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 James Gunn:
All of the 'I am Groots' that were earlier voices didn't sound very
good at all, they sounded like shit. It just didn't really work.
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 crowd of black men as they would have for casting crowds in Selma, then you advertise that you're looking for black males with certain physical attributes (height/...
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 that happens to be voice acting for Groot, but that he is actually a good voice actor with the resume to back it up.
As for hiring any A lister actor to voice ...
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 [signed a multi-picture deal] for Captain America. I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back. They might for The ...
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 Voorhees, do you think that helped you secure your role in the franchise?
(DEBI SUE): It certainly helped me get the interview. That was one of the first ...
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 from The Incredibles will return for
Bird explained at the D23 Expo animation panel that they needed to
recast Dash in order to ...
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 distribute the rules to Thanos and Gamora.
Anthony Russo: In a way that was credible and believable.
Joe Russo: Who felt credible to the audience. ...
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 character, Samantha Stephens, was married to Darrin, so they definitely qualify as a couple/duo.
Watching syndicated re-runs of Bewitched as a kid, I actually didn't ...
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 the films:
Before 1998 when these episodes were made.
As these episodes were set in the UK, a well known (and ...
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,” he said. “I did some ADR, I recorded some lines that Zack [Snyder, director] wasn’t even sure he was going to use — like, creepy s— I’d be saying to Lex Luthor ...
The rules for how the order of credits is produced is very long and convoluted. They also vary from show to show, so for any one "rule of thumb" it's almost guaranteed you can find an exception on the air right now on some channel.
The basic guidelines that most shows follow most of the time are drawn from the rules for the various industry guilds. In the ...
It is probably a combination of the decisions of graphic designers (who may not agree with you that there is necessarily a 'proper' way to do this). Plus the order of names in credits and posters is carefully negotiated in contracts with the stars.
In the example above Nick Stahl probably got top billing, and negotiated his name to be first in all ...
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 in The Dark Knight had just under 20 minutes. Judi Dench won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love for less than 8 minutes acting time. Similarly, Beatrice Straight ...
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
"I had this idea that I need to go back like I did in my first film,
where I just knew my man, and I would show up and just play the
circumstances - improvise,” he explained.
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
labeling it as a cameo, so Lee probably has at least one line.
Madness in the Method: Lee’s credited as “Stan,” which probably means he plays himself, a ...
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 Sean Bean.
Sean Bean - 0.86 deaths/year, 0.22 deaths/credit
Vincent Price - 0.6 deaths/year, 0.17 deaths/credit
Bela Lugosi - 0.86 deaths/year, 0.32 deaths/...
David Prowse definitely did not have the right voice. He is from Bristol in the UK, and has a Bristolian accent, what would be described as in the UK as a 'west country accent'. To many ears this sounds a little parochial - most people would think this more the accent for a farmer than a galactic enforcer for the Emperor, however unfair that comparison might ...
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 Leonard Maltin's 2015 Movie Guide. (I timed it myself and it's about 25 seconds). Despite this, he's top-billed as the film's star:
Another notable example ...
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 Wayans and Shawn Wayans.
[And as a corollary, Dance Flick (2009) must be holding some sort of record too. I've counted at least 11 different members of the Wayans ...
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 first one rebooted it. We should've had Arnold in the movie. The deal broke down over $250,000, which is a shame. But it was moved from the jungle to the ...
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 played by a new actor. It has been running for ages and is still successful.
As @KutuluMike noted, the success or failure of losing actors or getting new ones is ...
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 in motions and gestures, but much of it is also in intonation, timing, stress, volume, etc. Plus, Vin Diesel has a unique sounding voice that fits the role of a ...
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". This role was apparently originally given to male actor David Atkins, but was eventually given to Linda Hunt, when David Atkins felt the role did not work for him....
This is a great question and I think Ian nailed it - but I also wanted to bring up the classic story of The Towering Inferno:
Stars Paul Newman and Steve McQueen apparently argued intensely over who should get top billing. In the end the producers settled for a compromise: reading the film poster (which is reproduced as the DVD cover) top to bottom, Paul ...
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.
Christian Bale** certainly said he was jealous, but that by no means indicates he wanted the role himself. To quote from USA Today:
The former Batman ended his tenure as the masked vigilante ...
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 broadcast in 1959.
The world was a significantly different place back then. Hollywood wasn't alone in excluding non-white actors [and technicians, writers, producers] ...
In 1971, Stanley Kubrick cast him as Julian, the bodyguard of Mr. Alexander for A Clockwork Orange. And when such a great director casts you, it is a big thing. So for Star Wars, he did not even have an audition, George Lucas wanted him to have a role.
David Prowse as Julian carrying Malcom McDowell in a Clockwork Orange
David Prowse says:
George Lucas ...
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 its sequel, that were
directed by Narcos producer José Padilha.
What drew you to the role of Pablo Escobar?
The first thing was the relationship I ...
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 the voice actor who played Kenobi in the Clone Wars TV series, James Arnold Taylor, said the name out loud, yet he revealed on Twitter that director JJ ...