History Main / LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles

2nd Jan '16 6:18:31 PM nombretomado
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* A 2001 TV advert for the Yellow Pages in NewZealand featured Joel Tobeck (of [[HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules & Xena]], and later SonsOfAnarchy, fame) as not just himself, but also a taxi driver, a security guard, a fashion model, and an army of department store assistants.
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* A 2001 TV advert for the Yellow Pages in NewZealand featured Joel Tobeck (of [[HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys [[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules & Xena]], and later SonsOfAnarchy, ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', fame) as not just himself, but also a taxi driver, a security guard, a fashion model, and an army of department store assistants.
10th Dec '15 7:19:35 PM Bissek
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** And in ''Film/ThePolarExpress'', Hanks played the Hero Boy, the Conductor, the Hobo, the Scrooge puppet, and Santa Claus.
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** And in ''Film/ThePolarExpress'', ''Literature/ThePolarExpress'', Hanks played the Hero Boy, the Conductor, the Hobo, the Scrooge puppet, and Santa Claus.
10th Dec '15 7:18:58 PM Bissek
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** And in ''Film/ThePolarExpress'', Hanks played the Hero Boy, the Conductor, the Hobo, the Scrooge puppet, and Santa Claus.
7th Dec '15 7:40:49 AM Jake
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** In ''Literature/TheMouseThatRoared'', Sellers plays Tully, Lord Mountjoy, and Grand Duchess Gloriana of [[{{Ruritania}} Grand Fenwick]]. This is explained (and {{Lampshaded}}) by the disclaimer at the beginning of the movie that the First Grand Duke was "in every possible sense, the Father of His Country" (and indeed, his memorial statue looks exactly like Peter Sellers).
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** In ''Literature/TheMouseThatRoared'', Sellers plays Tully, Lord Mountjoy, and Grand Duchess Gloriana of [[{{Ruritania}} Grand Fenwick]]. This is explained (and {{Lampshaded}}) by the disclaimer at the beginning of the movie that the First Grand Duke was "in "[[ReallyGetsAround in every possible sense, the Father of His Country" Country]]" (and indeed, his memorial statue looks exactly like Peter Sellers).
27th Nov '15 6:30:11 PM Adept
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** Creator/NoahAntwiler[=/=][[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] plays *inhales* Dr. Insano, Chef Ramsay, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall Leonhart]], Franchise/FuManchu, Spencer D. Bum, the [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior Ultimate Spoony]], [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Cap'n Smiling Jack D'Arcy]], the [[TabletopGame/{{Atmosfear}} Gate Cleaner]], [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hulk Spogan]], [[Film/BattlefieldEarth Terl]], "Spoonette", Spoontock! of the [[Franchise/StarTrek Klingon Empire]], [[Franchise/{{Ultima}} Chuckles the Fucking Jester]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus]] and [[CrosscastRole Yuna]], [[FinalFantasyXIII Snow]] and [[Franchise/{{Ultima}} The Goddamn Avatar]].
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** Creator/NoahAntwiler[=/=][[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] plays *inhales* Dr. Insano, Chef Ramsay, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall Leonhart]], Franchise/FuManchu, Spencer D. Bum, the [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior Ultimate Spoony]], [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Cap'n Smiling Jack D'Arcy]], the [[TabletopGame/{{Atmosfear}} Gate Cleaner]], [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hulk Spogan]], [[Film/BattlefieldEarth Terl]], "Spoonette", Spoontock! of the [[Franchise/StarTrek Klingon Empire]], [[Franchise/{{Ultima}} Chuckles the Fucking Jester]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus]] and [[CrosscastRole Yuna]], [[FinalFantasyXIII [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Snow]] and [[Franchise/{{Ultima}} The Goddamn Avatar]].
8th Nov '15 10:45:52 AM nombretomado
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* In RedVsBlue, Burnie Burns plays Church, Lopez, Vic, and a number of smaller roles, including Omega, the Red Zealot, and most of the AIs in season 6.
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* In RedVsBlue, ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Burnie Burns plays Church, Lopez, Vic, and a number of smaller roles, including Omega, the Red Zealot, and most of the AIs in season 6.
6th Nov '15 2:52:34 PM Morgenthaler
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* Another impressive example is ''TheLaramieProject'', wherein eight actors play over seventy different roles total. * ''AngelsInAmerica'', which is also written to be performed by eight actors, specifically states in its ''dramatis personae'' that certain lead characters double for certain supporting characters, with the actresses playing Hannah and the Angel with the highest total role count. Memorably, Meryl Streep in the television adaptation.
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* Another impressive example is ''TheLaramieProject'', ''Theatre/TheLaramieProject'', wherein eight actors play over seventy different roles total. * ''AngelsInAmerica'', ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'', which is also written to be performed by eight actors, specifically states in its ''dramatis personae'' that certain lead characters double for certain supporting characters, with the actresses playing Hannah and the Angel with the highest total role count. Memorably, Meryl Streep in the television adaptation.

* The Broadway version of ''{{RENT}}'' has very distinctive-looking actors that together play all of the extras. In some scenes (like "Christmas Bells") the costume changes are fast enough and thorough enough to make it look like there are three times as many of them as there actually are.
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* The Broadway version of ''{{RENT}}'' ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' has very distinctive-looking actors that together play all of the extras. In some scenes (like "Christmas Bells") the costume changes are fast enough and thorough enough to make it look like there are three times as many of them as there actually are.

* At one point, a production of ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'' was staged with two actors. In the final scenes, they resorted to wearing both dresses and suits while holding umbrellas: they'd open the umbrellas to block the suits when playing women, and close them again when playing men. * Anna Deveare Smith does this for the play/film ''TwilightLosAngeles''.
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* At one point, a production of ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'' ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'' was staged with two actors. In the final scenes, they resorted to wearing both dresses and suits while holding umbrellas: they'd open the umbrellas to block the suits when playing women, and close them again when playing men. * Anna Deveare Smith does this for the play/film ''TwilightLosAngeles''.''Theatre/TwilightLosAngeles''.

* There is a stage version of ''AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' that was written for four men and one woman. The official character count is 39. "Actor 5" only plays Phileas Fogg, but his lack of roles is made up for by "Actor 1," who plays 16.
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* There is a stage version of ''AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' ''Theatre/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' that was written for four men and one woman. The official character count is 39. "Actor 5" only plays Phileas Fogg, but his lack of roles is made up for by "Actor 1," who plays 16.

* Subverted in {{Seussical}}. [[TheNarrator The Cat in the Hat]] appears as different roles throughout the show, but he's still The Cat in the Hat.
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* Subverted in {{Seussical}}.''Theatre/{{Seussical}}''. [[TheNarrator The Cat in the Hat]] appears as different roles throughout the show, but he's still The Cat in the Hat.

* In the Hugh Wheeler version of ''{{Candide}}'', the actor playing the narrator (Voltaire) also plays Pangloss and a few other characters, and has to perform quick costume changes with no time to duck offstage.
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* In the Hugh Wheeler version of ''{{Candide}}'', ''Theatre/{{Candide}}'', the actor playing the narrator (Voltaire) also plays Pangloss and a few other characters, and has to perform quick costume changes with no time to duck offstage.
13th Sep '15 5:02:41 PM WillBGood
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* Before becoming famous with ''TheRedGreenShow'', Steve Smith and his wife Morag produced a Canadian sketch comedy show called ''Smith and Smith'', which aired in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Due to the show's very low budget, among other reasons, Steve and Morag played the majority of the roles themselves.
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* Before becoming famous with ''TheRedGreenShow'', ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'', Steve Smith and his wife Morag produced a Canadian sketch comedy show called ''Smith and Smith'', which aired in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Due to the show's very low budget, among other reasons, Steve and Morag played the majority of the roles themselves.
16th Aug '15 2:33:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* The starring cast of ''Series/HorribleHistories'' all play multiple roles, some reoccurring across five series. The same performers play multiple parts in their own series, ''{{Yonderland}}''.
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* The starring cast of ''Series/HorribleHistories'' all play multiple roles, some reoccurring across five series. The same performers play multiple parts in their own series, ''{{Yonderland}}''.''Series/{{Yonderland}}''.
11th Aug '15 11:02:51 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (1939) had Frank Morgan playing five different roles: The Wizard, Mr. Marvel, a gatekeeper in Emerald City, a carriage driver, and a guard in the Wizard's palace.
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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (1939) had Frank Morgan playing five different roles: The Wizard, Mr. Marvel, a gatekeeper in Emerald City, a carriage driver, and a guard in the Wizard's palace. This has led to some fans theorising that the additional characters (besides Mr Marvel) are the really the Wizard in disguise. * ''Film/TheMuppetsWizardOfOz'' has Miss Piggy playing all four of the witches in Oz, as well as appearing as herself in the Kansas scenes.

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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (1939) had Frank Morgan playing five different roles: The Wizard, Mr. Marvel, a gatekeeper in Emerald City, a carriage driver, and a guard In ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' Raven Symone played all of Raven's relatives in the Wizard's palace.episode where she visits her family in the country. This trope gets justified when it turns out it's AllJustADream.

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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (1939) had Frank Morgan playing five For the BBC TV adaptations of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' Barbara Kellerman notably played three different roles: The Wizard, Mr. Marvel, a gatekeeper characters - Jadis in Emerald City, a carriage driver, ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', the Hag in ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'' and a guard in the Wizard's palace.Lady of the Green Kirtle in ''Literature/TheSilverChair''. This has helped fuel {{Fanon}} that the two witch characters are actually the same person. Additionally several other actors doubled up and played other characters across the four adaptations.

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[[folder: Music Videos]] * ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (1939) had Frank Morgan The Music/JenniferLopez video for "Get Right" has Jennifer playing five eight different roles: The Wizard, Mr. Marvel, a gatekeeper characters in Emerald City, a carriage driver, nightclub: a DJ, the club bartender, two gossiping friends, a stripper, a nerd, a diva and a guard then herself in the Wizard's palace.final moments. [[/folder]]
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