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->''The movie makes a sly reference to a famous earlier role by Irons. When Simba tells him, "You're so weird," he replies "You have no idea," in exactly the tone he used in "Film/ReversalOfFortune."''
-->-- '''Creator/RogerEbert''' [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19940624/REVIEWS/406240301/1023 referring to]] Creator/JeremyIrons’ role as Scar in ''Disney/TheLionKing''.

An Actor Allusion is the deliberate, yet typically rather isolated, throw-away references to previous works/roles of an actor in a work, say a joke or mannerism. The reference is unlikely to have much plot relevance, and is unlikely to be anything but a deliberate nod to the actor's previous work. Also note that it is for allusions to ''roles'', not the actor themselves, with the equivalent being an ActorSharedBackground.

It can be a little blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, such as Mary Albright (Jane Curtin) spotting some people in [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Conehead]] costumes at a sci-fi convention in ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', or it can be bigger and more blatant, such as when Creator/JohnLithgow repeated his entire anti-music rant from ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' in the same show. Casting two or more actors who not only appeared together in a previous production, but spent a great deal of time onscreen together (especially alone) ''really'' reinforces the reference, as the page image demonstrates.

Related to the ShoutOut, and is sometimes triggered by IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine or a CastingGag. But while a CastingGag relies upon casting an actor in a role that inherently has many comparisons to their previous roles or real life, an Actor Allusion uses only small details of only a previous plot or role for the actor. In either case, though, if the role being referenced was on a previous version of the show, it's a RemakeCameo.

Contrast with CelebrityParadox and MetaCasting where the actor themselves is the subject of reference. This is show business' InUniverse way of acknowledging JustForFun/RoleAssociation.

''Try to be sure a reference is blatant, specific, or WordOfGod before committing yourself.''


* ActorAllusion/{{Advertising}}
* ActorAllusion/AnimeAndManga
* ActorAllusion/ComicBooks
* ActorAllusion/FanWorks
* [[ActorAllusion/AnimatedFilms Films - Animation]]
* [[ActorAllusion/LiveActionFilms Films - Live-Action]]
* ActorAllusion/{{Literature}}
* ActorAllusion/LiveActionTV
* ActorAllusion/MusicVideos
* ActorAllusion/{{Opera}}
* ActorAllusion/ProfessionalWrestling
* ActorAllusion/{{Radio}}
* ActorAllusion/RoleplayingGames
* ActorAllusion/{{Theatre}}
* ActorAllusion/ThemeParks
* ActorAllusion/VideoGames
* ActorAllusion/WebMedia
* ActorAllusion/WesternAnimation