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Why cast an A-lister for Groot?

A-list actors are supposed to be "bankable stars", so it makes sense that directors/producers would want one in their movie. But Vin Diesel wasn't the first to audition for the role, as revealed by ...
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How do they phrase casting calls when casting an individual with a particular skin color?

You say what you need... that's it. I've worked in casting... for both speaking and non-speaking roles. The laws preventing hiring based on race/gender/etc don't apply to casting. If you need a ...
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Who voices the character "Finger" in The Fifth Element?

We don't know. No official sources have talked about this, and with a movie this old, I doubt they ever will. Multiple theories exist around the web. From TheGamer: This would be because Finger was ...
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Why cast an A-lister for Groot?

Remember that Vin Diesel was the voice actor for the Iron Giant in The Iron Giant (1999), and it was a great role which his unique voice suited, so we know that Vin Diesel is not just an A List actor ...
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Why didn't Hugo Weaving reprise his role as Red Skull?

Maybe because he was not interested to do it. He was pretty clear about his opinion for future portrayal of the character from very start, from his 2012's interview from collider (emphasis mine): I ...
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Was Deborah Voorhees cast due to her surname?

While she wasn't cast due to her name, she certainly got to the auditions part due to the name as per this interview: (DAN PETERS): Being that you share the last name of the infamous killer Jason ...
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What was the first tv show that successfully continued after losing a co-star from an established pair of characters?

There's a case to be made for Bewitched (1964 - 1972), which continued for three seasons after the co-star Dick York was replaced by Dick Sargent in the same role of Darrin Stephens. The main ...
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Why have this character involved in Infinity War at all?

This is answered by Russo brothers themselves: What was the decision making process to bring Red Skull back? Joe Russo: Somebody had to be the gatekeeper to the Soul Stone and somebody had to ...
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Why was Spencer Fox replaced by Huck Milner as Dashiell "Dash" Parr in Incredibles 2?

This was explained by Brad Bird (the director of the movie) at the D23 Expo in June 2017: Director Brad Bird revealed at D23 Expo that, with the exception of Dash's Spencer Fox, the main cast ...
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Was Wayne Brady considered a guest star on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

First, some history: The Original series of "Whose Line Is It Anyway" was a 6-episode Radio Series on BBC Radio 4 in early 1988. It was hosted by Clive Anderson, with John Sessions and Stephen Fry ...
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Why was Hugh Laurie credited as a Guest star in Friends?

Hugh Laurie has been well known in the UK since the 1980s, appearing in such popular TV shows as: The Young Ones A Bit of Fry and Laurie Blackadder (series 2 - 4) Jeeves and Wooster And parts in ...
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Why does Hollywood not use foreigners in foreigners' roles?

This is not entirely the case from what I have seen. More frequently, a specific type of character (Russian, for instance) is played over and over again by the same, small, group of actors well known ...
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Did Michael Shannon appear in Batman v Superman, or was it just CGI?

Michael Shannon Never Stepped Foot On Batman V Superman Set In a recent interview with Metro UK, Shannon talked about his work on BvS. “To be honest, I never went to the set of that movie ever,” ...
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Top-billed actor with the least screen time

There are a lot of films with actors/actresses who dominate the film, but actually have very little screen time. For example, Orson Welles in The Third Man had ~10 minutes of screen time. Heath Ledger ...
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Is McConaughey's anecdote about not memorizing a four-page monologue real?

The film is Scorpion Spring from 1995. According to this article from December 2016: McConaughey followed up with a doozy of a story from his 1995 film Scorpion Spring. "I had this idea ...
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For which future movies did Stan Lee finish his cameo?

According to inverse.com, he might appear in 6 unreleased films: Ralph Breaks the Internet: It’s unclear whether or not Lee actually lends his voice to Ralph Breaks the Internet, but outlets are ...
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Are Sean Bean's characters more prone to die than others?

If you average the number of deaths from Bill the Lizard's answer over the length of the actor's career and number of appearances, only Bela Lugosi could be said to have died more and more often than ...
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Top-billed actor with the least screen time

EDIT: We might have a new record. In the US historical epic One Night with the King from 2006, Peter O'Toole briefly appears in the prologue as the Prophet Samuel for "barely 30 seconds", according to ...
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Why didn't Arnold Schwarzenegger appear in Predator 2?

The producer did comment on it. From dnaindia.com: According to producer John Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger did not sign to act in Predator 2 because of a $250,000 dispute. "The sequel to the ...
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Why cast an A-lister for Groot?

I think Vin Diesel was a good choice. Let’s not forget that much of what an actor does comes in the form of how he says his lines. Most of communication occurs outside of just words. Much of that is ...
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Has an actor ever played a woman, or an actress a man, in a non-comedic/horror way?

Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously Linda Hunt plays Billy Kwan, a "Chinese-Australian dwarf of high intelligence and moral seriousness", in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously". ...
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What is the record for siblings from a single family in a film?

The Wayans family is usually a good source for this sort of thing. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) stars no less than 6 siblings: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Kim Wayans, Nadia Wayans, Marlon ...
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What was the first tv show that successfully continued after losing a co-star from an established pair of characters?

Yes it has happened. An early example is Doctor Who. Every few seasons either The Doctor regenerates and begins to be played by a new actor, or he switches his companion and gets a new one, again ...
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Why is Christian Bale not in the upcoming movie Batman vs Superman?

TL;DR: Christian Bale isn't in the movie as he wanted to leave the role after the third Dark Knight film. Ben Affleck was the choice to replace him. Long Answer: Christian Bale** certainly said he was ...
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Why did the Twilight Zone not feature a more diverse cast?

I'm not going to make this too political, but it took a lot of people a lot of effort to change these old perceptions, and not just in Hollywood, in all walks of life. Twilight Zone was first ...
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Is Ewan McGregor in The Force Awakens? If so, what was his role?

He's not on screen...but his voice is heard. During a flashback scene brought about by Rey touching Luke’s old lightsaber, a voice is heard whispering the name ‘Rey’. It was originally thought that ...
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Why is Pablo Escobar not speaking proper Spanish?

It was a decision of the director José Padilha, who cooperated with Moura in the past: A Brazilian former journalist, Moura made his name starring in the Brazilian police thriller Elite Squad and ...
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Are Movie Stars typically forbidden from appearing in future commercials resembling a played character?

Outside of officially licensed appearances, it would be copyright/trademark infringement and illegal. Movie studios own the characters in the films. The actors do not. Unless the actors get specific ...
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What was the first tv show that successfully continued after losing a co-star from an established pair of characters?

(Historical note: This answer was written before the question was edited to ask for "the first". I'm not changing it because I think it's more informative the way it is.) Yes, it has happened, though ...
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