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Old June 12 2014, 11:46 AM   #31
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Re: Reusing actors and actresses in new characters

STAR TREK re-using the same actors makes sense for too many reasons to not have it be very tempting to do so. For one, Jennifer Lien, for example wore prosthetic ears for most of the time she played Kes. As far as she knew she wasn't allergic to it. Then, all of a sudden, it came on her and so the regular usage of it had to stop. An actor having an allergic reaction to being made-up as the Alien of the Week is a real concern. Using a known talent who can reliably endure it is a really good idea.

In that same vein, when an actor's been cast as a Klingon, and given his own forehead, a cast is made of their entire head. Having that cast available for other Alien appliances on the same actor must be a huge time-saver. Also, it is harder to act when your face is buried in plastic, so somebody who can do that well is even more valuable.

Also, when you know someone is reliable and can deliver for you without holding up production, or isn't a Prima Donna, or a pain-in-the-ass, otherwise, those known-qualities are an asset to the shoot. On the other hand, it can leap someone in the audience out of the episode, to recognise an actor from another episode. So, hopefully, if you give them contact lenses and body padding, it's not so noticable. But it's a two-edged sword, reusing people, there's no doubt about that. But when you've got a schedule to keep and money's tight, you don't want any surprises, that's for sure ...
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