Stunt casting

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Stunt casting is a term in casting that refers to hiring of well-known actors, such as movie stars, to play small roles on television series and in films.[1] Stunt casting makes roles traditionally played by character actors unavailable to them.[2] Examples of stunt casting include Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness in Star Wars, and Marlon Brando as Jor-El in Superman.[citation needed]


Stunt casting is used to generate media attention.[3] It may also be employed in order to garner studio support or financing for a project; for example, according to DVD featurette commentary, the 1978 version of Superman received studio support only after the producers were able to enlist A-list actors Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman to appear.

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