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13th Sep '17 12:32:18 PM VioletVisions
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** Over a decade after the show ended, JamesMarsters said in an interview that the worst filming day of his career was still the day they filmed the episode in which Spike tried to rape Buffy. According to him, he can't even watch scenes like that in shows and movies, so being required to act it out, as the perpetrator no less, lead to him sitting in a corner curled up into a ball of misery between takes.
12th Sep '17 6:26:29 AM chopshop
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* In the ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' DLC "Burial At Sea", it turns out that [[spoiler: the Booker you've been playing as is actually an alternate version of [[BigBad Comstock]]. In his universe, he accidentally caused the death of his Elizabeth and was [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone overwhelmed with horror and regret over what he did]]. In a desperate attempt to atone or at least calm his guilt, he found a universe that had no Elizabeth (that of [[VideoGame/Bioshock1 the original Bioshock]]) and took up Booker's name as a private detective who helped people in Rapture. At some point his deception became so thorough that he ''genuinely'' thought he was Booker, seeing no distinction between his real history and the cover story he made up for himself.]]
1st Sep '17 10:44:17 PM theknack101
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* In ''Anime/DotHackSign'', a limited version happens of this. Tsukasa knows he's in a videogame even though he can't leave the game and feels everything within it as though he were actually there, but [[spoiler:he's forgotten that in real life he's actually a girl.]]
3rd May '17 5:58:21 PM TheCuza
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-->-- '''Kirk Lazarus''', ''Film/TropicThunder''

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-->-- '''Kirk Lazarus''', Lazarus''' (as Lincoln Osiris), ''Film/TropicThunder''



* Deconstructed and parodied in ''Film/TropicThunder'' by Robert Downey, Jr.'s character. During the DVD commentary, RDJ stays in in character as Kirk Lazarus ''as Sergeant Lincoln Osiris'' until the very line of the movie where Osiris claims not to break character until the DVD commentary. When Ben Stiller calls him on it, he finally breaks character... down to Kirk Lazarus, acclaimed Aussie actor. It's only when Lazarus has his own "Who am I?" moment in the film that Robert Downey Jr. emerges.

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* Deconstructed and parodied in ''Film/TropicThunder'' by Robert Downey, Jr.'s character. During the DVD commentary, RDJ stays in in character as Kirk Lazarus ''as Sergeant Lincoln Osiris'' until the very line of the movie where Osiris Lazarus-as-Osiris claims not to break character until the DVD commentary. When Ben Stiller calls him on it, he finally breaks character... down to and continues the commentary as Kirk Lazarus, acclaimed Aussie actor. It's only when Lazarus has his own "Who am I?" moment in the film that Robert Downey Jr. emerges.



** "Super Fun Time" has the boys and their class visit a 19th century living history museum. The actors playing the villagers refuse to break character for any reason, even when a group of thieves takes everyone in the museum hostage and demand they give the code to a locked door (they actually kill the one actor who breaks character to give the code).

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** "Super Fun Time" has the boys and their class visit a 19th century living history museum. The actors playing There is a rule stating that the villagers refuse employees are not allowed to break character for any reason, even when a reason until the moment the work day ends, and the employees treat this rule as SeriousBusiness. A group of thieves robbers who held up a Burger King takes everyone in the museum hostage and demand they give up the code to a an electronically locked door (they actually kill so they can escape the police, and since electronic locks don't exist in the 19th century, the employees can't tell them, no matter how much they want to. When the robbers start killing employees for not cooperating, one actor who breaks employee decides to break character to give and tell them the code). code to make the killing stop. Before he can do so, one of the other employees ''takes the robber's gun and shoots him dead''. The kids ''and'' the robbers are absolutely dumbfounded.
--->'''Robber:''' You people are fucking insane!
13th Apr '17 8:33:19 PM dclark
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* Creator/MelBlanc, of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' fame, once spent two weeks in a coma after a car crash. The best efforts of his wife, son, and doctors couldn't revive him- until a neurologist addressed him as BugsBunny ''and he responded in Bugs Bunny's voice!'' He likewise responded to the names of other characters he voiced; apparently, they had ingrained themselves even deeper in his mind than his real self.
14th Mar '17 10:13:24 PM WillBGood
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Duffman, whose actor-–or at least one of them–-openly admits he has no distinct personality out of his costume anymore and cringes to be called by his real name (Larry Duffman).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Duffman, whose actor-–or actor--or at least one of them–-openly them--openly admits he has no distinct personality out of his costume anymore and cringes to be called by his real name (Larry Duffman).
14th Mar '17 9:47:49 PM WillBGood
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* Creator/HarlanEllison's short story "All the Sounds of Fear" has a particularly grotesque and tragic take on this. [[spoiler:{{Shapeshifting}} is involved, perhaps not entirely voluntary.]]
6th Feb '17 9:57:06 PM mlsmithca
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* This trope runs rampant through ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' as part of the book's critique of Hollywood artifice; almost all of the performers in the book dive so deep into inhabiting fake personalities for audiences that their real personalities have all but vanished. Washed-up vaudeville clown Harry Greener has spent so long using his suffering to entertain audiences that he now seeks out opportunities to regale unwilling but interested bar patrons with tales of his ruined life. His daughter Faye has been trained to use exaggeration as part of her dramatic performances, and while her acting career will likely never take off, she uses this same fakery as a defence against the harsh reality that she has no talent, viewing everything she does as just another role. Her friends, cowboy Earle Shoop and Mexican immigrant Miguel, can no longer separate the characters they play in their very occasional western roles from the people they are offscreen.

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* This trope runs rampant through ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' as part of the book's critique of Hollywood artifice; almost all of the performers in the book dive so deep into inhabiting fake personalities for audiences that their real personalities have all but vanished. vanished.
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Washed-up vaudeville clown Harry Greener has spent so long using his suffering to entertain audiences that he now seeks out opportunities to regale unwilling but interested bar patrons with tales of his ruined life. His life, from his over-before-it-began entertainment career to his marriage to a serial adulteress who ran away with a magician and left him to bring up their daughter, Faye, alone. Protagonist Tod Hackett reflects on Harry's permanently in-character status early in the book:
--->When Harry had first begun his stage career, he had probably restricted his clowning to the boards, but now he clowned continuously. It was his sole method of defense. Most people, he had discovered, won’t go out of their way to punish a clown.
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daughter Faye has been trained to use exaggeration as part of her dramatic performances, and while her acting career will likely never take off, she uses this same fakery as a defence against the harsh reality that she has no talent, viewing everything she does - including prostituting herself to pay for her father's funeral - as just another role. Her friends, role.
** Faye's quasi-boyfriend,
cowboy Earle Shoop Shoop, and Mexican immigrant Miguel, his friends Calvin and Hink can no longer separate the characters they play in their very occasional western roles from the people they are offscreen.offscreen, and spend their idle hours loitering in front of a saddlery store as if they were posing on a dusty frontier town set.
5th Feb '17 1:50:58 PM mlsmithca
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* This trope runs rampant through ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' as part of the book's critique of Hollywood artifice; almost all of the performers in the book dive so deep into inhabiting fake personalities for audiences that their real personalities have all but vanished. Washed-up vaudeville clown Harry Greener has spent so long using his suffering to entertain audiences that he now seeks out opportunities to regale unwilling but interested bar patrons with tales of his ruined life. His daughter Faye has been trained to use exaggeration as part of her dramatic performances, and while her acting career will likely never take off, she uses this same fakery as a defence against the harsh reality that she has no talent, viewing everything she does as just another role. Her friends, cowboy Earle Shoop and Mexican immigrant Miguel, can no longer separate the characters they play in their very occasional western roles from the people they are offscreen.
28th Nov '16 4:49:42 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* Martin Brown, one of the player characters of ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber'', is an actor portraying Jacket in the fictional ''Midnight Animal'' film. In the dream sequence of one of his chapters, he professes his love of killing teenagers and attacks an interviewer. When confronted with [[TheGrimReaper Richard]], Martin tries to explain that [[MeanCharacterNiceActor it's only a film]], but Richard isn't buying it.
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