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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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Which bystander did Post Malone play as?

In the credits to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it is listed that Post Malone voice acted one of the Brooklyn bystanders. My question though is, which one?
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Why the prevalence of Tilda Swinton?

The 2018 version of Suspiria has Tilda Swinton not only play Madame Blanc, but also Mother Markos and, more prominently, Dr. Klemperer. Now while Mother Markos doesn't appear much in the story and it'...
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First Hollywood (or at least made in USA) movie where Russian dialog was spoken by Russian speaking actor?

I was wondering what the first movie (made in USA) was where a character speaking Russian was played by an actor for whom Russian was a fluent (though not necessarily first) language, spoken with no ...
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Why do the lead characters use different names?

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a film of Quentin Tarantino. It weaves "multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age." In the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio's character ...
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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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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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How to correctly identify an actor/actresses is in something that is not listed on their IMDB profile?

While looking for various actors and actresses I keep coming across material they have done that isn't on their IMDB profile. An example is Allison Scagliotti is in a web short yet there is no ...
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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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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 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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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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Are there any male actors written out of a Star Trek series?

I can only think of two main cast members who were written out of a Star Trek series. That includes Tasha Yar of SNG, and Kes of Voyager who were both female. Wesley Crusher's role in SNG was reduced ...
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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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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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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 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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Who provided voice for Paul Walker in Fast & Furious 7?

Who provided voice for Paul Walker in Fast & Furious 7?
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Where is Gemma Arterton in The Wrath of the Titans?

I've just been to see Wrath of the Titans, Gemma Arterton is credited very highly however I did not see her in a single scene? Is she in the film? If so where? If not why is she credited?
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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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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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Are there differences in the ways/rationales that movies cast real persons to play “themselves?”

One situation is when the movie features a famous person, especially with a relatively small part. I have a recollection of (former Secretary of State) Henry Kissinger in such a role. This is what I ...
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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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Where did Brooklyn Nine-Nine get Boyle's lookalike?

The character Bill (played by Winston Story) really does have an uncanny resemblance to Charles Boyle (played by Joe Lo Truglio). I know that the Brooklyn Nine-Nine production do sometimes work off-...
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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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How does a new TV series ensures that its actors will be available for the future? [closed]

As I understand it, a new TV series sometimes goes like this: A pilot episode is produced, the network airs it or test-runs it, and the network decides whether to contract more episodes for a ...
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Why did Mike leave?

I don't think Mike's character should have vanished like what the creator showed in Suits. While it is true that Meghan Markle is now Duchess of Sussex and probably can't work (or something), the ...
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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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Does Brendan Gleeson also play the role of the fiddlist in the confederate field hospital?

In 2003's Cold Mountain, Brendan Gleeson plays Stobrod Thewes, the father of Ruby Thewes played by Renée Zellweger. His character is a traveling minstrel, and according to imdb, Gleeson is a fine ...
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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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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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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 Christian Bale star in “A Midsummer Night's Dream” (1981)?

Christian Bale is said to be in the BBC's 1981 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. However, after watching it over and over again. I can't find him. I think he is one of the little boys but I am ...
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Why did Werner Herzog play Zec?

While watching Jack Reacher I realized that Werner Herzog was playing the role of Zec. But why would such a famous arthouse director (whom I remember of not being particularly fond of mainstream ...
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Why was the game designer actor replaced in the show “Level Up”?

On the Cartoon Network show Level Up they changed the actor playing Max Ross, the creator of the Conqueror of All Worlds game. In the movie he was one guy and now for the series he is someone else. ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Was Leo the Lion going to play the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz?

I once heard that originally Leo the Lion (the mascot for MGM) was going to play the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Is this true? What happened? Why didn't he end up playing him?
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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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Did the makers of HIMYM cast this actress on purpose to play Karen based on this quote?

In the That '70s Show episode 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 colleges, drift away and ...
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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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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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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 does Joss Whedon use the same actors so frequently?

When I watch Joss Whedon's shows I'm very aware of how often the same actors appear. Here's a quick list of ones I've spotted. Eliza Dushku - Dollhouse and Buffy/Angel Alexis Denisof - Buffy/Angel ...
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Why did so many different actors end up playing Quatermass?

Quatermass was a british rocket scientist in a pioneering series of early television science fiction on the BBC. There were originally three series (incidentally broadcast live to camera) with a forth ...
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More info about “Air Devils” (1932)

I am looking for information about the cast and production of 1932 American film Air Devils. It's mentioned in Stephen Pendo's Aviation in the Cinema (Scarecrow Press, 1985) on pages 12-13: The ...
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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?