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18th Feb '18 3:50:20 AM jormis29
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* Canadian actor Julian Richings starred in the Casper Van Dien sci-fi/action vehicle ''Film/ThrillSeekers'', in which he played a disaster tourist from the future who went back in time to visit various catastrophes. When Van Dien's character spots him onboard a plane, he immediately realizes that the plane is about to crash. As a result, anytime someone recognized Richings when he had to fly somewhere they would mildly panic, and he had to reassure them that nothing was going to happen to the flight. Nowadays, since his exposure on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', people who recognize him instead go "hey look, it's [[TheGrimReaper Death]]!"

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* Canadian actor Julian Richings Creator/JulianRichings starred in the Casper Van Dien sci-fi/action vehicle ''Film/ThrillSeekers'', in which he played a disaster tourist from the future who went back in time to visit various catastrophes. When Van Dien's character spots him onboard a plane, he immediately realizes that the plane is about to crash. As a result, anytime someone recognized Richings when he had to fly somewhere they would mildly panic, and he had to reassure them that nothing was going to happen to the flight. Nowadays, since his exposure on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', people who recognize him instead go "hey look, it's [[TheGrimReaper Death]]!"
25th Jan '18 11:13:07 PM lakingsif
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* Infotainment shows constantly referred to the star of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' as "Doctor [=McDreamy=]". Hey, you... yes, you the guy at ''Series/EntertainmentTonight''! He's got a name. It's Patrick Dempsey! He's only been a fairly well-known actor now for the last 20 years or so.

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* Infotainment shows constantly referred to the star of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' as "Doctor [=McDreamy=]". Hey, you... yes, you the guy at ''Series/EntertainmentTonight''! He's got a name. It's Patrick Dempsey! Creator/PatrickDempsey! He's only been a fairly well-known actor now for the last 20 years or so.so.
** I think you mean ''Doctor'' Patrick Dempsey. NotThatKindOfDoctor, though.
17th Jan '18 7:36:45 PM tsstevens
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* Creator/AnthonyStewartHead was called in to host a show called ''True Horror'' looking at supernatural myths. He refers to his role of Giles in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer and how despite him playing a supernatural expert when preparing to host the show realized he had next to no knowledge of the topic, so conducted research to do a better job.
12th Dec '17 3:35:14 AM jormis29
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* Henry Winkler recounts a tale about his appearance at a charity event at a park in L.A. Before the incident, he says, it somewhat grated on him that he was so closely associated with the role of Arthur Fonzarelli on ''Series/HappyDays''. After, he began to understand how much "The Fonz" meant to others, and changed the way he saw the character. While standing around at the park, he heard from behind him the word "Fonzie!", obviously uttered by a young girl. He turned around, and was confronted by a young mother holding the hand of a little girl of eight or nine. The mother was staring, chin on chest, apparently in utter shock, but not for the reason Winkler suspected. After the mother recovered a little, she told Winkler that it was the first time her daughter had ever spoken.

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* Henry Winkler Creator/HenryWinkler recounts a tale about his appearance at a charity event at a park in L.A. Before the incident, he says, it somewhat grated on him that he was so closely associated with the role of Arthur Fonzarelli on ''Series/HappyDays''. After, he began to understand how much "The Fonz" meant to others, and changed the way he saw the character. While standing around at the park, he heard from behind him the word "Fonzie!", obviously uttered by a young girl. He turned around, and was confronted by a young mother holding the hand of a little girl of eight or nine. The mother was staring, chin on chest, apparently in utter shock, but not for the reason Winkler suspected. After the mother recovered a little, she told Winkler that it was the first time her daughter had ever spoken.
10th Dec '17 5:01:56 PM nombretomado
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* At the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' 30th anniversary celebration, Joan Collins mentioned that whenever she was asked "Aren't you Alexis, that ''[[RichBitch bitch]]'' from ''{{Dynasty}}''?", she replied, "No, I'm Edith Keeler, Depression-era social worker from ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''" ("The City On The Edge of Forever")

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* At the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' 30th anniversary celebration, Joan Collins mentioned that whenever she was asked "Aren't you Alexis, that ''[[RichBitch bitch]]'' from ''{{Dynasty}}''?", ''Series/{{Dynasty}}''?", she replied, "No, I'm Edith Keeler, Depression-era social worker from ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''" ("The City On The Edge of Forever")
20th Nov '17 8:11:09 PM KYCubbie
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* In September 2008, when MichaelDouglas spoke at the United Nations about the U.S. financial crisis, a reporter asked him, "Are you saying, Gordon, that [[{{Greed}} greed is not good]]?" The actor replied, "I'm not saying that. And my name is not Gordon. [[Film/WallStreet He's a character I played 20 years ago.]]" It was even worse than that; he was actually there to talk about nuclear proliferation. The reporters derailed it into a discussion of the financial crisis, just because they were talking to the guy who played Gordon Gekko.

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* In September 2008, when MichaelDouglas Creator/MichaelDouglas spoke at the United Nations about the U.S. financial crisis, a reporter asked him, "Are you saying, Gordon, that [[{{Greed}} greed is not good]]?" The actor replied, "I'm not saying that. And my name is not Gordon. [[Film/WallStreet He's a character I played 20 years ago.]]" It was even worse than that; he was actually there to talk about nuclear proliferation. The reporters derailed it into a discussion of the financial crisis, just because they were talking to the guy who played Gordon Gekko.



** Creator/TomFelton (a.k.a. Draco Malfoy) has noted that when younger children meet him, they tend to be afraid: "We get a lot of kids down in the studios all the time and are very excited to meet [[Creator/DanielRadcliffe Daniel]], [[Creator/RupertGrint Rupert]] and [[Creator/EmmaWatson Emma]], and they get the handshakes and the hugs! I try to be as friendly as I can, but no matter how much I try they seem to hide behind their parents legs or cower behind some object. I donít get a good rap from the children! I take it as a compliment, if they think Iím evil then I must be doing something right!" However, there was also a bizarre incident with a not-quite-so-young fan. An American man legally changed his name to "Lucius Malfoy" and sent Felton paperwork which would allow him to disown his parents and be adopted by "Lucius", who had additionally named his house "Malfoy Manor".

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** Creator/TomFelton (a.k.a. Draco Malfoy) has noted that when younger children meet him, they tend to be afraid: "We get a lot of kids down in the studios all the time and are very excited to meet [[Creator/DanielRadcliffe Daniel]], [[Creator/RupertGrint Rupert]] Creator/{{Daniel|Radcliffe}}, Creator/{{Rupert|Grint}} and [[Creator/EmmaWatson Emma]], Creator/{{Emma|Watson}}, and they get the handshakes and the hugs! I try to be as friendly as I can, but no matter how much I try they seem to hide behind their parents legs or cower behind some object. I donít get a good rap from the children! I take it as a compliment, if they think Iím evil then I must be doing something right!" However, there was also a bizarre incident with a not-quite-so-young fan. An American man legally changed his name to "Lucius Malfoy" and sent Felton paperwork which would allow him to disown his parents and be adopted by "Lucius", who had additionally named his house "Malfoy Manor".



* Creator/LivTyler reports this happening to her after the release of ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Fellowship Of The Ring]]''. "My husband and I were sleeping, and I woke to the sound of our friend's two little boys going around the bedrooms opening the doors and looking in. When they got to our door, one little boy went to open it and the other said, 'No! Don't open that door. The princess is sleeping in there."

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* Creator/LivTyler reports this happening to her after the release of ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Fellowship Of The of the Ring]]''. "My husband and I were sleeping, and I woke to the sound of our friend's two little boys going around the bedrooms opening the doors and looking in. When they got to our door, one little boy went to open it and the other said, 'No! Don't open that door. The princess is sleeping in there."



* Creator/TimCurry spent a long time after ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' trying to distance himself from Dr, Frank-N-Furter. His "more rabid fans" is the reason Tim put on weight, grew a beard and refused to have anything to do with Rocky Horror until recently.

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* Creator/TimCurry spent a long time after ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' trying to distance himself from Dr, Dr. Frank-N-Furter. His "more rabid fans" is the reason Tim put on weight, grew a beard and refused to have anything to do with Rocky Horror until recently.



* John Hinckley, Jr., LoonyFan and probably the greatest example of a MisaimedFandom in history, thought assassinating UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan would impress 18-year-old JodieFoster, through some sort of confused combination of the plot elements of ''Film/TaxiDriver''. He didn't just confuse Foster for her character in the film; the attempted assassination of a politician by the main character was also completely unrelated to her character even within the film's story. Mentioning this to Ms. Foster, by the way, is [[BerserkButton a supremely bad idea]].

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* John Hinckley, Jr., LoonyFan and probably the greatest example of a MisaimedFandom in history, thought assassinating UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan would impress 18-year-old JodieFoster, Creator/JodieFoster, through some sort of confused combination of the plot elements of ''Film/TaxiDriver''. He didn't just confuse Foster for her character in the film; the attempted assassination of a politician by the main character was also completely unrelated to her character even within the film's story. Mentioning this to Ms. Foster, by the way, is [[BerserkButton a supremely bad idea]].



** He was traveling in Nepal, riding a little mountain pony up a steep slope. His group came upon a little hut/tea house and the old dude running the teashop looked at Shatner and said "Captain Kirk?". Turned out he had an ancient black & white TV, run off a truck battery and Star Trek was one of his favorite programs.
* In his first autobiography, the trope-naming I Am Not Spock, Creator/LeonardNimoy described a fan cornering him to ask if he could touch her friend's blind eye and use his Vulcan powers to heal her. Nimoy was shaken by the experience, but realized simular things happen to actors all the time. Contrary to popular perception, fans with this type of confusion (NOT his frustration with being typecast) are what inspired the title of the book.

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** He was traveling in Nepal, riding a little mountain pony up a steep slope. His group came upon a little hut/tea house and the old dude running the teashop looked at Shatner and said "Captain Kirk?". Turned out he had an ancient black & white TV, run off a truck battery and Star Trek ''Star Trek'' was one of his favorite programs.
* In his first autobiography, the trope-naming I ''I Am Not Spock, Spock'', Creator/LeonardNimoy described a fan cornering him to ask if he could touch her friend's blind eye and use his Vulcan powers to heal her. Nimoy was shaken by the experience, but realized simular similar things happen to actors all the time. Contrary to popular perception, fans with this type of confusion (NOT his frustration with being typecast) are what inspired the title of the book.



* Dr Pepper has had some fun [[PlayingWithATrope playing with this]] lately in a series of commercials where celebrities Creator/NeilPatrickHarris, Gene Simmons, and Julius Erving tell us that we can trust them, because they're doctors. That'd be Dr. Doogie Howser (played on TV), Dr. Love (popular song), and Dr. J (nickname), respectively. Neil Patrick Harris also did [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TusJ8HSLaUs&feature=related this commercial for Old Spice]], claiming he "used to be a doctor for pretend." [[note]][[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog More than one]], in fact.[[/note]]

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* Dr Pepper has had some fun [[PlayingWithATrope playing with this]] lately in a series of commercials where celebrities Creator/NeilPatrickHarris, [[Music/{{Kiss}} Gene Simmons, Simmons]], and [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Julius Erving Erving]] tell us that we can trust them, because they're doctors. That'd be Dr. Doogie Howser (played on TV), Dr. Love (popular song), and Dr. J (nickname), respectively. Neil Patrick Harris also did [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TusJ8HSLaUs&feature=related this commercial for Old Spice]], claiming he "used to be a doctor for pretend." [[note]][[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog More than one]], in fact.[[/note]]



* Hilarious subverted when two crooks tried to rob Creator/ChuckNorris, known for his 80s action movies and his then-airing show ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''. They figured that because he's a movie star that must mean all the crazy stunts he does onscreen are faked. In fact Norris is an expert in several martial arts disciplines; he easily whooped their asses before the cops arrived to pick them up.
* In a commercial for a credit card company, where they advertise that if you have 25,000 points you can get airline tickets, Alec Baldwin end up sitting in the ''co-pilot'' seat of an airliner, telling the pilot, "Don't worry, I've played a pilot before."

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* Hilarious Hilariously subverted when two crooks tried to rob Creator/ChuckNorris, known for his 80s action movies and his then-airing show ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''. They figured that because he's a movie star that must mean all the crazy stunts he does onscreen are faked. In fact Norris is an expert in several martial arts disciplines; he easily whooped their asses before the cops arrived to pick them up.
* In a commercial for a credit card company, where they advertise that if you have 25,000 points you can get airline tickets, Alec Baldwin end ends up sitting in the ''co-pilot'' seat of an airliner, telling the pilot, "Don't worry, I've played a pilot before."



* Durings a red-carpet interview at the Golden Globe Awards, actress Mayim Bialik of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' was asked if people expected her to be able to do calculus in her head and act like a scientist when they met her in real life. Bialik gave the interviewer a short, scathing look, then pointed out that, as she had earned a [=PhD=] in Neuroscience, she ''is'' a scientist in real life, and yes, she can also do calculus in her head. The interviewer looked suitably sheepish after that.

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* Durings During a red-carpet interview at the Golden Globe Awards, actress Mayim Bialik Creator/MayimBialik of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' was asked if people expected her to be able to do calculus in her head and act like a scientist when they met her in real life. Bialik gave the interviewer a short, scathing look, then pointed out that, as she had earned a [=PhD=] in Neuroscience, she ''is'' a scientist in real life, and yes, she can also do calculus in her head. The interviewer looked suitably sheepish after that.
3rd Oct '17 7:10:30 AM CosmicFerret
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* Creator/EllenPage has a strong {{Hatedom}} among some people who actually think that she is exactly like her character in ''HardCandy'' in real life. Sadly, these same people haven't seemed watch any of her other movies or seen her in real life.

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* Creator/EllenPage has a strong {{Hatedom}} among some people who actually think that she is exactly like her character in ''HardCandy'' ''Film/HardCandy'' in real life. Sadly, these same people haven't seemed watch any of her other movies or seen her in real life.
3rd Oct '17 5:27:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* In a commercial for a credit card company, where they advertise that if you have 25,000 points you can get airline tickets, Alec Baldwin end up sitting in the ''co-pilot'' seat of an airliner, telling the pilot, "Don't worry, I've played a pilot before."



!!In-Story Examples

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* In a commercial for a credit card company, where they advertise that if you have 25,000 points you can get airline tickets, Alec Baldwin end up sitting in the ''co-pilot'' seat of an airliner, telling the pilot, "Don't worry, I've played a pilot before."
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* Subverted in ''Comicbook/AmericanFlagg'', where Reuben Flagg, famous for playing a Plexus Ranger on TV, actually becomes a real one (though not by choice).
* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', the supervillains of the world basically rewrote history, not by killing off the superheroes but by turning them into {{Muggles}} via brainwashing. Two BatmanAndRobin analogues were killed by their nemesis by being lowered into an acid vat, [[{{Series/Batman}} still screaming that it was only a role they had played on TV.]]
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* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' features a TV show called ''[[ChewToy Ow, My Balls!]]'' with a character constantly getting situations where he [[GroinAttack gets hit in the balls by something]]. When Joe meets the show's actor later, he finds that people commonly run up to the actor and kick him in the balls because they saw it on TV.
* Basically all of ''Film/GalaxyQuest''.
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* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1''. A nervous villager points out that Teal'c is a Jaffa. O'Neill then [[DeadpanSnarker replies in his typical fashion that]]...
--> '''O'Neill''': No. But he plays one on TV.
* On the Season One finale of ''Series/PartyDown'', Roman harasses [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries George Takei]] concerning his take on the Vulcan Mind-Meld - which, of course, was not Sulu's area of expertise.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'', this is shown to be one of the repercussions of Joey playing a physician in ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'': he gets temporarily hitched with a LoonyFan who believes he really is Dr. Drake Ramoray. As loony as she was, she was also stunning, so Joey didn't find it in himself to break it to her until things came to bite him in the ass.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' has an [[InvertedTrope inverted]] example when Jerry and George go see Kramer's holistic healer buddy Tor Eckman.
-->'''Tor:''' It's in the best interest of the medical profession that you remain sick. You see, that insures good business. You're not a patient. You're a customer.\\
'''Jerry:''' ''(thinking)'' [[DeadpanSnarker And you're not a doctor, but you play one in real life.]]
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* An in-story example occurs in ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}: Grand Inquisitor'' with the actor Antharia Jack, who plays an adventurer on TV and plays a lot of adventure computer games. He does manage to act a bit like an adventurer during the rescue scene in the Grand Inquisitor's prison complex.
* Early in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'''s story mode, this is Johnny Cage's reaction when Liu Kang and Raiden try to recruit him for the fight against Shao Kahn. While Johnny does have actual superpowers, he thinks Liu and Raiden are just roleplayers who are too in-character and that the tournament is just that, a tournament. he tells them, "I'm an ACTOR. I save people in the movies. If this 'Shao Kahn' is such a threat, get the military."
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* Parodied in the ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'''' video "Marik's Evil Council 3"
-->'''Marik''': Also joining us is celebrity voice actor Creator/DanGreen!\\
'''Dan Green''': Hi. I'm Dan Green.\\
'''Bakura''': What the bloody hell is ''he'' doing here? He's not a villain!\\
'''Dan Green''': No, but I played a villain in one of the Pokemon movies.
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* An in-universe example: in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', a certain Simon Trent played a Franchise/{{Batman}}-like superhero named Gray Ghost in an immensely popular TV show which little Bruce was a big fan of. In the episode "Beware of the Gray Ghost", set decades later, Trent is facing poverty partly because he cannot get any roles because [[IAmNotSpock everyone still thinks of him as the Gray Ghost]]. Then Batman comes along on a case and ropes him in to assist him. Much to his own surprise, Trent make a passable superhero (and more importantly, learns that the Big Badass Batman is primarily inspired by his portrayal of one).
** A fairly meta example, when you consider the [[AdamWesting actor voicing Trent]] is none other than Creator/AdamWest. It also crosses into a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming because, according to the DVD Commentary, if they hadn't gotten West to voice the character, they'd have scrapped the episode.
* Series one of ''WesternAnimation/MonkeyDust'' had a sketch where the comedian David Baddiel would frequently be called on to perform difficult specialist tasks (such as brain surgery or piloting a space shuttle) because as a famous comedian he should be able to adapt to any role, even off-stage.
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23rd Jul '17 8:43:07 PM Ardashir
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* Jerome "Curly" Howard has been assaulted in public simply because it was so funny when they did it on ''Film/TheThreeStooges''.

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* Jerome "Curly" Howard has been was assaulted in public simply because it was so funny when they did it on ''Film/TheThreeStooges''.
12th Jul '17 10:27:31 PM jormis29
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* Although Gary Sinise is best known for ''Film/ForrestGump'', he does relate a story about getting in a minor accident and how the other driver kept giving shocked reactions that indicated he was sort of blending Gary with his Mac Taylor character on ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''.

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* Although Gary Sinise Creator/GarySinise is best known for ''Film/ForrestGump'', he does relate a story about getting in a minor accident and how the other driver kept giving shocked reactions that indicated he was sort of blending Gary with his Mac Taylor character on ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''.
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