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(Jezebel)   Struggling actors increasingly pay for typecasting classes in which instructors tell them exactly what cliché roles they should audition for. "If I look like a buttered popcorn-eating child molester, you know what? Cop shows need them every week"   ( divider line
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2013-04-08 12:00:37 AM  
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This is kind of stupid since finding ANY ethnic looking people to use as extras is hard and they are always in demand. A lot of places stuff is shot in are pretty white places, and to make them look like other places, they need ethnic extras. This is especially obvious with stuff shot in Canada that they are pretending is America.

Apparently the same problem exists in Bollywood, just the other way around.

A friend of mine was staying in Mumbai for a few days and had no real plans as she was waiting for her bff to arrive so they could go backpacking through India. She was more or less immediately approached by someone going around the local hotels, looking for "western-looking" extras.

For shiats and giggles she agreed and got put into some ridiculous, colorful Bollywood dress to play the receptionist of an "American" hospital.
So somewhere out there there are a couple of episodes of a Bollywood soap that takes place in an US hospital and the very authentically dressed American receptionist greeting people and answering the telephone in English is actually a German living in France..
..and also a real hospital doctor with a PhD in medicine.
2013-04-07 09:00:35 PM  
2 votes:
Is it the Brad Dourif School of Acting?  That dude made a career(and a few notable awards and nominations) off playing guys like that.

Watching Brad Dourif ham it up as the creepiest guy on set is a genuine pleasure.  Like a fine wine, but with stringy hair, bulging eyes and wiggins-inducing hand gestures.  The man is a farking artist.
2013-04-07 07:45:41 PM  
2 votes:

DrewCurtisJr: miss diminutive: What's going to happen to all these people when CGI becomes so cheap and realistic that Hollywood decides to replace extras with computer animated figures?

Only extras? What's going to happen when they can render the whole cast?

My guess?

Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh star in Uwe Boll's Gone With The Wind: Carpetbagger Bloodbath, The Reckoning.
2013-04-07 05:17:22 PM  
2 votes:
"we need a suit-wearing jerk"


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2013-04-07 06:26:27 PM  
1 vote:

buntz: I always wondered when you saw a show or movie where they made fun of a fat or ugly person, how did they cast for that?

I mean, do they say flat out "Look, we're casting a character named Martha Dumptruck and everyone will mock the character for being fat.  We need fat ugly girls!"

"We're casting a fat guy named "Lardass" who will vomit on everyone and be ridiculed.  Looking for fat hillbilly types!"

What is the delicate tiptoe in the casting office for things like this?

There's a talent agency in NYC called UGLY that only deals with "odd" extras & models.  Everything from 400lb behemoths, tatted-up bikers, dwarves, to super-skinny tweaker look-a-likes.  I'm told they do a booming business.
2013-04-07 06:01:48 PM  
1 vote:

eas81: Typecast you say, well if you need to end a show just let this guy know:

And 8 years later.....
2013-04-07 05:52:39 PM  
1 vote:
Typecast you say, well if you need to end a show just let this guy know:

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2013-04-07 05:41:29 PM  
1 vote:
He was typed as a likely gang leader, drug dealer or police officer.

Gang leader, police officer. What's the difference?

kumanoki: Uhh..bon jore.

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2013-04-07 05:31:01 PM  
1 vote:
Uhh..bon jore.
2013-04-07 05:28:10 PM  
1 vote:

skinink: Garret Dillahunt is an awesome actor who's hard to typecast. In "Deadwood" he played two different characters that were completely different from one another, and you wouldn't have realized right away if at all that the actor had been in the show as two different people.

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He also got to play three different characters in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (the Comartie Terminator, the John Henry AI, and George Lazlo). Four if you count Lazlo as Beastwizard:

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/He's also awesome as Burt on Raising Hope. He's a comedic genius.
2013-04-07 05:26:39 PM  
1 vote:

jaytkay: Jewy McJewboy

Where would Hollywood be without the Irish Jew stereotype?
2013-04-07 05:19:08 PM  
1 vote:
I have a good friend who is an actor in Hollywood, and he's done pretty well until recently.   He's had some speaking parts in a few blockbuster movies, recurring roles on some TV shows, and done a ton of commercials.   Last time we talked he said "The movie actors are all doing TV now, the TV actors are all doing commercials, and the commercial guys are all out of work."

He's doing theatre these days.
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