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30th Mar '16 9:24:22 AM HighCrate
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Any movie, show, etc. (that is, not a {{documentary}}), where the cast is composed of untrained or untried actors and actresses. Directors do this for a variety of reasons, usually [[DoingItForTheArt for the art]] or for the [[NoBudget budget]], and less commonly to avert potential HeyItsThatGuy, YouLookFamiliar, and/or NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize moments.

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Any movie, show, etc. (that is, not a {{documentary}}), where the cast is composed of untrained or untried actors and actresses. Directors do this for a variety of reasons, usually [[DoingItForTheArt for the art]] or for the [[NoBudget budget]], and less commonly to avert potential HeyItsThatGuy, YouLookFamiliar, YouLookFamiliar and/or NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize moments.
12th Mar '16 12:15:12 PM TrustBen
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* Another Soderbergh film, ''The Girlfriend Experience'', has a cast largely made up of unknown beginners. Sasha Grey, making her non-porn debut, is one of the few experienced screen performers in it.
18th Feb '16 8:04:13 AM BigBertha
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* The Mexican Spanish dub of ''Manga/LoveHina'' suffered from this, due to the fact the dub was an innocent victim of a voice actor strike caused by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''s Mexican voice actors when they were fired from the show, forcing the studio on rely on this. The only veterans were Naru and Mutsumi's voice actors.

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* The Mexican Spanish dub of ''Manga/LoveHina'' suffered from this, due to the fact the dub was an innocent victim of a voice actor strike caused by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''s Mexican voice actors when they were fired from the show, forcing the studio on rely on this. The only veterans at the time were Naru and Mutsumi's voice actors.
16th Feb '16 9:42:04 AM luisedgarf
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* The Mexican Spanish dub of ''Manga/LoveHina'' suffered from this, due to the fact the dub was an innocent victim of a voice actor strike caused by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''s Mexican voice actors when they were fired from the show, forcing the studio on rely on this. The only veterans were Naru and Mutsumi's voice actors.
16th Feb '16 9:30:10 AM luisedgarf
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* Japanese example: ''Anime/YuGiOh''. While the first anime ("Season Zero") featured several seasoned voice actors, the second anime ("Duel Monsters") featured seiyuu who had either never done voice acting in anime before or had only had bit parts prior, including a boy-band singer as the lead character. Only a few veteran seiyuu were involved.

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* Japanese example: ''Anime/YuGiOh''. While the first anime ("Season Zero") featured several seasoned voice actors, the second anime ("Duel Monsters") featured seiyuu Japanese voice actors who had either never done voice acting in anime before or had only had bit parts prior, including a boy-band singer as the lead character. Only a few veteran seiyuu [=VAs=] were involved.
31st Jan '16 1:52:38 PM Soufriere
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* ''WesternAnimation/TwelveOunceMouse'''s characters are voiced by the series creator, the producers, a couple of the animators, and a musician who worked for the studio. This fits with the rest of the show's [[NoBudget aesthetic]].
31st Jan '16 1:50:45 PM Soufriere
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-->-- '''Jerry Biffle''' (PhilSilvers), ''Top Banana''

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-->-- '''Jerry Biffle''' (PhilSilvers), (Creator/PhilSilvers), ''Top Banana''



* L.A.-based Recording Studio BangZoomEntertainment tends to use this trope nowadays when it lands a dubbing job. They tend to cast newer voice actors and prefer to avoid all star casts.
* When Creator/SentaiFilmworks does a dubbed release for its anime titles, they tend to cast newer names in lead roles, such as Creator/MargaretMcDonald and Creator/CaitlynnFrench.
* While the first anime featured several seasoned voice actors, the second ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime featured largely unknowns who hadn't done voice acting in anime before or had bit parts prior including a singer as the main character, with only a few major seiyuu involved.

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* Following the "Great Anime Crash" of 2007-9 that sank several North American anime distributors, most of the ADR studios that remained afloat did this to save money…
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L.A.-based Recording Studio BangZoomEntertainment recording studio Creator/BangZoomEntertainment tends to use this trope nowadays when it lands a dubbing job. They tend to job; they'll cast newer voice actors and prefer to avoid all star casts.
* When Creator/SentaiFilmworks does
casts. The major exception to this is when they're asked to continue a dubbed release for its anime titles, legacy series like ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''.
** After Creator/ADVFilms collapsed and resurrected as Creator/SentaiFilmworks, their dub budget (when it existed at all) would often be a third of what it was in the old days. As a result,
they tend to cast newer names in lead roles, such as Creator/MargaretMcDonald and Creator/CaitlynnFrench.
* Coastal, the now-defunct ADR studio in Wilmington, North Carolina that produced the dubs for ''[[Manga/AhMyGoddess Oh My Goddess!]]'' and ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'' (among others), had casts made up chiefly or entirely of total unknowns – at best, some of them had experience in television or local theatre. Despite this, their dubs tended to be well-received.
* Japanese example: ''Anime/YuGiOh''.
While the first anime ("Season Zero") featured several seasoned voice actors, the second ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime ("Duel Monsters") featured largely unknowns seiyuu who hadn't had either never done voice acting in anime before or had only had bit parts prior prior, including a boy-band singer as the main character, with only lead character. Only a few major veteran seiyuu involved.were involved.
* ''Anime/WolfsRain'' was this in the original Japanese; the director intentionally cast unknowns for the four leads, backed up by veterans in supporting roles. Averted for the English dub, which was as close as you get in anime to an AllStarCast.



* Besides the lead couple none of the cast members of ''Film/{{Monsters|2010}}'' had any acting experience.

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* Besides the lead couple couple, none of the cast members of ''Film/{{Monsters|2010}}'' had any acting experience.



* The director of ''Film/{{Once}}'' originally intended to hire professional actors but decided that, as it was a musical, he'd rather have "musicians who could half-act than actors who could half-sing." Since the acting in the film is very understated anyway, it works well.
* ''Dogtooth'' Most of the actors haven't had much of an acting history, if at all. The director has stated that he prefers working with amateurs, as he finds their performances more pure.

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* The director of ''Film/{{Once}}'' originally intended to hire professional actors but decided that, as it was a musical, he'd rather have "musicians who could half-act than actors who could half-sing." half-sing". Since the acting in the film is very understated anyway, it works well.
* ''Dogtooth'' ''Dogtooth''. Most of the actors haven't had much of an acting history, if at all. The director has stated that he prefers working with amateurs, as he finds their performances more pure.



* The original cast of ''Series/RedDwarf'' had all ''appeared'' on TV and/or film before, but none of them were "proper actors": Chris Barrie was an impressionist & voice actor, Craig Charles was a poet, Danny John-Jules was a dancer and Norman Lovett was a stand-up comedian. Likewise, Hattie Hayridge was also a stand-up comedian before joining the cast in Series III; however, Robert Llewellyn and Chloe Annett (who joined the cast in Series III and VII respectively) were both "legit" actors.
* The early 90's cast of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' was made up almost entirely of standup comedians (David Spade, Adam Sandler, etc.) instead of the improv actors the series had relied on. Although {{vindicated by history}}, the ratings were so low that the show was almost cancelled. This is often blamed on the cast concentrating on characters from their standup instead of doing ensemble work.

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* The original cast of ''Series/RedDwarf'' had all ''appeared'' on TV and/or film before, but none of them were "proper actors": Chris Barrie was an impressionist & voice actor, Craig Charles was a poet, Danny John-Jules was a dancer dancer, and Norman Lovett was a stand-up comedian. Likewise, Hattie Hayridge was also a stand-up comedian before joining the cast in Series III; however, Robert Llewellyn and Chloe Chloë Annett (who joined the cast in Series III and VII respectively) were both "legit" actors.
* The early 90's cast of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' was made up almost entirely of standup stand-up comedians (David Spade, Adam Sandler, etc.) instead of the improv actors the series had relied on. Although {{vindicated by history}}, the ratings were so low that the show was almost cancelled. This is often blamed on the cast concentrating on characters from their standup stand-up instead of doing ensemble work.



* The majority of the credited cast and crew of ''WesternAnimation/TheChristmasTree'' has no known film or television career outside of this special. Indeed, many of the child voice actors seem to have just learned to ''speak'' when they were given the parts.

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* The majority of the credited cast and crew of ''WesternAnimation/TheChristmasTree'' has no known film or television career outside of this special. Indeed, many of the child voice actors "voice actors" seem to have just learned to ''speak'' when they were given the parts.parts.
* The further back you go in the history of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' specials, the more common this is. The only character that has always been played by a working child actor is Charlie Brown.
23rd Jan '16 2:12:15 AM jormis29
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* Creator/MartinScorsese cast his Dalai Lama {{biopic}} ''Kundun'' mostly with actual Tibetan Buddhist monks.

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* Creator/MartinScorsese cast his Dalai Lama {{biopic}} ''Kundun'' ''Film/{{Kundun}}'' mostly with actual Tibetan Buddhist monks.
31st Dec '15 7:26:42 PM MisterCPC
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* While the first anime featured several seasoned voice actors, the second ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime featured largely unknowns who hadn't done voice acting in anime before or had bit parts prior including a singer as the main character, with only a few major seiyuu involved.
26th Nov '15 11:44:20 PM nombretomado
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* The early 90's cast of SaturdayNightLive was made up almost entirely of standup comedians (David Spade, Adam Sandler, etc.) instead of the improv actors the series had relied on. Although {{vindicated by history}}, the ratings were so low that the show was almost cancelled. This is often blamed on the cast concentrating on characters from their standup instead of doing ensemble work.

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* The early 90's cast of SaturdayNightLive ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' was made up almost entirely of standup comedians (David Spade, Adam Sandler, etc.) instead of the improv actors the series had relied on. Although {{vindicated by history}}, the ratings were so low that the show was almost cancelled. This is often blamed on the cast concentrating on characters from their standup instead of doing ensemble work.
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