeranc's role in Definitely, Maybe, and in which scene was he?

Max Pomeranc, known for his role as Josh Waitzkin in Searching for Bobby Fischer/The Innocent Moves, was apparently in Definitely, Maybe. Who was he? In which scene was he?
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Why was Eugene Levy not cast in American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules?

Eugene Levy as character "Noah Levenstein" (Jim's dad) was cast in all of the American Pie and American Pie Presents movies except the most recent one: American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules. ...
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How do they phrase casting calls when casting an individual with a particular skin color?

This is a bit of a questionable question, but I am curious. When filmmakers hire actors for a movie/show that has a focus on skin color, and they need actors with a particular skin color to take the ...
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Is "Logan" the last movie with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine?

Hugh Jackman has played the role of Wolverine as a major character in various X-Men films since 2000 and contributed highly to the brand of the X-Men movie series. But is he playing the Wolverine ...
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Is there any recorded discussion explicating why Octavia Spencer is credited as "Roark's Nurse" in A Time To Kill?

Octavia Spencer, in A Time To Kill appears early on in the film, as a nurse attending to Tonya. Only in the climax sequence does she call to Roark ("We won! We won! Ellen we won!"). There's ...
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Why did Al Pacino drastically change his voice from clean to rasping?

As far as I know, an actor voice is something that does not change much, but I realized that Al Pacino's voice has changed a lot in a short amount of time. In The Godfather, part II (1974) he has a ...
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Why do older actors play teenage roles?

In many films, I have seen that a lot of teenage characters are played by actors in their 20's. Two notable examples are: In Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire (26) plays an 18-year-old. In The Amazing Spider-...
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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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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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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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Why do they use the same actor for two different roles in a 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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Why wasn't Tobey Maguire in The Amazing Spider-Man?

In the Spider-Man franchise, Tobey Maguire is an outstanding performer as a Spider-Man and also reprised his role in the sequels Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3. He also provided the voice of Spider-Man ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Are Sean Bean's characters more prone to die than others?

An image making the rounds on the Internet claims that Since 1986, Sean Bean has died in over 20 films and TV productions. He has been brutally killed by bow and arrows, handgun, revolver, shotgun, ...
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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 so many British actors in American productions?

As a viewer from a non-Anglophone country, I noticed that there is a quite high proportion of British actors in American films and TV shows. They often portray British characters: a handful of agents ...
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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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Why were there so many repeat performances in Columbo?

Watching Columbo reruns I noticed that a lot of actors have repeat performances in different episodes portraying different characters. This page has a big list of such actors, one of them played as ...
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What rules govern how TV show opening credits are structured?

I've always been curious what decides if a credit is in the opening or closing credits. It seems loosely that cast (in order of today's "big name" significance), directors and financiers get the ...
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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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What was the first tv show that successfully continued after losing a co-star from an established pair of characters?

It's getting to be the end of this year's cycle of tv seasons and there have been a few shake-ups announced on some shows. Both Sleepy Hollow and Castle were built on the pairing of a couple and now ...
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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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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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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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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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Did Spielberg plan on having Lao Che return in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?

Lao Che is a Chinese gangster in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, played by Roy Chiao. The Wikipedia section on the character has the following unsourced section: Before the death of Roy Chiao,...
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Switch in *The Matrix* - Two Actors?

Recently I found an article quoting an IMDb Factoid that the character Switch in The Matrix was supposed to be played by two actors, one male and one female: When Belinda McClory auditioned for ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Lead actor/actress VS Supporting actor/actress

On what basis, Chris Hemsworth is considered as a Lead actor in the movie Rush? In the movie, both characters have equal importance and both narrated the story in equal measure and occupied same ...
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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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In opening credits for TV shows, why does it say 'with so and so' for some actors?

I am thinking of Ally McBeal in particular. For the entire run of the show the opening credits generally had clips of a character and the name of the actor that plays them. The final two actors (Peter ...
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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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