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8th May '17 7:11:06 PM VoxAquila
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* In ''{{Theatre/Doubt}}'', the only people who know whether Father Flynn is guilty of the molestation charges that form the crux of the plot are the actors who played him in the original stage and film versions, since they were told so by author John Patrick Shanley himself.

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* In ''{{Theatre/Doubt}}'', the only people who know whether Father Flynn is guilty of the molestation charges that form the crux of the plot are the actors who played him in the original stage and film versions, since they were told so by author John Patrick Shanley himself. At least [[Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman one of the actors]] took the secret to his grave.
20th Mar '17 5:06:28 PM eroock
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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': Amanda Abbington has said she was unaware of Mary's back-story before receiving the script for episode ''[[Recap/SherlockS03E03HisLastVow His Last Vow]]''. Had she known ahead of time, she would have played the role differently in her previous episodes.
29th Dec '16 10:38:45 AM AireDaleDogz
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* While recording for the ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' episode "Yang Xiao Long vs. Tifa Lockhart", neither Yang's voice actress nor Tifa's knew who was going to win the fight. They only saw the result when the episode aired.
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23rd Sep '16 2:54:45 AM bwburke94
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** A_J's player also told Pythos that she and [[spoiler: Egg's player]] would be playing brand new characters as a result, leading Pythos to ''really'' believe that ''both'' characters [[spoiler: died]].

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** A_J's player also told Pythos that she and [[spoiler: Egg's player]] would be playing brand new characters as a result, leading Pythos to ''really'' believe that ''both'' [[spoiler:both characters [[spoiler: died]].
5th Sep '16 9:11:27 PM sayaleviathan
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Prior to the Season 6 production, Creator/KitHarington had to lie to the cast [[spoiler:about Jon Snow’s fate in the Season 5 finale]] just to make them believe he’s leaving the show. Creator/LiamCunningham was very skeptical about it while Creator/SophieTurner seemed to be the only cast member who believed it that she wrote a very emotional farewell letter to him. When the cast received the Season 6 scripts, everyone now knew that Kit is not really leaving the show and Kit teased Sophie for that farewell letter.
30th Aug '16 4:32:08 PM eroock
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->''"What's important is that the actors get all they need to go forward with their character. It's partly to protect the whole thing. Sometimes when you say things out loud, some power leaks out of it."''

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->''"What's important is that the actors get all they need to go forward with their character. It's partly to protect the whole thing. Sometimes ->''"Sometimes when you say things out loud, some power leaks out of it."''
30th Aug '16 4:30:58 PM eroock
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-->-- '''Crator/DavidLynch'''

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30th Aug '16 4:30:52 PM eroock
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->''"What's important is that the actors get all they need to go forward with their character. It's partly to protect the whole thing. Sometimes when you say things out loud, some power leaks out of it."''
-->-- '''Crator/DavidLynch'''
7th Jul '16 7:55:19 PM lavendermintrose
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* According to several members of the English cast of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', the director ran the both this way for most of the series. More specific stories would be very interesting.
27th Apr '16 1:05:14 PM MarkLungo
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* Another Kubrick example: he was able to film ''Film/TheShining'' without Danny Lloyd, the young actor playing Danny Torrance, being aware that he was in a horror film. Pretty amazing, considering the ever-darkening tone of the film and some of the horror scenes he is in.



** Craven also hid the final pages of [[Film/{{Scream 2}} the second movie]]'s script.
* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', no one was told about Darth Vader's revelation until just before shooting the scene. And by "no one", we mean Creator/JamesEarlJones (who initially thought it was a lie) and MarkHamill (who was pulled aside and told the truth, and also didn't believe it): Creator/GeorgeLucas wanted so badly for this to be a secret that the scene was filmed with David Prowse saying, "No, Obi-Wan killed your father!" Prowse was very upset after the premiere, and told director Irvin Kershner his body language would have been completely different if he'd known the truth. As a consequence, the overdubbing for the scene is rather terrible; it looks like Vader has palsy or something, because his gesturing for emphasis doesn't fit the overdubbed line ''at all'' while you can pretty clearly see that it would fit "No, Obi-Wan killed your father" perfectly.
* In the film ''Smile'', none of the actresses playing the pageant contestants were told who the winner was until the scene was being shot.
* In ''Film/TheShining'', Kubrick was able to film the whole movie without Danny Lloyd, the young actor playing Danny Torrance, being aware that he was in a horror film. Pretty amazing, considering the ever-darkening tone of the film and some of the horror scenes he is in.

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** Craven Creator/WesCraven also hid the final pages of [[Film/{{Scream 2}} the second movie]]'s script.
* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', no one was told about Darth Vader's revelation until just before shooting the scene. And by "no one", we mean Creator/JamesEarlJones (who initially thought it was a lie) and MarkHamill Creator/MarkHamill (who was pulled aside and told the truth, and also didn't believe it): Creator/GeorgeLucas wanted so badly for this to be a secret that the scene was filmed with David Prowse saying, "No, Obi-Wan killed your father!" Prowse was very upset after the premiere, and told director Irvin Kershner his body language would have been completely different if he'd known the truth. As a consequence, the overdubbing for the scene is rather terrible; it looks like Vader has palsy or something, because his gesturing for emphasis doesn't fit the overdubbed line ''at all'' while you can pretty clearly see that it would fit "No, Obi-Wan killed your father" perfectly.
* In the film ''Smile'', ''Film/{{Smile}}'', none of the actresses playing the pageant contestants were told who the winner was until the scene was being shot.
* In ''Film/TheShining'', Kubrick was able to film the whole movie without Danny Lloyd, the young actor playing Danny Torrance, being aware that he was in a horror film. Pretty amazing, considering the ever-darkening tone of the film and some of the horror scenes he is in.
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** In an [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/michael-emerson,27850/ interview with Michael Emerson]], Emerson confirms that the cast was ActingInTheDark. One assumes that getting answers like "I can't discuss that" happened early and often on the ''Lost'' set. Emerson's role in particular [[AscendedExtra grew from a random guest role]], who had only an initial three-episode contract, to a BreakoutVillain once his performance was approved by the producers.
** Terry O'Quinn was not informed that he was [[spoiler:no longer playing Locke]] in season 5 because he was meant to act consistently with what was known until the reveal.
* Parodied in the ''HancocksHalfHour'' TV episode "The Bowmans", where Hancock is a radio actor and is shocked when he gets a script that kills off his character. (He gets his own back in the end.)

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** In an [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/michael-emerson,27850/ interview with Michael Emerson]], Emerson confirms that the cast was ActingInTheDark.acting in the dark. One assumes that getting answers like "I can't discuss that" happened early and often on the ''Lost'' set. Emerson's role in particular [[AscendedExtra grew from a random guest role]], who had only an initial three-episode contract, to a BreakoutVillain once his performance was approved by the producers.
** Terry O'Quinn Creator/TerryOQuinn was not informed that he was [[spoiler:no longer playing Locke]] in season 5 because he was meant to act consistently with what was known until the reveal.
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* Parodied in the ''HancocksHalfHour'' ''Radio/HancocksHalfHour'' TV episode "The Bowmans", where Hancock is a radio actor and is shocked when he gets a script that kills off his character. (He gets his own back in the end.)



* ''Series/{{Justified}}'': During most of Season 1, the audience was wondering if redneck racist Boyd Crowther had really Found the Lord and become a (fairly nutty) backwoods preacher, or was just scamming everyone. It turns out Walton Goggins, who played Boyd, didn't know either. In this case the writers/producers did this to force him to play it ambiguously.

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* ''Series/{{Justified}}'': During most of Season 1, the audience was wondering if redneck racist Boyd Crowther had really Found the Lord and become a (fairly nutty) backwoods preacher, or was just scamming everyone. It turns out Walton Goggins, Creator/WaltonGoggins, who played Boyd, didn't know either. In this case the writers/producers did this to force him to play it ambiguously.



** Alex Kingston was the ''only'' person aside from Creator/StevenMoffat that knew the extent of River Song's arc and the events which occurred in it before the readthroughs. Creator/{{David Tennant}} had no idea what was going on and was forced to come up with own ideas as to who the Doctor believed River Song to be. He famously said he acted under the assumption that the Doctor believed River was an older, {{Gender Flip}}ped regeneration of his, because even though that made no sense, it was the most logical thing he could think of. Similarly, Matt Smith (Eleven), Karen Gillan (Amy), and Arthur Darvill (Rory) were completely unaware and were given the heads-up only when filming was about to happen for the scene in which River's identity was revealed in "A Good Man Goes To War".
* On ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', the actress Cheryl Hines is usually unaware of what the character Larry David has gotten himself into during an episode.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks''. David Lynch had planned out the identity of the killer of Laura Palmer long before the big reveal, but he didn't tell the actor until the time came to actually shoot said reveal.

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** Alex Kingston was the ''only'' person aside from Creator/StevenMoffat that knew the extent of River Song's arc and the events which occurred in it before the readthroughs. Creator/{{David Tennant}} Creator/DavidTennant had no idea what was going on and was forced to come up with own ideas as to who the Doctor believed River Song to be. He famously said he acted under the assumption that the Doctor believed River was an older, {{Gender Flip}}ped regeneration of his, because even though that made no sense, it was the most logical thing he could think of. Similarly, Matt Smith Creator/MattSmith (Eleven), Karen Gillan Creator/KarenGillan (Amy), and Arthur Darvill Creator/ArthurDarvill (Rory) were completely unaware and were given the heads-up only when filming was about to happen for the scene in which River's identity was revealed in "A "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar A Good Man Goes To War".War]]".
* On ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', the actress Cheryl Hines is usually unaware of what the character Larry David Creator/LarryDavid has gotten himself into during an episode.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks''. David Lynch Creator/DavidLynch had planned out the identity of the killer of Laura Palmer long before the big reveal, but he didn't tell the actor until the time came to actually shoot said reveal.



* In season six of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', only Edward James Olmos knew that [[spoiler:his character Professor Gellar was DeadAllAlong and a delusion of his "student" Travis.]] Even the directors were kept in the dark, leading to a few instances where Olmos had to gently nudge them away from filming a scene in a way that the reveal wouldn't make sense.

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* In season six of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', only Edward James Olmos Creator/EdwardJamesOlmos knew that [[spoiler:his character Professor Gellar was DeadAllAlong and a delusion of his "student" Travis.]] Travis]]. Even the directors were kept in the dark, leading to a few instances where Olmos had to gently nudge them away from filming a scene in a way that the reveal wouldn't make sense.



** The episode "Bad News" was scripted to end with Lily telling Marshall she was pregnant. However producers prepped Alyson Hannigan right before shooting [[spoiler:that Marshall's father had died]], while Jason Segel didn't know anything. His reaction is genuine.

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** The episode "Bad News" was scripted to end with Lily telling Marshall she was pregnant. However producers prepped Alyson Hannigan Creator/AlysonHannigan right before shooting [[spoiler:that Marshall's father had died]], while Jason Segel Creator/JasonSegel didn't know anything. His reaction is genuine.



* One notable example from ''Series/BreakingBad'': Bryan Cranston did not get the script for the finale of Season 4 until the preceding episodes had all been shot. He did not know that [[spoiler:Walter's argument to Jesse about Gus' responsibility for Brock's poisoning]] had been based on a lie -- and so Walt's performance in the penultimate episode was more convincing than usual.
* In the first season of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Brett Dalton (playing Ward) [[spoiler: was only told when it was necessary for him to know that Ward was a HYDRA mole]], and the rest of the cast kept in the dark slightly longer. Bill Paxton, on the other hand, was told right from the start that [[spoiler: Garrett was the Clairvoyant]] but none of the other cast were, allowing him the opportunity to play the LargeHam [[spoiler: BigBad pretending to be a good guy]] right from the start with the others in the dark.

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* One notable example from ''Series/BreakingBad'': Bryan Cranston Creator/BryanCranston did not get the script for the finale of Season 4 until the preceding episodes had all been shot. He did not know that [[spoiler:Walter's argument to Jesse about Gus' responsibility for Brock's poisoning]] had been based on a lie -- and so Walt's performance in the penultimate episode was more convincing than usual.
* In the first season of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Brett Dalton Creator/BrettDalton (playing Ward) [[spoiler: was only told when it was necessary for him to know that Ward was a HYDRA mole]], and the rest of the cast kept in the dark slightly longer. Bill Paxton, Creator/BillPaxton, on the other hand, was told right from the start that [[spoiler: Garrett was the Clairvoyant]] but none of the other cast were, allowing him the opportunity to play the LargeHam [[spoiler: BigBad pretending to be a good guy]] right from the start with the others in the dark.
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