Questions tagged [actors]

Questions about actors/actresses and voice actors, as related to their roles in science fiction and Fantasy works. Use this tag for questions about the casting process, actors' opinions on the work, history of their role, etc.

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Does Lwaxana Troi ever talk to herself (as the computer voice)?

They were both played by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, but I can't remember if she ever interacted with a Federation computer. Which would be a nice in-joke if it happened.
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Was the casting of Alan Rickman as Snape based on the full knowledge of the future of that character?

Casting Alan Rickman (a great actor) in the role of Snape would make a great deal of sense if one considers the depth of the character as exposed by all the books up to the seventh one. A great ...
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In which Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes did Patrick Stewart not appear?

I'm a little confused by what I see on Wikipedia. The wikipedia article for Patrick Stewart says he appeared in 176 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The wikipedia article for the series ...
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Has one actor ever played two different characters from Marvel?

Has a single actor ever played two separate characters from the Marvel universe? If so, who?
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Which actor has portrayed the most distinct roles in the Star Trek universe?

This question got me to thinking about how there have been many actors who have had several roles across the Star Trek franchise. It seems that once an actor demonstrates good performance in that ...
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Which actors were originally considered for the role of Data in the Star Trek: The Next Generation series?

Please include all who were approached and maybe those who auditioned and later became famous.
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Where did they find the storm troopers for the original Star Wars trilogy movies?

Does anyone know how they filled the cast for all the storm troopers in the original trilogy (IV, V, VI) movies. Did they get them from military volunteers?
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Is this story about how Michael Dorn became Worf true?

I once was told a story about how Michael Dorn auditioned for the role of Commander Worf on Star Trek. Instead of saying what the script he was given said, he tried to "act" like a Klingon would. ...
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Which characters have been recast in the Harry Potter films?

Which characters in the Harry Potter films have been recast? As the same character being played by two different actors in different films. Which characters from the Harry Potter films have been ...
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Have Star Trek actors commented on why they didn't work more after Star Trek?

Among the few dozen main characters in the Star Trek series, very few take any successful main roles in subsequent series. Exceptions: Patrick Stewart in the X-Men movies William Shatner in Boston ...
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Which actor appears as the most different species in Star Trek?

Highly related: Which actor has portrayed the most distinct roles in the Star Trek universe? The reason I ask this, and the reason it's not a dupe is because if we look at the answer to that question,...
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What's the full story behind Michael Shanks and Season 6 of Stargate: SG-1?

I've been re-watching Stargate SG-1 and I was a little bit surprised to see that despite Michael Shanks leaving the show, he actually appears in seven episodes in Season 6 (as Daniel Jackson and as ...
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How do these refer to Harrison Ford and Patrick Stewart?

I just got an ad/email from ThinkGeek which says, Today marks the birth of two of our favorite actors: one a scruffy-lookin' archaeologist with a 4-year life span and the other a cowboy crooner. ...
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Is it intentional that most of the antagonists from the original trilogy are British?

In the original Star Wars series was it intentional that most of the antagonists were British, while the main protagonists (Luke, Leia and Han) are American - was this intentional? Just to give some ...
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Did Daniel Craig appear in The Force Awakens?

Daniel Craig, noted for his film appearances as James Bond and his resemblance to Vladimir Putin, was rumoured to be going to appear in the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens. According to this ...
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When did another “Knight of Ren” played by Mark Stanley appear in “The Force Awakens?” Is anything known about his role in the film?

One of the interesting mysteries in The Force Awakens is the origin and nature of the “Knights of Ren”. We learn quite a lot about Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), but little to nothing about what I presume ...
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Did any Star Trek actors have issues with the anti-religous nature of the series?

We know from the question Do Earth religions persist in Star Trek? that Gene Roddenberry wanted the world of Star Trek to be a world that had "outgrown" religion. However, some Star Trek actors, such ...
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Which character in Star Trek has been played by the most actors?

Some recurring characters have been played by different actors in different films or episodes. Many main cast members have been portrayed by different actors due to flashbacks, and [(mumble) insert (...
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Which Actors Were Featured in Both Star Wars Trilogies?

Apart from the voice of Yoda, Frank Oz, have there been any other actors who played a role in both trilogies? I suppose Hayden Christensen counts, having been recently included in the Blu Ray version ...
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Did any Star Trek actor play both a Starfleet crewmember and one of the encountered aliens? [duplicate]

Is there any actor who has played, in different Star Trek episodes, both a Starfleet crewmember (of the Enterprise, Voyager, etc.) and one of the alien strangers encountered by the crew? ...
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Besides those who did, did any other Star Trek cast members come close to leaving?

Of course we have: Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby) Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden) who left for a season Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) Kes (Jennifer Lien) (Links are to related questions) Were there any other ...
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Actors appearing in both Star Trek and Star Wars?

Are there any actors who appeared in both Star Trek and Star Wars? If so, who and how many? (All series and films of Star Trek, and both Star Wars trilogies, are included. Upcoming productions such ...
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Has the person in the suit ever also supplied the sounds for the creature/character they portray?

Every once in a while, I come across someone who thought Peter Mayhew did the wookiee sounds for Chewbacca, or something like that, when in actuality those sounds were create by sound designer Ben ...
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Was Wicket W. Warrick named after Warwick Davis?

Wicket W. Warrick is an Ewok from the Star Wars universe. The character first appeared in Return of the Jedi and was intended to be played by R2-D2 actor Kenny Baker. However, Baker fell ill and was ...
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What's the story behind the departure of Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby)?

I believe it's been mentioned elsewhere, but in compiling the question "Besides those who did, did any other Star Trek cast members come close to leaving?" I couldn't find a question on Tasha Yar's ...
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Has any Marvel or DC character been played by the same person, first in cartoon and then in live-action?

I know that voice actors tend not to do much camera acting. (The same can't be said in reverse, of course; camera actors lend their voices to movies and TV shows all the time.) But are there any ...
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Was JK Rowling involved with Noma Dumezweni's casting as Hermione Granger in Cursed Child?

It has been announced that Noma Dumezweni, a person of color, will play Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Is there any indication of JK Rowling's involvement in this casting? And ...
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Which characters have been recast within the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Which characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been recast? As in one character being played by two different actors. I'm only asking about works set within the MCU, and not about other ...
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Why did Dr. Weir (Torri Higginson) leave Stargate: Atlantis?

Related, among others, is "Why did they get rid of Carson and Weir?" on GateWorld.net. As when I asked about Why was Crusher replaced with Pulaski who was replaced by Crusher? I have found that on ...
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Did Alan Rickman research Spock and/or Leonard Nimoy for Galaxy Quest?

In Galaxy Quest, Alan Rickman plays fictional actor Alexander Dane, who in turn became famous for playing an alien science officer — Dr. Lazarus — on television. Not relishing his role as ...
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Actor with the most comic-book movie roles?

When Ryan Reynolds starred in Green Lantern (2011), I recall seeing jokes based on the fact that he'd recently appeared in another comic-book adaptation, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). Even before ...
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Which actors have played The Doctor over the years?

I remember watching Doctor Who as a kid and they went through about 2-3 Doctors in that time. And nowadays I think the new TV series have had one or two. So how many different actors have played The ...
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Does The Doctor have to be white?

Each time The Doctor regenerates, there is speculation as to who the actor will be. And each time the speculative lists include both women and non-white actors. However, The Doctor has so far always ...
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Which actress accrued the most TV screen time as Catwoman?

In the TV series Batman, which actress had the most screentime as Catwoman, Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, or Lee Meriweather?
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Why wasn't Paul McGann asked to play The Doctor in the 2005 revival?

I have been recently watching a UK Gold programme, "Doctor Who @ 40", and there was a segment on the future of Doctor Who after the cancellation. They were showing an interview with Paul McGann, about ...
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Is it true that Robin Williams was turned down from being Hagrid because he wasn't British?

The Harry Potter movies famously had a British only cast edict. Was this the reason why Robin Williams was turned down to play Hagrid in the movie or was something else at play?
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Does Shatner disapprove of TNG?

I remember a discussion with at least Shatner and Stewart, I believe it was The Captain's Summit, where Shatner admitted to Stewart that he had never watched a single TNG episode. They seemed to know ...
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Were Asian actors cast for native Jedha citizens for a reason?

In Rogue One, Jyn and Cassian visit Jedha City which is packed with crowd. There were pilgrims and other spacefarers from all over the galaxy, but the humans, who appeared to be native citizens to the ...
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Was Leonard Nimoy a vegetarian?

In the episode "All Our Yesterdays" of TOS, Spock reveals he is a vegetarian. The other day I was reading that Leonard was a vegetarian in real life. But I also read a 1967 magazine where he said his ...
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Why was Kestra Troi played by two actresses?

In the Next Generation episode "Dark Page" the viewer learns that Deanna Troi had an older sister named Kestra. During the memory sequence when Lwaxana remembers how Kestra died Kestra is played by ...
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Has anyone played more distinct roles in Star Wars than Warwick Davis?

Warwick Davis has played Wicket in Return of the Jedi, three bit characters in The Phantom Menace, and apparently another role in The Force Awakens. Has any other actor played more distinct roles ...
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Who played the second evil motorcyclist in A-ha's “Take On Me” video?

In the A-ha music video “Take On Me” who was the actor that portrayed the second evil motorcyclist? (The one with the 13 helmet who gets punched by Morten Harket) I understand the first one was ...
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Why not credit Kenny Baker as R2-D2 on The Muppet Show?

Given the release of The Force Awakens and my subsequent introduction to the Star Wars universe, it seemed appropriate to rewatch Episode 4.17 of The Muppet Show, guest starring "The Stars of Star ...
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Has Mark Hamill talked about his line delivery in The Last Jedi?

Specifically, I was impressed with his clearly deliberate choice to deliver lines In particular this was conspicuous when he Has Mark Hamill or Rian Johnson commented on these choices?
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In the Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, what is each cameo provider's connection to Doctor Who?

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot features cameos and roles from dozens of actors, crew-members and other people connected to Doctor Who, as well as various relatives and associates of those people. How ...
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What's the most money actors earned for Star Trek in each era? [closed]

This means: most per episode in the TOS era? most per episode in the TNG era (incl. DS9, Voyager and Enterprise)? most for a TOS film? most for a TNG film? most for an Abrams-verse film?
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Who played these characters at the end of Mockingjay Part 2?

In the final scene of the (brilliant) film Mockingjay Part 2, I noticed in the end credits that Surely this is not a coincidence, since both the lead actress and the director of the film share the ...
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Which actor plays Thanos in the Avengers mid-credits scene?

I know what characters are shown in the extra scene in the credits but I can't find a name for one of the actors. I know one is Alexis Denisof but it's the actor I need help with. Thanks.
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Question about Lucy Lawless playing two characters in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

In the show "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys", actress Lucy Lawless (best known as Xena) plays both the infamous Xena as well as Lyla - a human woman married to a centaur. Lyla only appeared in two ...
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When was the first suggestion that Patrick Stewart should play Charles Xavier / Prof. X?

In honor of the release of Logan, widely acknowledged most likely to be the last time Patrick Stewart will play Professor X: It strikes me as rather lucky that a bald English actor of the skill and ...