->'''Jay:''' I'm pretty sure they cast [[Music/TheBlackEyedPeas Will.i.am]] because of his great acting abilities. He's just fantastic in that movie.
->'''Mike:''' He had to change his name to "[[ObligatoryJoke Will.i.act.after.this.]]"
-->-- '''''HalfInTheBag''''' on ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''

Hiring of a big-name actor to play a supporting role (or even a leading role, but usually the former). The idea is usually that the actor's fame will draw in viewers, as it normally would if you put them prominently on the advertising; but you don't have to pay them as much if they only have to do a few days work.

Sometimes it's a compromise, for when the [[ExecutiveMeddling studio heads wanted big stars playing the main characters]]. This can also work for documentaries with the casting of the narrator.

Compare NonActorVehicle, OneSceneWonder. If not done carefully, then may result in viewers crying WTHCastingAgency. See also BillingDisplacement. If the StuntCasting is done in service of a film or other one-off project, expect the big-name actor in question to be BilledAboveTheTitle. This happens so often in animation that it has its own trope: CelebrityVoiceActor.

In theatre productions that are especially LongRunners, stunt casting is one way of keeping things fresh and interesting for potential audiences. The Broadway revival of {{Theatre/Chicago}} has been especially {{egregious}} with this, cycling hundreds of celebrities of varying degrees of talent through the lead roles since it began its run in 1996. It's also standard operating procedure in the U.K.-specific style of theatre known as {{Pantomime}}.

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* The various ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies have played with StuntCasting:
** Creator/PeterCushing and Sir Creator/AlecGuinness in ''Film/ANewHope''.
** Creator/TerenceStamp in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Creator/SamuelLJackson in that one as well (His role was much expanded in the rest of the trilogy).
** Creator/JimmySmits in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
* ''Fantasy Mission Force'' was advertised as "Starring Jacky Chan" despite the fact that Creator/JackieChan played a minor role. Jackie reportedly appeared in it only because he owed a favor to the lead actor, JimmyWangChu (who was rumored to have ties to organized crime syndicates).
** Jackie's done it more than once; he appeared in Creator/StephenChow's ''King of Comedy'' as a nameless stuntman, and in SammoHung's ''Martial Law'' as a perp, the latter done to return the favor for Hung playing the put-upon biker in ''Mr. Nice Guy''.
* MarlonBrando as Jor-El in the first ''Film/{{Superman}}'' film. He actually got top billing (and a star's wages) on that movie for several scenes that barely totaled thirty minutes in an almost two-and-a-half hour movie. He was cast in the role specifically so they could have a big name actor headlining in order to draw the audience.
** Indeed, the term "Brando Acceptibilty Yardstick" was coined by a reader as an entry in ''Creator/RogerEbert's Little Movie Glossary'' in reference to this. Brando essentially made it okay for mega-stars to do comic book films - and like him, be paid extraordinarily well for it. Like him, they often don't play the lead roles (which are often given to up-and-comers); they usually play mentors (like Brando) or villains. The best known example of the latter might be JackNicholson being hired to play the Joker in 1989's ''Film/{{Batman}}''; he got top billing ''and'' a giant cut of the film's profits and merchandising revenue. The three sequels basically stunt cast all the major villains as a response to how well this worked, culminating in the disaster of ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' (Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze and UmaThurman as Poison Ivy), while Batman himself was given TheOtherDarrin treatment.
* Creator/GeoffreyRush gets third billing in ''Film/IntolerableCruelty'' for a character seen a grand total of ''three'' times, for maybe two minutes of screen time, whom an audience member might easily mistake for three separate characters on the first viewing.
* Much was made of Creator/DrewBarrymore appearing in the first ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}'' movie ([[BillingDisplacement top billing]], appearing on the poster and other promotional materials) [[spoiler: despite the fact that she is killed off in the first scene.]]
** However, she was wanted for a larger role, but was unable to do so due to other movies she was starring in - so instead, they opted to give her the ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' treatment.
* ''Film/TheCrowCityOfAngels'' features Iggy Pop as one of the thugs. He was originally asked to play Funboy in [[Film/TheCrow the first film]], but had to decline due to scheduling issues.
* ''Film/DeadMan'' features a variety of celebrities in bit parts, including Robert Mitchum, Billy Bob Thorton, Iggy Pop and Alfred Molina.
* Steven Seagal barely has two minutes of screen time in ''Film/ExecutiveDecision'' before dying with a heroic one liner.
* One of the most bizarre examples: SeanConnery in ''Film/{{Highlander}}''. The Scottish actor plays an Egyptian/Spaniard mentor, while the French actor Christopher Lambert plays the heroic Scotsman. Lambert even explains some of the finer points of Scottish culture (i.e. haggis) to an astonished Connery.
* ''Film/TheMeteorMan'' figures James Earl Jones, Creator/BillCosby (who has no lines), Marla Gibbs and Sinbad. Gibbs has the biggest role, as she plays the protagonist's mother. Also from the music industry, there's Luther Vandross (also no lines), Big Daddy Kane, Another Bad Creation, Cypress Hill, Naughty By Nature and jazz singer Nancy Wilson.
* Fan Bingbing in ''Film/IronMan3''. Not only does she only appear in the Chinese cut of the movie, but she doesn't even ''get a name'' despite being featured in the Chinese trailers!
* Creator/BryanCranston is heavily featured in the trailer for 2014's ''[[{{Film/Godzilla2014}} Godzilla]]'' despite the fact that [[spoiler: his character is killed off about twenty minutes into the film.]] Creator/GarethEdwards claims that Cranston was hired because of [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle his ability to perform as a father]], but the advertising seems to be heavily influenced by the popularity of his powerful performance in ''Series/BreakingBad''.
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* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' is famous for this, particularly in casting musicians in roles as immortals. These include Joan Jett, Roger Daltrey of the Who, Roland Gift of Fine Young Cannibals, Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet and Sheena Easton. Also notable are Marc Singer, Roddy Piper, and Nia Peeples.
* {{Sitcom}}s, such as ''{{Friends}}'' and ''WillAndGrace'', often cast famous actors to play the stars' parents.
** On {{Friends}} this was taken to the ultimate when Chandler's dad was played by KathleenTurner.
* ''{{Caprica}}'' has begun the step into this world with JamesMarsters being cast into "Know Thy Enemy" as a major player within the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Soldiers of the One]].
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has had this on its more modern series:
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has had JamesCromwell play a role (He returned to play Zefram Cochran in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'').
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': VanessaWilliams, ChrisSarandon, and [[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]] each guest star in an episode.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Creator/JasonAlexander and Wrestling/DwayneJohnson both guest starred.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' went out of it's way to hire some incredible people such as Dick Van Dyke and Courtney Cox.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has always done this, but the revived series generally makes more publicity out of it. Stunt Cast actors in ''Series/DoctorWho'' are not usually heavyweight actors, but are well-known soap actors, comedians, quiz show hosts and other more minor celebrities. Oh, and Sir Creator/DerekJacobi.
** Don't forget Film/JamesBond, evil mastermind of ''Film/HotFuzz'', and overall smug bastard actor Creator/TimothyDalton.
*** Speaking of ''Hot Fuzz'', Creator/SimonPegg!
**** Veteran actress Clare Bloom also appeared in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]''.
** When Creator/JohnNathanTurner was producer during the 1980s, ''Doctor Who'' had a habit of using this trope; however, whereas most of modern attempts to do this at least try to match the character to a vaguely appropriate character, many of the earlier efforts ended up being spectacularly miscast, resulting in some truly [[WTHCastingAgency WTH Casting]]. For example, Beryl Reid as [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Ellen Ripley]]-esque space freighter captain in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock Earthshock]]'', a role that was... not quite what you'd expect to see Beryl Reid playing
*** Another Nathan-Turner example; 1950-1960s Broadway star Dolores Gray shows up in the middle of ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]'' as Mrs. Remington, a wealthy American lady. She's not exactly miscast; the WTH factor comes from the fact that there is literally ''no point whatsoever'' to her being there. She shows up, gives two of the characters a lift somewhere, and buggers off again. It's also a bit of a WTH moment in that it seems to have been intended as a Stunt Casting moment despite the fact that relatively few of the watching audience would actually have any idea who she even was.
*** Yet another Nathan-Turner example ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E1WarriorsOfTheDeep Warriors of the Deep]]'' which cast Hammer Horror veteran Ingrid Pitt as Doctor Solow. Her appearance in that story is mostly memorable due to her character's death scene being one of the shows most embarrassing moments?
** They have been known to use big stars for the specials though, most notably Music/KylieMinogue crops up in ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Voyage of the Damned]]'' as a one-off companion!
** Not to mention popular comedienne Catherine Tate as Donna Noble in ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride The Runaway Bride]]'', who later became a series regular.
** Eric Roberts as TheMaster in [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie the TV movie]]. This was actually a compromise, with the original idea being to stunt-cast The Doctor himself. Although Creator/PaulMcGann was the first choice of producer Philip Segal and director Geoffrey Sax, executives at Fox wanted a well-known American actor in order to draw in ratings--with Creator/TomHanks, Creator/HarrisonFord, and Creator/JimCarrey being among the names thrown around. Eventually, Fox agreed to cast [=McGann=] under the condition that a name actor play The Master instead.
** Season Seven of the new show(possibly to tie in with the series' 50th anniversary) has had several notable faces, including Creator/BenBrowder from ''{{Series/Farscape}}'' in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E3ATownCalledMercy A Town Called Mercy]]'', Mark Williams from the ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship Dinosaurs on a Spaceship]]'' and ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E4ThePowerOfThree The Power of Three]]'', Jemma Redgrave in "The Power of Three", David Warner in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E8ColdWar Cold War]]'', Diana Rigg and her daughter Rachel Stirling in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror The Crimson Horror]]'', Creator/WarwickDavis in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver Nightmare in Silver]]'' and [[spoiler: John Hurt as a previously unknown regeneration of the Doctor in the 50th Anniversary special "Day of the Doctor"]].
* Sir Creator/DavidJason was cast as [[TheGrimReaper Death's]] manservant Albert in the MadeForTVMovie of the Literature/Discworld novel "Discworld/{{Hogfather}}". In the UK, this resulted in the film being promoted as though ''he'' were the main character, rather than the mostly-unknown actress playing the heroine.
** Which today is RetroactiveRecognition, considering that said actress was Michelle Dockery, who later made her name on ''DowntonAbbey''.
* Music/BritneySpears in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is a prime example. For two episodes, no less. The show does this a LOT, though, and Britney just got the most hype about it. Her appearance drew in such good ratings, it may have saved the show from cancellation in its third season.
** Since NeilPatrickHarris publicly frowned on the practice, it's become much less common though.
*** Ironically, NPH was himself stuntcasted on an episode of ''Series/{{Glee}}''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' attempted to cast Music/BritneySpears as Warren's android girlfriend April in "I Was Made To Love You."
** Much later, they attempted to cast Miss Spears in a one-off villain role for Season 7. The part eventually went to Ashanti.
* Both 60s spy series ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' and its SpinOff ''Series/TheGirlFromUNCLE'' were given to stunt casting; e.g. [[SonnyBono Sonny]] and {{Cher}} (in "The Hot Number Affair"), NancySinatra (in "The Take Me To Your Leader Affair") and ElsaLanchester (in "The Brain Killer Affair") in ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' and Creator/BorisKarloff (in "The Mother Muffin Affair") in ''Series/TheGirlFromUNCLE''.
* ''SnowWhiteAndTheThreeStooges''. After realising their figure-skating lead Carol Heiss couldn't carry the film, the producers brought in Film/TheThreeStooges.
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'', against their wishes, had special guest actors Sir Creator/JohnGielgud and RalphRichardson. In his book on the series (titled, appropriately enough, ''SCTV''), DaveThomas said they were both extremely difficult to work with and did not understand their brand of comedy. Later on, they welcomed Creator/BillMurray to guest star, who was an active booster of the show. Notable musical guests, who also acted on the show, ranged from HallAndOates, Dr. John, Wendy O. Williams & the Plasmatics, TheBoomtownRats, TonyBennett, Music/RoyOrbison, TalkingHeads, JimmyBuffett, JohnMellencamp (when he was still John Cougar), {{America}}, JoeWalsh, Dave's brother IanThomas (who was semi-successful in the late '70s with his song "Painted Ladies", and would go on to play Dougie Franklin on ''TheRedGreenShow'', on which Dave guest-starred as his brother Ben Franklin), and classical violinist EugeneFodor.
* Creator/LeonardNimoy as William Bell in the season 1 finale of ''Series/{{Fringe}}''
* NBC's ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' started doing this heavily in season 2, though season 1 had its moments. Some, like ScottBakula and JordanaBrewster appeared in multiple episodes, while others, like RobertPicardo and FredSavage, were only in one. Granted some NBC shows have been known to do this, but Chuck also tends to {{lampshade}} it with the actors referencing their famous roles, such as Bakula uttering, "Oh boy."
** ChristopherLloyd as a psychiatrist who Chuck kept addressing as "[[Film/BackToTheFuture Doc]]."
** ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' takes this UpToEleven by doing it all the time. [[VillainOfTheWeek Villains Of The Week]] have included MichaelClarkeDuncan, Nicole Richie, Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, Creator/RobertEnglund and Creator/MarkSheppard ([[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined a.k.a. Romo Lampkin]]).
** Linda Hamilton as Chuck's mom and Timothy Dalton as the villain "Volkoff".
** Creator/OliviaMunn, Isaiah Mustafa (Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike), StacyKeibler, and Creator/SummerGlau as "Greta," secret agents working at the Buy More at different times. Mustafa and Keibler were later given character names and appeared in another episodes
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' sometimes casts [[VillainOfTheWeek unsubs]] with this method. Most, however, are either unrecognizable (JamesVanDerBeek, JamieKennedy) or so creepy that the HeyItsThatGuy factor is the last thing on the viewer's mind (KeithCarradine, Creator/JasonAlexander).
** Often, the recognition of the unsubs (generally played by supremely benign actors, when this trope is in play) only serves to make the roles creepier, or more tragic. JamesVanDerBeek's character is a good example of that, as is Creator/FrankieMuniz's.
** In general, StuntCasting in a legal or cop drama always brings NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize into play (whether straight or subverted). CM usually averts this by having the unsub commit his crimes onscreen in full view of the audience. "Paradise", in turn is an exception to this rule, where we don't see the unsub actually commit a crime until after they find out who it is...thus playing Narrowed straight (Creator/WilWheaton played the unsub in the ep.)
*** The fans have become critical of this method of casting guest stars as unsubs, even when they are good, because it had been used too often during a weak seventh season. They feel that guest-star unsubs are showcased to the expense of the original cast and story suspense (by showing the unsubs's from the very beginning of the episode, rather than keeping them obscured). By giving more time to the unsubs and their evil deeds, it makes the profiler characters look like stupid slow-pokes, and possibly glorifying the serial killers (which is NOT the point of the show).
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' pulled in Creator/CharismaCarpenter of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' fame, put her in skintight red leather and shouted it from the rooftops. They also got ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'''s JoleneBlalock to play a semi-major character.
* The re-imagining of ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' has been playing with this, with recent appearances by Dane Cook, SeanCombs and NickLachey. Not forgetting semi-regular Jean Smart.
* Subverted in ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet''. When famous actors such as Creator/RobinWilliams, Vincent D'Onofrio and Creator/SteveBuscemi appeared, they were given real acting challenges to work with. Williams' performance as a man whose wife has just been murdered stands as the first major [[PlayingAgainstType subversion of his persona]] and a real glimpse of dramatic depth.
* ''Series/BigBrother 13'' brings back three "Dynamic duos". It becomes pretty obvious that they just set it up so that one of the six returnees would win, given how, when it was reduced to two, a [[SarcasmMode mysterious stroke of luck]] bailed them out.
* When the 60s' ''Series/{{Batman}}'' took off, all of a sudden many big name actors who normally wouldn't do television wanted a chance to play a Bat-villain. The second season especially is loaded with this, name actors playing one-shot villians created just for them, with the network playing up the guest-villian bit. Among these performers were Shelley Winters, Van Johnson, Liberace, Michael Rennie, Tallulah Bankhead, Zsa Zsa Gabor... and many more.
** This is one reason the series has not been released on DVD--the rights and clearances department would have to track down zillions of performers, representatives, or estates. It would also likely be darned expensive.
* Most {{Game Show}}s tend to do this in the form of "Celebrity Editions" in their waning years in a last-ditch effort to round up some bonus viewers before they inevitably sink into the drain. Most notable are ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' and ''TheWeakestLink'', whose final primetime seasons were almost nothing ''but'' celebrity editions.
* The casting of Shirley [=MacLaine=] as the GrandeDame Martha Levinson in ''DowntonAbbey'' is this done for the right reasons: what ''other'' American actress could engage in Dame-to-Dame Combat with Dame MaggieSmith?
* Averted: When Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz) played Morticia's mother in the 1960s Addams Family series, the network did not exploit the connection--appropriate though it was.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' occasionally seemed to do this, but for the most part their "stunt casting" was the result of a working character actor who had some notoriety at the time (like AlanTudyk or WilWheaton) just happening to landing a role on the series. The one time they ''did'' intentionally Stunt-Cast, it worked spectacularly as the legendary Ned Beatty was cast as the kindly pediatric dentist Doctor Dave... who was also a [[AffablyEvil creepifyingly kind serial killer]].
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' usually stunt casts with real life cameos (such as Castle's poker game with James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, and Stephen J. Cannell), all of whom are portrayed as acquaintances that Castle has befriended as a successful author.
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* ''TransformersAnimated'' does this a lot with voice casting. Blurr is voiced by the original Blurr's voice actor JohnMoschitta (the world's fastest-talking man), Master Yoketron is voiced by GeorgeTakei, and Wreck-Gar by Music/WeirdAlYankovic (who did the original Wreck-Gar's theme song).
** An interview has MartyIsenberg stating that hiring Weird Al was just an idea he had after EricIdle (see below) wasn't available that ended up working out.
** ''TransformersTheMovie'' took this to an extreme in '86. Almost all the new characters had big name voice actors. Creator/LeonardNimoy was Galvatron, Creator/EricIdle was Wreck-Gar, RobertStack was Ultra Magnus, Judd Nelson was Hot Rod, etc. Most impressive of all, Creator/OrsonWelles (in his last performance) was absolutely AWESOME as Unicron. [[TheOtherDarrin None of them stayed]] [[PoorMansSubstitute on for the]] [[TransformersGeneration1 TV series]] though.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' got in on this with casting Wrestling/DwayneJohnson for Cliffjumper's brief appearance in the pliot (before he's killed byStarscream and in a WholeEpisodeFlashback, he's [[TheOtherDarrin replaced]] with Billy Brown) and the aforementioned George Takei as Alpha Trion.
* On the subject of GeorgeTakei, he was a one-off villain in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* The casting of Creator/AyaHirano as Dende in ''DragonBallKai'' is largely seen by the fanbase as this. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37_ltlDkuuk the image song doesn't help waver this opinion]].
** Even more blatant was getting Creator/SatomiSato, fresh off her success of voicing Ritsu in ''KOn'' to voice Dende's brother Cargo... for maybe one or two lines before he gets killed.
*** The original version of ''DragonBallZ'' has been guilty of this as well. One episode during the Buu saga features Majin Buu befriending and helping a blind boy who was a one shot character. Said one-shot was voiced by MegumiHayashibara.
** Similarly, Aya Hirano was also cast as Shinobu the vampire in LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}} even though Shinobu never spoke a single word in the entire series. It must be noted, however, that with the recently announced prequel anime, maybe this was a case of extreme foresight in the case of the casting company.
* In its early days Creator/DreamWorksAnimation was extremely blatant with doing this in addition to making use of the InkSuitActor. In some cases, like Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' it won the company critical acclaim. In others, like WillSmith in ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' and Jerry Seinfield in ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'', it got the company a lot of ridicule. [[GrowingTheBeard Starting with]] ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda,'' the company started putting [[SubvertedTrope less emphasis]] on the actors they hire for movies.
* The educational kids' series ''LibertysKids'' is known for this. Creator/WalterCronkite had a recurring role as Creator/BenjaminFranklin; other celebrities playing revolutionary heroes included Creator/DustinHoffman as Benedict Arnold, Creator/AnnetteBening as Abigail Adams, Creator/BillyCrystal as John Adams, and Creator/MichaelDouglas as Patrick Henry, as well as General Norman Schwarzkopf, Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/BenStiller, and Creator/WhoopiGoldberg.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' features a "special guest star" -- who isn't even always an actor -- almost every episode nowadays, and of course most of the promo is devoted to their part, however small it might be. (Example: "Elementary School Musical" had a lot of emphasis placed on the appearances of three of the cast of ''{{Glee}}'' (LeaMichele, Cory Monteith and Amber Riley, if you're wondering) while - at least in the UK - pretty much ignoring the stars of ''FlightOfTheConchords'', whose roles were much more important to the episode.)
* [[WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw HA HA HA! Final episode stunt casting!]]
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' has Music/MegumiHayashibara as [[{{Gonk}} Maeda's Mom]], [[RuleOfFunny if you can believe it]]. Made even funnier given that [[spoiler: Maeda's Mom never speaks a word, only ever doing an irritated moan.]]
* This wound up biting Universal Studios in the butt when they released [[TheMovie a feature film]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''. After she recorder her lines, [[ExecutiveMeddling the execs]], in an attempt to try an attract a younger audience, decided to replace Janet Waldo in favor of then pop star, Tiffany, for the role of Judy Jetson. The move caused a major backlash, and even casting director, Andrea Romano, asked to have her name removed from the credits to avoid hate mail. To make matters worse, thanks to AnimationLeadTime, by the time the movie was released, Tiffany's fifteen minutes had long since ended.
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* Leonard Nimoy narrating on the History Channel.
** Don't forget [[OldShame In Search Of]]!
* The documentary series, [[DiscoveryChannel Through the Wormhole: With Morgan Freeman.]]
** ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' parodied and this trope in episode 49 and pointed out the widespread egregious use of Morgan Freeman for his deep sultry tones.
** Let's face it, they wanted him for ''Film/MarchOfThePenguins'' because they wanted even penguins to get a MagicalNegro voiceover.
*** This was parodied in Creator/BobSaget's ''Film/FarceOfThePenguins'', which was narrated by Creator/SamuelLJackson.
* Interesting point about Sir DavidAttenborough's documentaries. In the UK he is nearly synonymous with good quality and he has been producing, commissioning and writing for natural history documentaries for decades and is widely knowledgable about his subject and a driving force on all his projects (and was knighted for it). Outside the UK, maybe Canada, not so much thus his replacement narrators in other territories tend to be big entertainment names.
** ''Life'' got narration by Oprah Winfrey in the US.
** Sigourney Weaver, as a more familiar face of conservation work, was brought in on ''Planet Earth''
* The BBC documentary Frozen Earth got Creator/JohnHurt.
** The Dutch voiceover was replaced with CariceVanHouten.
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* When a Broadway show becomes a LongRunner, it's likely to fall victim to a revolving door of StuntCasting. The stage version of ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'' is a notorious example, having cast well-known actors and actresses in all three of its principal roles.
* TheNineties revival of ''{{Grease}}'' was also notorious for this. (Seriously, Rosie O'Donnell as Rizzo?) And it's rare to see a professional production of the show that ''doesn't'' stunt cast the OneSceneWonder Teen Angel, who sings "Beauty School Dropout". [[Series/AmericanIdol Taylor Hicks]] was one of the more recent performers in that role on tour.
* The 2007 Las Vegas staging of ''Film/TheProducers'' cast Creator/DavidHasselhoff as Roger De Bris, the FlamboyantGay director, and ''gave him top billing''. At the same time, this particular production was {{Recut}} to only 90 minutes, so to maximize Hasselhoff's stage time, most of the romantic subplot involving Leo and Ulla was cut...which made his betrayal of Max harder to swallow. Later in the run, Tony Danza came in to play Max (he was previously one of Nathan Lane's replacements in the New York production).
** Hasselhoff had previously become a bit infamous for playing the title roles in the musical ''[[Theatre/JekyllAndHyde Jekyll & Hyde]]'' on Broadway, and one performance was filmed and released on video and DVD. That production frequently stunt cast the lead role; [[Music/SkidRow Sebastian Bach]] played him for a while as well.
* Toward the end of its run, the Toronto production of ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' cast [[Music/{{KISS}} Paul Stanley]] as the Phantom. He was generally well-received and even got some Music/{{KISS}} fans interested in musical theatre. While ''Phantom'' has generally avoided this, it did bring back Michael Crawford to the role for a brief time on Broadway, Robert Guillame was the first-ever black Phantom in the national touring company, and equally well-known Norm Lewis became the first black actor to play the title role in the Broadway production in 2014.
* As it's Broadway run wound down, ''MissSaigon'' brought back Lea Salonga, the first actress to play Kim.
* During its final year on Broadway, ''{{Aida}}'' cast well known R&B stars in the title role, such as Toni Braxton, Deborah Cox and Michelle Williams. While this usually paid off in singing ability, the acting sometimes left a lot to be desired.
* Both [[TheMarxBrothers Groucho Marx]] and [[Creator/MontyPython Eric Idle]] have been cast in the roll of Ko-Ko in ''TheMikado'', and handled the role quite well. It certainly helped that both were accomplished Deadpan Snarkers.
* An English-language recording of the Richard Strauss opera ''Ariadne on Naxos'' features Creator/StephenFry in the speaking part of the Major-Domo.
* The Broadway adaptation of Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' initially featured [[Series/HappyDays Tom Bosley]] as Maurice. (While best known for ''Happy Days'' and, late in life, infomercials, Bosley was also a Tony winner for ''Fiorello!'' in TheFifties.) Later in the run, replacement Belles included Debbie Gibson, Toni Braxton, Andrea [=McArdle=] (the original Broadway Theatre/{{Annie}}), [[Series/TheSopranos Jamie-Lynn Sigler]], and [[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Christy Carlson Romano]]. And Donny Osmond did some PlayingAgainstType as Gaston for a while.
* ''Theatre/{{Seussical}}'' was something of a TroubledProduction, and over its brief 198-performance run on Broadway did this several times in a desperate attempt to drum up business -- both Rosie O'Donnell and Cathy Rigby (a highly-regarded stage Literature/PeterPan) played The Cat in the Hat (even though that's a ''male'' character), and country music child star Billy Gillman played Jojo for a time.
* A 1997 Madison Square Garden production of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' featured ''[[Series/{{Roseanne}} Roseanne Barr]]'' as the Wicked Witch of the West! A restaging and subsequent tour the following year featured Eartha Kitt, and later [[Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn Jo Anne Worley]], as the Wicked Witch and Mickey Rooney as the Wizard. When Creator/AndrewLloydWebber did a new stage adaptation of the film in 2011, Michael Crawford played the Wizard.
* Theatre critic Mark Shenton [[http://www.thestage.co.uk/columns/shenton/2014/02/bold-casting-choices-versatile-actors/ praised]] the 2013 ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' musical in the West End for '''avoiding''' this trope with regards to the [[LargeHam showy]] role of Willy Wonka thus far. Instead, the role was originated by Creator/DouglasHodge and after a year, handed off to Alex Jennings -- both are highly-regarded English stage actors, but subject to PopCultureIsolation by the world at large.
* The 2013 Broadway adaptation of Rogers and Hammerstein's ''Film/{{Cinderella}}'' did this in 2014 when it brought in "Call Me Maybe" songstress Carly Rae Jepsen to play the title character and [[Series/TheNanny Fran Drescher]] to play the evil stepmother.
* ''Theatre/ForbiddenBroadway'' loves to mock this concept, most recently in its 2014 edition by bringing up the aforementioned ''Cinderella'' recasting.
* Sometimes happens with ''Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles'' with regard to the role of [[DragQueen Albin/Zaza]] -- talk show host Graham Norton was a replacement in the 2008 West End revival. After it transferred to Broadway the show's book writer, Harvey Fierstein, played the role for a time (both actors took over from Creator/DouglasHodge). For the follow-up U.S. tour, Fierstein [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was approached]] to play Georges, which would have made him the rare actor to have played ''both'' lead roles, but he was too busy with other projects.
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* Exaggerated with the [=PlayStation=] game ''Apocalypse'' by Activision. The original concept was that BruceWillis would've voiced an A.I.-controlled partner who assists the player throughout the game. The developers decided to ditch the original protagonist and simply turned Willis' character into the player character with the rationale "why would anyone want to be Bruce Willis' sidekick when they can be the man himself."
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* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' brings back Stephen Colbert as Phil Ken Sebben in the last episode, and - this being Harvey Birdman - [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]].
-->'''Phil Ken Sebben''': Ha ha! Final episode stunt casting!
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