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I have worked with children on horror films/thrillers and, having found no official guidelines from SAG other than payment policies such as Coogan's Law, I have usually employed a number of tactics. Firstly, I'll go over the scene and storyboard very carefully with the child's parents/guardians (although this isn't always constructive as many parents will ...


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You hyperventilate right before the take, the same technique as for swimming underwater [not highly recommended underwater, but in air, of course, you can change your mind and breathe again at any time]. Also, bear in mind, you're "dead" so not doing much in the way of running around getting out of breath. Zombies would be a whole different question and ...


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A fun example from "The Shining": Because Danny Lloyd was so young, and since it was his first acting job, Stanley Kubrick was highly protective of the child. During the shooting of the movie, Lloyd was under the impression that the film he was making was a drama, not a horror movie. In fact, when Wendy carries Danny away while shouting at Jack in the ...


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Unless they're performing in a play, actors don't generally memorize the entire script before the film starts shooting. The reality is, the film will take (on average) 6-12 weeks (or more) to film and the script will likely change constantly. While it's certainly good for an actor to be very familiar with the script so they know what's going to happen, the ...


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If you talk to actors that do a lot of CGI, the answer is "not very easily". (Ian McKellan famously almost quit filming The Hobbit because most of his work was acting solo, since they had to CGI in the hobbits later to make them short.) However, there's a couple of techniques that pop up frequently in CGI-heavy movies: The "tennis ball". Often an actual ...


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It's only difficult to not look into the camera for you because you're not used to being around them. If someone's taking a photo or video of you, you're "trained" to look at the camera because it's generally a portrait-style shot. Actors are trained to not look at the camera. Looking at the camera is called "spiking the camera" and it means that you've ...


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I don't know the answer. But here's a potential candidate. Unlike the aforementioned films that involved digital cloning of one character (Clone Wars, The Matrix, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Buster Keaton physically acted out (from my count) 27 separate roles in his 1921 film The Play House


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The editing, filming techniques, and set attitude can seriously change the perception of what is actually going on. In various horror movie "behind the scenes" (last I can think of is Sam Raimi commentary on Evil Dead), it seems like casts for horror flicks are very upbeat and everybody is having fun. With many horror films it's only once the scenes are ...


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From State.com (emphasis mine): Beth McGuire: Visually, that’s where we were. Linguistically, what we did is we honored the genealogy of the precursor to Black Panther—Captain America: Civil War. T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka, played by John Kani, is in the previous film. John Kani is from South Africa and he’s Xhosa, and he’s playing the king of Wakanda. So,...


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In Bollywood film What's Your Raashee?, Priyanka Chopra plays 12 characters, depicting the signs of the zodiac. Individual role played by the actress with there zodiac sighs are as below : All twelve character have different characteristic then the rest, few also address social issues of India too and get sufficient scene time in the film, making it 211 ...


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Peter Dinklage is a vegetarian. He has been a meatless eater since the age of 16. In all of the scenes that require him to be eating meat with his dear family in King’s Landing, Dinklage eats tofu or fake meats instead. Source 1 (emphasis mine) He quotes: "I wouldn't hurt a cat or a dog – or a chicken or a cow. And I wouldn't ask someone else to ...


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At the point where Jonathan Harris joined the show, everyone else had already signed contracts that said where their names would be put on the billing, so he unfortunately would have to be last. As consolation, he negotiated to be listed as a "Special Guest Star" because it was "ridiculous", according to what he said at New Jersey's Chiller Theatre Expo in ...


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There's a wiki article on this too - List of characters played by multiple actors in the same film The highest film I can find that definitely meets the requirement is: Palindromes - eight actors playing one role: All of the below actors play Aviva Emani Sledge, Valerie Shusterov, Hannah Freiman, Rachel Corr, Will Denton, Sharon Wilkins, Shayna ...


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I have also worked on film sets and I concur with @Nobby. I think a larger point, though, is that situations are generally only “scary” when actors are in character. For example consider Halloween. An adult dressed like a corpse and covered in bruise makeup and fake blood isn't scary to most children if she’s chatting and laughing and walking around as if ...


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In a movie, you typically don't need to learn the whole script. You just need the current scene, and that's usually just a few lines - easy to learn on the spot. Most of the practice is spent finding good ways to express yourself, I'd guess. And worst-case scenario, you just wasted a take - you can (almost) always just try again, and leave picking the best ...


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Apparently Keanu Reeves, after the Matrix experience, got hooked on Martial Arts. But as far as the movie is concerned, we're talking about choreography (you learn moves as when you do with dancing). According to The Matrix FAQ on Imdb: The actors that were hired had some kind of physical background; Carrie Anne-Moss was a dancer and Keanu Reeves used to ...


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Kind Hearts and Coronets is a full length film where Alec Guinness plays eight members of the D'Ascoyne family: Ethelred "the Duke", Lord Ascoyne "the Banker", Reverend Lord Henry "the Parson", General Lord Rufus "the General", Admiral Lord Horatio "the Admiral", Young Ascoyne, Young Henry and Lady Agatha D'Ascoyne. He also plays the seventh duke in brief ...


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From the 2013 Chilean comedy film "El Ciudadano Kramer" ("Citizen Kramer"), 24 roles for a single actor : Stefan Kramer as himself, and "Alturo Longton" (Arturo Longton) "Moreno Piñera" (Miguel "Negro" Piñera - brother of the President) "Hablo Zalaquett" (Pablo Zalaquett) "Don Tatán" (Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile at the time) Rodrigo Hinzpeter ...


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Depending on your definition of "Played" and "Movie", Doctor Who counts. First is the "Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death" comedy special, (a spoof of DW prior to the revival, really), we have 5 doctors in as many minutes: Rowan Atkinson (The 9th Doctor) Richard E. Grant (The Quite Handsome 10th Doctor) Jim Broadbent (The Shy 11th Doctor) Hugh Grant (The ...


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TL;DR "A-list" actors are exceptionally successful, their notoriety extends beyond the silver screen, and their name guarantees a box office hit. Long Explanation: As per Oxford Definition: A real or imaginary list of the most celebrated or sought-after individuals, especially in show business. And from Wikipedia: A-list is a term that alludes to ...


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CW turned answer originally posted as comment by Chanandler Bong In I'm Not There Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, and Ben Whishaw (6) all play characters based on Bob Dylan. In The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law (4) all play Tony.


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There is at least one example of a prominent, A-list actor, Marlon Brando, who did not memorize his lines. Cue cards were printed with his lines and he would read from them. This article discusses some of the tricks used in The Godfather: His lines were printed and placed in his character’s line of sight; stills from the production show that they ...


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A couple more options here. Editing. Let the actor hold their breath for as long as the scene requires, then cut-away for something else, then cut back and miraculously, the actor is still not breathing. Or simply show a still shot while other actors are speaking in the background. Prosthetics. Just use a fake chest shell covering the actor's chest, ...


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Jonathan Harris did not join the cast of Lost in Space until after the show was already in production, not being in the pilot. At this point the billing had already been finalized, so through contract negotiations, he was able to be billed as a 'Special Guest Star' for every episode. According to him, starting the entire "Guest Star" billing in television ...


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Just to share one related example: Linda Blair in the Exorcist did not understand what she was doing when she was told to act out the masturbation scene. It was only years later that she figured it out. So it's quite possible that child actors are often not quite aware of the exact nature of the scene they're acting out. Source: Linda Blair herself.


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Does the "Malkovich Malkovich" scene from Being John Malkovich count? It's difficult to count precisely how many Malkoviches are in this scene; I counted 45 while going through shot-by-shot, but I may have missed a few and/or double-counted some. These are obviously not named roles, so it may not count for what you're looking for. ...


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I'm almost certain it comes down to parent permission and what they are comfortable allowing the child to see when working with the directors. Some are naturally more lenient than others while I'm sure some are only allowed on set to film their scenes and they never get to see what they filmed after post-production because of it being too graphic. (The ...


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