Created By: StevenT on April 3, 2012 Last Edited By: StevenT on July 16, 2013

The Only Actor for the Job

When a director has one actor in particular in mind for a role even before auditions start.

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This is of course a Trivia trope.


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  • April 3, 2012
    In Universe: in Mr. Saturday Night a writer/director writes a part for Buddy Young Jr., but thinks that he's dead so offers Walter Matthau in the role instead. When he discovers that Buddy is still alive he offers him a chance to audition for the part; but before Buddy has a chance to say yes Matthau accepts the role. Buddy is offered a smaller part instead; at first he accepets an audition for it but then he declines the offer.
  • April 4, 2012
    Isn't Johnny Depp the only reason Tim Burton makes films? (I might need to be confirmed on this one)
  • April 4, 2012
  • April 4, 2012
    Anime and Manga
  • July 15, 2013
  • July 15, 2013
    Andre the Giant as Fezzik in The Princess Bride.
  • July 15, 2013
    Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Furry. Prior to the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Jackson worked out a deal with Marvel that they could use his likeness for the Ultimate Marvel Nick Fury redesign, but only if he got to play Fury in any future film projects.
  • Live Action TV
    • When M*A*S*H was being adapted for television, co-creators/producers Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds were desperately holding out for Alan Alda for the role of Hawkeye Pierce, even though Alda himself was reluctant to take the part at first, concerned that the series would trivialize war. After negociations were cleared, Alda finally signed the contract, just hours before filming of the pilot episode began. Gelbart once commented that had Alda not have taken the part, they would have settle for Buddy Hackett.
  • July 15, 2013
    All In The Family character George Jefferson was written for Sherman Helmsley, but he had Broadway commitments so they didn't have him actually show up on the show until Helmsley was available.
  • July 16, 2013
  • July 16, 2013

    • During one of voice actor Richard Epcar's character auditions, the director (not paying attention to who he was dealing with) asked him to act out the lines again, only this time sounding more like Richard Epcar. Richard had quite a laugh from that one when the director realized that he asked Richard Epcar to sound more like the person he had in mind for the part.