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9th Jun '17 10:03:01 PM nombretomado
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* In its early days Creator/DreamWorksAnimation was extremely blatant with doing this in addition to making use of the InkSuitActor. In some cases, like Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' it won the company critical acclaim. In others, like WillSmith in ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' and Jerry Seinfield in ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'', it got the company a lot of ridicule. [[GrowingTheBeard Starting with]] ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda,'' the company started putting [[SubvertedTrope less emphasis]] on the actors they hire for movies.

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* In its early days Creator/DreamWorksAnimation was extremely blatant with doing this in addition to making use of the InkSuitActor. In some cases, like Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' it won the company critical acclaim. In others, like WillSmith Creator/WillSmith in ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' and Jerry Seinfield in ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'', it got the company a lot of ridicule. [[GrowingTheBeard Starting with]] ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda,'' the company started putting [[SubvertedTrope less emphasis]] on the actors they hire for movies.
7th Jun '17 9:10:40 PM DrOO7
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* Music/SaraBareilles, who wrote the songs for the musical version of ''Film/{{Waitress}}'', spent six weeks starring in the show.
16th May '17 7:06:27 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 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.

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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 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 Creator/UmaThurman as Poison Ivy), while Batman himself was given TheOtherDarrin treatment.
15th May '17 12:28:36 AM Kadorhal
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Sometimes it's a compromise, for when the [[ExecutiveMeddling studio heads wanted big stars playing the main characters]]. This can also work for documentaries with the casting of the narrator. Compare NonActorVehicle, OneSceneWonder. If not done carefully, then may result in viewers crying WTHCastingAgency. See also BillingDisplacement. If the StuntCasting is done in service of a film or other one-off project, expect the big-name actor in question to be BilledAboveTheTitle. This happens so often in animation that it has its own trope: CelebrityVoiceActor.

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Sometimes it's a compromise, for when the [[ExecutiveMeddling studio heads wanted big stars playing the main characters]]. This can also work for documentaries with the casting of the narrator. Compare NonActorVehicle, OneSceneWonder. If not done carefully, then may result in viewers crying WTHCastingAgency. See also BillingDisplacement. If the StuntCasting stunt-casting is done in service of a film or other one-off project, expect the big-name actor in question to be BilledAboveTheTitle. This happens so often in animation that it has its own trope: CelebrityVoiceActor.



* The various ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies have played with StuntCasting:
** Creator/PeterCushing and Sir Creator/AlecGuinness in ''Film/ANewHope''.
** Creator/TerenceStamp in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Creator/SamuelLJackson in that one as well (His role was much expanded in the rest of the trilogy).
** Creator/JimmySmits in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.

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* The various ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies have played with StuntCasting:
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** Creator/PeterCushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) and Sir Creator/AlecGuinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi) in ''Film/ANewHope''.
** Creator/TerenceStamp (Chancellor Valorum) in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Creator/SamuelLJackson (Mace Windu) in that one as well (His well; his role was much expanded in the rest of the trilogy).
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** Creator/JimmySmits (Bail Organa) in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.



* 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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* Creator/MarlonBrando as Jor-El in the first ''Film/{{Superman}}'' ''Film/{{Superman|TheMovie}}'' 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.



* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' sometimes casts [[VillainOfTheWeek unsubs]] with this method. Most, however, are either unrecognizable (JamesVanDerBeek, JamieKennedy) or extremely creepy(KeithCarradine, Creator/JasonAlexander).
** Often, the recognition of the unsubs (generally played by supremely benign actors, when this trope is in play) only serves to make the roles creepier, or more tragic. JamesVanDerBeek's character is a good example of that, as is Creator/FrankieMuniz's.
** In general, StuntCasting in a legal or cop drama always brings NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize into play (whether straight or subverted). CM usually averts this by having the unsub commit his crimes onscreen in full view of the audience. "Paradise", in turn is an exception to this rule, where we don't see the unsub actually commit a crime until after they find out who it is...thus playing Narrowed straight (Creator/WilWheaton played the unsub in the ep.)

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' sometimes casts [[VillainOfTheWeek unsubs]] with this method. Most, however, are either unrecognizable (JamesVanDerBeek, JamieKennedy) (Creator/JamesVanDerBeek, Jamie Kennedy) or extremely creepy(KeithCarradine, creepy (Creator/KeithCarradine, Creator/JasonAlexander).
** Often, the recognition of the unsubs (generally played by supremely benign actors, when this trope is in play) only serves to make the roles creepier, or more tragic. JamesVanDerBeek's James Van Der Beek's character is a good example of that, as is Creator/FrankieMuniz's.
** In general, StuntCasting stunt casting in a legal or cop drama always brings NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize into play (whether straight or subverted). CM usually averts this by having the unsub commit his crimes onscreen in full view of the audience. "Paradise", in turn is an exception to this rule, where we don't see the unsub actually commit a crime until after they find out who it is...thus playing Narrowed straight (Creator/WilWheaton played the unsub in the ep.)



* When a Broadway show becomes a LongRunner, it's likely to fall victim to a revolving door of StuntCasting.

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* When a Broadway show becomes a LongRunner, it's likely to fall victim to a revolving door of StuntCasting.stunt casting.
13th May '17 3:18:43 PM mariofan1000
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* Executives loved the first season of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', but it was a complete flop in the ratings. They greenlit the show for a second season on the condition that they hired a famous actor to bring more attention to the show. They ultimately landed on Creator/DannyDeVito, introducing him as the parents of Dennis and Sweet Dee. It worked ''[[TropesAreTools incredibly]]'' [[TropesAreTools well]], turning the show into a big hit with both audiences and critics.

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* Executives loved the first season of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', but it was a complete flop in the ratings. They greenlit the show for a second season on the condition that they hired a famous actor to bring more attention to the show. They ultimately landed on Creator/DannyDeVito, introducing him into the main cast as the parents deadbeat parent of Dennis and Sweet Dee. It worked ''[[TropesAreTools incredibly]]'' [[TropesAreTools well]], turning the show into a big hit with both audiences and critics.
13th May '17 3:15:07 PM mariofan1000
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* Executives loved the first season of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', but it was a complete flop in the ratings. They greenlit the show for a second season on the condition that they hired a famous actor to bring more attention to the show. They ultimately landed on Creator/DannyDeVito, introducing him as the parents of Dennis and Sweet Dee. It worked ''[[TropesAreTools incredibly]]'' [[TropesAreTools well]], turning the show into a big hit with both audiences and critics.
9th May '17 4:00:14 AM jormis29
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* The 2013 Broadway adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's ''Film/{{Cinderella}}'' did this in 2014 when it brought in pop singer Music/CarlyRaeJepsen to play the title character and [[Series/TheNanny Fran Drescher]] to play the evil stepmother. Jepsen's successor to the role was [[Series/TrueJacksonVP Keke]] [[Film/AkeelahAndTheBee Palmer]], who also fits this trope for what it's worth.

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* The 2013 Broadway adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's ''Film/{{Cinderella}}'' did this in 2014 when it brought in pop singer Music/CarlyRaeJepsen to play the title character and [[Series/TheNanny Fran Drescher]] Creator/FranDrescher to play the evil stepmother. Jepsen's successor to the role was [[Series/TrueJacksonVP Keke]] [[Film/AkeelahAndTheBee Palmer]], who also fits this trope for what it's worth.
1st May '17 11:23:21 AM TheFallofElDorado
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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has its main character voiced by Creator/HaleyJoelOsment in the English version, with other supporting characters and villains played by people like Creator/BillyZane, Creator/Christopher Lee, and Creator/LeonardNimoy.

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has its main character voiced by Creator/HaleyJoelOsment in the English version, with other supporting characters and villains played by people like Creator/BillyZane, Creator/Christopher Lee, Creator/ChristopherLee, and Creator/LeonardNimoy.
27th Apr '17 9:00:15 PM TroperDoper
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*** This was the reason why Nardole was included in season 10 as a full-time companion. Matt Lucas of ''Little Britain'' and ''Alice in Wonderland'' fame first appeared in [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "The Husbands of River Song"]] as a supporting character. A big fan of the show, Lucas begged Steven Moffat to bring him back in any shape or form, so Moffat decided to make him a regular as he was surprised that someone who lived in LA would want to work on Doctor Who.
25th Apr '17 4:35:09 PM Golondrina
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* Interesting point about Sir DavidAttenborough's documentaries. In the UK he is nearly synonymous with good quality and he has been producing, commissioning and writing for natural history documentaries for decades and is widely knowledgable about his subject and a driving force on all his projects (and was knighted for it). Outside the UK, maybe Canada, not so much thus his replacement narrators in other territories tend to be big entertainment names.

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* Interesting point about Sir DavidAttenborough's Creator/DavidAttenborough's documentaries. In the UK he is nearly synonymous with good quality and he has been producing, commissioning and writing for natural history documentaries for decades and is widely knowledgable about his subject and a driving force on all his projects (and was knighted for it). Outside the UK, maybe Canada, not so much thus his replacement narrators in other territories tend to be big entertainment names.
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