Created By: KJMackley on September 5, 2009
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Probably needs a better title.

This can very possibly be a Cue Cullen, but this is were the actor or actress cast for a part is simply perfect because of their reputation matching with the character they are playing. In some cases it is a perfect use of Adam Westing.

Compare Ink-Suit Actor.

Examples-
  • Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Iron Man not only because he is a good actor, but has had problems in the past with drugs. That alone added extra weight to a man who is struggling to redeem himself of past mistakes
  • Bruce Willis in Unbreakable as a man who is struggling with the idea that he might be Made of Iron and no one else is. Thinking about John McClane while watching the movie makes it that much more thoughtful.
  • And (of course) Adam West in Batman: The Animated Series as a washed-up actor who is frustrated that nobody can think of him as anything but his most famous role. Other actors might have been able to portray it better, but no one else could have given it that added level of irony. And then producer Bruce Timm playing the crazy fan in the episode (complete as an Ink-Suit Actor) really hits it home.
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • September 5, 2009
    foxley
    John Wayne in The Shootist playing an aging gunfighter dying of cancer in a world where he realises he's an anachronism.
  • September 5, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    Seems like a Sugar Wiki page.
  • September 5, 2009
    MikeArrow
    Keanu Reeves as a drug addicted cop in A Scanner Darkly. He's just Dull Surprise'd enough to seem plausible as a guy whose mind is slowly deteriorating from substance D.
  • September 5, 2009
    STUART
    Don't forget to explicitly mention Tony Stark's alcoholism.
  • September 6, 2009
    KJMackley
    @ Dragon Quest Z- It certainly isn't helped by the name or the examples I have down but this isn't supposed to be much of a subjective trope. Maybe in regards to if it was a genuinely good performance but it is no where near the realm of "Crowning Moment Of Performance- Heath Ledger was BORN to play the Joker!!!"

    I've also heard about Hillary Duff in War, Inc where she plays a pop star who is overly saturated as a sex symbol, which while not exactly descriptive of Duff's life and career it does come fairly close to use this trope.
  • September 9, 2009
    Medinoc
    Would Christopher Reeve in a Rear Window remake count?
  • September 9, 2009
    Shellsh0cker
    Yeah, the name might set off the Sugar Wiki alarms in your head, but this is pretty objective; it's sort of like building the Method Acting into the production by virtue of the casting.
  • September 9, 2009
    Micah
    Born To The Part?

    • In the third season of Slings And Arrows, William Hutt's character is enticed out of retirement to play at the New Burbage theater festival while dying of cancer. Hutt himself had several "retirements" from the Stratford Festival (on which New Burbage is based) and died of leukemia shortly after Slings And Arrows was filmed.
  • September 9, 2009
    dilbert719
    Born To The Part seems a perfect name for this trope. It's an element of Typecasting, but one where the actor is typecast not based on roles they've played, but on their real life.

    Example: Audie Murphy. Enlisted in the US Army at 16 by falsifying his birth records, and proceeded to win more medals than he had places to put them in WWII. This included every single medal awarded by the US at the time, several more than once, along with medals from the French and Belgian governments. He then came home and starred in several war movies as a young recruit who performed heroic deeds on the battlefield, including The Red Badge Of Courage and a movie based on his own war experiences.

    On a completely unrelated side note, Adam West is a perfect example, but William Shatner likely could have imbued the role with similar irony. Somehow, I'm thinking there's got to be a Shatner example of this out there somewhere, and I simply can't for the life of me figure out what it is. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
  • September 9, 2009
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    I may be mistaken, but was it School Of Rock that was the movie where they cast child musicians, rather than child actors to play the young musician characters?
  • September 9, 2009
    random surfer
    In The Simpsons Movie the role of President Schwarzenegger was "played" by Rainier Wolfcastle, The Verse's resident No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • September 9, 2009
    Bailey
    Can I suggest Meta Casting? Should be listed in Metafiction Demanded This Index, too.

    Also, Adam West's casting as a slightly crazy washed-up TV star in Lookwell is an example, even Lookwell never made it beyond the pilot.
  • September 9, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    This is a great trope, just remember Adam Westing exists as well.
  • September 10, 2009
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Meta Casting is actually a pretty cool name for this.
  • September 10, 2009
    KJMackley
    Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star had the main character go for a role in a Rob Reiner film and he was considered perfect for the role in every regard except that he ever had a normal childhood. So he goes off to quickly get a normal childhood. Essentially he is working to invoke this trope to get a role.
  • September 10, 2009
    MikeArrow
    On that note: Ben Stein as a high school economics teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
  • September 10, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • September 10, 2009
    Shellsh0cker
    @Heart Of An Astronaut: Yeah, that's right. Bonus points for the fact that the kid who played Larry (the pianist) had to go through the same classical-to-rock transition that the character did.
  • September 10, 2009
    Edgukator
    Jesse Ventura in The Running Man. Retired hunter turns play by play commentator.
  • September 10, 2009
    Nate the Great
    Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier.
  • September 10, 2009
    random surfer
    In-universe use: In Mr. Saturday Night there was a part in a film based on Buddy Young Jr. (the protagonist), but he didn't get the role because the writer/director thought he was dead so he cast Walter Matthau(?) instead. Buddy auditions for another part, but stops and says "this isn't me."
  • September 18, 2009
    KJMackley
    I'm kind of liking Meta Casting as a name. Rocky Balboa cast a real life boxer to play Mason Dixon because according to Stallone it is easier to teach a boxer how to act than teach an actor how to box.

    Undeclared inverted this trope where the characters personalities, and even their home city/country, was based on the actors they hired. The DVD Commentary would frequently point out that a recurring actor really did have that kind of slightly-off personality.
  • September 18, 2009
    Bailey
    Snoop Dog as Huggy Bear in the Starsky And Hutch film was this.
  • September 18, 2009
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Wasn't Samuel L Jackson cast as Nick Fury because Nick Fury's character design was based on him anyway?
  • September 18, 2009
    random surfer
    ^^From what I've read on This Very Wiki Jackson allowed Marvel to base the look of Ultimate Marvel Nick Fury on him, one of the clauses being that if/when they make a movie he gets to play Fury.
  • September 18, 2009
    Dick Richardson
    R. Lee Ermey. He was a former Marine, after all.
  • October 11, 2009
    KJMackley
    This seems to have fallen away from me, I'll launch it later as Meta Casting.
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