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Questions tagged [casting]

Questions concerning the cast of a film or show.

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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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What is a chemistry test?

In the context of casting for a movie, what is a chemistry test and how is it performed?
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Paul Walker body doubles in Fast & Furious 7

I had just recently watched Fast & Furious 7. I am aware that Paul Walker's two brothers stood in as a body double for his character in order to finish filming some scenes. I am also aware that ...
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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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What's the word for an actor not getting a part in a movie? [closed]

What's the word for an actor not getting a part in a movie?? It's like some verb, it starts with an S. It's not scooped, but something like that. There's an entire website about actors getting ...
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What does Sicario have to do with Sabrina the Teenage Witch?

In response to Josh Brolin being cast in Deadpool 2, Ryan Reynolds tweeted the following: The fuck, Fox! You can't play 2 characters in the same universe!! Josh Brolin was in Sicario and I was in ...
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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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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 is Pablo Escobar not speaking proper Spanish?

I am watching the series Narcos in the original language. This means that Pablo Escobar's voice, among others, is in Spanish. From the very beginning, his accent sounded very strange to me, not ...
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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 ...
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What does a guest director do?

I was re-watching Sin City (2005) and noticed in the opening credits that Quentin Tarantino was listed as "Special Guest Director". This intrigued me, so I have a two part question (somewhat related). ...
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What does the new PGA guidelines on sexual harassment state?

I just saw this tweet from Rebbeca Keegan... What is this new policy and what does it state? I mean sexual harassment was never allowed in Hollywood in the first place (... because its illegal) ...
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Did Michael Shannon appear in Batman v Superman, or was it just CGI?

In "Batman vs Superman", the character Zod appears briefly as a corpse. Actor Michael Shannon - who portrayed Zod in "Man of Steel" - is credited as Zod, but in the actual cameo his face looks a ...
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Why do TV show characters sometimes go by their actor's real name, but not in movies? [closed]

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, ...
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Is McConaughey's anecdote about not memorizing a four-page monologue real?

In Variety's 2016 ‘actors on actors’ interview of Matthew McConaughey (around 19 mins), he tells an anecdote wherein he arrived on set having not learnt a 4 page monologue in Spanish. He says his ...
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Were black actors more prominent in the 80s than they are now?

Lately I've taken a mild interest in 80s pop culture, and from my very superficial look I was surprised to see more black actors in movies, tv shows, and commercials of that time than I'm used to ...
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Who played Sebastian in Suddenly Last Summer?

Sebastian Venable is an important character in the film adaptation of Suddenly Last Summer, yet his face is never shown nor is the actor who portrayed him listed in the film credits. Is there anyway ...
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What caused Sylvester Stallone to get into a fight with Richard Gere?

Originally Richard Gere was cast into one of the four lead roles for the 1974 film, The Lords of Flatbush. During filming he and Sylvester Stallone got into a fight which turned into a shoving match. ...
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Is there a website showing membership stats for casting sites for actors?

Is there a website or organisation which shows membership stats for online casting sites for actors? i.e. How many members does Actors Access/CCP/LA Casting etc have? I'm putting together a research ...
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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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Did Duncan Jones intentionally use actors of different ethnic groups in Warcraft movie? [closed]

In the Warcraft movie, there are actors which represent the different races on earth. Such as the elf king (or ambassador), the captain of the guards, etc. Did the director intentionally choose these ...
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Does Amondi's English accent in Sense8 reflect her wealth?

Disclaimer: Spoilers within for Season 1 Episode 6 of Sense8. In Netflix's show Sense8, Capheus is charged with transporting Kenyan crime lord Silas Kabaka's daughter Amondi to a treatment clinic for ...
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Were there any actual Black actors in Birth of a Nation?

It is well known that white actors in blackface played African Americans in the 1915 movie Birth of a Nation, but I have the vaguest memory that there may have been some actual Black actors playing ...
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Were four actors initially cast for the role of Tony in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus?

In the movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Tony, played by Heath Ledger in the real world, is played by three additional actors in the "alternate" world. These actors are: Johnny Depp, Jude ...
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Were there any black actors in 'V for Vendetta'?

I can't recall seeing any black people in the movie, not even among the crowds. Were there any black actors in V for Vendetta? If not, then why not?
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Any reason why so many future superstars did early work on the sitcom Roseanne?

The list of guest stars of the sitcom Roseanne includes a string of actors who would go on to be huge successes in Hollywood: George Clooney Leonardo DiCaprio Bruce Willis* Ellen Degeneres* Neil ...
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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,...
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Why were kids allowed to act in the movie Caligula (1979)?

Why were kids allowed to act in the movie Caligula (1979)? To me it seems that the movie is a purely adult movie with sexual activity through the movie. Also, there's a scene where a topless woman ...
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Why do Hollywood movies add small scenes with Indian or Chinese actors and products?

I have noticed a trend in Hollywood movies where they tend to add small scenes that include Indian or Bollywood actors, or scenes set in China or with famous Chinese actors and products. My ...
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What was the reason for Terry Markwells departure from Mission: Impossible?

The episode "The Fortune" (S01E12) of the 1988 run of Mission: Impossible sees the death of primary team member Casey Randall (Terry Markwell) and the introduction of Jane Badler's Shannon Reed, who ...
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Is Léa Seydoux the first person to be in both Mission: Impossible and a Bond film?

I recently found out that Léa Seydoux, who played female assassin Sabine Moreau in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, will be appearing in the newest James Bond film, Spectre, as Madeleine Swann. ...
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Why are superhero movies signed by actors in three-parts?

I wrote an answer in this question Why did the story stop after The Dark Knight Rises? Which got me wondering - why are most superhero movies taken in three parts irrespective of it being DC or ...
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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 is the actor who plays Davos not East-Asian and the one who plays Bakuto not Japanese?

There are two characters in Iron Fist, Davos and Bakuto, who have a South-Asian or generally Mediterranean physical appearance. Strangely enough, Davos is playing the son of Lei Kung, an abbot with ...
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Hitchcock, Stewart and Grant

The 1958 film Vertigo was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starred Jimmy Stewart. Here and there I encounter the suggestion that upon the release of Vertigo, Hitchcock felt disappointed in Stewart and ...
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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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Is Ewan McGregor in The Force Awakens? If so, what was his role?

I read somewhere that Ewan McGregor was in The Force Awakens, but no mention of his role. Was it just a cameo, or some other part? Was he actually in the film?
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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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Why was Robert Patrick never recruited again after Terminator 2?

Why was Robert Patrick never recruited again after Terminator 2? Why wasn't he recruited in Genisys?
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Why did Romero cast a Black actor as the lead?

Back in the 1960s, it was not typically seen or accepted for a Black lead actor to be seen in mainstream American movies. So why did Romero cast Duane Jones as Ben in Night of the Living Dead?
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Why are there three different actors playing Gregor Clegane?

I happened onto the IMDB trivia which mentioned that the current actor is the youngest and shortest one to portray The Mountain, which lead me to this entry in Wikipedia: ...he is portrayed by ...
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Why has the role of Bruce Banner been played by different actors in the three films that Hulk has appeared in?

Hulk (2003) Eric Bana Bruce Banner The Incredible Hulk (2008) Edward Norton Bruce Banner The Avengers (2012) Mark Ruffalo Bruce Banner Is there any reason why different actors are used in different ...
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Is Hulk in The Avengers the same Hulk from The Incredible Hulk?

In The Avengers there is a new actor for Hulk. Should we still use The Incredible Hulk as a prequel to that? Or is Hulk rebooted again in The Avengers?