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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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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 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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Will the movie “The Dead Sea” still be released?

Corey Haim is listed as the main character on the film The Dead Sea. Corey died back in 2010 and I can't find any information about how much of the film finished before he passed away. The film is ...
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Cast and production of “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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Is it possible to get an A-lister into a big-budget movie without anybody knowing?

Could a studio realistically disguise until the premiere the presence of an A-list actor in a small but non-trivial part in a movie they would not be expected to be involved in? Presumably if they're ...
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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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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 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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Is there something behind Alyson Stoner's appearance in only odd numbered sequels of step up films?

In Step Up (film series), Alyson Stoner only appeared in the 1st film, then 3rd film, and now she is confirmed for 5th film. In some speculation I have heard that she is only going to appear in odd ...
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What is the first instance of people filing a petition against casting a character?

These days people are very serious about the live action adaptation of their favorite character from comic books or novels. Some fans even file online petitions to request a change in the character's ...
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Why was the actor for Ned on Ghost Whisperer replaced?

In season 3 of Ghost Whisperer, the character Ned (Son of Melinda's co-worker Delia Banks, originally played by Tyler Patrick Jones was replaced by Christoph Sanders. Given that there is a very ...
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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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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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Was Nolan Sorrento supposed to look like a nemesis from a 1980's movie?

In Ready Player One, the actor Ben Mendelsohn plays Nolan Sorrento, an authority figure who is out of touch with what's important to the "gunters" who play in the Oasis. I noticed that he bears a ...
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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'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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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 did Rob Lowe exit The West Wing?

Why did Rob Lowe's character exit The West Wing towards the end of Season 4? Specifically is there any documented reasoning behind the same?
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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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Is Dr. Ratha's role similar to some comic counterpart or is it kept only for popularity of the actor?

In The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Dr. Rajit Ratha's role played by Irrfan Khan, which appear to me as an open-end character. Is his role similar to some Comic counterpart or is it kept to earn from ...
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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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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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In what scene does the character Bauernfänger (played by Theo Lingen) appear in Fritz Lang's M (1931)?

I'm trying to figure out who "Bauernfänger" is in Lang's M, what scene(s) he is in. He is supposedly played by the actor Theo Lingen. I haven't spotted him yet in viewing the film, and I can't find a ...
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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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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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Why was Edward Norton's name not featured in the cast of Alita Battle Angel?

We can clearly see the Edward Norton plays Nova in Alita Battle Angel, but his name was not featured in the end credits of the movie. I checked IMDb as well which didn't show his name. What is the ...
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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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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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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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If there is nudity in a movie, do actors have to show their bodies in casting too?

If there is nudity in a show or movie, will the producers/casting directors want to see the actors nude in casting? I guess to "see the merchandise", so to speak?
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Why was Sean's father different in the portrait?

In Before I Wake, the Hobson family had Jessie Hobson, Mark Hobson and their dead son Sean. But in the portrait there was some other guy: But there was no mention about the previous father/husband of ...
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Why didn't Zawe Ashton stay on Sherlock as Sally Donovan?

Sally Donovan was portrayed by Vinette Robinson throughout the series except for the unaired pilot (s1e0). Why didn't Zawe Ashton remain on Sherlock? Looking at their filmographies, Zawe Ashton ...
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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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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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Was “Big Lob” originally supposed to be a licensed sports personality?

In the animated G.I. Joe the Movie, basketball-player-turned-Joe "Big Lob" (voiced by Brad Sanders) is introduced. He has the number "14" on his jersey. Hasbro has used licensed personalities as ...
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Any known cases of a person appearing in one reality TV show as having one career but later in another reality TV show as having a different career?

This question is not about following types of reality TV shows: "Big Brother" or "Jersey Shore" were the portrayed individuals are recognized as "actors"/"participants". "Cops" where the portrayed ...
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Why did John Goodman say he was sandbagged by being cast as Fred Flintstone?

In the video John Goodman Breaks Down His Most Iconic Characters | GQ at about 06:42 actor John Goodman says: Yeah they kinda sandbagged me. Stephen Spielberg cast me in a film called Always and I ...
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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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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 were kids allowed to act in the movie Caligula (1979)?

Why were kids allowed to act in the movie Caligula (1979)? To me it seems that the movie is a purely adult movie with sexual activity through the movie. Also, there's a scene where a topless woman ...
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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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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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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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Is Extant only the SECOND national primetime scripted TV-drama with a female African-American lead?

Is Extant only the SECOND national primetime scripted TV show with an African-American female lead? I'm looking specifically for mainstream networks. To be explicit, BET is not that - talkshow and ...