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21st Nov '16 10:23:10 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* The majority of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' teams are high school students (played by 20-somethings), but the occasional season will have a team of rangers with other professions that require extensive training still played by the typical 18-25 actors they always have. Dana Mitchell of ''Series/PowerLightspeedRescue'' was a paramedic played by 20-year-old Allison [=McInnis=], who was then a full-fledged pediatrician the next year. Similarly, by the time of ''Dino Thunder,'' Tommy Oliver (then-31-year-old-Creator/JasonDavidFrank) had finished college, gotten a Doctorate in Paleontology, and developed the Dino Thunder technology, all in the six year span since he graduated high school midway through ''Turbo.''

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* The majority of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' teams are high school students (played by 20-somethings), but the occasional season will have a team of rangers with other professions that require extensive training still played by the typical 18-25 actors they always have. Dana Mitchell of ''Series/PowerLightspeedRescue'' ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' was a paramedic played by 20-year-old Allison [=McInnis=], who was then a full-fledged pediatrician the next year. Similarly, by the time of ''Dino Thunder,'' Tommy Oliver (then-31-year-old-Creator/JasonDavidFrank) had finished college, gotten a Doctorate in Paleontology, Palaeontology, and developed the Dino Thunder technology, all in the six year span since he graduated high school midway through ''Turbo.''
21st Nov '16 10:22:27 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* In an example where a PlayingGertrude causes this, Angela Lansbury was only three years older than the actor playing her son in the original ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate''.
* Sally Field played Creator/TomHanks' mother in ''Film/ForrestGump'', though she's only ten years older than him. Granted, the two didn't share the screen together much since many of her scenes are flashbacks to when he was younger. Once it came time for them to act off one another, Field was in old-lady makeup while Hanks was invoking DawsonCasting by playing a man in his 20's.
* In ''Film/SupermanReturns'', Lois Lane is played by Kate Bosworth, who was only 23 years old and looked it. She was supposed to be an experienced reporter with a Pulitzer or two under her belt, not to mention a kindergarten-age son. Brandon Routh (Clark Kent) was 26 during production. The most problematic part of all this is that the movie is supposed to take place five years after the events of ''Film/SupermanII'', which makes these characters 35 at the very minimum.
* Katie Holmes played an assistant district attorney in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' despite being 26 years old and looking to be about 23. If she'd gone to law school straight out of college, she'd have graduated at 24 or 25. It's unlikely given her youth and inexperience that she'd be handling cases--especially major, high-profile ones--on her own.

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* In an example where a PlayingGertrude causes this, Angela Lansbury Creator/AngelaLansbury was only three years older than the actor playing her son in the original ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate''.
* Sally Field Creator/SallyField played Creator/TomHanks' mother in ''Film/ForrestGump'', though she's only ten years older than him. Granted, the two didn't share the screen together much since many of her scenes are flashbacks to when he was younger. Once it came time for them to act off one another, Field was in old-lady makeup while Hanks was invoking DawsonCasting by playing a man in his 20's.
* In ''Film/SupermanReturns'', Lois Lane is played by Kate Bosworth, Creator/KateBosworth, who was only 23 years old and looked it. She was supposed to be an experienced reporter with a Pulitzer or two under her belt, not to mention a kindergarten-age son. Brandon Routh (Clark Kent) was 26 during production. The most problematic part of all this is that the movie is supposed to take place five years after the events of ''Film/SupermanII'', which makes these characters 35 at the very minimum.
* Katie Holmes Creator/KatieHolmes played an assistant district attorney in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' despite being 26 years old and looking to be about 23. If she'd gone to law school straight out of college, she'd have graduated at 24 or 25. It's unlikely given her youth and inexperience that she'd be handling cases--especially major, high-profile ones--on her own.



* Wilfred Brimley was only 50 when he played senior citizen Ben Luckett in ''Film/{{Cocoon}}'', whereas his costars were all in their 70s.

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* Wilfred Brimley Creator/WilfredBrimley was only 50 when he played senior citizen Ben Luckett in ''Film/{{Cocoon}}'', whereas his costars were all in their 70s.



* ''Series/{{House}}'': Real doctors (not including ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'') usually graduate from medical school in their mid-20s, and at that point they've still got years of residency ahead before they can do the kinds of jobs the characters on the show do. When their respective characters joined the cast, OliviaWilde was 23, Jesse Spencer and Charlyne Yi were 25, and Odette Annable was 26.
** Interestingly, Amber Tamblyn, who was cast as TeenGenius Martha Masters at twenty-seven, is an example of DawsonCasting.

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* ''Series/{{House}}'': Real doctors (not including ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'') usually graduate from medical school in their mid-20s, and at that point they've still got years of residency ahead before they can do the kinds of jobs the characters on the show do. When their respective characters joined the cast, OliviaWilde Creator/OliviaWilde was 23, Jesse Spencer and Charlyne Yi were 25, and Odette Annable was 26.
** Interestingly, Amber Tamblyn, Creator/AmberTamblyn, who was cast as TeenGenius Martha Masters at twenty-seven, is an example of DawsonCasting.



* The majority of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' teams are high school students (played by 20-somethings), but the occasional season will have a team of rangers with other professions that require extensive training still played by the typical 18-25 actors they always have. Dana Mitchell of ''Lightspeed Rescue'' was a paramedic played by 20-year-old Allison [=McInnis=], who was then a full-fledged pediatrician the next year. Similarly, by the time of ''Dino Thunder,'' Tommy Oliver (then-31-year-old-Jason David Frank) had finished college, gotten a Doctorate in Paleontology, and developed the Dino Thunder technology, all in the six year span since he graduated high school midway through ''Turbo.''

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* The majority of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' teams are high school students (played by 20-somethings), but the occasional season will have a team of rangers with other professions that require extensive training still played by the typical 18-25 actors they always have. Dana Mitchell of ''Lightspeed Rescue'' ''Series/PowerLightspeedRescue'' was a paramedic played by 20-year-old Allison [=McInnis=], who was then a full-fledged pediatrician the next year. Similarly, by the time of ''Dino Thunder,'' Tommy Oliver (then-31-year-old-Jason David Frank) (then-31-year-old-Creator/JasonDavidFrank) had finished college, gotten a Doctorate in Paleontology, and developed the Dino Thunder technology, all in the six year span since he graduated high school midway through ''Turbo.''
8th Nov '16 12:11:21 PM Kid
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* Similar to Wilfred Brimley as mentioned above, Rue [=McClahan=] was only 51 when she was first played retiree Blanche on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', whereas her castmates were all in their 60s (however, in an early episode, Blanche does first encounter menopause, so early fifties might have been right.) Her costar Estelle Getty was 62 when she started playing Sophia, the 80-year-old mother of Dorothy, [[PlayingGertrude despite being a year younger than her onscreen daughter Bea Arthur]].

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* Similar to Wilfred Brimley as mentioned above, Rue [=McClahan=] was only 51 when she was first played retiree Blanche on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', whereas her castmates were all in their 60s (however, in an early episode, Blanche does first encounter menopause, so early fifties might have been right.) right). Her costar Estelle Getty was 62 when she started playing Sophia, the 80-year-old mother of Dorothy, [[PlayingGertrude despite being a year younger than her onscreen daughter Bea Arthur]].
26th Sep '16 3:15:40 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' was much mocked for having its main Bond Girl, Christmas Jones, played by the twenty-nine-year-old Creator/DeniseRichards, be supposedly a world-renowned nuclear physicist.
7th Aug '16 5:21:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* In an example where a PlayingGertrude causes this, Angela Lansbury was only three years older than the actor playing her son in the original ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate''.

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* In an example where a PlayingGertrude causes this, Angela Lansbury was only three years older than the actor playing her son in the original ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate''.



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* ''Series/{{House}}'': Real doctors (not including ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'') usually graduate from medical school in their mid-20s, and at that point they've still got years of residency ahead before they can do the kinds of jobs the characters on the show do. When their respective characters joined the cast, OliviaWilde was 23, Jesse Spencer and Charlyne Yi were 25, and Odette Annable was 26.

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* ''Series/{{House}}'': Real doctors (not including ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'') usually graduate from medical school in their mid-20s, and at that point they've still got years of residency ahead before they can do the kinds of jobs the characters on the show do. When their respective characters joined the cast, OliviaWilde was 23, Jesse Spencer and Charlyne Yi were 25, and Odette Annable was 26.



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5th Aug '16 7:26:12 PM DrOO7
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* In ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', then-23 year old Creator/NicoleKidman played a full-fledged neurosurgeon. At that age, she would be at most only halfway through medical school. Even coming from a country that doesn't require a college degree before entering medical school, she would still only be fresh out of school.
5th Aug '16 7:22:42 PM DrOO7
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** The latest film in the series ''Film/JasonBourne'' has this problem as well, with 27-year old Creator/AliciaVikander playing a high-ranking CIA official, who concludes the film angling for an even ''higher'' position.
3rd Aug '16 9:04:01 AM GreenLady
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* Any incarnation of [[Comics/DCComics Harley Quinn]] really counts, since she's always presented as a very young (or at least, childlike in manner and appearance) character despite the fact that she held an M.D., specialised in psychiatry, and was experienced enough to be allowed to spend time alone with highly dangerous patients - meaning that she would presumably be in her mid-thirties at the youngest by the time she became the Joker's acolyte, which she apparently has now been for some time. The version of her in ''Film/SuicideSquad'' has to take the cake, though, as she is played by the 25-year-old Margot Robbie, who in real life would be just about finishing med school and choosing her specialty at that age. (And unlike some other professions on this list, psychiatry is one that is very difficult for "teen genius" types to get into early, since it requires rigorous demonstrations of mental and emotional maturity as well as raw intelligence.)

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* Any incarnation of [[Comics/DCComics Harley Quinn]] really counts, since she's always presented as a very young (or at least, childlike in manner and appearance) character despite the fact that she held an M.D., specialised in psychiatry, and was experienced enough to be allowed to spend time alone with highly dangerous patients - meaning that she would presumably be in her mid-thirties at the youngest by the time she became the Joker's acolyte, which she apparently has now been for some time. The version of her in ''Film/SuicideSquad'' has to take the cake, though, as she is played by the 25-year-old Margot Robbie, who in real life would be just about finishing med school and choosing her specialty at that age.age, and wouldn't be let loose unsupervised on a prisoner of the Joker's calibre for years to come. (And unlike some other professions on this list, psychiatry is one that is very difficult for "teen genius" types to get into early, since it requires rigorous demonstrations of mental and emotional maturity as well as raw intelligence.)
3rd Aug '16 9:02:20 AM GreenLady
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* Any incarnation of [[Comics/DCComics Harley Quinn]] really counts, since she's always presented as a very young (or at least, childlike in manner and appearance) character despite the fact that she held an M.D., specialised in psychiatry, and was experienced enough to be allowed to spend time alone with highly dangerous patients - meaning that she would presumably be in her mid-thirties at the youngest by the time she became the Joker's acolyte, which she apparently has now been for some time. The version of her in ''Film/SuicideSquad'' has to take the cake, though, as she is played by the 25-year-old Margot Robbie.

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* Any incarnation of [[Comics/DCComics Harley Quinn]] really counts, since she's always presented as a very young (or at least, childlike in manner and appearance) character despite the fact that she held an M.D., specialised in psychiatry, and was experienced enough to be allowed to spend time alone with highly dangerous patients - meaning that she would presumably be in her mid-thirties at the youngest by the time she became the Joker's acolyte, which she apparently has now been for some time. The version of her in ''Film/SuicideSquad'' has to take the cake, though, as she is played by the 25-year-old Margot Robbie.
Robbie, who in real life would be just about finishing med school and choosing her specialty at that age. (And unlike some other professions on this list, psychiatry is one that is very difficult for "teen genius" types to get into early, since it requires rigorous demonstrations of mental and emotional maturity as well as raw intelligence.)
3rd Aug '16 8:57:07 AM GreenLady
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* Any incarnation of [[Comics/DCComics Harley Quinn]] really counts, since she's always presented as a very young (or at least, childlike in manner and appearance) character despite the fact that she held an M.D., specialised in psychiatry, and was experienced enough to be allowed to spend time alone with highly dangerous patients - meaning that she would presumably be in her mid-thirties at the youngest by the time she became the Joker's acolyte, which she apparently has now been for some time. The version of her in ''Film/SuicideSquad'' has to take the cake, though, as she is played by the 25-year-old Margot Robbie.
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