Questions tagged [casting]

Questions concerning the cast of a film or show.

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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?
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Is there any criteria for selection of James bond?

We have seen many actors playing "James Bond". So is there any criteria that actor has to fill in order to be James bond.
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Why did Michael Bay have an insignificantly small role in Coyote Ugly?

In 2000's film Coyote Ugly Michael Bay has a small cameo as a photographer. The photograph taken by him was important later in the film but what was the reason for having Michael Bay doing that ...
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Were body doubles originally intended to be used before casting the female lead?

In Flashdance, three separate body doubles were used for lead actress Jennifer Beals during the dance scenes: Jennifer Beals' dancing in the film was performed by a body double. Her main dance ...
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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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Have any actors had roles in both the DCEU and the MCU?

The title basically says it all. Has any actor played in both the DC Extended Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Preferably not some extra. Upcoming movies also count.
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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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Has an actor or actress in a TV series ever returned as a different character after their role was re-cast? [closed]

I'm thinking more along the lines of a long-running soap than a normal TV series, but I know that in soaps, if an actor or actress leaves, and they need to bring the character back they will re-cast ...
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Why was Ezri Dax the polar opposite of Jadzia Dax?

When Star Trek: Deep Space 9 killed off Jadzia Dax, a strong willed woman of skill, they replaced her with Ezri Dax, a very timid, undeveloped woman barely out of her teenage years and mentality. Why ...
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How do (famous) actors apply for a movie character?

I was wondering how (famous) actors apply for a movie character role. I recently saw that the main character from Arrow wanted to play The Riddler in the new Batman movie. Source He said himself: ...
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Why Are So Many Actors from “Rome” in John Carter?

I just saw the movie "John Carter" (and loved it). But I noticed that four actors in the movie who were also in the HBO miniseries "Rome". Does anyone know why? For instance, was there staff of "John ...
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Why didn't Terrence Howard play Jim Rhodes (Rhodey) in Iron Man 2?

Terrence Howard played Rhodey in Iron Man but Don Cheadle played the character in Iron Man 2. Was there any particular reason why Terrence Howard didn't continue on in the role?
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Why don't the Ashmore twins work on the same projects more often?

Killjoys stars Aaron Ashmore who is the identical twin of the arguably better known Shawn. Usually, twins in the acting industry end up acting together, either as twins in the same film or TV show, ...
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Why was Prowse chosen to play Darth Vader?

Everybody knows that David Prowse played Darth Vader in the old Star Wars episodes. He was a weightlifting champion and a bodybuilder. Does anybody know who and why actually chose him to play this ...
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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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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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Who was involved in the casting for the Mickey Mouse Club in the early 1990s? [closed]

Someone on that show seems to have had a real eye for talent and star potential even in singers/actors that were still children. I don't know it was the casting director, a subordinate, a producer, or ...
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Was Keanu Reeves cast due to his past hockey experience?

Keanu Reeves portrays a goalie named Heaver in the 1986 film Youngblood. He was actually an exceptional hockey player in High School and was voted MVP by his fellow teammates and nicknamed "The Wall" ...
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Why is Christian Bale not in the upcoming movie Batman vs Superman?

This is about the upcoming Zack Snyder movie Batman vs Superman, where Ben Affleck is playing Batman. I just read an article that Christian Bale wanted to be Batman again. So I wanted to ask why wasn'...
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Why was Ben Affleck cast as Batman instead of keeping Christian Bale? [duplicate]

I'm not trying to spark discussion; I just want to know if there was a specific reason the actors changed. I have a high opinion of Christian Bale's acting; I figured DC wouldn't want to change ...
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Why was Hugh Laurie credited as a Guest star in Friends?

I recently watched the episode The One with Ross's Wedding: Part Two of Friends, in which Hugh Laurie has a minor role. I noticed that he is mentioned in the credits as a Guest star. As a French ...
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Portrayals of emaciated people in WW2 dramas

In the Band Of Brothers (HBO TV series) episode "Why We Fight" there is a plotline about the liberation of a concentration camp. There are many (highly disturbing) scenes showing portrayals of ...
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Lyle's vocal delivery

The character of Lyle in Napoleon Dynamite is an old farmer and also a local minister with a vocal delivery that is something between a speech impediment and an extreme redneck mumbling. I am just ...
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Did De Niro and Pacino actually meet during The Godfather II shooting?

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro don't play together in the same scene as De Niro plays young adult Vito and Pacino plays adult Michael. Have they met out stage, behind the scenes?
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Is there any reason for the absence of Walt in Lost?

In Lost, mostly all the dead and non-dead characters return for the last season. But Walt didn't return for it, he didn't even appear in Lost: Missing Pieces episode, Room 23 which was even about him....
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When do they prepare screenplay for sequels, after casting or before casting?

Magic Mike XXL is a sequel for Magic Mike. However in the sequel the Dallas role is not there. Did they remove the role because Matthew McConaughey was busy with another movie or was it developed not ...
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Who is featured in the opening of “O is not for Over” in Odd Squad

Odd squad is a live-action kids show on PBS that features cold openings with agents solving mini-cases. To keep the actors young, they rotated out most of the old cast between seasons. In the final ...
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Did Michael Jackson do a voiceover in The Simpsons?

Did Michael Jackson actually do the voiceover of himself in The Simpsons episode Stark Raving Dad? I hear that it was someone else that did the voice.
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How was cast selected in the show Louie?

What was the criteria for selection of cast with such variety in the TV show Louie? Louie CK's casts Amy Landecker as young Louie’s mom [S01E011, S04E11/12], after already using her a few episodes ...
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How exactly did they find an actress that is almost an exact clone of original Mon Mothma?

The actress that plays Mon Mothma in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is extremely similar in appearance to the A New Hope actress. In the actual casting process, how did they manage to find someone so ...
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Why did the producers of Spider-Man 3 not want Topher Grace on That 70's Show?

I've been watching That 70's Show for some years now. I've wondered why on season 8, Eric Forman (played by Topher Grace) was not on the show. So I looked it up and I saw that during the 8th season, ...
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Why wasn't Kurt Russell cast in SG1?

Why did Kurt Russell not reprise his role as Colonel O'Neil (one L) in the spin-off series for Stargate? From Showtime's treatment of season 1's take on the character Colonel O'Neill (two Ls), there ...
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Were Craig Bierko and Yvonne Zima cast due to their physical resemblance of one another?

In The Long Kiss Goodnight, Charly informs Timothy that her daughter, Caitlin, whom she has been raising for the past 8 years, is his biological child. Charly begs Timothy to look into Caitlin's eyes ...
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Why couldn't “Doctor Strange” cast a Chinese actress for the Ancient One, but make the character non-Tibetan?

In the Doctor Strange comics, the titular character is trained by "the Ancient One", who is a Tibetan mystic. An interview with co-writer C. Robert Cargill noted that if they kept this origin, China ...
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Why cast an A-lister for Groot?

I'm currently watching Guardians of the Galaxy on Netflix and as we know, Vin Diesel played Groot. The question. What's the point? I mean. Groot has a distorted voice, only says "I'm Groot" and ...
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Have there been other candidates to play Jack Reacher?

First, let me emphasize that this is not about the highly subjective question whether or not Tom Cruise should play Jack Reacher. Lee Child's novel One Shot is being turned into a movie. Tom Cruise ...
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Why was Billy Crudup not credited in “The Watch”? [duplicate]

In The Watch (2012), Billy Crudup plays a creepy neighbor. He has a lot of dialog, and several important/pivotal scenes in which he directly interacts with the main characters. Why was he not credited ...
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Who portrayed Ray Finkle in the file photo?

In Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, which actor portrayed Ray Finkle in the Miami Dolphins team photo of Finkle in his football uniform?
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Is the casting of Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell together in “The Flash” intentional?

I have recently watched Prison Break and am now watching The Flash. A couple episodes into the series, an antagonist (Captain Cold) played by Wentworth Miller (Prison Break's Michael Scofield) shows ...
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On the West Wing, why was Josh's assistant given so much screen time?

On the West Wing, all the president's support staff (Leo, Toby, CJ, Josh) have assistants. Josh Lyman's assistant Donna Moss has the most screen time and is the only one who is listed in the opening ...
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Was casting adults as teenagers more common in the past?

I've think I've noticed that decades ago, Hollywood seemed to be more okay casting actors in their 30s as teenagers. In Grease, for example, Stockard Channing was 34, Jamie Donnelly was 31, Michael ...
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Why did they pick an American actor to play Sherlock Holmes?

Sherlock Holmes is a purely British character. But they cast Robert Downey Jr. in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films. Have the filmmakers ever commented on the reason for this casting choice? Was ...
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Does AMC have some kind of linkage/negotiation with the British entertainment industry?

Recently I've noticed that the original programming output from AMC seems to feature what I consider to be a disproportionate amount of British talent - a distinction that is amplified by the fact ...
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Casting choice for The Flash in the Justice League movie?

Why didn't DC Comics choose the TV "The Flash" actor Grant Gustin for the role of The Flash in the Justice Leagues movies?
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What role Bob Anderson did play, Imperial or Rebel?

Wikipedia claims that fencer and fight choreographer Bob Anderson played an Imperial Officer in Star Wars. This page movie-dude.co.uk shows a Rebel Officer claiming it's Bob Anderson but the quality ...
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Why did Matt Damon opt out of the Bourne Legacy?

Why did Matt Damon opt out of the Bourne Legacy? I read on the Wikipedia that he decided not to make himself available for playing the lead role in the fourth film of the series. Is there any ...
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Are Movie Stars typically forbidden from appearing in future commercials resembling a played character?

Maybe no one around here would know the answer to this, or maybe it varies wildly, but I'm curious to know whether or not it's typical for movie stars to be forbidden from resembling the character ...
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Was Will Smith really considered for the role of “Mr. Smith?

Is is true that Will Smith was considered for the role of “Mr. Smith” in Mr. & Mrs. Smith before Brad Pitt was cast as claimed by this article?
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Why did the 1996 version of Hamlet include Robin Williams and other high-profile actors in minor roles?

The 1996 version of Hamlet, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, has a number of high-profile actors in minor roles who were only in one or two scenes. A few that stand out to me (descriptions ...