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21st Apr '18 10:34:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' had a few examples, given that most of the cast were not "legit" actors at the start of the series. The most {{egregious}} has to be the "Tongue-Tied" music video at the beginning of the second-season finale as performed by Danny John-Jules (who was a professional dancer), but there were several episodes where Chris Barrie (an impressionist and ''Series/SpittingImage'' alumnus) would either do a voice-only part or have Rimmer break into a surprisingly excellent impression of a particular voice or accent (and of course, Ace Rimmer has a different-sounding voice to Rimmer as well).

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' had a few examples, given that most of the cast were not "legit" actors at the start of the series. The most {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} has to be the "Tongue-Tied" music video at the beginning of the second-season finale as performed by Danny John-Jules (who was a professional dancer), but there were several episodes where Chris Barrie (an impressionist and ''Series/SpittingImage'' alumnus) would either do a voice-only part or have Rimmer break into a surprisingly excellent impression of a particular voice or accent (and of course, Ace Rimmer has a different-sounding voice to Rimmer as well).
7th Apr '18 2:23:17 PM twilicorn
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* Dixie Carter [Julia Sugarbaker] sang frequently on ''Series/DesigningWomen'' as part of a bargain with the head writer: Whenever Julia spouted a rant that ran counter to Dixie's politics, Dixie got to sing in the next episode. Julia was a liberal; Dixie was a conservative.

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* Dixie Carter [Julia Sugarbaker] Carter, who played Julia Sugarbaker on ''Series/DesigningWomen'', sang frequently on ''Series/DesigningWomen'' that show as part of a bargain with the head writer: Whenever the left-leaning Julia spouted a rant that ran counter to Dixie's (conservative) politics, Dixie got to sing in the next episode. Julia was a liberal; Dixie was a conservative.episode.
27th Mar '18 8:01:56 AM AmuckCricetine
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*** WordOfGod says the reason Creator/TomBaker was given an elaborate PatrickStewartSpeech in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkInSpace The Ark in Space]]" was to show off the then-newly cast Baker's speaking ability - both in terms of his ability to pull off the kind of soliloquies that his predecessor would never have been able to, and in terms of showing off his [[VoiceOfDramatic gorgeous voice]], with which the production team was universally infatuated. Some writers (especially Robert Holmes) would even sneak {{Inherently Funny Word}}s into the Doctor's dialogue in scripts, just for the joy of hearing Baker say them.

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*** WordOfGod says the reason Creator/TomBaker was given an elaborate PatrickStewartSpeech in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkInSpace The Ark in Space]]" was to show off the then-newly cast Baker's speaking ability - both in terms of his ability to pull off the kind of soliloquies that his predecessor would never have been able to, and in terms of showing off his [[VoiceOfDramatic gorgeous voice]], with which the production team was universally infatuated. Some writers (especially Robert Holmes) Creator/RobertHolmes) would even sneak {{Inherently Funny Word}}s into the Doctor's dialogue in scripts, just for the joy of hearing Baker say them.
27th Mar '18 7:58:37 AM AmuckCricetine
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*** One of the Second Doctor's standard manoeuvres was WigDressAccent, which was deliberately written in to exploit how the Doctor was now played by an extremely versatile character actor who could convincingly alter his entire appearance just by affecting a different voice and mannerisms. Good examples are "Doktor von Wer" and the HarmlessLadyDisguise from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS44TheHighlanders The Highlanders]]", and the deliberately convoluted IAmHeAsYouAreHe situation in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E4TheEnemyOfTheWorld The Enemy of the World]]" where he gets to play the Doctor, the Doctor's CriminalDoppelganger, and both of them pretending to be each other, or pretending to be the other pretending to be them - some viewers even find that the Doctor and his lookalike come across so differently that ''they don't look remotely like each other'', almost breaking the plot.

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*** One of the Second Doctor's standard manoeuvres was WigDressAccent, which was deliberately written in to exploit how the Doctor was now played by an extremely versatile character actor who could convincingly alter his entire appearance just by affecting a different voice and mannerisms. Good examples are "Doktor von Wer" and the HarmlessLadyDisguise from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS44TheHighlanders "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E4TheHighlanders The Highlanders]]", and the deliberately convoluted IAmHeAsYouAreHe situation in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E4TheEnemyOfTheWorld The Enemy of the World]]" where he gets to play the Doctor, the Doctor's CriminalDoppelganger, and both of them pretending to be each other, or pretending to be the other pretending to be them - some viewers even find that the Doctor and his lookalike come across so differently that ''they don't look remotely like each other'', almost breaking the plot.
27th Mar '18 7:51:09 AM AmuckCricetine
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*** Emma Caulfield apparently surprised Joss Whedon with her singing voice, resulting in the writers giving her another song in Season 7 (in a flashback to Season 6).
** Creator/SarahMichelleGellar's [[ActionGirl Taekwondo and Kickboxing skills]] came in handy for most of the series, but in episode "What's My Line, Pt. 1" she got to show off her ice skating talents too. Also, at Anya and Xander's wedding she got to juggle in order to distract the attendees. In an ironic inversion, Gellar also happens to be terrified of graveyards.

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*** Emma Caulfield Creator/EmmaCaulfield apparently surprised Joss Whedon with her singing voice, resulting in the writers giving her another song in Season 7 (in a flashback to Season 6).
** Creator/SarahMichelleGellar's [[ActionGirl Taekwondo and Kickboxing skills]] came in handy for most of the series, but in episode "What's "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E9WhatsMyLinePart1}} What's My Line, Pt. 1" Part 1]]" she got to show off her ice skating talents too. Also, at Anya and Xander's wedding she got to juggle in order to distract the attendees. In an ironic inversion, Gellar also happens to be terrified of graveyards.
24th Mar '18 5:59:28 PM Thunderchin
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* Creator/RobertDowneyJr is a practitioner of Wing Chun martial arts, so Tony Stark has a Wing Chun dummy in his garage which he is seen dealing out a few strikes to in ''Film/IronMan3''.

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* Creator/RobertDowneyJr is a practitioner of Wing Chun martial arts, so Tony Stark has a Wing Chun dummy in his garage which he is seen dealing out a few strikes to in ''Film/IronMan3''. The scenes of Tony Stark soldering/wrenching/general tinkering were also informed by RDJ being a real-life gearhead.
19th Mar '18 3:54:18 AM jormis29
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** The IntoxicationEnsues episode gave Harry Lennix an opportunity to tickle the ivories onscreen.

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** The IntoxicationEnsues episode gave Harry Lennix Creator/HarryLennix an opportunity to tickle the ivories onscreen.
18th Mar '18 5:20:54 AM RobTan
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** Gunn shows off some juggling skills in one episode.
7th Mar '18 4:50:40 AM jormis29
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7th Mar '18 4:50:37 AM jormis29
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* On ''Series/{{JAG}}'', Catherine Bell (Mac) often got the chance to speak Farsi, a langauge in which she is proficient.

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* On ''Series/{{JAG}}'', Catherine Bell Creator/CatherineBell (Mac) often got the chance to speak Farsi, a langauge in which she is proficient.
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