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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 ...
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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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Do stars of original series get royalties for reboots or remakes?

While this may be a bit subjective, the recent remake of Roots, produced by the original star, Levar Burton, got me to think. Is it common, or even heard of, for an actor or star to get royalties for ...
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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 do TV series creators prefer to remove characters rather than recast them?

Actors playing roles on TV series occasionally leave the series after a while, for various reasons. I've noticed that, at least in the last few decades, that usually results in the character leaving ...
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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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Was Matt Dillon the first choice for Carl?

For the movie 'You, Me, and Dupree', was Matt Dillon the first choice to play Carl? Reason I ask: Owen Wilson as Dupree and Kate Hudson as Molly make the movie. But I wonder if the person in charge ...
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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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What traits do theater actors have?

A lot of TV and film actors come from theater; many of the best actors have theater experience. I've noticed every now and then, through interviews and so on, about there being a big distinction ...
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What happened to the first actor to play Dan?

On the TV show Lucifer, why was the role of Chloe's ex husband recast? In the pilot he was played by a different actor to the full series. The new actor is shown in this picture.
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Most direct family members in a film?

Which film has the most actors that are direct family members? To be fair, lets exclude non-significant crowd roles.
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How do filmmakers avoid offending actors when casting?

Almost all characters in films necessitate actors who have certain features before makeup and costumes fill in the gaps. The role of James Bond, for instance, necessarily calls for a tall, handsome ...
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How many nationalities has Christopher Lee portrayed?

In The Spoony Experiment's review for Captain America 2: Death Too Soon, host Noah Antwiller says the following about Christopher Lee: The doctor has been kidnapped by the notorious international ...
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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 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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Top-billed actor with the least screen time

What is the least amount of screen time, relative to the total running length, that the single highest-billed actor (or actress) has ever had in a feature-length, non-experimental film? (For the ...
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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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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 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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What non-actor did the director Robert Bresson cast as the French king?

I read (in a New Yorker article, "Clio at the Multiplex," many years ago) that the French director Robert Bresson made a movie about Joan of Arc, cast with non-professional actors, called The Trial of ...
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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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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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What is the record for siblings from a single family in a film?

I was wondering if there's a movie that can beat Scrooged (1988) in terms of sibling actors starring in it - it starred Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray and John Murray. To narrow it: (...
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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 was Michael Gambon's Dumbledore allowed to be so much more assertive than Richard Harris'?

Richard Harris' portrayal of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series was a very frail wispy old man. In the third movie, when Michael Gambon stepped in, they did a very good job of making him look ...
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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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Is there a website with stats on male versus female leading roles in movies?

In Hollywood, are there more main roles for male actors than female (actresses)? Are there generally more roles for male actors than female (not just leading ones)? It probably depends on the genre. ...
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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 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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First appearance of a predominately black cast in a TV show

I was watching MeTV the other day, which is a fantastic station chock-full of old-time TV shows. In one sitting I saw episodes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Rifleman and Star Trek (TOS). So ...
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Showtime series “The Tudors” casting question

Just finished watching the complete Showtime series "The Tudors". I very much enjoyed the show. One of my complaints is the actor whom played Henry VIII. I am not discrediting the young man's ...
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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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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 did Peter Jackson and Cate Blanchett take small uncredited roles in Hot Fuzz?

So, it's no big secret, but Peter Jackson and Cate Blanchett were both in Hot Fuzz. Peter Jackson plays the guy who stabs Nick Angel in the hand and thus is in the movie for mere seconds. Cate ...
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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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Why is Hugh Jackman not going to continue to portray Wolverine?

According to several news sources, Hugh Jackman has decided not to continue to play Wolverine in films after the upcoming The Wolverine sequel: Hugh Jackman Will Play Wolverine “One Last Time”: Is ...
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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 the same dog play Einstein in Back to the Future I and II?

The question is self explanatory: did the same dog play Einstein in the first two Back to the Future movies?
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How did Patrick Moore come to be the GamesMaster?

GamesMaster was a British television show, screened on Channel 4 from 1992 to 1998, and was the first ever UK television show dedicated to computer and video games. The show featured astronomer and ...
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Harvey Dent black?

I was watching Tim Burton's Batman series and found out that Harvey Dent was played by a black man but he is played by a white guy in Nolan's series. What race is Harvey Dent portrayed as in the ...
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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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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 ...