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1[[quoteright:200:[[Series/TheChoir]]]]˛[[caption-width-right:200:[[ Most convincing choirboy "act" ever.]]]]˛˛->'''Mike:''' Did the actors do their own skydiving?\˛'''Crow:''' No, the skydivers did their own acting.˛-->-- ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', "''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E09TheSkydivers The Skydivers]]''"˛˛The thing about actors is that [[ShapedLikeItself most actors are actors]]. While they are expected to portray fictional characters engaged in a wide variety of occupations, they rarely have the experience to be truly skilled in everything that the character does in the story. Generally, this isn't a problem. Enough skills can be acquired to fake the job through training from an expert, and for particularly complex tasks a StuntDouble, TalentDouble, or [[NonSingingVoice Voice Double]] can be used.˛˛However, on rare occasions, a person, sometimes even a non-actor, will be cast in a role partly because they already have skills from non-acting work experience or a major hobby that are relevant to the role they are being asked to portray. Examples include both extras and main characters. If the extras are soldiers assigned to the production by the military, it is probably evidence that the film is BackedByThePentagon. Compare to TheCastShowoff where scenes are added to an actor's role to give them a chance to show off a talent, and IronyAsSheIsCast when actors are required to display StylisticSuck in a talent which they are actually quite skilled at.˛˛This trope only refers to someone being cast as a fictional character or as a fictionalized portrayal of a real person. Reality TV, game shows and the like do not count. Neither do non-fictional informative shows hosted by experts in their field, as it is not only normal but pretty much required that, for example, someone that hosts a home improvement show should know something about home improvement.˛˛This is one of the possible methods of using MetaCasting to give added depth to a production.˛˛Compare NonActorVehicle, AutobiographicalRole, and AsHimself (since nobody can't be more an expert in being yourself than yourself). Related to DisabledCharacterDisabledActor and SuperTrope to NewscasterCameo.˛˛----˛!!Fictional examples:˛˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra'' -- a parody of 1950's {{B Movie}}s -- references this in a roundabout fashion. The various RealLife actors were given backstories for their characters -- not just the characters in the film, but also for the fictional actors portraying them, to make everyone's flavor of BadBadActing very distinct. So Dan Conroy was cast as Ranger Brad and played the character as though he were an actual park ranger who got talked into playing a role in the movie because he had his own costume.˛* The metafictional horror film ''Film/ShadowOfTheVampire'' is based around the idea that Max Schreck, the actor who played the {{Dracula}} CaptainErsatz Graf Orlok in ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'', was a real vampire who Murnau knowingly allowed to eat his way through the cast and crew.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live-Action TV]]˛* In a ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' episode, when the town is putting on a play about an infamous trial, they cast a real judge as the judge in the play.˛* ''Series/SkippyTheBushKangaroo'': In one of the episodes, a movie director decides to cast Heroic Pet Skippy as a Heroic Pet, which results in Skippy saving an actor for real when something goes wrong.˛* ''Series/FamilyMatters'': In "A Ham Is Born", Carl Winslow moonlights as a security guard at a movie studio where a police drama is being filmed. The movie director is annoyed at Carl's opinion of a film scene until Carl mentions his 20-year experience as a Chicago police officer. After Carl demonstrates the actual procedure for arresting criminals, the impressed director decides to cast Carl Winslow as the new leading protagonist of the film. Ultimately, Carl quits his career as a film star because he, as a married man, refuses to kiss the leading actress, even if it was only part of the movie storyline.˛* On ''Series/{{Bones}}'' one of the actors in the FilmOfTheBook of one of Dr. Brennan's novels studied to be a scientist and was hired because the TechnoBabble didn't scare him off. This becomes useful when it turns out a real murder had taken place on set, and they needed additional help examining the body.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* In ''VideoGame/Persona4ArenaUltimax'', the skills Yukari Takeba picked up with a bow and arrow during [[VideoGame/Persona3 her time as a member of S.E.E.S.]] help her land a role as Pink Argus in ''[[ShowWithinAShow Phoenix Ranger Featherman Victory]]''.˛* ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance'': Leo Kelly's bio mentions that between jobs as a globe-trotting mercenary, the good colonel also works as a technical consultant for various film producers. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛!!Real-life examples:˛˛[[folder:Films -- Animation]]˛* When Disney did ''Disney/BrotherBear'', they went to Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley for advice on the Inuit language. They liked the way he spoke Inukituk so much, they created a narrator role for him.˛* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' franchise primarily takes place in the American Southwest, and Route 66 in particular. In turn, Pixar cast journalist and historian Michael Wallis -- who has written several books about the history of those specific areas of the United States -- as the Sheriff of Radiator Springs.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'': The voice from mission control is played by Frank Miller, who was a RealLife air traffic controller. When the two astronauts are interviewed by the BBC, the interviewer is Kenneth Kendall, a BBC newsreader. ˛* The film ''Film/ActOfValor'' takes this UpToEleven. Nearly every credited actor is enlisted in the United States Military, many of them actual Navy [=SEALs=] -- who will ''go uncredited because they are, well, Navy [=SEAL=]s.''˛* A minor example in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'': The screenwriters wrote lines for the two black characters who "only speak Jive". The actors who were cast in the roles pointed out that all the lines were ridiculous and were allowed to improvise their own dialogue.˛* ''Film/AlmostAngels'': The Vienna Boys Choir provided many of the boys that played Vienna choirboys in the movie, though the lead parts were played by child actors with their [[NonSingingVoice singing voices dubbed]].˛* ''Film/AnatomyOfAMurder'': Judge Weaver was played by RealLife lawyer Joseph N. Welch, who was already legendary for being the one to finally give the ArmorPiercingQuestion that brought down Senator Joe [=McCarthy=] during the Army-[=McCarthy=] Hearings.˛* ''Film/AnyGivenSunday'' featured NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor as one of the Sharks linebackers. And Terrell Owens AsHimself. Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown plays one of the Sharks coaches.˛* ''Film/Banlieue13'' (re-dubbed as ''District 13'') features a founder of LeParkour as the main protagonist, who specializes in Parkour.˛* In the Thai film ''Beautiful Boxer'' (based on the life of Parinya Charoenphol aka Nong Thoom) the title role was filled by real-life Muay Thai fighter Asanee Suwan.˛* ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'': The role of Detroit police inspector Douglas Todd was played by RealLife Detroit police detective Gilbert Hill.˛* ''Film/BlackHawkDown'': In wide shots, those were actual Army Rangers fast-roping from UH-60s.˛* In ''Film/BlackSwan'', the man playing Creator/NataliePortman's dance partner was her RealLife dance instructor for the film, although he doesn't have many lines. He is also her husband and father of her child.˛* ''Blood of the Tribades'' has a scene in which the character Acheron is tortured by being forced to walk on broken glass: He was played by Scott Dezrah Blinn, a sideshow performer whose act includes walking on broken glass.˛* Uwe Boll cast real Romanian prostitutes as prostitutes in ''Film/{{Bloodrayne}}''... because they were cheaper than hiring extras, [[SubvertedTrope not because of verisimilitude]].˛* ''Film/{{Bloodsport}}'' cast a lot of real-life martial artists as the tournament contestants. Notably, the Muay Thai fighter in the semifinals is Paulo Tocha, one of the first western Muay Thai experts.˛* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' cast [[UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship UFC]] welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre as the martial artist mercenary Batroc.˛* ''Film/CaptainPhillips'': The final scene was a [[ThrowItIn spur-of-the-moment, unscripted addition]]. The medic treating [[Creator/TomHanks Captain Phillips]] was portrayed by an actual navy medic (Petty Officer Corpsman 2nd Class Danielle Albert), who was advised to just treat him as she would a real-life patient.˛* ''Film/CenterStage'', an archetypal teen ballet flick, avoided [[InformedAbility a lot of problems]] by doing this. Main character Jody Sawyer was played by Amanda Schull, who spent three years as a member of the San Francisco Ballet's ''corps de ballet''; Charlie Sims, meanwhile, was played by American Ballet Theatre soloist and later Dutch National Ballet principal Sascha Radetsky. And the brilliant choreographer and dancer Cooper Nielsen was played by.... brilliant choreographer and dancer Ethan Stiefel, one of the best male ballet dancers in American history, who was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre at the time and had been for years. In addition, some of the students at the school were played by now big-name dancers, including Gillian Murphy[[note]]incidentally, now married to Ethan Stiefel[[/note]], Jonathan Stafford, Jared Angle, and Craig Hall. ˛* ''Film/LesChoristes'': All the boys in this film about the creation of a choir at a BoardingSchoolOfHorrors are members of the RealLife choir [[ Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc]], including choir member [[ Jean-Baptise Maunier]] playing Pierre Morhange, a boy with an exceptional singing voice.˛* ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'': ˛** The dialogue between the pilots and the air traffic controllers sound so realistic because Spielberg used the controllers from Los Angeles ARTCC, gave them the scenario, and they played it as if it were real. ˛** Also, the synthesizer player is Philip Dodds, one of the lead engineers for ARP Instruments. Dodds was brought in to install the ARP 2500, and when Spielberg saw his expert handling of the equipment, he offered Dodds the role on the spot. ˛** The "voice" of the mothership was performed by legendary tubist [[ Jim Self]]. Spielberg cast him and his performance because the difficulty of playing the tuba added a "human" component to the alien communication.˛* ''Film/TheCowboys'': About half the boys were played by junior rodeo champions who were already experts at "cowboy skills" like riding and roping, and who needed to learn how to act. (The other half were played by actors who needed to learn how to ride and rope.)˛* The 1961 British sci-fi/disaster film ''Film/TheDayTheEarthCaughtFire'' is set at real-life London newspaper the ''Daily Express'', so the paper's longtime former editor, Arthur Christiansen, was cast as the editor in the film.˛* ''Film/{{Damage}}'': Most of the participants in the underground fighting ring were actual professional fighters.˛* ''Film/DeathProof'' introduces stuntwoman Creator/ZoeBell, [[AsHimself As Herself]].˛* Creator/TheoJames is a trained boxer, so he already had some experience with combat sports such as those in ''Film/{{Divergent}}''. ˛* ''Film/TheEnemyBelow''. Many of the sailors on the destroyer escort were RealLife U.S. sailors [[BackedByThePentagon provided by the Defense Department]]. Likewise, the person playing the ship's chief engineer was the ship's actual commanding officer.˛* ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'': The doctors are real doctors. The commentary mentions that this was because actors wouldn't ''quite'' speak as if they had been using the proper terms for years because, well, they hadn't been.˛* ''Film/TheExorcist'': ˛** Father Dyer is played by Reverend William O'Malley S.J., a real-life Jesuit priest. Creator/WilliamFriedkin commented that instead of looking for another actor to play Fr. Dyer, he went looking for a real-life priest who knew how to act.˛** The medical technicians who test Regan are also real medical technicians. Eerily, one of them committed the murders that inspired a later William Friedkin film, ''Film/{{Cruising}}''.˛* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious2001'': Creator/PaulWalker auditioned for the role both because he was a car enthusiast wanting to do a car movie, and to fund his love of cars.˛* The Creator/ClintEastwood film ''Film/TheFifteenSeventeenToParis'' stars Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone -- the three Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack aboard a train to Paris in August 2015 -- as themselves.˛* During the gymnastics practice scene in ''Film/FinalDestination5'', Canadian Olympian Brittany Rogers plays the gymnast on the balance beam when Candace is on uneven bars. ˛* 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.˛* ''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 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.˛* Retired Marine Captain Dale Dye has made a career for himself not only consulting on military films but also playing military officers on screen.˛* ''Film/GoingMyWay'': The Robert Mitchel Boychoir provided the boys that played the part of the parish choir.˛* In ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'' Benny the Jet, a legendary kickboxer as well as John Cusack's personal trainer, has a role as an assassin who fights Cusack's character.˛* In ''Film/HereComesTheBoom'', both the MentorArchetype Niko and the FinalBoss Ken Dietrich are played by actual mixed martial artists. UFC commentators and staff members also appear playing themselves.˛* Professional ice skater Lynn-Holly Johnson was cast in the lead role in ''Ice Castles'', which was her film debut. Presumably, it was easier to teach a skater to act than to teach an actress to skate at the level required for the character.˛* In ''Film/TheIcePrincess'', Nikki Flether (the "Jumping Shrimp") is played by real-life figure-skater Kirsten Olson.˛* A number of the rugby players in ''Film/{{Invictus}}'' are, unsurprisingly, played by real-life rugby players.˛* In Creator/WernerHerzog's ''Film/{{Invincible}}'', the part of real-life strongman Zishe Breitbart is played by real-life World's Strongest Man champion Jouko Ahola.˛* In ''Film/IronMan3'', the crew of the Air Force One was played by an actual skydiving crew; so, the scene where they are all ThrownOutTheAirlock following the President's kidnapping and saved by [[spoiler:a remote-controlled]] Iron Man [[spoiler:suit]] is basically an elaborate (and pretty risky, as the last one is pretty close to hitting the water when he's saved) skydiving stunt.˛* ''Film/ItHappenedHere'', an AlternateHistory film about a Nazi-occupied Britain, cast British fascists as local collaborators. Unfortunately, this backfired and led to one of the scenes involved being cut by UK censors, for having actual fascists expounding their ideology.˛* Audie Murphy, war hero and movie star, who played ''himself'' in the movie of his autobiography ''To Hell and Back''. He also played a civil-war soldier in ''Red Badge of Courage''.˛* For ''Film/IvanTheTerrible'', Creator/SergeiEisenstein used actual Soviet soldiers for the battle sequences, which kept them from going to actual combat during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.˛* ''Film/JamesBond'':˛** The guy James Bond pursues in LeParkour scene at the beginning of ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' is actually one of the inventors of Parkour.˛** In the film ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', Lynn-Holly Johnson plays an aspiring Olympic skater.˛* In ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', Noah Ringer, who played Aang, was cast for his martial arts ability (he has a black belt in Taekwondo), and had never acted before. He had to attend acting classes before shooting began.˛* In ''Film/LittleMissSunshine'', all of the pageant contestants and mothers except for Olive and Sheryl were played by actual kiddie-pageant veterans. The costumes and makeup were the same as they wore to actual pageants.˛* Before becoming an actor, Creator/JasonStatham was training to be an Olympic diver (for which, presumably, he [[{{Permastubble}} shaved]]). To make money while he trained, he became a street seller (not entirely legal). When Creator/GuyRitchie was filming ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', he needed a street-wise seller. Lo and behold, there's Statham. Part of his audition involved improvising a scene in which he refuses to give Ritchie back his money for a purchased watch. ˛* Richard Todd, who played Major John Howard in ''Film/TheLongestDay'', was a paratrooper and veteran of the actual D-Day landings; he was present at the actual landings at Pegasus Bridge depicted in the film. Todd also appears as a ''character'' (played by an uncredited actor), exchanging a joke with Major Howard about how "paras are always late."˛* A few of the players on both teams in the 2005 remake of ''Film/TheLongestYard'' are actual retired NFL players, such as Michael Irvin as a wide receiver for the inmates' team and Bill Romanowski as a linebacker for the guards' team.˛* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'':˛** In addition to the lead actors who were trained on horses, and numerous digital extras, for Rohan the production hired hundreds of horses from all across New Zealand, and then needed extras to put on them. Where do you find that many extras who can ride? Well, the horses' owners were nearby. Most of them [[AllGirlsLikePonies were women]], leading to a lot of Rohirrim with fake whiskers (and making Eowyn's SweetPollyOliver routine a lot less remarkable).˛** The New Zealand Army provided extras for the final battle in front of the Black Gate. This was made necessary because the Black Gate scenes were filmed on an abandoned minefield. Behind the scenes commentary on the DVD makes note of how good these extras were at following directions and setting up formations, and how much enthusiasm they brought to the combat scenes. This led to a notable ThrowItIn moment, after some of the Maori stuntmen started chanting a [[ haka]] to get the extras pumped up, and Peter Jackson got the idea to have the orcs do a war chant.˛** 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 Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare]] [[AluminumChristmasTrees (yes, it was actually called that)]] during WWII and probably did some things best left classified.˛* ''Film/MadMax'' series:˛** A lot of the extras recruited to play biker gang members for [[Film/MadMax1 the original]] were actual local bikers, whom the pocket-change-budget production paid in beer.˛** In ''[[Film/MadMaxFuryRoad Fury Road]]'', according to the art book, most of the Rock Riders were played by professional motocross riders rather than film stunt artists, for their specialized talents.˛* In ''Film/MeanGirls 2'', the antagonist gets a karate master for her flag football team. Said girl is playing by real-life blackbelt Autumn Dial.˛* ''Film/MiamiConnection'': ˛** The film was made by a tae kwon do instructor, and almost the entire cast is composed of his students performing the fight scenes. ˛** The actor playing the lead singer of the protagonists' band Dragon Sound was a professional musician who composed and performed all the film's songs. Unlike the rest of the cast, he had no martial arts background, so his character does not get into any fights. ˛* In ''Film/MillionDollarBaby'', Maggie's opponent in her final match was played by Lucia Rijker, a champion boxer in RealLife.˛* Actress Esther Williams (competitive swimmer) in ''Million Dollar Mermaid'', a {{biopic}} of famous swimmer Annette Kellerman.˛* ''Film/{{Miracle}}'' cast actual college hockey players as members of the 1980 US Olympic team. Special mention goes to Billy Schneider, who played his father, Buzz.˛* In ''Film/NightAndTheCity'', the wrestler managed by Richard Widmark is played by pro wrestling great Stanislaus Zbyszko. His opponent in the pivotal wrestling match is played by character actor Mike Mazurki, himself a former pro wrestler.˛* ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'': Dean R. Brooks, the real-life superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital, was cast as Dr. Spivey.˛* In ''Film/{{Performance}}'', some of the minor cast members appearing as {{London Gangster}}s were reputedly the real thing.˛* In the film ''Film/RequiemForAHeavyweight'' the eponymous heavyweight's final boxing match (at the start of the film) is against Cassius Clay, whom you might know better as Muhammad Ali. Ali's not just "the opponent," he actually has some in-character lines. In the end, the heavyweight is forced into a humiliating wrestling match against the real-life professional wrestler Wrestling/HaystacksCalhoun.˛* Eddie Bunker lived as a criminal and thief many years before becoming a writer. He was later cast as Mr. Blue in ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.˛* In ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'', the only remotely convincing performance was the minister who gives the eulogy for the policeman-turned-zombie (played by Tor Johnson). The minister was played by a minister Ed Wood knew.˛* Several films by Creator/RobertRodriguez, including ''Film/PlanetTerror'' and ''Film/{{Machete}}'', feature minor doctor characters played by Rodriguez's own real-life physician, Dr. Felix Sabates.˛* The 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.]]˛* Many of the SEAL team members in ''Film/TheRock'' were played by the (retired) [=SEALs=] who also advised on the film.˛* Several of the soldiers in the finale of ''Film/RockabillyZombieWeekend'' were played by active-duty soldiers who had worked checkpoints in the Middle East; they manned the airport checkpoint in the film and were told to simply do everything as they would do in reality. The protagonists in the truck were given a minimum of coaching for the scene and simply [[EnforcedMethodActing responded to the questions in character.]]˛* As could be expected, the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' series has cast several real-life boxers, usually in bit parts. The most prominent ones are the main opponents in ''Film/RockyV'' and ''Film/RockyBalboa'', played by Tommy Morrison and Antonio Tarver. Furthermore, in ''Film/RockyIII'' Rocky is in a boxer-vs-wrestler bout with "Thunderlips", played by Wrestling/HulkHogan. Hogan was a Monster {{Heel}} at the time, as is Thunderlips.˛* ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' featured world-class figure skater Katarina Witt as a CaptainErsatz of herself -- the championship count given for her character in the film is her actual championship total.˛* Creator/DannyTrejo, a reformed criminal and former prison convict, was offered a job as a prison extra in ''Film/RunawayTrain'' while working at the prison as a counselor. The screenwriter Eddie Bunker, a reformed criminal himself, recognized Trejo from his prison days and offered him a bonus if he'd train the lead actor for a boxing scene. After watching him work, the director cast him in a small role as a prison boxer, which spun into an entire career playing thugs and toughs.˛* ''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.˛* In ''Film/SayAnything'', [[Creator/JohnCusack Lloyd Dobler]]'s kickboxing opponent, who breaks Lloyd's nose when Lloyd is distracted by Diane's ill-timed declaration of love, was played by real-life kickboxing champion Don "The Dragon" Wilson. ˛* ''Film/{{Secretariat}}'': Ron Turcotte was played by a jockey named [[ Otto Thorwarth]].˛* In ''Film/{{Seabiscuit}}'', George "the Iceman" Woolf is played by real-life Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Gary Stevens.˛* In ''Film/SearchingForBobbyFischer'', the rival chess prodigy in the chess tournament is played by an actual chess prodigy since "it was easier to teach a chess player how to act than it was to teach a child actor how to comfortably play speed-chess".˛* Nearly all the footballers in ''Film/AShotAtGlory'' were real-life players at the time of filming. The staged football matches in the film all appear fairly realistic as a result.˛* ''Film/SlapShot'' had a number of minor league hockey players among its cast. The actors who played the (in)famous Hanson brothers were in the major league World Hockey Association, meaning the archetypal unskilled thugs of hockey cinema were visibly stronger players than any of their costars! As a bonus, the Hansons were based on the Carlson brothers, two of whom essentially [[AsHimself played themselves]] in the film as two of the Hansons.[[note]]The third brother had been called up by the Edmonton Oilers and was consequently unavailable for the film.[[/note]] The third brother was played by David Hanson, who also served as inspiration for "Killer" Carlson.[[note]]Before Jack Carlson was called up, Dave Hanson would've played Killer; he took Jack's place due to his own familiarity with the brothers, having been teammates with them.[[/note]]˛* ''Film/SoulSurfer'', a biography of one-armed, world-class surfer Bethany Hamilton, featured Hamilton herself in all its surfing scenes.˛* Spidey's wrestling opponent [[LargeHam Bonesaw]] in ''Film/SpiderMan1'' is, of course, played by real-life wrestler Macho Man Wrestling/RandySavage.˛* ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' featured real-life naval and marine personnel aboard the aircraft carrier USS ''Ranger'', which was doubling for the actual USS ''Enterprise''.˛* Most of the Rebel soldiers at the Battle of Hoth in ''Franchise/StarWars Episode V: Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' were Norwegian soldiers.˛* Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin had a small role in ''Film/StickIt'', winning the uneven bars competition in the (rigged) final meet. Tricia Skilken was played by Tarah Paige, a former elite gymnast; meanwhile, Mina Hoyt, Haley's teammate, was played by Division 1 NCAA gymnast Maddy Curley. And the gymnasts who compete in the Classic and at Nationals are virtually all competitive gymnasts, including many notable NCAA gymnasts and Olympians Allana Slater and Mohini Bhardwaj.˛* Soviet comedy ''Striped Cruise'' is about a cargo of wild tigers that break free and wreak havoc on a ship, but are tamed by the ship's pantrywoman. Rather than using stunt doubles, professional tiger tamer Margarita Nazarova was cast as the female lead, bringing her USSR-wide superstar status.˛* When the President's limousine is flipped over by a nuclear blast in ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears'', he is rescued by a squad of actual Marines. As with a number of the military examples, the Marines were simply given the situation and asked to respond as they would in RealLife.˛* The director of ''Film/{{Sully}}'' spoke with actual pilots and pilot instructors to understand how midair crises play out. A few of the pilots and instructors later got cameos in the film.˛* Michael Mann's 1981 film ''Film/{{Thief}}'' has an interesting subversion of this trope. Chicago Cop/Consultant Dennis Farina made his film debut playing... a hired goon. Real-life jewel thief John Santucci was cast as a police sergeant. The industrial tools used in the film were provided by actual thieves, lending a level of realism uncommon in the heist genre.˛* ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'': All the crew aboard the research ship and its submarine are actual research-ship-and-submarine crewmembers. Cameron hired the ''[[ Akademic Mstislav Keldysh]]'' to visit the wreck, and kept them on the payroll for use as set and extras once the production phase started.˛* In ''Film/ToWongFooThanksForEverythingJulieNewmar'', the {{drag queen}}s in the two [[BeautyContest pageant]] scenes were actual New York City drag queens. Besides obviously Creator/{{RuPaul}}, other well-known queens featured were Lady Bunny, Coco Peru, Hedda Lettuce, etc.˛* ''Film/TopGun'' had real-life fighter pilots (wearing darkened visors) as enemy [=MiG=] pilots.˛* Many of the military extras in the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' series are actual military. In several cases, they didn't even have a script beyond Creator/MichaelBay telling them to say and do what they'd do in the situation.˛* ''Film/TradingPlaces'': All the traders seen towards the end are actual traders, who taught Creator/DanAykroyd, Creator/EddieMurphy, and Richard Hunt how to trade commodities.˛* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'': Many of the Amazon extras are normally martial artists, boxers, equestrians, or track-and-field athletes. Creator/GalGadot herself is a former Israeli Defense Forces soldier. Ann Wolfe (Artemis), arguably the greatest female boxer of all time, was brought on by Creator/PattyJenkins because of her real-life expertise. In Jenkins' words, "Who else should be one of the greatest warrior Amazons, but the best female boxer in history?"˛* ''Film/TheWrestler'': Wrestling/{{WWE}} fans will note that Wrestling/RonKillings, now known as R-Truth, is among the indie wrestlers that make cameos in the film. Wrestling/{{WCW}} fans may recognize Ernest "The Cat" Miller as The Ayatollah. And Wrestling/{{ECW}} fans will recognize Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie. In fact, every wrestler you see in this movie is a professional wrestler in real life, and they're using their actual gimmicks (save for Miller).˛* ''Film/TheKilling'': The thug Maurice, whose job during the heist is to brawl with the police as a distraction, is played by Kola Kwariani, a professional wrestler.˛* In ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'', among the motley crew that Zack and Miri hire to make their titular porno are performers played by actual (former and then-current) pornographic actors Traci Lords and Katie Morgan. This was discussed in one behind-the-scenes DVD extra in which it was noted that an advantage in doing so was that the porn stars would be willing to go a bit further than many mainstreams actors might feel comfortable with when it came to the movie's more raunchy aspects (since they were used to that kind of thing in their day jobs) but at the same time, the fact that it was a mainstream movie meant that they would get a break from the kind of things they were used to doing in porn. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live-Action TV]]˛* ''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 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. And then Alexandra Paul (Stephanie Holden) is not a lifeguard but she is an accomplished professional triathlete.˛* The BBC miniseries version of ''Literature/TheChoir'' casts St Paul's Cathedral chorister [[ Anthony Way]] as a chorister for the fictitious Aldminster Cathedral Choir.˛* ''Series/LawAndOrder'': Attorney and politician Fred Thompson played the district attorney for several years, though it should be noted that he also had prior acting experience playing the roles of senior government officials, so this would be a cross between CastTheExpert and TypeCasting.˛* Dennis Farina, an ex-cop, plays cops on ''Series/CrimeStory'' and ''Series/LawAndOrder'' in addition to many film roles.˛* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': Gary D'Addario, a retired police commander, inspired the character Al Giardello, and played a recurring role as QRT head Lt. Jasper.˛* ''Series/TheXFiles'':˛** The episode "The Amazing Maleeni" features two stage magicians, both played by actual stage magicians.˛** Likewise, all the circus performers in "Humbug" are played by actual sideshow performers; the guy who pounds a nail into his nose ''is actually pounding a nail into his nose''. ˛* ''Series/GenerationKill'': The series is based on a journalist's memoirs following a Marine recon unit, with actors playing the real Marines. Rudy Reyes, a member of the unit depicted, was attached to the project as an adviser, but the actor playing him suddenly became ill, so he simply played himself. It helps that he already looks like a GQ model.˛* ''Series/NYPDBlue'' consultant and former New York detective Bill Clark was seen a few times as a cop.˛* Andy Buckley, who plays former-CFO David Wallace on the US version of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', is a RealLife stock-broker.˛* Pauley Perrette studied sociology and criminal science before becoming an actress and playing forensic specialist Abby Sciuto on ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. Similarly, Creator/DavidMcCallum spent so much time studying for his role as CreepyMortician "Ducky" Mallard that the producers were tempted to pay him a consultant's fee.˛* ''Series/JohnFromCincinnati'': A TV show set in the surfing community. Keala Kennelly, who plays Kai, is a well-known professional surfer who set the record for riding the largest tow-in wave by a woman. Greyson Fletcher, who plays Shaun Yost, is a fourth-generation surfer whose drug-addicted father revolutionized the sport in the 80s with "aerial"-type tricks and whose grandfather was a defining legend of the previous-generation surf community. Greyson's character Shaun is a third-generation surfer whose drug-addicted father revolutionized the sport in the 80s with "aerial"-type tricks and whose grandfather was a defining legend of the previous-generation surf community.˛* ''Series/StargateSG1'':˛** The show often had actual members of the military on screen, including two Air Force Chiefs of Staff playing themselves.˛** The reason [[MauveShirt Sgt. Siler]] spends most of his appearances being [[ButtMonkey electrocuted, blown up and hurled around]] is because he's played by the show's stunt coordinator.˛** The show cast actual capoeira practitioners as extras when they needed an exotic martial art for the Jaffa in "The Warrior".˛* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' regularly casts martial artists, dancers, and gymnasts as the main heroes, people who know how use their bodies for fight scenes. It sometimes goes in the opposite direction as well, [[TheCastShowOff tailoring the character to the performer]]. Creator/AmyJoJohnson is a gymnast, so was Kimberly; Walter Emanuel Jones is a dancer, so was Zach; Nakia Burrise is a singer, so was Tanya; and so on.˛* ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'':˛** A few episodes of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' have Bill Nye play a scientist.˛** He also does this in an episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', playing a key part in saving the day.˛* [[ KDFW-TV]] news anchor Clarice Tinsley has played a TV reporter on ''Series/{{Wishbone}}'', ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'', and ''Series/TheGoodGuys'', all shows set and/or filmed in the UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex.˛* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Heather Morris is a professional dancer who toured with Beyonce as a backup dancer. The show brought her in to teach the "Single Ladies" dance to the cast, and they liked her so much that she was given a background role as a silent, nameless cheerleader. She took it from there, ad-libbing[[note]]Her famous non-sequiturs were initially made up on the spot, and the other characters' confused reactions were real[[/note]] her way into making Brittany a regular character and fan-favorite.˛* Creator/MayimBialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience, while her character is a neurobiologist.˛* On ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', many of the nurses (including the omni-present [[EnsembleDarkHorse Bokhee]]), are played by actual nurses. Subverted, however, as they rarely do much past pass instruments in surgery.˛* On ''Series/{{CSI}}'', assistant coroner David "Superdave" Phillips is played by [[TheDanza David]] Berman, who worked as a coroner for a time in real life. Berman is also a consultant on the series.˛* The villainous magician in the ''Series/LoisAndClark'' episode "Illusions of Grandeur" is played by Penn Jillette, of Creator/PennAndTeller.˛* In most of the large-scale incidents on ''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.˛* The low-budget '80s action film ''Killpoint'' is mostly memorable for using real police officers in several scenes, including a S.W.A.T. team.˛* Creator/RLeeErmey played another drill instructor in the sci-fi series ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond.''˛* Retired Marine Captain Dale Dye has played a number of soldiers, including Colonel Sink in ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', Colonel Wood in ''Series/TheRoughRiders'', a Marine officer in ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' and a Resistance officer in ''Series/FallingSkies'' he plays an officer directing the resistance. He also ran the boot camp for the actors in ''Band of Brothers'', ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', and ''Series/ThePacific''. He also reprised the role of Colonel Sink for ''VideoGame/BrothersInArms: Hell's Highway''.˛* In an episode of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' that called for a musician in a major part, they came close to casting the series composer Music/BearMcCreary. They went with someone else after the audition, but it came very close to fulfilling this trope. Bear had a cameo later on as a piano player in the background.˛* Creator/SummerGlau was actually discovered this way. Glau, who is a trained dancer, was originally cast as a ballerina in an episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}''.˛* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode [[MusicalEpisode "Once More with Feeling"]], Hinton Battle (Broadway performer and choreographer) was cast as the dancing demon Sweet.˛* In the children's TV series ''Series/{{Brum}}'', Mike Cavanagh played the role of the motoring museum owner. In real life, he wasn't an actor but the actual owner of the museum. He didn't have to do much acting as for the most part he only appeared in the opening and closing of each episode, and in the 2001 {{revival}} the footage was cut so he was barely even seen at all.˛* The PBS educational series ''Series/TheVoyageOfTheMimi'' gave the role of crusty Captain Granville to Peter Marston, who was a crusty MIT professor and the actual owner of the boat used in the show. Not to mention likely the first and only nuclear physicist with an Actor's Equity card.˛* Both the History Channel and the Military Channel have had a number of shows hosted by either Richard ("Mack") Machowicz or Will ("[[PhoneticAlphabet Whiskey-Whiskey]]") Willis. Mack is a former [=SEAL=], while Will served in both the Army Rangers and Air Force Pararescue.˛* ''Series/MrSelfridge'' cast Natalia Kremen, a former artist with the Bolshoi Ballet and English National Ballet, as famed ballerina Anna Pavlova.˛* Similarly, ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' cast New Zealand soprano Dame Tiri Te Kanawa to play Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba.˛* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' speculated about this in the episode ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E09TheSkydivers Skydivers]]'', supplying the page quote.˛* In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode ''The Two Live Crew Job'', rival thief [[TheDanza Apollo]] is played by former pickpocket and series consultant Apollo Robbins.˛* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. In Season 3 the ''Enterprise'' starts taking a regular hammering during the Xindi arc, so featured a lot of scenes where the main characters would walk down a corridor in the midst of being repaired. As this involved BuildingIsWelding, the Paramount set constructors (who were familiar with using welding equipment safely) were put in Starfleet uniforms as background extras.˛* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':˛** Most of the prostitutes throughout the series are played by porn actresses, since they're well-versed in having sex on camera and obviously didn't have a problem with the show's [[{{Sexposition}} notorious excessive nudity]]. Creator/EsmeBianco, who played Ros, one of the few prostitutes given characterization, is a burlesque performer.˛** WorldsStrongestMan Gregor Clegane was played ([[TheOtherDarrin in his third iteration]]) by Creator/HafthorJuliusBjornsson, the top contender for the real-life strongest man in the world. Bjornsson was also a former professional basketball player before a career-ending injury lead to him taking up powerlifting, meaning he had the perfect combination of being outlandishly tall ''and'' strong. Before Bjornsson took the role, Clegane was played by Conan Stevens, who before becoming an actor was a professional wrestler.˛** In "The Lion and the Rose" Icelandic band Music/SigurRos make a brief cameo as minstrels performing a cover of the groom's family anthem and reprise it for the credits.˛* ''Series/{{JAG}}'':˛** Retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant Matt Sigloch, originally hired for a small part in the Pilot Movie, became the on-set military technical advisor for all the 227 episodes.˛** Admiral Chegwidden’s replacement as Judge Advocate General in the final 10th season, General Cresswell, is played by actor Creator/DavidAndrews, who is a graduate of Stanford Law School and was a practicing attorney before becoming an actor.˛* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' had a weird example, where a one-episode agent named Agent Ray was being played by the real-life SECNAV, [[ Ray Mabus]].˛* Some of the extras in ''Series/InvasionEarth'' in the scenes involving weapons were actually service personnel from RAF Leuchars, which served as the show's set for the air base.˛* On one episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', Stabler's pregnant wife was involved in an automobile accident and a good portion of the episode involved her being extracted from the wrecked car. The FDNY firefighters who responded were real and, aside from minor variations for drama purposes (such as allowing Benson to go into the car to assist instead of a firefighter or paramedic), did exactly what they would do in a real vehicle extraction.˛* ''Series/MiamiVice'' cast their technical advisor, marksman Jim Zubiena, as a TriggerHappy hitman in "The Hit List".˛* Both ''Series/{{Scandal}}'' and ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' utilize Jay Jackson as a newscaster, as he was a news reporter for 20 years. [[TypeCasting This happens to be true for every role of his]].˛* A short scene in the third episode of ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' features a soldier on horseback played by the series assistant military adviser Freddie Joe Farnsworth, the only person on the set who knew how to ride a horse and had an American accent.˛* "The Tower Is Tall but the Fall Is Short", an episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', features a fight scene between Cameron and another female Terminator in which Cameron literally ties her adversary in a knot before killing her. The Terminator was played by Bonnie Morgan, a professional contortionist who could actually undergo that without special effects and survive.˛* ''Series/{{Vikings}}'': Creator/KatherynWinnick, the actress who plays the ActionGirl shieldmaiden Lagertha, has studied martial arts since childhood and started her own schools.˛* In ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'', Christian Bujeau, who plays Myth/KingArthur's weaponmaster, is an actual expert in medieval fencing.˛* James Michael Tyler's role on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' began as that of a background extra often seen working behind the counter at Central Perk. The fact that he was the only extra who actually knew how to run the coffee machine led to his AscendedExtra status starting in Season 2, with the character of Gunther becoming the face of the coffee shop.˛* In the short-lived series ''Toma'', the real David Toma is an extra or bit player in each episode. (The more successful series ''Series/{{Baretta}}'' was also based on David Toma.)˛* ''Series/{{GLOW|2017}}'', a VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory show about [[Wrestling/{{GLOW}} the now-defunct all-female wrestling promotion]], has plenty of actual wrestlers in the cast, most notably multi-time Women's Champion Wrestling/KiaStevens. ˛* ''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. ˛* ''Series/ILoveLucy'' did this at least twice:˛** In "Job Switching" (aka the famous candy factory episode), the candy-dipper that Lucy gets into a [[FoodFight chocolate fight]] with was played by real-life candymaker Amanda Milligan. (When she was cast, she told the producers that she had actually never seen the show; on Monday nights, when ''I Love Lucy'' aired, she always watched wrestling.)˛** In "Visitor From Italy", the pizza chef in the restaurant where Lucy works was played by chef and restaurant owner Aldo Formica, who also taught Lucille Ball to twirl pizza dough so she could do it in the episode. Nineteen years later, he played a similar role in an episode of ''Series/{{Maude}}''.˛[[/folder]] ˛˛[[folder:Sports]]˛* With many major league sports telecasts, they'll recruit former players in that sport to be color analysts.˛* {{NASCAR}} broadcasting teams have typically composed of a commentator, and former crew chiefs or drivers for color analysts. The NASCAR on Fox broadcast team for Cup races is comprised of Mike Joy and former drivers Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip. The NASCAR on NBC broadcast team for Cup races is comprised of Rick Allen, Jeff Burton (former driver), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (former driver), and Steve Letarte (Dale Jr.'s crew chief from 2011 to 2014 and who took him to his second Daytona 500 win).˛** NASCAR on Fox took this up to eleven with their coverage of the June 2017 Xfinity race at Pocono, and the 2018 Xfinity race at Talladega, where the broadcasting team was entirely comprised of active Cup drivers. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Theater]]˛* In both the original Broadway production and the film version of ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'', the school board who always disagreed about everything until Professor Hill tricked them into being a barbershop quartet were played by [[ The Buffalo Bills]], an award-winning barbershop quartet.˛* The character of Janet in ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone" is a (presumably) Broadway actress in the ShowWithinAShow, "The Drowsy Chaperone". Therefore, Creator/SuttonFoster, who played Janet on Broadway, was a well-known Broadway actress, playing a Broadway actress, who was playing a well-known actress.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder: Web Original]]˛* When WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory did [[ "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]] ''[[{{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.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder: Western Animation]]˛* 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.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* During production of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', Rockstar hired [[ actual gang members]] to voice some of the side characters, and they often rewrote the dialogue when it seemed unrealistic. Lead actor Shawn Fonteno is no stranger to gang life himself, as revealed in an interview, adding to the game's authenticity.˛* For the character of Dragan in ''VideoGame/Payday2'', Dragomir Mršić was brought on as his voice and [[InkSuitActor face model]]. In his youth, Mršić actually took part in what would have been the fifth-largest bank robbery (in terms of the amount of currency stolen) in history, though unlike his character, he was arrested for it and reformed while in prison.˛[[/folder]]˛----


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