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15th Sep '16 4:15:51 AM StClair
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** Incidentally, this lead from Eddie's character going from a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed design to a full-on InkSuitActor.

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** Incidentally, this lead led from Eddie's character going from a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed design to a full-on InkSuitActor.
15th Sep '16 4:13:48 AM StClair
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* SeanConnery agreeing to appear in ''FilmTimeBandits''. The original script even said something like "Agamemnon takes off his helmet, revealing Sean Connery, or an actor of equal but cheaper stature."
* Casting for ''Film/TaxiDriver'', Creator/Scorsese asked for a "Cybill Shepherd type". When her agent offered Shepherd herself for the part, Scorcese replied "We can't afford her." The agent told him "She'll do it for whatever you can pay." At that time, Shepherd had just come off Daisy Miller for which she got bad reviews; coupled with her relationship with the recently-backlashed Peter Bogdanovich, she was desperate for the credibility that the role would bring.

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* SeanConnery agreeing to appear in ''FilmTimeBandits''.''Film/TimeBandits''. The original script even said something like "Agamemnon takes off his helmet, revealing Sean Connery, or an actor of equal but cheaper stature."
* Casting for ''Film/TaxiDriver'', Creator/Scorsese asked for a "Cybill Shepherd type". When her agent offered Shepherd herself for the part, Scorcese replied "We can't afford her." The agent told him "She'll do it for whatever you can pay." At that time, Shepherd had just come off Daisy Miller ''Daisy Miller'', for which she got bad reviews; coupled with her relationship with the recently-backlashed Peter Bogdanovich, she was desperate for the credibility that the role would bring.
15th Sep '16 4:08:19 AM StClair
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** * Creator/JimCummings is the embodiment of this trope. He's replaced Sterling Holloway as Winnie the Pooh, Louis Prima as Louie from the Jungle Book, and MelBlanc as the Tasmanian Devil in Tasmania.



* Creator/JimCummings is the embodiment of this trope. He's replaced Sterling Holloway as Winnie the Pooh, Louis Prima as Louie from the Jungle Book, and MelBlanc as the Tasmanian Devil in Tasmania.
15th Sep '16 3:58:21 AM StClair
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** In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', he's been allowed more free reign with his Obi-Wan. He put pieces of Sir Creator/AlecGuinness into his performance, making the character his own and breaking free from being another poor man's substitute.

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** In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', he's been allowed more free reign with his Obi-Wan. He put pieces of Sir Creator/AlecGuinness into his performance, making the character his own and breaking free from being another poor man's substitute. (The irony being that Ewan's performance is supposed to be an impression of Sir Alec Guinness in the first place.)



** Actually the Kenobi situation is quite funny, as Ewan's performance is supposed to be an impression of Sir Alec Guinness in the first place.
10th Sep '16 9:29:12 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Speaking of ''The Birds'', Rod Taylor is essentially a shoe-in for Creator/CaryGrant.
6th Sep '16 10:38:02 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* After Creator/GraceKelly stopped making movies, Creator/AlfredHitchcock cast several substitutes in his films - Kim Novak (''Film/{{Vertigo}}), Eva Marie-Saint (''Filim/NorthByNOrthwest'') and Tippi Hendren (''Film/TheBirds' and ''Film/{{Marnie}}).

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* After Creator/GraceKelly stopped making movies, Creator/AlfredHitchcock cast several substitutes in his films - Kim Novak (''Film/{{Vertigo}}), in in ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', Eva Marie-Saint (''Filim/NorthByNOrthwest'') in ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' and Tippi Hendren (''Film/TheBirds' in ''Film/TheBirds'' and ''Film/{{Marnie}}).''Film/{{Marnie}}''.
* In a sketch on ''Series/DeadRingers'' parodying ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Creator/JohnBarrowman was referred to as "a pound-shop Cerator/TomCruise".
6th Sep '16 10:27:28 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* In his review of ''Film/StreetFighter'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic called Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme "the poor man's Creator/ChuckNorris. The guy you get if you think Creator/StevenSegal is too classy for your movie.

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* In his review of ''Film/StreetFighter'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic called Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme "the poor man's Creator/ChuckNorris. The guy you get if you think Creator/StevenSegal Creator/StevenSeagal is too classy for your movie.movie".
* After Creator/GraceKelly stopped making movies, Creator/AlfredHitchcock cast several substitutes in his films - Kim Novak (''Film/{{Vertigo}}), Eva Marie-Saint (''Filim/NorthByNOrthwest'') and Tippi Hendren (''Film/TheBirds' and ''Film/{{Marnie}}).
6th Sep '16 10:21:47 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** The same goes for Creator/ChrisTucker.



** "O'Neill. Two 'Ls.' The other guy has no sense of humor."

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** "O'Neill. Two 'Ls.' The other guy has no sense of humor.humour."



* Tony Danza filled in for BruceWillis in ''BabyTalk'', the TV adaptation of ''Look Who's Talking''.

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* Tony Danza Creator/TonyDanza filled in for BruceWillis Creator/BruceWillis in ''BabyTalk'', the TV adaptation of ''Look Who's Talking''.''Film/LookWhosTalking''.



** ''[[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove The Emperor's New School]]'' had to substitute David Spade and John Goodman (although the latter, just for one season).

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** ''[[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove The Emperor's New School]]'' had to substitute David Spade and John Goodman Creator/JohnGoodman (although the latter, just for one season).



* In the forgotten TV version of the movie ''Harry and the Hendersons'', Bruce Davison and Molly Cheek were substitutes for Creator/JohnLithgow and Melinda Dillon.

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* In the forgotten TV version of the movie ''Harry and the Hendersons'', ''Film/HarryAndTheHendersons'', Bruce Davison and Molly Cheek were substitutes for Creator/JohnLithgow and Melinda Dillon.



* Creator/JohnRhysDavies' voice bears a remarkable similarity to Creator/SeanConnery, to say nothing of his uncanny performance in ''Aladdin and the King of Thieves''.

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* Creator/JohnRhysDavies' voice bears a remarkable similarity to Creator/SeanConnery, to say nothing of his uncanny performance in ''Aladdin and the King of Thieves''.'Film/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves''.



** And if you can't get Connery for something live-action, Laurence Luckinbill might be able to step in.

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** And if you can't get Connery for something live-action, Laurence Luckinbill might be able to step in.in (''Film/StarTrekVTeFinalFrontier'').



* Creator/KeiraKnightley herself was the poor man's NataliePortman in ''ThePhantomMenace'': she was cast as the decoy queen because of her resemblance to Portman, who was playing the actual queen.

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* Creator/KeiraKnightley herself was the poor man's NataliePortman Creator/NataliePortman in ''ThePhantomMenace'': she was cast as the decoy queen because of her resemblance to Portman, who was playing the actual queen.



* Averted when Nathan Lane voiced Timon on the ''Timon and Pumbaa'' animated series, but played straight when he was replaced by Kevin Schon after the first season. Schon also replaced Lane in Disney's ''Teacher's Pet'' in a few episodes, sometimes with both voices appearing ''in the same episode.''
* Despite being a (marginally) better actor, Joe Flannigan has been described as the small-screen KeanuReeves.

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* Averted when Nathan Lane Creator/NathanLane voiced Timon on the ''Timon and Pumbaa'' animated series, but played straight when he was replaced by Kevin Schon after the first season. Schon also replaced Lane in Disney's ''Teacher's Pet'' in a few episodes, sometimes with both voices appearing ''in the same episode.''
* Despite being a (marginally) better actor, Joe Flannigan has been described as the small-screen KeanuReeves.Creator/KeanuReeves.



* PhilCollins, already the drummer for the band Music/{{Genesis}}, became the lead singer after PeterGabriel left, and was described as being a better Gabriel sound-alike than Gabriel himself (though without [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible the eccentric theatrical flair]]). So, possibly an inversion.

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* PhilCollins, Music/PhilCollins, already the drummer for the band Music/{{Genesis}}, became the lead singer after PeterGabriel Music/PeterGabriel left, and was described as being a better Gabriel sound-alike than Gabriel himself (though without [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible the eccentric theatrical flair]]). So, possibly an inversion.



* Benedict Cumberbatch too expensive/busy? Try Toby Kebbell.

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* Benedict Cumberbatch Creator/BenedictCumberbatch too expensive/busy? Try Toby Kebbell.



* Originally, Scarlett Johansson was a Poor Man's Substitute for the Olsen twins. Now, it's probably the other way round.

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* Originally, Scarlett Johansson Creator/ScarlettJohansson was a Poor Man's Substitute for the Olsen twins. Now, it's probably the other way round.



* Nicholas Farrell makes a good substitute for BillNighy. He's been in ''ChariotsOfFire'', ''FoylesWar'', ''{{Torhchwood}}'', ''Film/PearlHarbor'', and ''Series/TheChoir'', to name a few.

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* Nicholas Farrell makes a good substitute for BillNighy. He's been in ''ChariotsOfFire'', ''FoylesWar'', ''{{Torhchwood}}'', ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'', ''Series/FoylesWar'', ''{{Series/Torchwood}}'', ''Film/PearlHarbor'', and ''Series/TheChoir'', to name a few.



* Creator/MiaWasikowska of ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' looks uncannily like a young Gwyneth Paltrow, should one be called for.

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* Creator/MiaWasikowska of ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' looks uncannily like a young Gwyneth Paltrow, Creator/GwynethPaltrow, should one be called for.



* So you want a young HarrisonFord but don't have a [[OurTimeTravelIsDifferent time machine]]? Get JensenAckles. [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Eric Kripke]] did. (Note: personality, not looks.)
** Apparently ChrisPratt is on his way to becoming the replacement Harrison Ford, if the reported rumours of Disney circulating him to star in a Han Solo Star Wars prequel and an Indiana Jones reboot have any truth.

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* So you want a young HarrisonFord Creator/HarrisonFord but don't have a [[OurTimeTravelIsDifferent time machine]]? Get JensenAckles. [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Eric Kripke]] did. (Note: personality, not looks.)
** Apparently ChrisPratt Creator/ChrisPratt is on his way to becoming the replacement Harrison Ford, if the reported rumours of Disney circulating him to star in a Han Solo Star Wars prequel and an Indiana Jones reboot have any truth.



* Jude Law has twice taken roles once played by a younger Michael Caine, in remakes of ''Alfie'' and ''Sleuth''.

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* Jude Law Creator/JudeLaw has twice taken roles once played by a younger Michael Caine, Creator/MichaelCaine, in remakes of ''Alfie'' ''Film/{{Alfie}}'' and ''Sleuth''.''Film/{{Sleuth}}''.



* TinaFey did this to herself by casting Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus to play her in flashbacks during 30Rock's live episode. It's a toss up who's the poor man in this one.

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* TinaFey Creator/TinaFey did this to herself by casting Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus to play her in flashbacks during 30Rock's ''Series/30Rock'''s live episode. It's a toss up who's the poor man in this one.



* The resemblance between Martin Sheen and his brother Joe Estevez, both in appearance and voice, came in handy during the making of Film/ApocalypseNow. First, there was Sheen's near-fatal heart attack during the filming, which led to Estevez being brought in as a double in some shots. Later on, Estevez was again used during the editing to record Willard's voiceover narration when Sheen was unavailable.

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* The resemblance between Martin Sheen Creator/MartinSheen and his brother Joe Estevez, both in appearance and voice, came in handy during the making of Film/ApocalypseNow.''Film/ApocalypseNow''. First, there was Sheen's near-fatal heart attack during the filming, which led to Estevez being brought in as a double in some shots. Later on, Estevez was again used during the editing to record Willard's voiceover narration when Sheen was unavailable.



* Need a younger Samuel L. Jackson in a live-action role? Terry Crews might be your man.

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* Need a younger Samuel L. Jackson Creator/SamuelLJackson in a live-action role? Terry Crews might be your man.



* Want Willem Dafoe, but on a television budget? John Glover to the rescue!

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* Want Willem Dafoe, Creator/WillemDafoe, but on a television budget? John Glover to the rescue!



* Creator/GlennClose once quipped that she's often mistaken for Creator/MerylStreep, but never on Oscar night.
** Similarly, Creator/SigourneyWeaver once quipped that she gets the roles that Meryl's not doing.
* In his review of ''Film/StreetFighter'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic called Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme "the poor man's Creator/ChuckNorris. The guy you get if you think Creator/StevenSegal is too classy for your movie.



* SeanConnery agreeing to appear in ''TimeBandits''. The original script even said something like "Agamemnon takes off his helmet, revealing Sean Connery, or an actor of equal but cheaper stature."
* Casting for ''Film/TaxiDriver'', Scorcese asked for a "Cybill Shepherd type". When her agent offered Shepherd herself for the part, Scorcese replied "We can't afford her." The agent told him "She'll do it for whatever you can pay." At that time, Shepherd had just come off Daisy Miller for which she got bad reviews; coupled with her relationship with the recently-backlashed Peter Bogdanovich, she was desperate for the credibility that the role would bring.
* Another example was ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. When it was first planned in the 1970s, William Goldman wanted wrestling star Andre the Giant to play Fezzik, but settled for an unknown bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger. By the time it got out of DevelopmentHell in the '80s, Arnold was well out of their price range, but Andre the Giant was very much available.

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* SeanConnery agreeing to appear in ''TimeBandits''.''FilmTimeBandits''. The original script even said something like "Agamemnon takes off his helmet, revealing Sean Connery, or an actor of equal but cheaper stature."
* Casting for ''Film/TaxiDriver'', Scorcese Creator/Scorsese asked for a "Cybill Shepherd type". When her agent offered Shepherd herself for the part, Scorcese replied "We can't afford her." The agent told him "She'll do it for whatever you can pay." At that time, Shepherd had just come off Daisy Miller for which she got bad reviews; coupled with her relationship with the recently-backlashed Peter Bogdanovich, she was desperate for the credibility that the role would bring.
* Another example was ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. When it was first planned in the 1970s, William Goldman Creator/WilliamGoldman wanted wrestling star Andre the Giant to play Fezzik, but settled for an unknown bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger. By the time it got out of DevelopmentHell in the '80s, Arnold was well out of their price range, but Andre the Giant was very much available.
31st Aug '16 7:40:15 PM Dancedom
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* Almost happened to Dudley Moore at the height of his American success. He had his biggest box-office hit in ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' just a year after Creator/PeterSellers, a fellow Brit star (in fact, a friend and colleague), had died. Though he was a ''very'' different personality than Sellers, two films that had been in development for Sellers were made with Moore (''Lovesick'' and ''Film/UnfaithfullyYours''). He was even the initial choice to take over the role of Inspector Clouseau in Franchise/ThePinkPanther series, but according to Wikipedia was only willing to do the script Sellers had co-written as a GrandFinale, ''Romance of...'', and only if Creator/BlakeEdwards (who wasn't supposed to have been associated with it) would direct it; Edwards didn't want to film that script, and ultimately Moore moved on.

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* Almost happened to Dudley Moore Creator/DudleyMoore at the height of his American success. He had his biggest box-office hit in ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' just a year after Creator/PeterSellers, a fellow Brit star (in fact, a friend and colleague), had died. Though he was a ''very'' different personality than Sellers, two films that had been in development for Sellers were made with Moore (''Lovesick'' and ''Film/UnfaithfullyYours''). He was even the initial choice to take over the role of Inspector Clouseau in Franchise/ThePinkPanther series, but according to Wikipedia was only willing to do the script Sellers had co-written as a GrandFinale, ''Romance of...'', and only if Creator/BlakeEdwards (who wasn't supposed to have been associated with it) would direct it; Edwards didn't want to film that script, and ultimately Moore moved on.



* Even now that his career is slowing down, Rutger Hauer can sometimes still be a bit pricey. When that problem arises, just call Patrick Bergin.

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* Even now that his career is slowing down, Rutger Hauer Creator/RutgerHauer can sometimes still be a bit pricey. When that problem arises, just call Patrick Bergin. Both actors even played Morgan Edge at one point during the third season of ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.



* Josh Lucas bears a striking resemblance to Matthew [=McConaughey=] (and is arguably a better actor, though not as well-known. This perception might change considering the latter won an oscar).

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* Josh Lucas bears a striking resemblance to Matthew [=McConaughey=] (and is arguably a better actor, though not as well-known. This perception might change considering the latter won an oscar).Oscar).
21st Aug '16 12:53:00 PM nombretomado
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** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': Mark Moseley replaces EddieMurphy as Mushu.

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** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': Mark Moseley replaces EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy as Mushu.
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