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12th Apr '16 2:16:07 PM cdrood
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* Ben Johnson was a real cowboy and expert horseman prior to getting into acting. After a stint working as a stunt man and horse wrangler on set, he went on to appear in many westerns where his riding skills were often highlighted.
12th Apr '16 2:08:43 PM cdrood
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** 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.
6th Apr '16 5:28:17 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* In the French movie ''Le Mouton à Cinq Pattes'' (''The Five-Legged Sheep''), famous French actor Fernandel plays five quintuplets who have had very different lives. One of them is a priest whose life was ruined because (being Fernandel in a priest suit) he looks just like the priest from another popular comedy in which Fernandel played a priest, ''Don Camillo'', and that consequently no one takes him seriously anymore.
2nd Apr '16 2:37:05 PM WillKeaton
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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 '''AND''' he shoots lightning from his fingertips .fingertips. Basically, [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker has become a composite of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.]]
2nd Apr '16 2:35:48 PM WillKeaton
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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.

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* Creator/RobertDowneyJr. 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.
17th Feb '16 9:07:38 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'', Music/{{Beyonce}} plays Deena, one of the members of a [[TheSixties '60s]] GirlGroup who ends up getting promoted more than the other band members (partially because of her relationship with the manager) and even leads to one member being fired from the band. In real life, Beyonce was the FaceOfTheBand for Music/DestinysChild and is the one who has had the most successful solo career afterwards. Some people feel that the only reason that's true is because Beyonce's father was the manager. What takes this to another level of meta is that Beyonce actually got top billing over Jennifer Hudson, even though Hudson's character is the main character of the story.

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* In ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'', Music/{{Beyonce}} plays Deena, one of the members of a [[TheSixties '60s]] GirlGroup who ends up getting promoted more than the other band members (partially because of her relationship with the manager) and even leads to one member original lead singer Effie being fired from the band. In real life, Beyonce was the FaceOfTheBand for Music/DestinysChild and is the one who has had the most successful solo career afterwards. Some people feel that the only reason that's true is because Beyonce's father was the manager. What takes this to another level of meta is that Beyonce actually got top billing over Jennifer Hudson, even though Hudson's character is who plays Effie, the main character of the story.
17th Feb '16 9:04:01 AM Prfnoff
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* In-universe use: In ''Film/MrSaturdayNight'' there was a part in a film based on Buddy Young Jr. (the protagonist), but he didn't get the role because the writer/director thought he was dead so he cast Walter Matthau instead. Buddy auditions for another part, but stops and says "this isn't me."

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* In-universe use: In ''Film/MrSaturdayNight'' there was a part in a film based on Buddy Young Jr. (the protagonist), but he didn't get the role because the writer/director thought he was dead so he cast Walter Matthau Creator/WalterMatthau instead. Buddy auditions for another part, but stops and says "this isn't me."
16th Jan '16 9:05:51 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Creator/RobertRodriguez-favorite Creator/DannyTrejo, a Mexican ex-con who got into acting after leaving his past behind. As a result of his past, he almost always plays TheBrute-type characters, like in ''Film/{{Desperado}}, Film/{{Heat}}, Film/{{Predators}}, Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', and most recently, ''Film/{{Machete}}''.

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* Creator/RobertRodriguez-favorite Creator/DannyTrejo, a Mexican ex-con who got into acting after leaving his past behind. As a result of his past, he almost always plays TheBrute-type characters, like in ''Film/{{Desperado}}, Film/{{Heat}}, Film/{{Predators}}, Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', ''Film/{{Desperado}}'', ''Film/{{Heat}}'', ''Film/{{Predators}}'', ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', and most recently, ''Film/{{Machete}}''.



** To a lesser extent, Charles S. Dutton, who took up acting while serving a prison sentence for a gang-related murder, is often cast as a murderer or tough guy.

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** Trejo wasn't the only actor in the ''Film/{{Machete}}'' films who was cast like this. Former Disney star turned tabloid trainwreck Creator/LindsayLohan as a {{naughty nun|s}}, famed playboy Creator/CharlieSheen as [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent a self-absorbed, hedonistic US President]], post-meltdown Creator/MelGibson as an utterly despicable villain (i.e. the sort of role that he ''never'' played at the height of his career)... really, it's easier to list the cast members who ''aren't'' either this trope or AdamWesting.
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To a lesser extent, Charles S. Dutton, who took up acting while serving a prison sentence for a gang-related murder, is often cast as a murderer or tough guy.



* Music/MileyCyrus in ''LOL'', an American 2012 remake of a French BlackComedy. She plays the role of a BrattyTeenageDaughter who is seen by her mother as perfect and goody-two-shoes, but leads in private an active sex life, smokes, drinks, does drugs and has a raunchy mouth. The tables are turned as her mother reads her Website/{{Facebook}} page and learns of her sordid sexual posts. Though the role was not written expressly for her, it has interesting subtext as Miley in RealLife has moved on to a degree from her Series/HannahMontana days (though certainly not to such a degree) to the ire of MoralGuardians.

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* Music/MileyCyrus in ''LOL'', ''Film/{{LOL}}'', an American 2012 remake of a French BlackComedy. She plays the role of a BrattyTeenageDaughter who is seen by her mother as perfect and goody-two-shoes, but leads in private an active sex life, smokes, drinks, does drugs and has a raunchy mouth. The tables are turned as her mother reads her Website/{{Facebook}} page and learns of her sordid sexual posts. Though the role was not written expressly for her, it has interesting subtext as Miley in RealLife has moved on to from her ''Series/HannahMontana'' days (to a degree from that would make even her Series/HannahMontana days (though certainly not to such a degree) character in the film go pale with shock), to the ire of MoralGuardians.
27th Dec '15 2:05:35 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheFallGuy'': LeeMajors plays a stuntman and was also roped into actually singing the show's theme song, in which his character proclaims he's been seen on screen with [[Creator/FarrahFawcett Farrah]]. Farrah Fawcett was formerly known as Farrah Fawcett-Majors and had in fact divorced Majors by the time ''Fall Guy'' came along. Another episode had a meta moment where Majors' character, Colt Seavers, has to break into a bad buy's lair and does so using the same catapult device used to simulate bionic jumps for Majors' own stuntmen in TheSixMillionDollarMan.

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* ''Series/TheFallGuy'': LeeMajors Creator/LeeMajors plays a stuntman and was also roped into actually singing the show's theme song, in which his character proclaims he's been seen on screen with [[Creator/FarrahFawcett Farrah]]. Farrah Fawcett was formerly known as Farrah Fawcett-Majors and had in fact divorced Majors by the time ''Fall Guy'' came along. Another episode had a meta moment where Majors' character, Colt Seavers, has to break into a bad buy's lair and does so using the same catapult device used to simulate bionic jumps for Majors' own stuntmen in TheSixMillionDollarMan.''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan''.
23rd Dec '15 5:42:18 AM Doug86
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* Possibly another for Mark Hamill on ''RegularShow'': he plays Skips, CoolOldGuy and TricksterMentor. Luke Skywalker becomes Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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* Possibly another for Mark Hamill on ''RegularShow'': ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': he plays Skips, CoolOldGuy and TricksterMentor. Luke Skywalker becomes Obi-Wan Kenobi?
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