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20th Aug '16 7:39:10 AM Clare
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** Adric appears slightly ropey towards the end of "Castovalva", not because of the ordeal he suffered at the hands of the Master, but because Matthew Waterhouse had too much to drink the night before and filmed those scenes while suffering from a hangover.
7th Aug '16 8:22:05 PM Ripburger
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* The famous scene in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' where Indy summarily shoots a sword-waving assailant was originally supposed to be a show-offy sword vs. whip duel - but Creator/HarrisonFord and most of the crew were weakened from food poisoning so he suggested that he "[[CombatPragmatist just shoot the sucker]]" and Creator/StevenSpielberg decided to ThrowItIn. Interesting as it became an in-joke in the films; in the prequel, he goes to do the same thing... only to find his gun's not there. [[HilarityEnsues Cue hilarity.]] In the third one he pulls it out to try to shoot a plane... but it's out of bullets. So his father comes up with a creative solution involving an umbrella and a flock of seagulls.

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* The famous scene in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' where Indy summarily shoots a sword-waving assailant was originally supposed to be a show-offy sword vs. whip duel - but Creator/HarrisonFord and most of the crew were weakened from food poisoning so he suggested that he "[[CombatPragmatist just shoot the sucker]]" and Creator/StevenSpielberg decided to ThrowItIn. ThrowItIn.
-->'''Ford''': ... the poor guy was a wonderful British stuntman who had practiced his sword skills for months in order to do this job, and was quite surprised by the idea that we would dispatch him in 5 minutes."
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Interesting as it became an in-joke in the films; in the prequel, he goes to do the same thing... only to find his gun's not there. [[HilarityEnsues Cue hilarity.]] In the third one he pulls it out to try to shoot a plane... but it's out of bullets. So his father comes up with a creative solution involving an umbrella and a flock of seagulls.



** For ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', they added a scene in which young Indy uses a whip for the first time and accidentally slashes himself across the chin with it to explain Indy's scar. He also got dysentery from filming ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'', so the long-awaited "duel between sword and whip" in the script was replaced with Indy shooting the guy and leaving.
--->'''Ford''': I was puzzling how to get out of this 3 days of shooting, so when I got to set I proposed to Steven that we just shoot the son a bitch... the poor guy was a wonderful British stuntman who had practiced his sword skills for months in order to do this job, and was quite surprised by the idea that we would dispatch him in 5 minutes."

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** For ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', they added a scene in which young Indy uses a whip for the first time and accidentally slashes himself across the chin with it to explain Indy's scar. He also got dysentery from filming ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'', so the long-awaited "duel between sword and whip" in the script was replaced with Indy shooting the guy and leaving.\n--->'''Ford''': I was puzzling how to get out of this 3 days of shooting, so when I got to set I proposed to Steven that we just shoot the son a bitch... the poor guy was a wonderful British stuntman who had practiced his sword skills for months in order to do this job, and was quite surprised by the idea that we would dispatch him in 5 minutes."
7th Aug '16 8:21:03 PM Ripburger
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** For ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', they added a scene in which young Indy uses a whip for the first time and accidentally slashes himself across the chin with it to explain Indy's scar.

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** For ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', they added a scene in which young Indy uses a whip for the first time and accidentally slashes himself across the chin with it to explain Indy's scar. He also got dysentery from filming ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'', so the long-awaited "duel between sword and whip" in the script was replaced with Indy shooting the guy and leaving.
--->'''Ford''': I was puzzling how to get out of this 3 days of shooting, so when I got to set I proposed to Steven that we just shoot the son a bitch... the poor guy was a wonderful British stuntman who had practiced his sword skills for months in order to do this job, and was quite surprised by the idea that we would dispatch him in 5 minutes."
14th Jul '16 12:16:22 PM Twentington
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* On opening night of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden's 2009 revival of ''The Barber of Seville,'' mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato fell off the stage and fractured her leg. Rather than cancel the rest of the run, she sang every subsequent performance in a wheelchair and cast - event though Rosina [[CaptainObvious doesn't traditionally have a broken leg]], the libretto [[LoopholeAbuse never says she doesn't either.]]

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* On opening night of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden's 2009 revival of ''The Barber of Seville,'' mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato [=DiDonato=] fell off the stage and fractured her leg. Rather than cancel the rest of the run, she sang every subsequent performance in a wheelchair and cast - event though Rosina [[CaptainObvious doesn't traditionally have a broken leg]], the libretto [[LoopholeAbuse never says she doesn't either.]]
11th Jul '16 2:25:10 PM DrOO7
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** Similarly, on ''Series/GeneralHospital'' when actress Lynn Herring got pregnant. As her character, Lucy Coe was single, it was written that she would be the surrogate mother for ex-lover Scott and his dying (of cancer) wife Dominique.



* Hilariously lampshaded in ''Series/TheNanny'' when co-star Lauren Lane became pregnant. As there was no realistic way to work in a pregnancy with [[HopelessSuitor CC]], the actors and directors simply ignored it completely, and utilized increasingly overt and bizarre ways to "cover" her pregnancy as it advanced (insanely huge bunches of flowers, co-stars standing in front of her with vases, etc). Lampshaded and PlayedForLaughs in one scene where CC is talking about this trope, mocking how TV shows, like the aforementioned ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', try to cover it up with such things as oversized vases, [[HypocriticalHumor while holding an oversized vase in front of her.]] They then explained CC's absence during Lauren Lane's maternity leave by showing CC going insane and being institutionalized.

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* Hilariously lampshaded in ''Series/TheNanny'' when co-star Lauren Lane became pregnant. As there was no realistic way to work in a pregnancy with [[HopelessSuitor CC]], the actors and directors simply ignored it completely, and utilized increasingly overt and bizarre ways to "cover" her pregnancy as it advanced (insanely huge bunches of flowers, co-stars standing in front of her with vases, etc). Lampshaded and PlayedForLaughs in one scene where CC is talking about this trope, mocking how TV shows, like the aforementioned ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', try to cover it up with such things as oversized vases, by hiding the actress behind huge props, [[HypocriticalHumor while holding an oversized vase a huge purse in front of her.]] her, then picking up a large plant--"This needs some water."]] They then explained CC's absence during Lauren Lane's maternity leave by showing CC going insane and being institutionalized.



* Jane Seymour' s pregnancy resulted in Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman becoming pregnant as well. Perfect timing, as she and beau Sully had just married.
* The RealLife pregnancies of several Series/{{ER}} actresses resulted in their characters being pregnant too.

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* Jane Seymour' s Seymour's pregnancy resulted in Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman becoming pregnant as well.well (though with only one baby rather than the twins she had in RealLife). Perfect timing, as she and beau Sully had just married.
* The RealLife pregnancies of several Series/{{ER}} actresses resulted actresses--Ming-Na Wen, Alex Kingston, Sherry Stringfield--resulted in their characters being pregnant too.too.
* Also done on many [[SoapOpera soap operas]].
10th Jul '16 8:18:52 PM DrOO7
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* The RealLife pregnancies of several Series/{{ER}} actresses resulted in their characters being pregnant too.
10th Jul '16 8:16:34 PM DrOO7
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* Jane Seymour' s pregnancy resulted in Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman becoming pregnant as well. Perfect timing, as she and beau Sully had just married.
20th Jun '16 1:37:04 PM pointycatears
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* Horse-riding fan Kaley Cuoco managed to break one of her legs in a riding accident during production on ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' AND ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''; this is why she spends a few episodes of the former wearing a cast and why she... doesn't appear at all in a few episodes of the latter. When she returned, she spent several episodes working at the restaurant as a bartender rather than a waitress so she wouldn't have to walk around.

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* Horse-riding fan Kaley Cuoco managed to break one of her legs in a riding accident during production on ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' AND ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''; this is why she spends a few episodes of the former wearing a cast and why she... [[AbsenteeActor doesn't appear at all all]] in a few episodes of the latter. When she returned, she spent several episodes working at the restaurant as a bartender rather than a waitress so she wouldn't have to walk around.
23rd May '16 9:56:42 PM KYCubbie
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** When Lucy Lawless was thrown from a horse during a stunt on ''Series/TheTonightShow'', it led to several episodes being written to have less action than a usual episode or [[FreakyFridayFlip Xena in someone else's body]].

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** When Lucy Lawless Creator/LucyLawless was thrown from a horse during a stunt on ''Series/TheTonightShow'', it led to several episodes being written to have less action than a usual episode or [[FreakyFridayFlip Xena in someone else's body]].



* When Anissa Jones, Buffy on the '60s DomCom ''Series/FamilyAffair'' broke her leg, the writers wrote it into the show.

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* When Anissa Jones, Creator/AnissaJones, Buffy on the '60s DomCom ''Series/FamilyAffair'' ''Series/FamilyAffair'', broke her leg, the writers wrote it into the show.



** John Spencer, who played chief of staff Leo [=McGarry=], had suffered from heart troubles. When the time came for him to resign from his position in show, his character had a heart attack. He later wound up being named as a vice presidential nominee in the show's final season, but during the course of filming the final season (during which his character's health and capacity to continue such a grueling campaign schedule was repeatedly questioned by the press), Spencer suffered a fatal heart attack. The first new episode after his death again prominently featured Leo, and included some very uncomfortable lines when viewed with the knowledge of what had happened - which even the most shut-in viewer had, as Martin Sheen recorded a touching tribute to Spencer at the start of the episode.

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** John Spencer, who played chief of staff Leo [=McGarry=], had suffered from heart troubles. When the time came for him to resign from his position in show, his character had a heart attack. He later wound up being named as a vice presidential nominee in the show's final season, but during the course of filming the final season (during which his character's health and capacity to continue such a grueling campaign schedule was repeatedly questioned by the press), Spencer suffered a fatal heart attack. The first new episode after his death again prominently featured Leo, and included some very uncomfortable lines when viewed with the knowledge of what had happened - which even the most shut-in viewer had, as Martin Sheen Creator/MartinSheen recorded a touching tribute to Spencer at the start of the episode.



** Although Joss Whedon maintains he wanted to kill off an "opening credits" character early in the first season from the beginning the decision for it to be [[spoiler:Doyle]] was made due to the actor's ongoing problems with drugs making him impossible to work with. He was going to be written into the last season (according to fifth season DVD commentaries), but due to the actor's death, the role was rewritten to bring back another fan favorite [[spoiler:Lindsey]] instead, who uses the original character's name as a disguise.

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** Although Joss Whedon Creator/JossWhedon maintains he wanted to kill off an "opening credits" character early in the first season from the beginning the decision for it to be [[spoiler:Doyle]] was made due to the actor's ongoing problems with drugs making him impossible to work with. He was going to be written into the last season (according to fifth season DVD commentaries), but due to the actor's death, the role was rewritten to bring back another fan favorite [[spoiler:Lindsey]] instead, who uses the original character's name as a disguise.



* The Starz production of ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus]]'' had to completely revamp the plans for the second season when Andy Whitfield, who played Spartacus, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The producers decided to make the second "season" a prequel miniseries featuring the characters other than Spartacus, framed with earlier footage from the final moments of the first season to give themselves time to try to figure out what to do. When Whitfield's cancer recurred, they [[TheOtherDarrin recast]] the role with Liam [=McIntyre=], with Whitfield's blessing (he died before the third season was broadcast).

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* The Starz production of ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus]]'' ''Series/{{Spartacus|BloodAndSand}}'' had to completely revamp the plans for the second season when Andy Whitfield, who played Spartacus, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The producers decided to make the second "season" a prequel miniseries featuring the characters other than Spartacus, framed with earlier footage from the final moments of the first season to give themselves time to try to figure out what to do. When Whitfield's cancer recurred, they [[TheOtherDarrin recast]] the role with Liam [=McIntyre=], with Whitfield's blessing (he died before the third season was broadcast).



* In ''Series/HogansHeroes'', Robert Clary (Lebeau) always wore long sleeved clothes to cover up the serial number he had received in childhood at the concentration camp of Buchenwald

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* In ''Series/HogansHeroes'', Robert Clary (Lebeau) always wore long sleeved clothes to cover up the serial number he had received in childhood at the concentration camp of BuchenwaldBuchenwald.



** During filming of "The Pirate Planet" Tom Baker's lip was bitten by a dog, so in story the Doctor hit his face on the TARDIS console. While not in the show itself, publicity shots for the serial show him making the most of the injury by wearing a sticking plaster for dark skin that stands out on his face, giving the impression of him having a funny skew-whiff moustache.

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** During filming of "The Pirate Planet" Tom Baker's Creator/TomBaker's lip was bitten by a dog, so in story the Doctor hit his face on the TARDIS console. While not in the show itself, publicity shots for the serial show him making the most of the injury by wearing a sticking plaster for dark skin that stands out on his face, giving the impression of him having a funny skew-whiff moustache.



** In "The Time of the Doctor", MattSmith's final episode, the Eleventh Doctor is seen walking with a cane after a TimeSkip because Smith had injured his leg just before filming. This was going to be explained as a stone leg caused by Angel attacks but the scene explaining it was cut.

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** In "The Time of the Doctor", MattSmith's Creator/MattSmith's final episode, the Eleventh Doctor is seen walking with a cane after a TimeSkip because Smith had injured his leg just before filming. This was going to be explained as a stone leg caused by Angel attacks but the scene explaining it was cut.



** Timothy Odmundson also writes a blog and tweets in-character for Lassiter. Lassiter had an entry on new years resolutions, he mentions "not riding bikes."

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** Timothy Odmundson also writes a blog and tweets in-character for Lassiter. Lassiter had an entry on new years resolutions, he mentions "not riding bikes."
22nd May '16 7:20:37 PM BKelly95
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* Erik Estrada was in a motorcycle accident during one season of ''Series/CHiPs'', so the same thing happened to Ponch. After the accident, Estrada literally shot scenes from his hospital bed.
* During the second season of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', Russell Hornsby (Hank Griffin) injured his ankle. The show had Hank take a vacation with his ex-wife and suffer the same injury while rock climbing.


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* ''The Baby Formula'' took this to an extreme. The entire reason the movie exists is because two actress friends of the director became pregnant at the same time and the director commissioned the script to take advantage of this.
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