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16th Jul '17 4:36:30 AM bombadil211
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** Creator/RobLowe was already a fan of ''Code Black'' but when told that his character would be introduced jumping out of a helicopter into the ocean, he couldn't say "yes" fast enough.
9th Jul '17 4:57:16 PM NightShade96
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* This is why James Woods agreed to play Hades in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' and all of its various spinoffs. He's gone on record as it being the one role he would agree to play again anytime, anywhere. (And he has, to this day, played that character every time he has appeared, with only one exception: [[HouseOfMouse House of Villains]], voiced by Creator/RobPaulsen.)

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* This is why James Woods agreed to play Hades in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' and all of its various spinoffs. He's gone on record as it being the one role he would agree to play again anytime, anywhere. (And anywhere (and he has, to this day, played that character every time he has appeared, with only one exception: [[HouseOfMouse [[WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse House of Villains]], voiced by Creator/RobPaulsen.)
4th Jul '17 8:08:04 AM Sagetsu
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** It eventually came out in interviews that Creator/EddieRedmayne once tried to get into the Harry Potter films (presumably as any possible Weasley sibling) because he found the idea of "an entire family of ginger people" great. While he never got in the main films, he eventually managed to land the lead role of Newt Scamander in the spin-off ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' (and he's giddy as hell whenever he talks about it).

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** It eventually came out in interviews that Creator/EddieRedmayne once tried to get into the Harry Potter films (presumably (either as any possible a Weasley sibling) sibling or the young Tom Riddle/Voldemort) because he found the idea of "an entire family of ginger people" great. While he never got in the main films, he eventually managed to land the lead role of Newt Scamander in the spin-off ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' (and he's giddy as hell whenever he talks about it).
4th Jul '17 8:01:40 AM Sagetsu
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** It eventually came out in interviews that Creator/EddieRedmayne once tried to get into the Harry Potter films (presumably as any possible Weasley sibling) because he found the idea of "an entire family of ginger people" great. While he never got in the main films, he eventually managed to land the lead role of Newt Scamander in the spin-off ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' (and he's giddy as hell whenever he talks about it).
30th Jun '17 5:23:03 AM RedScharlach
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But some did the movie because they got to be vampires or superheroes, [[UnflinchingWalk walk away from explosions in trenchcoats]], ride motorcycles and ''fly through the air swinging a frickin' samurai sword''. '''''With Creator/SamuelLJackson'''''. This trope is when an actor took the part based on its [[RuleOfCool cool factor]]. They want it to be on their résumé stfor their next job. Or, they'll be brushing over it on their résumé, but wrecking the set with {{fight scene}}s, [[StuffBlowingUp explosions]] and [[ChewingTheScenery over-acting]] sounded like great fun.

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But some did the movie because they got to be vampires or superheroes, [[UnflinchingWalk walk away from explosions in trenchcoats]], ride motorcycles and ''fly through the air swinging a frickin' samurai sword''. '''''With Creator/SamuelLJackson'''''. This trope is when an actor took the part based on its [[RuleOfCool cool factor]]. They want it to be on their résumé stfor for their next job. Or, they'll be brushing over it on their résumé, but wrecking the set with {{fight scene}}s, [[StuffBlowingUp explosions]] and [[ChewingTheScenery over-acting]] sounded like great fun.



** The dub cast of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' had a blast playing foul-mouthed, sex-obssessed angels and demons who regularly cause massive property damage. It's also said to be a fun writing process adapting the filthy scripts.

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** The dub cast of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' had a blast playing foul-mouthed, sex-obssessed sex-obsessed angels and demons who regularly cause massive property damage. It's also said to be a fun writing process adapting the filthy scripts.



--> ''My Agent used quite a bit more words, but the only thing I remember hearing was "Do you want front row seats for Creator/MichaelDouglas doing Liberace and being paid for it?" and the answer had to be YES.

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--> ''My Agent "My agent used quite a bit more words, but the only thing I remember hearing was "Do 'Do you want front row seats for Creator/MichaelDouglas doing Liberace and being paid for it?" it?' and the answer had to be YES."



** Predecessor ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' was full of it: actors who wanted to play superheroes (Caleb Landry Jones even said hardly there would be another freckled redhead like Banshee for him to fit), Creator/JamesMcAvoy being a fan of the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon, and the prospect of working with Creator/MatthewVaughn and an AllStarCast.

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** Predecessor ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' was full of it: actors who wanted to play superheroes (Caleb Landry Jones even said hardly there would hardly be another freckled redhead like Banshee for him to fit), play), Creator/JamesMcAvoy being a fan of the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon, and the prospect of working with Creator/MatthewVaughn and an AllStarCast.



** [[http://comicbook.com/2015/01/28/black-panthers-chadwick-boseman-says-hed-rather-have-an-action-f/ Chadwick Boseman on playing the Black Panther:]] “When it comes down to it, I'd rather have an action figure than a Golden Globe.”

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** [[http://comicbook.com/2015/01/28/black-panthers-chadwick-boseman-says-hed-rather-have-an-action-f/ Chadwick Boseman on playing the Black Panther:]] “When "When it comes down to it, I'd rather have an action figure than a Golden Globe."



** Scott Bakula stated that, when first approached for ''Enterpise'', he was reluctant, because he had no interest in just being "The next Captain." Then he found out it was a prequel series; he wasn't going to be the ''next'' Captain. He was going to be the ''first'' Captain. That sealed the deal.

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** Scott Bakula stated that, when first approached for ''Enterpise'', ''Enterprise'', he was reluctant, because he had no interest in just being "The "the next Captain." Then he found out it was a prequel series; he wasn't going to be the ''next'' Captain. He was going to be the ''first'' Captain. That sealed the deal.



* A major reason Creator/DouglasHodge signed on to play Willy Wonka in the original West End cast of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' (and gave up the lead role in Cameron Mackintosh's revival of ''Barnum'' in the process) was because he'd never had the chance to participate in the from-the-ground-up creative process of staging a new musical before, and the creators of this one were receptive to his ideas for both his character and the show. (It was his dissatisfaction with his intended introductory song that saved the act 1 finale "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen" from being a CutSong, for instance.)

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* A major reason Creator/DouglasHodge signed on to play Willy Wonka in the original West End cast of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' (and gave up the lead role in Cameron Mackintosh's revival of ''Barnum'' in the process) was because he'd never had the chance to participate in the from-the-ground-up creative process of staging a new musical before, and the creators of this one were receptive to his ideas for both his character and the show. (It was his dissatisfaction with his intended introductory song that saved the act 1 Act I finale "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen" from being a CutSong, for instance.)



* Similar to James Woods as Hades, John De Lancie has yet to pass up the opportunity to reprise his role as Discord on ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. According to him, he agreed to voice the character for his debut two-part episode but asked to be left uncredited since he thought it would be a one-and-done voice acting gig that not much people would take much notice of, but after the episodes aired he received a ton of fan mail all praising his performance as Discord and wondering if Discord was due for any reappearances - and by that point, ''he'd forgotten having ever been on "My Little Pony" to begin with.'' Once he found out how big a deal the show and his character was to many fans, he himself began to take the matter more seriously and has since then been immensely enjoying coming back to voice Discord any time the character is featured in an episode.

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* Similar to James Woods as Hades, John De Lancie has yet to pass up the opportunity to reprise his role as Discord on ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. According to him, he agreed to voice the character for his debut two-part episode but asked to be left uncredited since he thought it would be a one-and-done voice acting gig that not much few people would take much notice of, but after the episodes aired he received a ton of fan mail all praising his performance as Discord and wondering if Discord was due for any reappearances - and by that point, ''he'd forgotten having ever been on "My Little Pony" to begin with.'' Once he found out how big a deal the show and his character was to many fans, he himself began to take the matter more seriously and has since then been immensely enjoying enjoyed coming back to voice Discord any time the character is featured in an episode.



* Kasuka Heiwajima of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' got his start in the extremely campy anime ''[[ShowWithinAShow Vampire Carmilla Saizou]]''. He was listed on "Top ten actors who don't get to choose their roles," and most people treat it as an OldShame. Kasuka, however, claims that Carmilla Saizou is an awesome character, and insisted on reprising his role in the movie.

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* Kasuka Heiwajima of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' got his start in the extremely campy anime ''[[ShowWithinAShow Vampire Carmilla Saizou]]''. He was listed on "Top in the "top ten actors who don't get to choose their roles," and most people treat it as an OldShame. Kasuka, however, claims that Carmilla Saizou is an awesome character, and insisted on reprising his role in the movie.
23rd Jun '17 3:06:30 PM jormis29
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* Basil Rathbone, on playing Franchise/SherlockHolmes in 1939's ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'':

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* Basil Rathbone, Creator/BasilRathbone, on playing Franchise/SherlockHolmes in 1939's ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'':''Film/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'':
8th Jun '17 11:55:10 PM MJaxon
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But some did the movie because they got to be vampires or superheroes, [[UnflinchingWalk walk away from explosions in trenchcoats]], ride motorcycles and ''fly through the air swinging a frickin' samurai sword''. '''''With Creator/SamuelLJackson'''''. This trope is when an actor took the part based on its [[RuleOfCool cool factor]]. They want it to be on their résumé for their next job. Or, they'll be brushing over it on their résumé, but wrecking the set with {{fight scene}}s, [[StuffBlowingUp explosions]] and [[ChewingTheScenery over-acting]] sounded like great fun.

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But some did the movie because they got to be vampires or superheroes, [[UnflinchingWalk walk away from explosions in trenchcoats]], ride motorcycles and ''fly through the air swinging a frickin' samurai sword''. '''''With Creator/SamuelLJackson'''''. This trope is when an actor took the part based on its [[RuleOfCool cool factor]]. They want it to be on their résumé for stfor their next job. Or, they'll be brushing over it on their résumé, but wrecking the set with {{fight scene}}s, [[StuffBlowingUp explosions]] and [[ChewingTheScenery over-acting]] sounded like great fun.


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** Also why he got on ''Film/StarWars''. He was willing to even be nothing more than a Storm Trooper just so he could brag about having been in the movie. Fortunately, he was given a much bigger role.
29th May '17 2:50:49 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Actors like Creator/JohnMalkovich, Creator/FrancesMcDormand, and Creator/JohnTurturro have worked with Creator/MichaelBay, despite his reputation for LowestCommonDenominator action movies, due to his image as a guy who's always having fun on his film sets and knows how to fill them with energy. [[SubvertedTrope On the other hand]], his reputation as a tough general on set has caused many other actors (including Creator/BruceWillis and Creator/KateBeckinsale) to swear off ever working with him again.



* Creator/AdamSandler has [[http://www.avclub.com/article/adam-sandler-confirms-his-movies-are-just-paid-vac-204952 stated]] that pretty much every movie he's done since ''Film/FiftyFirstDates'' [[VacationDearBoy is an excuse to go on a paid vacation with his buddies to some exotic locale like Hawaii, South Africa, or Cape Cod.]]

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* Creator/AdamSandler has [[http://www.avclub.com/article/adam-sandler-confirms-his-movies-are-just-paid-vac-204952 stated]] that pretty much every movie he's done since ''Film/FiftyFirstDates'' is [[VacationDearBoy is an excuse to go on a paid vacation with his buddies buddies]] to some exotic locale like Hawaii, South Africa, or Cape Cod.]]Cod. Many actors who've worked with him have also cited this as their reason for doing so: to chillax for a few months in a nice resort with one of the nicest guys in Hollywood.


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* Cedric Voets of ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' mentioned this in an article on [[http://www.cracked.com/article_24844_5-reasons-why-good-actors-make-bad-films-that-arent-money.html "5 Reasons Good Actors Make Bad Movies (You Never Realized)"]], with the Creator/MichaelBay example listed above at #5 and the Creator/AdamSandler example at #1.
27th May '17 4:32:37 AM jormis29
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** Sophia Myles took a role in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' because she watched the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' cartoons as a child and wanted to work with Creator/StanleyTucci.

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** Sophia Myles Creator/SophiaMyles took a role in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' because she watched the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' cartoons as a child and wanted to work with Creator/StanleyTucci.
22nd May '17 2:36:08 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Related to he above, Creator/GaryOldman, Tom Hardy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have all mentioned in interviews that they were speechless after first seeing Christian Bale in the Batsuit.

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** Related to he above, Creator/GaryOldman, Tom Hardy, Creator/TomHardy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Creator/JosephGordonLevitt have all mentioned in interviews that they were speechless after first seeing Christian Bale in the Batsuit.



** This was ''almost'' inverted by Channing Tatum, who was skeptical of signing on to the film because he thought it would be a pro-war, gung-ho propaganda piece. Then he read the script and [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing realized that it was none of that,]] and this trope was played straight. Many years later he confessed that he was forced to do the film due to a contract he signed with Paramount and he'd have been sued if he tried to back out.

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** This was ''almost'' inverted by Channing Tatum, Creator/ChanningTatum, who was skeptical of signing on to the film because he thought it would be a pro-war, gung-ho propaganda piece. Then he read the script and [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing realized that it was none of that,]] and this trope was played straight. Many years later he confessed that he was forced to do the film due to a contract he signed with Paramount and he'd have been sued if he tried to back out.



** Predecessor ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' was full of it: actors who wanted to play superheroes (Caleb Landry Jones even said hardly there would be another freckled redhead like Banshee for him to fit), Creator/JamesMcAvoy being a fan of the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon, and the prospect of working with Matthew Vaughn and an AllStarCast.

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** Predecessor ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' was full of it: actors who wanted to play superheroes (Caleb Landry Jones even said hardly there would be another freckled redhead like Banshee for him to fit), Creator/JamesMcAvoy being a fan of the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon, and the prospect of working with Matthew Vaughn Creator/MatthewVaughn and an AllStarCast.



** Ralph Fiennes on taking the role of Lord Voldemort:

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** Ralph Fiennes Creator/RalphFiennes on taking the role of Lord Voldemort:



* Jonah Hill made only $60,000 (the lowest possible SAG-AFTRA rate) on ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet''; he simply wanted the opportunity to work with Creator/MartinScorsese.

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* Jonah Hill Creator/JonahHill made only $60,000 (the lowest possible SAG-AFTRA rate) on ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet''; he simply wanted the opportunity to work with Creator/MartinScorsese.



* The 1996 adaptation of ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' attracted Creator/RonPerlman, Creator/ValKilmer, and David Thewlis based on the opportunity to work with Creator/MarlonBrando. Thewlis also thought the trip to Australia and [[MoneyDearBoy the paycheck]] would make it a worthy experience. Unfortunately, it [[TroubledProduction went disastrously for all involved]], as Brando and Kilmer's [[ThePrimaDonna clashing egos]] led Stanley to drop out and Thewlis to disown the film. Thewlis recounts the experience [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130827072734/http://davidthewlis.net/index/press/1997-2/total-film-1997/ here]].
* Speaking at the 2006 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony, Eddie Izzard said that he took a role in ''Film/TheAvengers1998'' in order to meet Sean Connery.

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* The 1996 adaptation of ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' attracted Creator/RonPerlman, Creator/ValKilmer, and David Thewlis Creator/DavidThewlis based on the opportunity to work with Creator/MarlonBrando. Thewlis also thought the trip to Australia and [[MoneyDearBoy the paycheck]] would make it a worthy experience. Unfortunately, it [[TroubledProduction went disastrously for all involved]], as Brando and Kilmer's [[ThePrimaDonna clashing egos]] led Stanley to drop out and Thewlis to disown the film. Thewlis recounts the experience [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130827072734/http://davidthewlis.net/index/press/1997-2/total-film-1997/ here]].
* Speaking at the 2006 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony, Eddie Izzard Creator/EddieIzzard said that he took a role in ''Film/TheAvengers1998'' in order to meet Sean Connery.Creator/SeanConnery.



* Regardless of how the final product turned out, most of the actors involved in ''Film/VanHelsing'' jumped at the chance to be in an homage to the [[Franchise/UniversalHorror classic Universal monster movies]]. Shuler Hensley related a story where a friend asked him if it bothered him that no one would recognize him under his makeup. His response, "I'm playing ''Frankenstein's Monster!''" The director was even reluctant to ask Kate Beckinsale if she wanted to do the film, as she had just done ''{{Film/Underworld}}''. But when he was persuaded to send her agent the script, she immediately signed on. Likewise the three actresses playing the brides signed on because they wanted to fly - even Silvia Collocca who is terrified of heights.

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* Regardless of how the final product turned out, most of the actors involved in ''Film/VanHelsing'' jumped at the chance to be in an homage to the [[Franchise/UniversalHorror classic Universal monster movies]]. Shuler Hensley related a story where a friend asked him if it bothered him that no one would recognize him under his makeup. His response, "I'm playing ''Frankenstein's Monster!''" The director was even reluctant to ask Kate Beckinsale Creator/KateBeckinsale if she wanted to do the film, as she had just done ''{{Film/Underworld}}''. But when he was persuaded to send her agent the script, she immediately signed on. Likewise the three actresses playing the brides signed on because they wanted to fly - even Silvia Collocca who is terrified of heights.



* Benicio Del Toro and Rick Baker jumped at the chance to work on the remake of ''Film/{{The Wolfman|2010}}'' because both men are huge fans of [[Film/TheWolfMan1941 the original]].

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* Benicio Del Toro Creator/BenicioDelToro and Rick Baker jumped at the chance to work on the remake of ''Film/{{The Wolfman|2010}}'' because both men are huge fans of [[Film/TheWolfMan1941 the original]].



** Kate Winslet played dictator Jeannine Mathews precisely because she wanted to do something radically different from her usual stuff - also enjoying the benefits of impressing her children, who became very popular at school when word got out that their mother was Jeannine.

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** Kate Winslet Creator/KateWinslet played dictator Jeannine Mathews precisely because she wanted to do something radically different from her usual stuff - also enjoying the benefits of impressing her children, who became very popular at school when word got out that their mother was Jeannine.



* Salma Hayek joked that she starred in ''Tale Of Tales'' purely because she got to play a Queen, which doesn't happen a lot when one is Mexican.

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* Salma Hayek Creator/SalmaHayek joked that she starred in ''Tale Of Tales'' purely because she got to play a Queen, which doesn't happen a lot when one is Mexican.



* Daniel Day Lewis had been planning to take a year's hiatus from acting when he heard about the film version of ''{{Theatre/Nine}}''. He sent director Rob Marshall a tape of him singing, and he was immediately cast as the lead. Marshall later said he didn't offer him the part initially because he never imagined he'd say yes.
* Burt Lancaster eventually took the role of Happer in ''Film/LocalHero'' because he wanted a comedic role for once in his career. His salary was still non-negotiable, though.

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* Daniel Day Lewis Creator/DanielDayLewis had been planning to take a year's hiatus from acting when he heard about the film version of ''{{Theatre/Nine}}''. He sent director Rob Marshall a tape of him singing, and he was immediately cast as the lead. Marshall later said he didn't offer him the part initially because he never imagined he'd say yes.
* Burt Lancaster Creator/BurtLancaster eventually took the role of Happer in ''Film/LocalHero'' because he wanted a comedic role for once in his career. His salary was still non-negotiable, though.



* Broadway legend Hinton Battle agreed to play Sweet, the Dancing Demon in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' MusicalEpisode "Once More With Feeling", primarily because he was a huge fan of the show and thought the idea of getting made up like a demon would be "a stone cold groove" that he had never experienced before.

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* Broadway legend Hinton Battle agreed to play Sweet, the Dancing Demon in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' MusicalEpisode "Once More "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling}} Once More, With Feeling", Feeling]]", primarily because he was a huge fan of the show and thought the idea of getting made up like a demon would be "a stone cold groove" that he had never experienced before.



** Similarly, Alex Kingston has said on more than one occasion that one of her favorite parts of playing River Song is that she gets to do stunts, something that she didn't get to have on ''Series/{{ER}}''.

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** Similarly, Alex Kingston Creator/AlexKingston has said on more than one occasion that one of her favorite parts of playing River Song is that she gets to do stunts, something that she didn't get to have on ''Series/{{ER}}''.



* Almost subverting this, Creator/IanMcShane repeatedly turned down invitations to join the cast of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' because he didn't think much of being on a fantasy TV series. However, he eventually accepted because he thought it would be an opportunity to work with actors he respected, like Charles Dance and Stephen Dillane. When he got there and learned that [[spoiler: both their characters had been killed, and thus neither actor was on the show anymore]], he almost backed out.

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* Almost subverting this, Creator/IanMcShane repeatedly turned down invitations to join the cast of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' because he didn't think much of being on a fantasy TV series. However, he eventually accepted because he thought it would be an opportunity to work with actors he respected, like Charles Dance Creator/CharlesDance and Stephen Dillane. When he got there and learned that [[spoiler: both their characters had been killed, and thus neither actor was on the show anymore]], he almost backed out.



** Jason Alexander, yet another well-known Trekkie, didn't hesitate to play an alien in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.

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** Jason Alexander, Creator/JasonAlexander, yet another well-known Trekkie, didn't hesitate to play an alien in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.



** Zooey Deschanel had idolised ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' ever since she was two and longed to play Dorothy in some way. Naturally she jumped at the chance to play DG [[spoiler: Dorothy's descendant]].

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** Zooey Deschanel Creator/ZooeyDeschanel had idolised ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' ever since she was two and longed to play Dorothy in some way. Naturally she jumped at the chance to play DG [[spoiler: Dorothy's descendant]].
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