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  • Acting for Two: Natalie Dormer plays four: German housewife Elsa Branson, Alex Malone, a PR handler for a Los Angeles Councilman, bisexual pachuco club owner Rio, and a demoness named Magda.
  • Actor Allusion: One of Nathan Lane's most famous theater roles is Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, whose love interest is Miss Adelaide. Amy Madigan plays a character called "Miss Adelaide" in City of Angels.
  • Cast the Expert: If you need a torch singer for a gay club, you can't really do better than Patti LuPone.
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  • Duelling Movies: City of Angels debuted about two months before HBO's adaptation of Perry Mason, both of which are set in interwar-period Los Angeles and include characters based on Sister Aimee Simple Mc-Pherson.
  • Fake American: Costa Rican Daniel Zovatto plays the Mexican-American Tiago Vega.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Brits Natalie Dormer and Rory Kinnear as Germans Elsa Branson and Dr. Kraft. Dormer also plays Mexican-American Rio and American Alex Malone.
    • Elsa, Alex and Rio being all different manifestations of Humanoid Abomination Magda, their nationalities are also fake In-Universe.
  • Playing Against Type: Nathan Lane is famous for his comedic and musical theater roles, playing bombastic Large Ham characters. His character in City of Angels is an Inspector Lestrade style detective, sympathetic and quiet.
  • Production Posse: Rory Kinnear makes his fourth appearance in a John Logan production.
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