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23rd Jun '16 7:10:19 AM Quanyails
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* Creator/BenedictCumberbatch once used this to act his way out of a kidnapping in South Africa- he persuaded his attackers that he had a medical condition that could cause him to die if he was stuffed into the boot of their car. They let him go.

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* Creator/BenedictCumberbatch once used this to act his way out of a kidnapping in South Africa- Africa; he persuaded his attackers that he had a medical condition that could cause him to die if he was stuffed into the boot of their car. They let him go.
23rd Jun '16 7:09:21 AM Quanyails
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* So crucial a trope in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' that it becomes a plot point. Realizing that "the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king," Prince Hamlet has a theatrical troupe visiting the Danish court stage ''The Murder Of Gonzago'', whose plot mirrors almost exactly the plot of ''{{Hamlet}}''. Upon hearing the line "None wed the second but who killed the first," Queen Gertrude becomes uneasy (and remarks "The lady doth protest too much, methinks,")]]. Then, when Lucianus pours poison into the ears of the sleeping King Gonzago, King Claudius is so stricken with guilt that he abruptly gets up and leaves. This is proof enough for Hamlet that Claudius is responsible for the murder of his father.

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* So crucial a trope in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' that it becomes a plot point. Realizing that "the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king," Prince Hamlet has a theatrical troupe visiting the Danish court stage ''The Murder Of Gonzago'', whose plot mirrors almost exactly the plot of ''{{Hamlet}}''. Upon hearing the line "None wed the second but who killed the first," Queen Gertrude becomes uneasy (and remarks "The lady doth protest too much, methinks,")]].methinks,"). Then, when Lucianus pours poison into the ears of the sleeping King Gonzago, King Claudius is so stricken with guilt that he abruptly gets up and leaves. This is proof enough for Hamlet that Claudius is responsible for the murder of his father.
19th May '16 4:22:58 PM nombretomado
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* Invoked/played with in TheMightyBoosh episode, "The Chokes".

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* Invoked/played with in TheMightyBoosh ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' episode, "The Chokes".



* In an episode of ''JonathanCreek'', Carla reminds Jonathan that all the suspects are trained actors who will naturally be able to put up a convincing show of grief for the murder victim. [[spoiler:Sure enough, they're the culprits, though it was slightly {{subverted}} considering one of them was having trouble keeping calm after the murder]].

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* In an episode of ''JonathanCreek'', ''Series/JonathanCreek'', Carla reminds Jonathan that all the suspects are trained actors who will naturally be able to put up a convincing show of grief for the murder victim. [[spoiler:Sure enough, they're the culprits, though it was slightly {{subverted}} considering one of them was having trouble keeping calm after the murder]].
28th Mar '16 2:02:42 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The very concept of piloting the HumongousMecha in ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' is that performing in a theater troupe helps prepare one for this.
** There's really more to it than that. The acting is not only regarded as good training for the troupe, it actually helps defend their city, by giving the people hope and spirit and producing something of its own mystical power. It's noted by one of the characters that theatre in Japan started as a religious ritual to placate the spirits (and same is true of theatre in Europe, incidentally).
** Also, in one of [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV the anime episodes]], Sumire uses her knowledge of acting to placate the vengeful spirit of an actress at a movie studio. It's actually quite a TearJerker to see the ghost finally happy again.


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* The very concept of piloting the HumongousMecha in ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' is that performing in a theater troupe helps prepare one for this.
** There's really more to it than that. The acting is not only regarded as good training for the troupe, it actually helps defend their city, by giving the people hope and spirit and producing something of its own mystical power. It's noted by one of the characters that theatre in Japan started as a religious ritual to placate the spirits (and same is true of theatre in Europe, incidentally).
** Also, in one of [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV the anime episodes]], Sumire uses her knowledge of acting to placate the vengeful spirit of an actress at a movie studio. It's actually quite a TearJerker to see the ghost finally happy again.
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28th Mar '16 2:00:55 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The very concept of piloting the HumongousMecha in ''SakuraWars'' is that performing in a theater troupe helps prepare one for this.
** There's really more to it than that. The acting is not only regarded as good training for the troupe, it actually helps defend the capital, by giving the people hope and spirit, and having something mystical of its own. It's noted by one of the characters that theatre in Japan started as a religious ritual to placate the spirits (and same is true of theatre in Europe, incidentally).
** Also in one of the anime episodes, Sumire uses her knowledge of acting to placate the vengeful spirit of an actress at a movie studio. It's actually quite a TearJerker to see the ghost finally happy again.

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* The very concept of piloting the HumongousMecha in ''SakuraWars'' ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' is that performing in a theater troupe helps prepare one for this.
** There's really more to it than that. The acting is not only regarded as good training for the troupe, it actually helps defend the capital, their city, by giving the people hope and spirit, spirit and having producing something of its own mystical of its own.power. It's noted by one of the characters that theatre in Japan started as a religious ritual to placate the spirits (and same is true of theatre in Europe, incidentally).
** Also Also, in one of [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV the anime episodes, episodes]], Sumire uses her knowledge of acting to placate the vengeful spirit of an actress at a movie studio. It's actually quite a TearJerker to see the ghost finally happy again.
14th Jan '16 10:05:19 PM Wuz
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* Wiki/SCPFoundation has [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-701 SCP-701]], The Hanged King's Tragedy, a play that has a chance of resulting in everyone acting and watching the play killing each other.
13th Dec '15 4:18:26 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Wraith Squadron'' books of the ''XWingSeries'', Garik "Face" Loran fills this role in the Wraith Squadron commando unit. When it comes to infiltration, he tells the other members of the team how to not draw attention and seem inconspicuous, while he gets everyone to pay attention only to him and feeding them his made up stories. Having a galaxy-wide famous actor on a covert operations team never becomes a problem, as he's just so good that nobody ever recognizes him, if he doesn't want them to.

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* In the ''Wraith Squadron'' books of the ''XWingSeries'', ''Literature/XWingSeries'', Garik "Face" Loran fills this role in the Wraith Squadron commando unit. When it comes to infiltration, he tells the other members of the team how to not draw attention and seem inconspicuous, while he gets everyone to pay attention only to him and feeding them his made up stories. Having a galaxy-wide famous actor on a covert operations team never becomes a problem, as he's just so good that nobody ever recognizes him, if he doesn't want them to.
27th Nov '15 11:17:48 AM nombretomado
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* "Master Thespian" from ''SaturdayNightLive'' aspires to this. His teacher, Chin-Hua, was able to look like CarlWeathers for a production of ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' (despite being an 80 year old Chinese man) through "acting!"

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* "Master Thespian" from ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' aspires to this. His teacher, Chin-Hua, was able to look like CarlWeathers for a production of ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' (despite being an 80 year old Chinese man) through "acting!"
22nd Nov '15 1:31:23 AM Ravenya003
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* This is the skill-set that Lito Rodriguez contributes to the cluster in ''Series/{{Sense8}}''. On more than one occasion he manages to bluff, flirt or otherwise trick his way out of a difficult situation.
21st Oct '15 12:31:51 PM VVK
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Compare CharlesAtlasSuperpower, MasterOfDisguise, ConsummateLiar. Contrast BadBadActing.

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Compare CharlesAtlasSuperpower, AwesomenessIsAForce, MasterOfDisguise, ConsummateLiar. Contrast BadBadActing.
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