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12th Nov '17 7:48:49 AM fearlessnikki
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* Creator/RobertDowneyJr was cast as ''Film/IronMan'' not only because he is a good actor, but has had problems in the past with drug abuse. That added extra weight to a man who is struggling to redeem himself for past mistakes; a man who is also known for having problems with alcohol. Robert Downey Jr. IS Tony Stark for most practical purposes.
** Creator/JeffBridges is also a great choice to play Obadiah Stane, because it plays against the roles he is normally typecast as. Stane comes across as friendly and likeable, albeit a bit of a smooth talker. And when we learn he was behind everything, we empathize with the betrayal Tony is feeling, because we're feeling it as well.
** Downey did it again in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'', playing the titular ace detective with drug and adjustment problems.
*** In fact, this seems to happen to Downey a lot. In ''Film/CharlieBartlett'' he plays a high school principal with an alcohol problem.
*** ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'' as well.
*** ''Film/AScannerDarkly'', natch

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* Creator/RobertDowneyJr Creator/RobertDowneyJr
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was cast as ''Film/IronMan'' not only because he is a good actor, but has had problems in the past with drug abuse. That added extra weight to a man who is struggling to redeem himself for past mistakes; a man who is also known for having problems with alcohol. Robert Downey Jr. IS Tony Stark for most practical purposes.
** Creator/JeffBridges is also a great choice to play Obadiah Stane, because it plays against the roles he is normally typecast as. Stane comes across as friendly and likeable, albeit a bit of a smooth talker. And when we learn he was behind everything, we empathize with the betrayal Tony is feeling, because we're feeling it as well.
** Downey did it again in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'', playing the titular ace detective with drug and adjustment problems.
***
problems. In fact, this seems to happen to Downey a lot. In ''Film/CharlieBartlett'' he plays a high school principal with an alcohol problem.
***
problem. ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'' as well.
*** ''Film/AScannerDarkly'', natch
well and ''Film/AScannerDarkly'' (mentioned below) natch.



** Shortly before his CareerResurrection with ''Iron Man'', he did ''Film/AGuideToRecognizingYourSaints'' as a man confronting his past demons.
* Also for ''Film/IronMan'', Creator/JeffBridges is also a great choice to play Obadiah Stane, because it plays against the roles he is normally typecast as. Stane comes across as friendly and likeable, albeit a bit of a smooth talker. And when we learn he was behind everything, we empathize with the betrayal Tony is feeling, because we're feeling it as well.



* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' has martial arts-themed mercenary Georges Batroc ([[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames Batroc the Leaper in the comics]]) played by [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/mma/ufc/ufc-wl.html UFC World Welterweight Champion]] Georges St.-Pierre.

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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'':
** The film
has martial arts-themed mercenary Georges Batroc ([[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames Batroc the Leaper in the comics]]) played by [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/mma/ufc/ufc-wl.html UFC World Welterweight Champion]] Georges St.-Pierre.



** Actually Wayne was in remission at the time and believed himself cured. He planned on making more films, although he did plan this to be his last Western. His cancer didn't return until two years later.



* ''Film/SchoolOfRock'' cast several child musicians, rather than child actors, to play the young musician characters. Creator/JackBlack himself is part of Music/TenaciousD.
** Bonus points for the fact that Robert Tsai, who played Larry (the keyboardist) had to go through the same classical-to-rock transition that the character did.

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* ''Film/SchoolOfRock'' cast several child musicians, rather than child actors, to play the young musician characters. Creator/JackBlack himself is part of Music/TenaciousD.
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Music/TenaciousD. Bonus points for the fact that Robert Tsai, who played Larry (the keyboardist) had to go through the same classical-to-rock transition that the character did.



* ''Film/TropicThunder'' runs entirely on this fuel, because it plays with the actual personalities of the actors portraying fictional actors. Robert Downey Jr plays an obsessive method actor who goes to extremes to play a role, to the detriment of his peers. Jack Black plays a comic who ''only'' plays obnoxious buffoons in ToiletHumor movies. In fact, some people expressed disappointment that Creator/BenStiller wasn't an {{expy}} of himself (A [[TheWoobie sympathetic]] [[TheEveryman everyman]] who is a CosmicPlaything) instead of the Stallone-like action hero he was in the movie. Jay Baruchel plays the little-known actor who isn't even mentioned on the poster, which is often what he is in real life.
** Stiller's part was originally going to go to Keanu Reeves. One of the plot points is that he has trouble expressing emotions, which would've made it this trope.

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* ''Film/TropicThunder'' runs entirely on this fuel, because it plays with the actual personalities of the actors portraying fictional actors. Robert Downey Jr plays an obsessive method actor who goes to extremes to play a role, to the detriment of his peers. Jack Black plays a comic who ''only'' plays obnoxious buffoons in ToiletHumor movies. In fact, some people expressed disappointment that Creator/BenStiller wasn't an {{expy}} of himself (A [[TheWoobie sympathetic]] [[TheEveryman everyman]] who is a CosmicPlaything) instead of the Stallone-like action hero he was in the movie. Jay Baruchel plays the little-known actor who isn't even mentioned on the poster, which is often what he is in real life.
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life. Stiller's part was originally going to go to Keanu Reeves. One of the plot points is that he has trouble expressing emotions, which would've made it this trope.
30th Oct '17 9:15:27 AM ClintEastwood
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** Although Troughton did not play the character as a version of himself, his natural personality still formed the backbone of the Second Doctor's. There was a lot of despair over the first [[TheNthDoctor actor switchover]]. Should Patrick Troughton play the character as the same as William Hartnell's Doctor? Should he go with Sydney Newman's Chaplin-inspired 'cosmic hobo' idea? Should he go psychedelic like Gerry Davis wanted? What about the sea captain gimmick or making him a Sherlock Holmes {{Expy}}? It was all up in the air until one very important meeting to discuss this, when Gerry Davis noticed that despite everyone else shouting at each other Troughton was sitting in the corner, [[TheSocialExpert quietly puzzling out all the power dynamics between the writers and executives with an expression of obvious interest]]. This immediately inspired Davis and he asked everyone else to leave so he could tell Troughton what he'd observed. "Power of the Daleks", Troughton's first story, includes a scene inspired by this where he explains to Polly that he's mapped the power dynamics among the colony officials just by watching their faces.
** Jon Pertwee was cast as a comic actor and was intended at first to be a comedy character, but eventually they settled upon basing the Doctor's personality on Pertwee's just, enthusiastic, serious and elegant natural one. This came as a big shock to people used to his comedy roles. Another bit of meta came out after his death. Three's secret agent antics and love of gadgets? Turns out Pertwee ''was'' in British Intelligence during World War II, instructing spies on the latest and greatest espionage gear of the era.
** The most extreme example is Tom Baker, who played the Fourth Doctor. He insists ([[TrollingCreator although there's ample evidence against it]]) that he just performed his lines as himself at first and was surprised that people kept sending him fanmail [[RealityIsUnrealistic praising his outrageous and over-the-top persona]]; when asked in an interview by Horror Channel to describe his Doctor in a word, answered "I can do it in two: Tom Baker". He was cast in the role due to Barry Letts being impressed by Baker's naturally loopy personality and, as neither Terrence Dicks nor Robert Holmes had much of an initial direction for the Fourth Doctor's personality, both of them admitted to having just written the character to be like the actor. This, combined with AlterEgoActing (he disliked appearing publicly as himself while playing the role and tried to stay in character as much as possible) did lead to him becoming LostInCharacter, so none of the others have done it to quite the same extent.
** The Eleventh Doctor's actor Matt Smith bought his own... astonishing physicality to the role, and Peter Capaldi (the Twelfth) has said that the Doctor has a lot more of his natural personality in him than his other famous role, [[Series/TheThickOfIt Malcolm Tucker]].

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** Although Troughton Creator/PatrickTroughton did not play the character as a version of himself, his natural personality still formed the backbone of the Second Doctor's. There was a lot of despair over the first [[TheNthDoctor actor switchover]]. Should Patrick Troughton he play the character as the same as William Hartnell's Creator/WilliamHartnell's Doctor? Should he go with Sydney Newman's Chaplin-inspired Creator/CharlieChaplin-inspired 'cosmic hobo' idea? Should he go psychedelic like Gerry Davis wanted? What about the sea captain gimmick or making him a Sherlock Holmes Literature/SherlockHolmes {{Expy}}? It was all up in the air until one very important meeting to discuss this, when Gerry Davis noticed that despite everyone else shouting at each other Troughton was sitting in the corner, [[TheSocialExpert quietly puzzling out all the power dynamics between the writers and executives with an expression of obvious interest]]. This immediately inspired Davis and he asked everyone else to leave so he could tell Troughton what he'd observed. "Power "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E3ThePowerOfTheDaleks The Power of the Daleks", Daleks]]", Troughton's first story, includes a scene inspired by this where he explains to Polly that he's mapped the power dynamics among the colony officials just by watching their faces.
** Jon Pertwee Creator/JonPertwee was cast as a comic actor and was intended at first to be a comedy character, but eventually they settled upon basing the Doctor's personality on Pertwee's just, enthusiastic, serious and elegant natural one. This came as a big shock to people used to his comedy roles. Another bit of meta came out after his death. Three's secret agent antics and love of gadgets? Turns out Pertwee ''was'' in British Intelligence during World War II, instructing spies on the latest and greatest espionage gear of the era.
** The most extreme example is Tom Baker, Creator/TomBaker, who played the Fourth Doctor. He insists ([[TrollingCreator although there's ample evidence against it]]) that he just performed his lines as himself at first and was surprised that people kept sending him fanmail [[RealityIsUnrealistic praising his outrageous and over-the-top persona]]; when asked in an interview by Horror Channel to describe his Doctor in a word, answered "I can do it in two: Tom Baker". He was cast in the role due to Barry Letts being impressed by Baker's naturally loopy personality and, as neither Terrence Dicks Creator/TerrenceDicks nor Robert Holmes Creator/RobertHolmes had much of an initial direction for the Fourth Doctor's personality, both of them admitted to having just written the character to be like the actor. This, combined with AlterEgoActing (he disliked appearing publicly as himself while playing the role and tried to stay in character as much as possible) did lead to him becoming LostInCharacter, so none of the others have done it to quite the same extent.
** The Eleventh Doctor's actor Matt Smith Creator/MattSmith bought his own... astonishing physicality to the role, and Peter Capaldi Creator/PeterCapaldi (the Twelfth) has said that the Doctor has a lot more of his natural personality in him than his other famous role, [[Series/TheThickOfIt Malcolm Tucker]].
25th Oct '17 6:31:56 AM Anarquistador
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Creator/MarkHamill plays [[BigBad Firelord Ozai]], superpowered EvilOverlord with a rebellious son '''AND''' he shoots lightning from his fingertips. Basically, [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker has become a composite of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Creator/MarkHamill plays [[BigBad Firelord Ozai]], superpowered EvilOverlord with a rebellious son, who mutilates said son '''AND''' during a battle in a twisted attempt to teach him something. Oh, and he shoots lightning from his fingertips. Basically, [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker has become a composite of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.]]
10th Oct '17 12:44:39 PM RoseAndHeather
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* In ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'', the character of Norma Desmond, a forgotten silent film star was played by Gloria Swanson, a forgotten silent film star. Her butler, Max von Mayerling who used to be a leading silent film director is played by Eric von Stroheim, who used to be a leading silent film director.

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* In ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'', the character of Norma Desmond, a forgotten silent film star was played by Gloria Swanson, a forgotten silent film star. Her butler, Max von Mayerling who used to be a leading silent film director is played by Eric von Stroheim, who used to be a leading silent film director. (Needless to say, Swanson took her fall from stardom with ''much'' more grace and sanity than Norma.)
20th Jul '17 8:50:15 AM dmcreif
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* ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'':
**"Karen", the on-board AI in Peter's Spider suit, is voiced by Creator/JenniferConnelly, who is in real life the wife of Creator/PaulBettany, who voiced JARVIS and now plays The Vision.
** Creator/MichaelKeaton is Adrian Toomes, AKA the Vulture. Again, ''Film/{{Birdman}} [[ActorAllusion is the Vulture]]''. (Also, this film could be considered ''Film/{{Batman}} vs. Spider-Man'', except [[Film/MeAndEarlAndTheDyingGirl not made by high schoolers.]] And most likely [[WebVideo/DeathBattle not to the death]].)
***Not only that, but the reveal that Adrian Toomes is [[spoiler:Liz Allan's father]]. Because in ''Birdman'', Riggan's daughter Samantha was played by Creator/EmmaStone, who played Gwen Stacy in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. So not only is Michael Keaton playing another bird-themed costumed character, but [[spoiler:he's also playing the father of Spider-Man's love interest again]]!



** Edward Norris, a former Baltimore Police Commissioner who had a somewhat controversial career that ended in indictment and a felony conviction, plays a fictionalized version of himself that is a Homicide detective. His lack of respect for the current Commissioner is a running gag. As the first season was shot while he was still in office, he ends up with some pretty funny SelfDeprecation:

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** Edward Norris, a former Baltimore Police Commissioner who had a somewhat controversial career that ended in indictment and a felony conviction, plays a fictionalized version of himself that is a Homicide detective. His lack of respect for the current Commissioner is a running gag. As the first season was shot while he was still in office, he ends up with gets some pretty funny very hilarious SelfDeprecation:



** Anthony Collichio is a Western District plainclothes officer who takes the soldier's mentality to policing, the kind of policing that Colvin decries as detrimental to the job. Fittingly, he's played by Benjamin Busch, who is in real life a United States Marine Reserve Corps officer.

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** Anthony Collichio is a Western District plainclothes officer who takes the soldier's mentality to policing, the kind of policing that Bunny Colvin decries as detrimental to the job. Fittingly, he's played by Benjamin Busch, who is in real life a United States Marine Reserve Corps officer.
21st Jun '17 3:11:35 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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* In ''Series/TheITCrowd'', the socially-awkward and nerdy character, Moss, who has no people skills, is played by Richard Ayoade. In RealLife, Ayoade is also something of a socially-awkward, shy geek, who is open about his social anxiety issues. He has often stated that he hates the limelight and hates being interviewed, and when appearing on British panel shows he often plays up this persona. According to Ayoade, Graham Linehan wrote the character specifically for him, having met him at university and knowing his personality quirks.
19th Jun '17 9:25:38 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''Film/{{Memento}}'' required a SmugSnake type character for the antagonist, so they hired Joe Pantoliano, whose career is virtually nothing but. [[spoiler: Except, of course, that his character is innocent of the crime he's killed for in the film's opening. The role relies heavily on his typecasting to make the audience assume he's the bad guy, when he's the closest thing the protagonist has to a real friend. Virtually anyone but a typecast actor would have given the audience room to doubt.]]

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* ''Film/{{Memento}}'' required a SmugSnake type character for the antagonist, so they hired Joe Pantoliano, Creator/JoePantoliano, whose career is virtually nothing but. [[spoiler: Except, of course, that his character is innocent of the crime he's killed for in the film's opening. The role relies heavily on his typecasting to make the audience assume he's the bad guy, when he's the closest thing the protagonist has to a real friend. Virtually anyone but a typecast actor would have given the audience room to doubt.]]
12th Jun '17 10:32:39 AM dmcreif
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** Creator/{{Deborah Ann Woll}} plays [[SexySecretary Karen Page]], the love interest of [[BlindJustice blind lawyer]] Matt Murdock. Her real life boyfriend EJ Scott is blind as the result of choroideremia, and she raises public awareness of the disease as a pet cause. This was lampshaded by Woll, [[https://twitter.com/Daredevil/status/583815587018579969 as EJ actually dressed up as Matt for the season 1 premiere]]. And the show takes this full-circle partway through season 2, once [[RelationshipUpgrade Matt and Karen start dating]].

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** Creator/{{Deborah Ann Woll}} plays [[SexySecretary Karen Page]], the [[OfficialCouple official love interest interest]] of [[BlindJustice blind lawyer]] Matt Murdock. Her real life boyfriend EJ Scott is going blind as the result of choroideremia, and she raises public awareness of the disease as a pet cause. This was lampshaded by Woll, [[https://twitter.com/Daredevil/status/583815587018579969 as EJ actually dressed up as Matt for the season 1 premiere]]. And the show takes this full-circle partway through season 2, once [[RelationshipUpgrade Matt and Karen start dating]].


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** Anthony Collichio is a Western District plainclothes officer who takes the soldier's mentality to policing, the kind of policing that Colvin decries as detrimental to the job. Fittingly, he's played by Benjamin Busch, who is in real life a United States Marine Reserve Corps officer.
26th May '17 8:58:39 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/TheWire'':
**Edward Norris, a former Baltimore Police Commissioner who had a somewhat controversial career that ended in indictment and a felony conviction, plays a fictionalized version of himself that is a Homicide detective. His lack of respect for the current Commissioner is a running gag. As the first season was shot while he was still in office, he ends up with some pretty funny SelfDeprecation:
-->'''Ed Norris:''' I kid you not. I swear, you show me the son of a bitch who can fix this police department I'd give back half my overtime.
**Sgt. Jay Landsman is the supervisor for the Homicide unit. He is named after a real guy, who was a subject in David Simon's book ''Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets''. The real Jay Landsman also appears in ''The Wire'' as Lt. Dennis Mello, Major Colvin's NumberTwo in the Western District.
**Melvin Williams, a former gangster arrested by co-creator Ed Burns, was one of the inspirations for Avon Barksdale. Williams himself appeared in seasons 3 and 4 of ''The Wire'' in the recurring role of the Deacon, who plays a major role helping out Cutty and Colvin.
**Donnie Andrews, a criminal whose real life exploits inspired much of Omar Little's character, and who worked as a consultant for ''The Wire'', got to appear in seasons 4 and 5 as one of Blind Butchie's muscle men.
5th Apr '17 5:37:35 PM WillBGood
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*** [[NightmareFace There may be reasons other than his past]] for why Trejo is typecast this way.

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*** [[NightmareFace [[FaceOfAThug There may be reasons other than his past]] for why Trejo is typecast this way.
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