Alidar Jarok wrote:
Not familar with the SAG rules, do they state something like "his last films were big hits, so top bill him"?
I'm not sure what the exact rule was....
Brando and Hackman were both billed over Reeve for the first Superman movie. Nicholson was billed next to, but before, Keaton on 1989's Batman poster. In each case, the "supporting" character was played by an actor who just happened to be at or near the top of the A list.
I don't know if it's a SAG thing as much as it is a contractual thing. Or it might just be "first bill the guy who supposedly puts asses in the seats."