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Questions tagged [casting]

Questions concerning the cast of a film or show.

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Why is Warner Bros still keeping Johnny Depp as Grindelwald even after so much controversy? [closed]

As the title states: Why hasn't Warner Bros. replaced Johnny Depp as Grindelwald? A few things to note There has been an outcry of angry fans wanting Warner Bros. to replace him. Johnny Depp ...
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What actor has played the greatest number of unique Marvel or DC characters in movie adaptations?

I'm fairly certain this hasn't been asked yet based on my search, but apologies if it has. I'm curious what actor has had the most unique roles as a Marvel or DC character in movie adaptations of ...
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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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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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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 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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Did the makers of HIMYM cast this actress on purpose to play Karen based on this quote?

I recently started rewatching that '70s show and in S05E06 Over the Hills and Far Away Eric says to Donna: You love Marquette and I've made my peace with that so we're just gonna go to different ...
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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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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 did Hugh Jackman leave the X-Men franchise? [duplicate]

Why is Logan is the last movie of this franchise starring Hugh Jackman? Is there any chance of him appearing in a future X-Men movie, or even a guest appearance?
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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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Why are they avoiding showing Arys Oakheart's face?

Game of Thrones edited out a lot of characters/stories from books like Lady Stoneheart (which is discussed here) and even shortened the stories of a few characters like Cold Hands (which is further ...
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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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Has an actor ever played a woman, or an actress a man, in a non-comedic/horror way?

I'm looking for good and/or early example(s) of a movie in which a male actor plays a female part (or vice versa), where the gender-switch isn't used to enact comedic or horror elements. Robin ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...