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7th Feb '16 5:50:06 PM Berrenta
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The problem with using a live actor is that they're a live actor. Live actors need to breathe. Either they hold their breath, the camera doesn't let you see their chest, or you get TheLivingDead when you see a corpse visibly breathe on camera. Having the corpse [[CarpetRolledCorpse concealed from view]] immediately after death can often help prevent this.
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The problem with using a live actor is that they're a live actor. Live actors need to breathe. Either they hold their breath, the camera doesn't let you see their chest, or you get TheLivingDead this when you see a corpse visibly breathe on camera. Having the corpse [[CarpetRolledCorpse concealed from view]] immediately after death can often help prevent this.
12th Jan '16 9:37:30 AM zarpaulus
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* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' Michael Culver (Captain Needa) can be seen moving when his "corpse" is picked up by two troopers after Vader force-chokes him.
30th Dec '15 10:17:51 AM CynicalBastardo
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* In universe in ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Joey has done this three times. The first time was when he was hired to play a dying man in a film starring Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme. After several ruined takes, the script was simply altered to that the guy was dead instead. The second time occurred when Joey was on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' as a murder victim, but the scenes where he was shown alive were cut, so all we see is his body covered with a white sheet being carted out on a gurney. Finally, when he was rehired by ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' where his character was still in a coma several years after falling down an elevator shaft. It's lampshaded by Susan Sarandon's character who exclaims "That was ''a person''?!".
12th Aug '15 12:23:50 PM HunterJE
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* An in-universe example in ''Series/ThirtyRock'', when Jenna Maroney is cast as a corpse in a police procedural, but being a GiantHam goes off book and ad libs being NotQuiteDead, to the point of trying to set up a spinoff for her nameless victim character.
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* An in-universe example in ''Series/ThirtyRock'', when Jenna Maroney is cast as a corpse in a police procedural, but being a GiantHam self-obsessed LargeHam goes off book and ad libs being NotQuiteDead, to the point of trying to set up a spinoff for her nameless victim character.
12th Aug '15 12:23:18 PM HunterJE
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* An in-universe example in ''Series/ThirtyRock'', when Jenna Maroney is cast as a corpse in a police procedural, but being a GiantHam goes off book and ad libs being NotQuiteDead, to the point of trying to set up a spinoff for her nameless victim character.
17th Jul '15 4:16:29 PM TARINunit9
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* Creator/UweBoll's [[Film/AloneInTheDark2005 adaptation]] of ''Franchise/AloneInTheDark'' had a character get killed, and as the heroes were leaving her body the actress starts getting up a split second before the camera cuts as if the scene was over.
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* Creator/UweBoll's [[Film/AloneInTheDark2005 adaptation]] of ''Franchise/AloneInTheDark'' had a character get killed, and as the heroes were leaving her body the actress starts getting up a split second before the camera cuts as if the scene was over.too early.
5th Jul '15 1:45:06 PM pinkdalek
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** This trope luckily saved the life of long-running Third and Fourth Doctor companion Benton. Due to the fact that the production team didn't know at the time that "The Android Invasion" would be his last appearance, his [[OffscreenInertia last scene]] ended up being his assault by the androids - for the rest of the story we only see his robot duplicate and [[WhateverHappenedToTheMouse Benton's fate is unknown]]. Fortunately, John Levene's eyeballs can be seen moving about under his lids, meaning at least we know he wasn't killed. The production subtitles on the DVD even point this out.
20th Jun '15 3:21:34 PM eroock
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->''"No one in the movies or on television has ever looked convincingly dead, a condition much harder to fake than an orgasm."'' -->-- [[Creator/RogerEbert Ebert]]'s Bigger Little Movie Glossary
18th May '15 4:28:26 AM erforce
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* Parodied in the {{Smosh}} video ''If Scary Movies were Real.'' -->'''Ian (in a {{Saw}} torture chamber):''' Why is that dead body breathing?
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* Parodied in the {{Smosh}} WebVideo/{{Smosh}} video ''If Scary Movies were Real.'' -->'''Ian (in a {{Saw}} ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' torture chamber):''' Why is that dead body breathing?
11th May '15 8:04:33 AM Jeduthun
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Compare PlayingATree. See EyeAwaken, RaisedHandOfSurvival, or FingerTwitchingRevival for when the ''character'''s supposed corpse moves to reveal they're [[NotQuiteDead not as dead as previously thought]].
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Compare PlayingATree.PlayingATree for a similarly thankless role. See EyeAwaken, RaisedHandOfSurvival, or FingerTwitchingRevival for when the ''character'''s supposed corpse moves to reveal they're [[NotQuiteDead not as dead as previously thought]].
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