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9th Jun '18 10:19:33 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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** The 80s BBC Production cast four children who were nothing like the descriptions - Peter (Richard Dempsey) looked too young, Lucy (Sophie Wilcox) was much older and chubbier, Susan (Sophie Cook) was blonde instead of brunette, and Edmund (Jonathan R. Scott) looked older than Peter - but they all gelled well together in their auditions.

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** The 80s BBC Production cast four children who were nothing like the descriptions - Peter (Richard Dempsey) looked too young, Lucy (Sophie Wilcox) was much older and chubbier, Susan (Sophie Cook) was blonde instead of brunette, and Edmund (Jonathan R. Scott) looked older than Peter - but they all gelled well together in their auditions. Later on, they added David Thwaites as Eustace, who, unlike in the books, was fair-haired and stocky, but he also gelled well.
9th Jun '18 10:15:31 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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* The casters for ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' had intended for Michael Stone to be white, like the rest of the main cast, but Adrian Lester's performance impressed them.

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* The casters for ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' had intended for Michael Stone to be white, like the rest of the main cast, but Adrian Lester's performance impressed them. He was also a little younger than they had envisioned.
7th Jun '18 1:54:14 PM number9robotic
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has a strange vocal variation regarding Lúcio Correia dos Santos (a black native Brazilian), cast to Jonny Cruz ([[FakeNationality a Hispanic American]] [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent who speaks with an American accent]]). This is a little unusual given the game's tendency to cast [[ActorSharedBackground actors native to their character's respective nation]] (and usually able to speak their native language), but Cruz was cast because he perfectly captured Lúcio's all-important [[FunPersonified personality.]] Blizzard reported they had auditioned several Brazilian natives beforehand, but they couldn't find anyone else who could portray Lúcio the way they wanted in time.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has a strange vocal variation regarding Lúcio Correia dos Santos (a black native Brazilian), cast to Jonny Cruz ([[FakeNationality a Hispanic American]] [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent who speaks with an American accent]]).accent]] and didn't speak Portuguese until 2018). This is a little unusual given the game's tendency to cast [[ActorSharedBackground actors native to their character's respective nation]] (and usually able to speak their native language), but Cruz was cast because he perfectly captured Lúcio's all-important [[FunPersonified personality.]] Blizzard reported they had auditioned several Brazilian natives beforehand, but they couldn't find anyone else who could portray Lúcio the way they wanted in time.
7th Jun '18 1:53:00 PM number9robotic
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has a strange vocal variation regarding Lúcio Correia dos Santos (a black native Brazilian), cast to Jonny Cruz ([[FakeNationality a Hispanic American]] [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent who speaks with an American accent]]). This is a little unusual given the game's tendency to cast [[ActorSharedBackground actors native to their character's respective nation]] (and usually able to speak their native language), but Cruz was cast because he perfectly captured Lúcio's all-important [[FunPersonified personality.]] Blizzard reported they had auditioned several Brazilian natives beforehand, but they couldn't find anyone else who could portray Lúcio the way they wanted in time.
31st May '18 9:02:17 AM erforce
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* Creator/RobertDowneyJr is almost the exact opposite of Franchise/SherlockHolmes in appearance, being a handsome man of middling height and muscular build. Holmes is described as tall, slender, hawk-nosed and not particularly good-looking. His performance in the ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' film, however, was generally well received.

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* Creator/RobertDowneyJr is almost the exact opposite of Franchise/SherlockHolmes in appearance, being a handsome man of middling height and muscular build. Holmes is described as tall, slender, hawk-nosed and not particularly good-looking. His performance in the ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' film, ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'', however, was generally well received.
31st May '18 3:04:34 AM fearlessnikki
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** Valkyrie is a white blonde in the comics, but in this movie, she is portrayed by Creator/TessaThompson, who is black. Director Taika Waititi said he was aware that some of the more hardcore fans might take umbrage with her casting, but insisted that she gave the strongest audition of all the actresses who read for the part.

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** Valkyrie is a white blonde in the comics, but in this movie, she is portrayed by Creator/TessaThompson, who is black. Director Taika Waititi said he was aware that some of the more hardcore fans might take umbrage with her casting, but insisted that she gave the strongest audition of all the actresses who read for the part. The costume designer even nearly gave Valkyrie blonde hair out of respect that the fans would react negatively to the casting - but chose to leave it dark [[ButNotTooBlack to avert another trope]].



* When scripting ''Film/TheCraft'' Rochelle was written to be a white girl who obsesses over her weight. Rachel True was keen to play a witch and really lobbied for the part. In addition to being black, Rachel was also in her late twenties and her agents kept telling her she was [[DawsonCasting too old]] for the role. She ended up being one of the first actresses cast.
* Ava Du'verny when casting ''Film/AWrinkleInTime2018'' wanted to make the film more diverse, so the Murrys became a mixed race family. Meg the protagonist was {{Race Lift}}ed to become black. Even people who didn't like the film praised Storm Reid for her performance.
* ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'':
** Miranda Priestly is a British woman in the book, but played by the American Meryl Streep in the film. Even the film's detractors say she nails the role.
** Emily was the reverse - an American in the book but played by the British Emily Blunt. She was asked to audition using her own voice, very few complained about the change and it became a StarMakingRole for her.



** Slater was written to be white and they tested multiple actors for the part. When the right one couldn't be found, they opened up casting to actors of other races, and Mario Lopez won the role.



* When casting Julia in ''Series/PartyOfFive'' producers wanted a relatively young actress (the character was 15 at the time) but ended up casting the 19-year-old Creator/NeveCampbell due to her strong attitude during the audition.

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* When casting Julia in ''Series/PartyOfFive'' producers wanted a relatively young actress (the character was 15 at the time) but ended up casting the 19-year-old Creator/NeveCampbell due to her strong attitude during the audition. A subplot in Season 1 was then written where Julia is able to [[YoungerThanTheyLook pass for over-21 with a fake ID]].



** [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Princess Aurora]] is known as a blonde, but is played by brunette Sarah Bolger. Additionally Aurora's voice actress Mary Costa used a Mid-Atlantic accent, while Bolger (who is Irish) uses a standard American one. Either way her casting and performance was well-received.

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** [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Princess Aurora]] is known as a blonde, but is played by brunette Sarah Bolger. Additionally Aurora's voice actress Mary Costa used a Mid-Atlantic accent, while Bolger (who is Irish) uses a standard American one.one[[note]]And she's been a FakeBrit in ''{{Film/Stormbreaker}}'' and ''Series/TheTudors'' so she could do the accent[[/note]]. Either way her casting and performance was well-received.
25th May '18 11:25:03 AM FordPrefect
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** Wrestling/ChrisJericho isn't particularly muscular or tall but he's WWE first Undisptued champion and has held the most intercontinental champion reigns.

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** Wrestling/ChrisJericho isn't particularly muscular or tall but he's WWE first Undisptued Undisputed champion and has held the most intercontinental champion reigns.



** One important thing to remember is that this “eye test” is really only enforced by a select few people at the top of the chain: namely Vince [=McMahon=], who seems to have a definite fascination with big, muscular guys. Vince is believed to be the reason “body guys” such as Wrestling/UltimateWarrior are pushed far beyond their skill set, and why Hulk Hogan wasn't allowed to do any of the moves that made him a success in Japan and was forced to wrestle a more generic “big man” wrestling style. With the exception of Shawn Michaels, most of the wrestlers who have achieved any kind of lasting success in WWE did so after achieving success elsewhere and generating enough PopularityPower that it would be downright impossible for Vince to ignore them, such as WCW (Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio) or on the independent circuit (CM Punk, Daniel Bryan.) Notice that guys that Vince is [[HollywoodHypeMachine trying to make stars himself]] are still overwhelmingly big guys (John Cena, Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, Wrestling/{{Ryback}}.)

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** One important thing to remember is that this “eye test” is really only enforced by a select few people at the top of the chain: namely Vince [=McMahon=], who seems to have a definite fascination with big, muscular guys. Vince is believed to be the reason “body guys” such as Wrestling/UltimateWarrior are pushed far beyond their skill set, and why Hulk Hogan wasn't allowed to do any of the moves that made him a success in Japan and was forced to wrestle a more generic “big man” wrestling style. With the exception of Shawn Michaels, most of the wrestlers who have achieved any kind of lasting success in WWE did so after achieving success elsewhere and generating enough PopularityPower that it would be downright impossible for Vince to ignore them, such as WCW (Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio) or on the independent circuit (CM Punk, Daniel Bryan.) Bryan). Notice that guys that Vince is [[HollywoodHypeMachine trying to make stars himself]] are still overwhelmingly big guys (John Cena, Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, Wrestling/{{Ryback}}.)



* Recently, the WWE Women's Division has become this as most of the female roster came from the independent scene as opposed to the then-Divas Division from 2006-2015 when most of the female talents were swimsuit models (i.e., Wrestling/KellyKelly). As a result, the likes of Wrestling/SashaBanks, Wrestling/{{Bayley}}, Wrestling/CharlotteFlair and [[Wrestling/KanakoUrai Asuka]] have been very popular with the WWE Universe thanks in large part to Triple H.

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* Recently, the WWE Women's Division has become this as most of the female roster came from the independent scene as opposed to the then-Divas Division from 2006-2015 when most of the female talents were swimsuit models (i.e., (e.g. Wrestling/KellyKelly). As a result, the likes of Wrestling/SashaBanks, Wrestling/{{Bayley}}, Wrestling/CharlotteFlair and [[Wrestling/KanakoUrai Asuka]] have been very popular with the WWE Universe thanks in large part to Triple H.
25th May '18 11:19:55 AM FordPrefect
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** Freeman's Britishness was about the ''only'' way in which he matched the description of the character, who is 'tall, dark haired and never quite at ease with himself'. The last point is arguable, but Freeman's shambolic awkwardness is not quite the chippy snarkishness of the radio series, books and series. However, few could argue that when looking for a guy to embody normal English guy lost in a big, scary universe, Freeman is your go-to man hwatever the differences in appearance and manner.

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** Freeman's Britishness was about the ''only'' way in which he matched the description of the character, who is 'tall, dark haired and never quite at ease with himself'. The last point is arguable, but Freeman's shambolic awkwardness is not quite the chippy snarkishness of the radio series, books and series. However, few could argue that when looking for a guy to embody normal 'normal English guy lost in a big, scary universe, universe', Freeman is your go-to man hwatever whatever the differences in appearance and manner.



* Very white, very British Creator/BenedictCumberbatch was cast as a specifically-ethnic character, [[spoiler:the Sikh-descended Khan Noonien Singh]], in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''. It was criticized at the time as a case of RaceLift. After the film came out, however, his performance was acclaimed; in fact, it's one of the few areas of the film that the vast majority, including Trekkies who grew up with a non-white version of the character, agree on as spectacular. Additionally, a couple [[AuthorsSavingThrow Authors' Saving Throws]] have come out: one a tie-in prequel which made the RaceLift in-universe canon to hide his identity, the other WordOfGod about how, given the character's acts of terroristic violence within the film, casting someone of the proper ethnicity might have invoked all manner of UnfortunateImplications. (It's also worth noting that the original actor approached for the role was Benicio Del Toro.)

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* Very white, very British Creator/BenedictCumberbatch was cast as a specifically-ethnic character, [[spoiler:the Sikh-descended Khan Noonien Singh]], in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''. It was criticized at the time as a case of RaceLift. After the film came out, however, his performance was acclaimed; in fact, it's one of the few areas of the film that the vast majority, including Trekkies who grew up with a non-white version of the character, agree on as spectacular. Additionally, a couple [[AuthorsSavingThrow Authors' Saving Throws]] have come out: one a tie-in prequel which made the RaceLift in-universe canon to hide his identity, the other WordOfGod about how, given the character's acts of terroristic violence within the film, casting someone of the proper ethnicity might have invoked all manner of UnfortunateImplications. (It's also worth noting that the original actor approached for the role was Benicio Del Toro.Creator/BenicioDelToro.)



* Harold Russell lost both of his hands in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. After receiving hooks, and training on them, he was chosen to make an Army training film called "Diary Of A Sergeant". Creator/WilliamWyler saw the film and decided to cast him in ''Film/TheBestYearsOfOurLives'', for which role Russel eventually receive 2 Oscars.

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* Harold Russell lost both of his hands in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. After receiving hooks, and training on them, he was chosen to make an Army training film called "Diary Of A Sergeant". Creator/WilliamWyler saw the film and decided to cast him in ''Film/TheBestYearsOfOurLives'', for which role Russel eventually receive 2 received two Oscars.
25th May '18 11:12:13 AM FordPrefect
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** The unusual "casting" actually occurred in the ''Ultimate Marvel'' strand of the comics: in these, Fury was modeled on Jackson because the creators thought he would be awesome in the role, despite the break from Marvel canon. Comics fans agreed, and when it came time to show Fury in the MCU Jackson was cast for the post-credits cameo in ''Film/IronMan''.

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** The unusual "casting" actually occurred in the ''Ultimate Marvel'' strand of the comics: in these, Fury was modeled on Jackson because the creators thought he would be awesome in the role, despite the break from Marvel canon. Comics fans agreed, and when it came time to show Fury in the MCU MCU, Jackson was cast for the post-credits cameo in ''Film/IronMan''.
25th May '18 11:10:30 AM FordPrefect
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* Creator/MichaelKeaton in the original ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie. Creator/TimBurton even defended his casting decision by claiming that he didn't need a beefy action star to play Batman; he needed someone who could actually act their way out of paper bag, especially as Bruce Wayne. The infamous molded abs were added to the Batsuit precisely to make Keaton look physically intimidating.

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* Creator/MichaelKeaton in the original ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie. Creator/TimBurton even defended his casting decision by claiming that he didn't need a beefy action star to play Batman; he needed someone who could actually act their way out of a paper bag, especially as Bruce Wayne. The infamous molded abs were added to the Batsuit precisely to make Keaton look physically intimidating.
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