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** Since NeilPatrickHarris publicly frowned on the practice, it's become much less common though.

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** Since NeilPatrickHarris Creator/NeilPatrickHarris publicly frowned on the practice, it's become much less common though.
4th Mar '17 11:49:10 AM nombretomado
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** Jackie's done it more than once; he appeared in Creator/StephenChow's ''King of Comedy'' as a nameless stuntman, and in SammoHung's ''Martial Law'' as a perp, the latter done to return the favor for Hung playing the put-upon biker in ''Film/MrNiceGuy''.
* MarlonBrando as Jor-El in the first ''Film/{{Superman}}'' film. He actually got top billing (and a star's wages) on that movie for several scenes that barely totaled thirty minutes in an almost two-and-a-half hour movie. He was cast in the role specifically so they could have a big name actor headlining in order to draw the audience.

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** Jackie's done it more than once; he appeared in Creator/StephenChow's ''King of Comedy'' as a nameless stuntman, and in SammoHung's Creator/SammoHung's ''Martial Law'' as a perp, the latter done to return the favor for Hung playing the put-upon biker in ''Film/MrNiceGuy''.
* MarlonBrando Creator/MarlonBrando as Jor-El in the first ''Film/{{Superman}}'' film. He actually got top billing (and a star's wages) on that movie for several scenes that barely totaled thirty minutes in an almost two-and-a-half hour movie. He was cast in the role specifically so they could have a big name actor headlining in order to draw the audience.
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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' went out of it's way to hire some incredible people such as Creator/DickVanDyke and Creator/CourtneyCox.

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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' went out of it's way to hire some incredible people such as Creator/DickVanDyke and Creator/CourtneyCox.Creator/CourteneyCox.
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* ''Film/TheCrowCityOfAngels'' features Iggy Pop as one of the thugs. He was originally asked to play Funboy in [[Film/TheCrow the first film]], but had to decline due to scheduling issues.
* ''Film/DeadMan'' features a variety of celebrities in bit parts, including Robert Mitchum, Billy Bob Thorton, Iggy Pop and Alfred Molina.

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* ''Film/TheCrowCityOfAngels'' features Iggy Pop Music/IggyPop as one of the thugs. He was originally asked to play Funboy in [[Film/TheCrow the first film]], but had to decline due to scheduling issues.
* ''Film/DeadMan'' features a variety of celebrities in bit parts, including Robert Mitchum, Billy Bob Thorton, Iggy Pop Creator/RobertMitchum, Creator/BillyBobThorton, Music/IggyPop and Alfred Molina.Creator/AlfredMolina.



* Steven Seagal barely has two minutes of screen time in ''Film/ExecutiveDecision'' before dying with a heroic one liner.

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* Steven Seagal Creator/StevenSeagal barely has two minutes of screen time in ''Film/ExecutiveDecision'' before dying with a heroic one liner.



* ''Film/TheMeteorMan'' figures James Earl Jones, Creator/BillCosby (who has no lines), Marla Gibbs and Sinbad. Gibbs has the biggest role, as she plays the protagonist's mother. Also from the music industry, there's Luther Vandross (also no lines), Big Daddy Kane, Another Bad Creation, Cypress Hill, Naughty By Nature and jazz singer Nancy Wilson.

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* ''Film/TheMeteorMan'' figures James Earl Jones, Creator/JamesEarlJones, Creator/BillCosby (who has no lines), Marla Gibbs and Sinbad. Gibbs has the biggest role, as she plays the protagonist's mother. Also from the music industry, there's Luther Vandross (also no lines), Big Daddy Kane, Another Bad Creation, Cypress Hill, Music/CypressHill, Naughty By Nature and jazz singer Nancy Wilson.



* The presidents in ''Film/TheButler''; each one gets a cameo and all of them are played by fairly recognized actors. In general, the one who most agreed fit best was James Marsden as Kennedy.

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* The presidents in ''Film/TheButler''; each one gets a cameo and all of them are played by fairly recognized actors. In general, the one who most agreed fit best was James Marsden Creator/JamesMarsden as Kennedy.



* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' is famous for this, particularly in casting musicians in roles as immortals. These include Joan Jett, Roger Daltrey of the Who, Roland Gift of Fine Young Cannibals, Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet and Sheena Easton. Also notable are Marc Singer, Roddy Piper, and Nia Peeples.

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* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' is famous for this, particularly in casting musicians in roles as immortals. These include Joan Jett, Music/JoanJett, [[Music/TheWho Roger Daltrey of the Who, Daltrey]], [[Music/FineYoungCannibals Roland Gift of Fine Young Cannibals, Gift]], [[Music/SpandauBallet Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet Kemp]] and Sheena Easton. Also notable are Marc Singer, Roddy Piper, Creator/MarcSinger, Wrestling/RoddyPiper, and Nia Peeples.



** On ''Series/{{Friends}}'' this was taken to the ultimate when Chandler's dad was played by KathleenTurner.

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** On ''Series/{{Friends}}'' this was taken to the ultimate when Chandler's dad was played by KathleenTurner.Creator/KathleenTurner.



** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has had JamesCromwell play a role (he returned to play Zefram Cochrane in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'').

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** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has had JamesCromwell Creator/JamesCromwell play a role (he returned to play Zefram Cochrane in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'').



* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' went out of it's way to hire some incredible people such as Dick Van Dyke and Courtney Cox.

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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' went out of it's way to hire some incredible people such as Dick Van Dyke Creator/DickVanDyke and Courtney Cox.Creator/CourtneyCox.



** "The Crusades", a William Hartnell-era story, prominently featured Julian Glover as Richard I. This was a huge name, but also contributed to the Shakespearean feel of that story.

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** "The Crusades", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade The Crusade]]", a William Hartnell-era Creator/WilliamHartnell-era story, prominently featured Julian Glover Creator/JulianGlover as Richard I. This was a huge name, but also contributed to the Shakespearean feel of that story.



*** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E1WarriorsOfTheDeep Warriors of the Deep]]'' cast Hammer Horror veteran Ingrid Pitt as Doctor Solow. Her appearance in that story is mostly memorable due to her character's death scene being one of the show's most embarrassing moments.

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*** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E1WarriorsOfTheDeep Warriors of the Deep]]'' cast Hammer Horror HammerHorror veteran Ingrid Pitt as Doctor Solow. Her appearance in that story is mostly memorable due to her character's death scene being one of the show's most embarrassing moments.



** Eric Roberts as [[Characters/DoctorWhoMasters the Master]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie the TV movie]]. This was actually a compromise, with the original idea being to stunt-cast the Doctor himself. Although Creator/PaulMcGann was the first choice of producer Philip Segal and director Geoffrey Sax, executives at Fox wanted a well-known American actor in order to draw in ratings--with Creator/TomHanks, Creator/HarrisonFord, and Creator/JimCarrey being among the names thrown around. Eventually, Fox agreed to cast [=McGann=] under the condition that a name actor play the Master instead.

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** Eric Roberts Creator/EricRoberts as [[Characters/DoctorWhoMasters the Master]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie the TV movie]]. This was actually a compromise, with the original idea being to stunt-cast the Doctor himself. Although Creator/PaulMcGann was the first choice of producer Philip Segal and director Geoffrey Sax, executives at Fox wanted a well-known American actor in order to draw in ratings--with Creator/TomHanks, Creator/HarrisonFord, and Creator/JimCarrey being among the names thrown around. Eventually, Fox agreed to cast [=McGann=] under the condition that a name actor play the Master instead.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' attempted to cast Music/BritneySpears as Warren's android girlfriend April in "I Was Made To Love You."

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' attempted to cast Music/BritneySpears as Warren's android girlfriend April in "I "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E15IWasMadeToLoveYou}} I Was Made To Love You."You]]".



* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'', against their wishes, had special guest actors Sir Creator/JohnGielgud and RalphRichardson. In his book on the series (titled, appropriately enough, ''SCTV''), DaveThomas said they were both extremely difficult to work with and did not understand their brand of comedy. Later on, they welcomed Creator/BillMurray to guest star, who was an active booster of the show. Notable musical guests, who also acted on the show, ranged from Hall and Oates, Dr. John, Wendy O. Williams & the Plasmatics, Music/TheBoomtownRats, Tony Bennett, Music/RoyOrbison, Music/TalkingHeads, Music/JimmyBuffett, John Mellencamp (when he was still John Cougar), Music/{{America}}, Joe Walsh, Dave's brother Ian Thomas (who was semi-successful in the late '70s with his song "Painted Ladies", and would go on to play Dougie Franklin on ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'', on which Dave guest-starred as his brother Ben Franklin), and classical violinist Eugene Fodor.

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* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'', against their wishes, had special guest actors Sir Creator/JohnGielgud and RalphRichardson.Creator/RalphRichardson. In his book on the series (titled, appropriately enough, ''SCTV''), DaveThomas said they were both extremely difficult to work with and did not understand their brand of comedy. Later on, they welcomed Creator/BillMurray to guest star, who was an active booster of the show. Notable musical guests, who also acted on the show, ranged from Hall and Oates, Dr. John, Wendy O. Williams & the Plasmatics, Music/TheBoomtownRats, Tony Bennett, Music/RoyOrbison, Music/TalkingHeads, Music/JimmyBuffett, John Mellencamp (when he was still John Cougar), Music/{{America}}, Joe Walsh, Dave's brother Ian Thomas (who was semi-successful in the late '70s with his song "Painted Ladies", and would go on to play Dougie Franklin on ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'', on which Dave guest-starred as his brother Ben Franklin), and classical violinist Eugene Fodor.



** Linda Hamilton as Chuck's mom and Timothy Dalton as the villain "Volkoff". Since she arrives in the middle of a fight in which she manages to save her son momentarily from the baddies, Hamilton actually manages to pull off reciting the ActorAllusion line [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "Come with me if you want to live."]]

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** Linda Hamilton as Chuck's mom and Timothy Dalton Creator/TimothyDalton as the villain "Volkoff". Since she arrives in the middle of a fight in which she manages to save her son momentarily from the baddies, Hamilton actually manages to pull off reciting the ActorAllusion line [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "Come with me if you want to live."]]



* The casting of Shirley [=MacLaine=] as the GrandeDame Martha Levinson in ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' is this done for the right reasons: what ''other'' American actress could engage in Dame-to-Dame Combat with Dame MaggieSmith?
* Averted: When Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz) played Morticia's mother in the 1960s Addams Family series, the network did not exploit the connection--appropriate though it was.

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* The casting of Shirley [=MacLaine=] Creator/ShirleyMacLaine as the GrandeDame Martha Levinson in ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' is this done for the right reasons: what ''other'' American actress could engage in Dame-to-Dame Combat with Dame MaggieSmith?
Creator/MaggieSmith?
* Averted: When Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz) played Morticia's mother in the 1960s Addams Family ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' series, the network did not exploit the connection--appropriate though it was.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' features a "special guest star" -- who isn't even always an actor -- almost every episode nowadays, and of course most of the promo is devoted to their part, however small it might be. (Example: "Elementary School Musical" had a lot of emphasis placed on the appearances of three of the cast of ''Series/{{Glee}}'' (Creator/LeaMichele, Creator/CoryMonteith and Amber Riley, if you're wondering) while - at least in the UK - pretty much ignoring the stars of ''FlightOfTheConchords'', whose roles were much more important to the episode.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' features a "special guest star" -- who isn't even always an actor -- almost every episode nowadays, and of course most of the promo is devoted to their part, however small it might be. (Example: "Elementary "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS22E1ElementarySchoolMusical Elementary School Musical" Musical]]" had a lot of emphasis placed on the appearances of three of the cast of ''Series/{{Glee}}'' (Creator/LeaMichele, Creator/CoryMonteith and Amber Riley, if you're wondering) while - at least in the UK - pretty much ignoring the stars of ''FlightOfTheConchords'', whose roles were much more important to the episode.)



* Creator/EdAsner as Grandpa Ayanokiji and William Katt as Tinzin in ''Manga/SazanEyes''. Arguably with Brigitte Bako and Christian Cambell as the leads. The dub's voice director was Creator/GregWeisman, who was working on ''{{Gargoyles}}'' at the time, and cast many of the same actors in the dub.

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* Creator/EdAsner as Grandpa Ayanokiji and William Katt Creator/WilliamKatt as Tinzin in ''Manga/SazanEyes''. Arguably with Brigitte Bako and Christian Cambell as the leads. The dub's voice director was Creator/GregWeisman, who was working on ''{{Gargoyles}}'' at the time, and cast many of the same actors in the dub.



** Sigourney Weaver, as a more familiar face of conservation work, was brought in on ''Planet Earth''

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** Sigourney Weaver, Creator/SigourneyWeaver, as a more familiar face of conservation work, was brought in on ''Planet Earth''



* The 2007 Las Vegas staging of ''Film/TheProducers'' cast Creator/DavidHasselhoff as Roger De Bris, the FlamboyantGay director, and ''gave him top billing''. At the same time, this particular production was {{Recut}} to only 90 minutes, so to maximize Hasselhoff's stage time, most of the romantic subplot involving Leo and Ulla was cut...which made his betrayal of Max harder to swallow. Later in the run, Tony Danza came in to play Max (he was previously one of Nathan Lane's replacements in the New York production).

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* The 2007 Las Vegas staging of ''Film/TheProducers'' cast Creator/DavidHasselhoff as Roger De Bris, the FlamboyantGay director, and ''gave him top billing''. At the same time, this particular production was {{Recut}} to only 90 minutes, so to maximize Hasselhoff's stage time, most of the romantic subplot involving Leo and Ulla was cut...which made his betrayal of Max harder to swallow. Later in the run, Tony Danza came in to play Max (he was previously one of Nathan Lane's Creator/Nathan ane's replacements in the New York production).



* Toward the end of its run, the Toronto production of ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' cast [[Music/{{KISS}} Paul Stanley]] as the Phantom. He was generally well-received and even got some Music/{{KISS}} fans interested in musical theatre. While ''Phantom'' has generally avoided this, it did bring back Michael Crawford to the role for a brief time on Broadway, Robert Guillame was the first-ever black Phantom in the national touring company, and equally well-known Norm Lewis became the first black actor to play the title role in the Broadway production in 2014.

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* Toward the end of its run, the Toronto production of ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' cast [[Music/{{KISS}} Paul Stanley]] as the Phantom. He was generally well-received and even got some Music/{{KISS}} fans interested in musical theatre. While ''Phantom'' has generally avoided this, it did bring back Michael Crawford Creator/MichaelCrawford to the role for a brief time on Broadway, Robert Guillame was the first-ever black Phantom in the national touring company, and equally well-known Norm Lewis became the first black actor to play the title role in the Broadway production in 2014.



* A 1997 Madison Square Garden production of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' featured ''[[Series/{{Roseanne}} Roseanne Barr]]'' as the Wicked Witch of the West! A restaging and subsequent tour the following year featured Eartha Kitt, and later [[Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn Jo Anne Worley]], as the Wicked Witch and Mickey Rooney as the Wizard. When Creator/AndrewLloydWebber mounted a new stage adaptation of the film in 2011, Michael Crawford played the Professor Marvel/Wizard dual role.

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* A 1997 Madison Square Garden production of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' featured ''[[Series/{{Roseanne}} Roseanne Barr]]'' as the Wicked Witch of the West! A restaging and subsequent tour the following year featured Eartha Kitt, and later [[Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn Jo Anne Worley]], as the Wicked Witch and Mickey Rooney Creator/MickeyRooney as the Wizard. When Creator/AndrewLloydWebber mounted a new stage adaptation of the film in 2011, Michael Crawford Creator/MichaelCrawford played the Professor Marvel/Wizard dual role.



* Andrew Lloyd Webber's ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' has always gone for big names when casting Grizabella, the female lead and star of the show, most recently casting Delta Goodrem, Nicole Scherzinger and Leona Lewis in the role.

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* Andrew Lloyd Webber's Creaetor/AndrewLloydWebber's ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' has always gone for big names when casting Grizabella, the female lead and star of the show, most recently casting Delta Goodrem, Nicole Scherzinger and Leona Lewis in the role.



* Exaggerated with the [=PlayStation=] game ''Apocalypse'' by Activision. The original concept was that BruceWillis would've voiced an A.I.-controlled partner who assists the player throughout the game. The developers decided to ditch the original protagonist and simply turned Willis' character into the player character with the rationale "why would anyone want to be Bruce Willis' sidekick when they can be the man himself."
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has its main character voiced by Haley Joel Osment in the English version, with other supporting characters and villains played by people like Billy Zane, Christopher Lee, and Leonard Nimoy.
* ''CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' cast JKSimmons as the [[EagleLand President of the United States]], TimCurry as the [[GloriousMotherRussia leader of the Soviet Union]], and GeorgeTakei as [[AnimeLand the Emperor of Japan]], [[HamToHamCombat all competing]] to see who can be [[WorldOfHam the most over-the-top]]. It is hilarious. MalcolmMcdowell later shows up as the President of the EuropeanUnion.

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* Exaggerated with the [=PlayStation=] game ''Apocalypse'' by Activision. The original concept was that BruceWillis Creator/BruceWillis would've voiced an A.I.-controlled partner who assists the player throughout the game. The developers decided to ditch the original protagonist and simply turned Willis' character into the player character with the rationale "why would anyone want to be Bruce Willis' sidekick when they can be the man himself."
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has its main character voiced by Haley Joel Osment Creator/HaleyJoelOsment in the English version, with other supporting characters and villains played by people like Billy Zane, Christopher Creator/BillyZane, Creator/Christopher Lee, and Leonard Nimoy.
Creator/LeonardNimoy.
* ''CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' cast JKSimmons Creator/JKSimmons as the [[EagleLand President of the United States]], TimCurry as the [[GloriousMotherRussia leader of the Soviet Union]], and GeorgeTakei Creator/GeorgeTakei as [[AnimeLand the Emperor of Japan]], [[HamToHamCombat all competing]] to see who can be [[WorldOfHam the most over-the-top]]. It is hilarious. MalcolmMcdowell Creator/MalcolmMcdowell later shows up as the President of the EuropeanUnion.
6th Jan '17 8:22:24 PM nombretomado
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** Indeed, the term "Brando Acceptibilty Yardstick" was coined by a reader as an entry in ''Creator/RogerEbert's Little Movie Glossary'' in reference to this. Brando essentially made it okay for mega-stars to do comic book films - and like him, be paid extraordinarily well for it. Like him, they often don't play the lead roles (which are often given to up-and-comers); they usually play mentors (like Brando) or villains. The best known example of the latter might be JackNicholson being hired to play the Joker in 1989's ''Film/{{Batman}}''; he got top billing ''and'' a giant cut of the film's profits and merchandising revenue. The three sequels basically stunt cast all the major villains as a response to how well this worked, culminating in the disaster of ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' (Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze and UmaThurman as Poison Ivy), while Batman himself was given TheOtherDarrin treatment.

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** Indeed, the term "Brando Acceptibilty Yardstick" was coined by a reader as an entry in ''Creator/RogerEbert's Little Movie Glossary'' in reference to this. Brando essentially made it okay for mega-stars to do comic book films - and like him, be paid extraordinarily well for it. Like him, they often don't play the lead roles (which are often given to up-and-comers); they usually play mentors (like Brando) or villains. The best known example of the latter might be JackNicholson Creator/JackNicholson being hired to play the Joker in 1989's ''Film/{{Batman}}''; he got top billing ''and'' a giant cut of the film's profits and merchandising revenue. The three sequels basically stunt cast all the major villains as a response to how well this worked, culminating in the disaster of ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' (Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze and UmaThurman as Poison Ivy), while Batman himself was given TheOtherDarrin treatment.
2nd Dec '16 10:02:43 AM scooter
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** Linda Hamilton as Chuck's mom and Timothy Dalton as the villain "Volkoff". Since she arrives in the middle of a fight in which she manages to save her son momentarily from the baddies, Hamilton actually manages to pull off reciting the ActorAllusion line [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "Come with me if you want to live."]

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** Linda Hamilton as Chuck's mom and Timothy Dalton as the villain "Volkoff". Since she arrives in the middle of a fight in which she manages to save her son momentarily from the baddies, Hamilton actually manages to pull off reciting the ActorAllusion line [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "Come with me if you want to live."]"]]
2nd Dec '16 10:02:27 AM scooter
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** Linda Hamilton as Chuck's mom and Timothy Dalton as the villain "Volkoff".

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** Linda Hamilton as Chuck's mom and Timothy Dalton as the villain "Volkoff". Since she arrives in the middle of a fight in which she manages to save her son momentarily from the baddies, Hamilton actually manages to pull off reciting the ActorAllusion line [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "Come with me if you want to live."]
31st Oct '16 7:38:04 AM Kalmbach
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* ''CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' cast JKSimmons as the [[EagleLand President of the United States]], TimCurry as the [[GloriousMotherRussia leader of the Soviet Union]], and GeorgeTakei as [[AnimeLand the Emperor of Japan]], [[HamToHamCombat all competing]] to see who can be [[WorldOfHam the most over-the-top]]. It is hilarious. MalcolmMcdowell later shows up as the President of the EuropeanUnion.
29th Oct '16 11:19:04 PM bowserbros
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* In one very disturbing example, ''[[Music/TheWall Pink Floyd - The Wall]]'' uses actual Neo-Nazi Skinheads during the "Run Like Hell" scene, where Pink's Neo-Nazi followers destroy an Indian-owned cafe and assault an interracial couple.
23rd Oct '16 12:34:30 PM nombretomado
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** FUNimation once considered casting Freddie Prinze Jr as a role in DBZ, presumably Teen Gohan. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2000-08-17/freddie-prinze-jr-may-do-dbz-voice Seriously!]]

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** FUNimation Creator/FUNimation once considered casting Freddie Prinze Jr as a role in DBZ, presumably Teen Gohan. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2000-08-17/freddie-prinze-jr-may-do-dbz-voice Seriously!]]
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