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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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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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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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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 is Raymond K. Hessel an Asian man with an accent in Fight Club?

In the movie Fight Club, is there a plot-related reason that Raymond K. Hessel is portrayed by Joon Kim, a South Korean national with a very noticeable Asian accent? The surname Hessel seems to be ...
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Why did they change the child actress portraying Lily twice?

I am watching Modern family and I am currently on season 3. In Modern family, season 1 Lily is played by Jaden. In season 2 by Ella Hiller and from season 3 Aubrey Anderson-Emmons. What is the reason ...
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How did Movie 43 get so many big name stars?

Movie 43 is a basic comedy shtick driven movie that seems to be directed at the humor level that teenage boys are supposed to have. It's not an entirely new type of movie following pretty much the ...
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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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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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Does the Film Drive Have a Cameo from the star of Maniac Cop

The Film Drive has the Below image: Is this an uncredited Cameo from Laurene Landon, the star of the Maniac cop films? It looks like her, and Refn has gone on record as saying he is a fan of those ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Who provided voice for Paul Walker in Fast & Furious 7?

Who provided voice for Paul Walker in Fast & Furious 7?
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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 ...