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16th Dec '17 7:29:07 PM martymyman
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** Creator/EdAsner, who plays jolly old St. Nick himself in this movie, is better known for his curmudgeonly old characters like Lou Grant.
13th Dec '17 6:30:19 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', the final film in EdgarWright and Creator/SimonPegg's [[ThematicSeries "Three Colors Cornetto"]] trilogy, reverses the traditional dynamic between Creator/SimonPegg and Nick Frost that the [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead first]] [[Film/HotFuzz two]] movies started. While Pegg and Frost are still going to play [[OddFriendship a pair of mismatched friends]] [[VitriolicBestBuds who give each other hell]], Frost is the comparatively straight-laced one this time (playing a responsible WhiteCollarWorker), with Pegg as the AdultChild slacker who goads him into mischief.

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* ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', the final film in EdgarWright Creator/EdgarWright and Creator/SimonPegg's [[ThematicSeries "Three Colors Cornetto"]] trilogy, reverses the traditional dynamic between Creator/SimonPegg and Nick Frost that the [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead first]] [[Film/HotFuzz two]] movies started. While Pegg and Frost are still going to play [[OddFriendship a pair of mismatched friends]] [[VitriolicBestBuds who give each other hell]], Frost is the comparatively straight-laced one this time (playing a responsible WhiteCollarWorker), with Pegg as the AdultChild slacker who goads him into mischief.
7th Dec '17 6:47:43 PM costanton11
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* Creator/KurtwoodSmith got his start playing villainous jerkasses like Clarence Boddicker in the original ''Film/RoboCop1987''. Yet he also played the Federation President in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''.

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* Creator/KurtwoodSmith got his start playing villainous jerkasses like Clarence Boddicker in the original ''Film/RoboCop1987''. ''Film/RoboCop1987'' and even when not playing villains, his characters are still abrasive, like [[Series/That70sShow Red Foreman]]. Yet he also played the Federation President in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''.''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
7th Dec '17 6:43:43 PM costanton11
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* While he never came out and gave this as the exact reason, Creator/ChristopherLee has gone on the record as saying that one of the few regrets he has about his career was turning down the role of Dr. Loomis. Probably because it would help him shake off the villainous reputation he's picked up (mostly for his endless ''[[Film/HammerHorror Dracula]]'' movies and ''[[Film/TheWickerMan1973 The Wicker Man]]'', and revived by ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''). Lee gets to play a character with a sensitive side in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', and in the biopic ''Jinnah'' (where he plays Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of modern Pakistan) but... that's really about it. Although, he's a flat-out good guy in ''TheDevilRidesOut'' and ''[[Film/TheHowling Howling II]]''.

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* While he never came out and gave this as the exact reason, Creator/ChristopherLee has gone on the record as saying that one of the few regrets he has about his career was turning down the role of Dr. Loomis. Probably because it would help him shake off the villainous reputation he's picked up (mostly for his endless ''[[Film/HammerHorror Dracula]]'' movies and ''[[Film/TheWickerMan1973 The Wicker Man]]'', and revived by ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'').''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/StarWars''). Lee gets to play a character with a sensitive side in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', and in the biopic ''Jinnah'' (where he plays Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of modern Pakistan) but... that's really about it. Although, he's a flat-out good guy in ''TheDevilRidesOut'' and ''[[Film/TheHowling Howling II]]''.
29th Nov '17 11:38:19 AM kquinn0830
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* In ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', Creator/OliverStone intentionally cast Creator/TomBerenger, who mostly played good guys, as the ruthless, sadistic Sgt. Barnes and Creator/WillemDafoe, who primarily played villains, as the heroic, compassionate Sgt. Elias. The casting worked and both of them received Oscar nominations for their roles.
28th Nov '17 11:36:21 PM jamespolk
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* Jean-Pierre Melville's ''Film/TheRedCircle'' features Andre Bourvil, a famous French comic actor, playing a ruthless police inspector. It's considered by many his best performance.

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* Jean-Pierre Melville's ''Film/TheRedCircle'' ''Film/LeCercleRouge'' features Andre Bourvil, a famous French comic actor, playing a ruthless police inspector. It's considered by many his best performance.
17th Nov '17 10:13:31 PM DesertDragon
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* Tichina Arnold is normally a comedic actress best known for sitcom roles like Pam from ''Series/{{Martin}}'' and Rochelle from ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''. In 2008 however, she played the title character in ''Film/TheLenaBakerStory'', which is about the 1945 execution of a black housekeeper who killed her employer when he tried to rape her, but the all-white-male jury convicted her of capital murder anyway. The movie is every bit as humorous as it sounds.

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* Tichina Arnold is normally a comedic actress best known for sitcom roles like Pam from ''Series/{{Martin}}'' and Rochelle from ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''. In 2008 however, she played the title character in ''Film/TheLenaBakerStory'', which is about the 1945 execution of a black housekeeper who killed her white employer when he tried to rape her, but the all-white-male jury convicted her of capital murder anyway. The movie is every bit as humorous as it sounds.
17th Nov '17 10:08:09 PM DesertDragon
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* Tichina Arnold is normally a comedic actress best known for sitcom roles like Pam from ''Series/{{Martin}}'' and Rochelle from ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''. In 2008 however, she played the title character in ''Film/TheLenaBakerStory'', which is about the 1945 execution of a black housekeeper who killed her employer when he tried to rape her, but the all-white-male jury convicted her of capital murder anyway. The movie is every bit as humorous as it sounds.
17th Nov '17 3:32:58 AM jormis29
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* Done ''three'' times in ''Film/DoubleIndemnity''. Fred [=MacMurray=], these days best known as family man [[Series/MyThreeSons Steve Douglas]], plays a glib murderer. Edward G. Robinson, usually either a villain or anti-hero, plays a fatherly JerkWithAHeartOfGold. And Creator/BarbaraStanwyck, who usually played the sweet but plucky heroine in romantic comedies, starts the film as if she might be reprising that role here as Phyllis Dietrichson. [[FemmeFatale She's not.]] She's [[ManipulativeBastard really]] [[ConsummateLiar not]].

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* Done ''three'' times in ''Film/DoubleIndemnity''. Fred [=MacMurray=], Creator/FredMacMurray, these days best known as family man [[Series/MyThreeSons Steve Douglas]], plays a glib murderer. Edward G. Robinson, usually either a villain or anti-hero, plays a fatherly JerkWithAHeartOfGold. And Creator/BarbaraStanwyck, who usually played the sweet but plucky heroine in romantic comedies, starts the film as if she might be reprising that role here as Phyllis Dietrichson. [[FemmeFatale She's not.]] She's [[ManipulativeBastard really]] [[ConsummateLiar not]].
8th Nov '17 12:25:49 PM Cindylover1969
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** Creator/CateBlanchett is normally a heroic leading lady, here she's the WickedStepmother. She commented on people's reactions when she told them she'd be in the film - as most assumed she meant she was playing the lead.

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** Creator/CateBlanchett is normally a heroic leading lady, here she's the WickedStepmother. She commented on people's reactions when she told them she'd be in the film - as most assumed she meant she was playing the lead. lead [[DawsonCasting even though she'd have been far too old...]]
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