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* ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' was full of pretty actors pretending to be lifeguards... save for one man, Michael Newman, the only one to actually look like a lifeguard and perform complicated stunts (notably, he's the only one regularly shown swimming worth a damn). An actual lifeguard with 20 years of experience who'd saved dozens of lives, Newman played a fictionalized version of himself. He also served as a technical consultant for the show and many of the saves on the show are recreations of saves Newman himself participated in.
* Alexandra Paul (Stephanie Holden) is not a life-guard but she is an accomplished professional Triathlete.

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* ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' was full of pretty actors pretending to be lifeguards... save for one man, Michael Newman, the only one to actually look like a lifeguard and perform complicated stunts (notably, he's one of the only one few regularly shown swimming worth a damn). An actual lifeguard with 20 years of experience who'd saved dozens of lives, Newman played a fictionalized version of himself. He also served as a technical consultant for the show and many of the saves on the show are recreations of saves Newman himself participated in.
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in. And then Alexandra Paul (Stephanie Holden) is not a life-guard but she is an accomplished professional Triathlete.triathlete.


* During the gymnastics practice scene in ''Film/FinalDestination'', Canadian Olympian Brittany Rogers plays the gymnast on the balance beam when Candace is on uneven bars.
* In ''Film/TheFrenchConnection5'', Doyle and Russo's supervisor is played by Eddie Egan, on whom Doyle was based. Egan's real-life partner Sonny Grosso (on whom Russo's character was based) played Bill Klein. The mechanic who disassembles the car to find the drugs was played by the mechanic who did that job for the NYPD.

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* During the gymnastics practice scene in ''Film/FinalDestination'', ''Film/FinalDestination5'', Canadian Olympian Brittany Rogers plays the gymnast on the balance beam when Candace is on uneven bars.
* In ''Film/TheFrenchConnection5'', ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'', Doyle and Russo's supervisor is played by Eddie Egan, on whom Doyle was based. Egan's real-life partner Sonny Grosso (on whom Russo's character was based) played Bill Klein. The mechanic who disassembles the car to find the drugs was played by the mechanic who did that job for the NYPD.


* In ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'', Doyle and Russo's supervisor is played by Eddie Egan, on whom Doyle was based. Egan's real-life partner Sonny Grosso (on whom Russo's character was based) played Bill Klein. The mechanic who disassembles the car to find the drugs was played by the mechanic who did that job for the NYPD.

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* In ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'', ''Film/TheFrenchConnection5'', Doyle and Russo's supervisor is played by Eddie Egan, on whom Doyle was based. Egan's real-life partner Sonny Grosso (on whom Russo's character was based) played Bill Klein. The mechanic who disassembles the car to find the drugs was played by the mechanic who did that job for the NYPD.

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* During the gymnastics practice scene in ''Film/FinalDestination'', Canadian Olympian Brittany Rogers plays the gymnast on the balance beam when Candace is on uneven bars.


* The paramedics attempting to resuscitate Murphy in ''Film/RoboCop1987'' were played by a real-life trauma team. They were allowed to improvise their lines, and on the DVD commentary the writers mention how it turned out better than what they ever could have thought up. One reason it worked so well is that the image of a trauma team working on a dying man in such a calm, emotionless, business-like manner feels incredibly creepy. Most people expect the ER team to [[RealityIsUnrealistic act like they do on TV.]]

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* The paramedics medical team attempting to resuscitate Murphy in ''Film/RoboCop1987'' were played by a real-life trauma team. They were allowed to improvise their lines, and on the DVD commentary the writers mention how it turned out better than what they ever could have thought up. One reason it worked so well is that the image of a trauma team working on a dying man in such a calm, emotionless, business-like manner feels incredibly creepy. Most people expect the ER team to [[RealityIsUnrealistic act like they do on TV.]]


** A few episodes of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' has Bill Nye play a scientist.

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** A few episodes of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' has have Bill Nye play a scientist.



** ButIPlayOneOnTV: Bill Nye is not a scientist. He has a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell.


* Sam Lanier, a real dispatcher for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, was the voice of the dispatcher on ''Emergency!''



* In most of the large-scale incidents on ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'' where units other than Engine/Squad 51 appear, the other firefighters are actually firefighters. Similarly, Engine 51's driver Mike Stoker was played by Los Angeles County firefighter Mike Stoker, the captain in the first season was an [=LACoFD=] captain, and the uncredited dispatcher was really a county dispatcher.

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* In most of the large-scale incidents on ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'' ''Series/{{Emergency}}'' where units other than Engine/Squad 51 appear, the other firefighters are actually firefighters. Similarly, Engine 51's driver Mike Stoker was played by Los Angeles County firefighter Mike Stoker, the captain in the first season was an [=LACoFD=] captain, and the uncredited dispatcher was really a county dispatcher.


* ''Film/{{Rush|2013}}'', in an effort to be as authentic as possible, scoured the globe for actual Formula 1 cars in use at the time. These cars were almost always driven in the film by their present owners -- most of whom actually race their cars in historic competitions.

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* ''Film/{{Rush|2013}}'', in an effort to be as authentic as possible, the producers scoured the globe for actual Formula 1 cars in use at the time. These cars were almost always driven in the film by their present owners -- most of whom actually race their cars in historic competitions. They also managed to convince one of the drivers that competed in the actual 1976 season to participate in the film's production -- fittingly, said driver is James Hunt's actual 1976 teammate at [=McLaren=], Jochen Mass, who also [[AsHimself portrayed himself]] in the film.


** An ''accidental'' case also cropped up. When they were blocking out a scene where someone was stabbed in the back, Creator/ChristopherLee interrupted, going, ''"No, that's ''not'' the sound a man makes when stabbed in the back, it's more like '''this'''..."'' Jackson hadn't realized that Lee served in the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Office of Ungentlemanly Warfare]] during WWII and probably did some things best left classified.

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** An ''accidental'' case also cropped up. When they were blocking out a scene (ultimately deleted) where someone was stabbed in the back, Creator/ChristopherLee interrupted, going, ''"No, that's ''not'' the sound a man makes when stabbed in the back, it's more like '''this'''..."'' Jackson hadn't realized that Lee served in the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Office of Ungentlemanly Warfare]] during WWII and probably did some things best left classified.


* ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', Creator/RLeeErmey was hired to advise on the film's portrayal of a [[DrillSergeantNasty US Marine Corps instructor]], but was eventually just given the role. Kubrick was hesitant at first, since Ermey's actually [[MeanCharacterNiceActor a very nice guy]]... until Ermey made a video of himself chewing out the camera for fifteen minutes without stopping or repeating himself while being pelted with rotten fruit and tennis balls.

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* ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', Creator/RLeeErmey was hired to advise on the film's portrayal of a [[DrillSergeantNasty US Marine Corps instructor]], but was eventually just given the role. Kubrick was hesitant at first, since Ermey's actually [[MeanCharacterNiceActor a very nice guy]]...guy... until Ermey made a video of himself chewing out the camera for fifteen minutes without stopping or repeating himself while being pelted with rotten fruit and tennis balls.


* When WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory did [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=810FWtKnH-ovs "Bruce Banner vs Bruce Jenner"]], both characters after their transformations are played by someone appropriate: [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk The Hulk]] is professional bodybuilder Mike O'Hearn, and Caitlyn Jenner is transgender rapper No Shame. The pre-transformation Bruces are played by series creators Epic Lloyd and Nice Peter, but having Lloyd put on a green muscle suit would have looked a little ''too'' ridiculous, and Peter dressing in drag to play a trans woman may have been seen as offensive, especially in the wake of the Orlando shooting. Thus, experts were cast.

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* When WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory did [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=810FWtKnH-ovs "Bruce Banner vs Bruce Jenner"]], both characters after their transformations are played by someone appropriate: [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk The Hulk]] is professional bodybuilder Mike O'Hearn, and Caitlyn Jenner is transgender rapper No Shame. The pre-transformation Bruces are played by series creators Epic Lloyd and Nice Peter, but having Lloyd put on a green muscle suit [[{{Narm}} would have looked a little ''too'' ridiculous, little]] ''[[{{Narm}} too]]'' [[{{Narm}} ridiculous]], and Peter dressing in drag to play a trans woman may have been seen as offensive, especially in the wake of the Orlando shooting. Thus, experts were cast.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Downtown}}'' they hired the HardDrinkingPartyGirl they interviewed (as shown in the TitMouse Studios promo DVD for MTV's Downtown) for VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory ideas to be the voice actress for the character of Alex's sister Chaka.
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* ''Series/{{Billions}}'': Chuck's wise, well-spoken jiu-jitsu trainer is played by John Danaher, who is well-known in the martial arts world as a wise, well-spoken jiu-jitsu trainer.


* Sam Lanier, a real dispatcher for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, was the voice of the dispatcher on ''Series/Emergency''

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* Sam Lanier, a real dispatcher for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, was the voice of the dispatcher on ''Series/Emergency''''Emergency!''


* Sam Lanier, a real dispatcher for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, was the voice of the dispatcher on ''Series/Emergency!''


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* Sam Lanier, a real dispatcher for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, was the voice of the dispatcher on ''Series/Emergency''

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