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A common turn of phrase on film posters is to have it stated that an actor is the main character. Sometimes, the poster designer wants to convey that the actor is so much like the character that he is the character. It's a slightly odd expression, even with Dyeing for Your Art in play. Often used when the character's name is also the movie's title.

A fairly common parody form, when describing an actor who is both known for always playing the same kind of character to the extent that it qualifies as being As Himself, and is also a big enough star to be starring in a self-centered vanity piece of a film, is to give it as "Actor Name IS Actor Name IN Actor Name!"



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  • On Broadway and on tour, in many productions across more than 40 years, Cathy Rigby WAS Peter Pan.

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  • The Simpsons episode "Mayored to the Mob", guest-starring Mark Hamill played with this, with two posters in the Dinner Theater performing Guys and Dolls: "Mark Hamill IS Nathan Detroit" and "Pepper Steak IS the Entree".
  • In the South Park episode "The Biggest Douche in the Universe", all the parody trailers close with: "Rob Schneider is The Stapler/A Carrot/Da Derp De Derp Da Teetily Derp Da Derpee Dumb/Kenny! Rated PG-13."
  • The poster for Tuca & Bertie states that Tiffany Haddish is Tuca and that Ali Wong is Bertie.

Alternative Title(s): Big Star Is Main Character


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