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In the first scene, the mid-sixties looking Armistice Officer is played by then 31-year-old Ryan Robbins. The part has no lines and the character never appears again (though the actor appears again playing a different part in Caprica).

Can anyone explain why they cast a younger actor and aged him with makeup versus simply casting an actor in his mid-fifties?

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    Followup question: why did the cyclons send a delegation to Armistice Station just to blow it up moments later?
    – stannius
    May 8 '17 at 22:45
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    Uh, I think that the in-universe answer is that he was OLD May 9 '17 at 16:21
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    @npst How could this have an in-universe answer when it's not an in-universe question? Specifically, the age of the actor can't be an in-universe fact. May 9 '17 at 20:45
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    @ToddWilcox: I suspect that npst was making a joke. :-)
    – ruakh
    May 10 '17 at 4:18
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    @stannius: If I were functionally immortal (guaranteed resurrection with full memory retention), there's no real drawback to it (resource wastage is negligible). Maybe they wanted a front row seat to the turning point in what was going to be a historic event.
    – Flater
    May 10 '17 at 9:14
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There is a deleted scene where he is shown going to the station each year, but the Cylons never show up. The passage of time is shown by him aging each time...when they didn't include most of this, they were left with the scene with the age made-up actor.

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    Can you provide a clip of this deleted scene? Where did you see this?
    – Edlothiad
    May 8 '17 at 17:52
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    I'm pretty sure it was on my dvd of the miniseries which unfortunately don't have access to right now. Also if i did have it i don't know how to add clips... May 8 '17 at 17:54
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    No, I think you nailed it @WiggotheWookie. Finding the clip for it would be gravy, but this makes perfect sense. May 8 '17 at 18:27
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    You could link to, for example, this page which mentions the "going there every year" bit, though it doesn't explicitly talk about the scene being filmed or deleted.
    – Joe
    May 8 '17 at 22:26
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    Deleted? I thought I remember that’s how it opened.
    – JDługosz
    May 11 '17 at 6:59

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