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. Stunt casting makes roles traditionally played by character actors unavailable to them. Examples of stunt casting include Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness in Star Wars, and Marlon Brando as Jor-El in Superman.
Stunt casting is used to generate media attention. 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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