Discussion in 'Star Trek: Discovery' started by Agony_Boothb, Dec 3, 2020.
It’s usually about labor needs. Adults can put in the longer hours.
The rules and limitations are stricter.
Again it's a cost-saving measure for productions all around as if you employ someone who is under the age of 18 the production has to:
- Provide an on set tutor, and set aside time for the tutor to instruct the minor. (Because they'd be in school if they weren't working.)
- The Parent or some other legal guardian has to be on set at all times when the minor is working. And they can raise objections or offer suggestions as to how the minor should be treated/handled on set during production.
- There are hard set in stone limits as to how long the miner can be allowed to work on set; And there is a break schedule that must be strictly adhered to (even if they're in the middle of shooting at a scene).
So yeah that's why any production will try to get away with someone who's 18 or older, having them play someone that's much younger than their actual physical age. These days the only time you really see a child actor on set is if they need someone for a really young character (like 12 or younger).
Once you're an adult, the production can pretty much treat you as they please; which is much more cost-effective for the production.
The actress who plays Selena from the age of 14 in Selena: The Series is a 30-year-old mother.
That explains why you might want to have an 18-19 year old play someone who is say 16.
It does not explain why so many people in their mid-to-late 20s, and even those pushing 30, end up cast
It's just a bad idea to cast someone who is edging out of young adulthood in a young person role, because if the show goes on for any length of time, they're going to start looking visibly aged. To an extent this has already happened with Mary Wiseman. She could sort of pass for a 23-year old back in 2017, but she can't pass for a 25-year old now.
Because casting also looks at the best fit, talent and affordability.
For example look at the MCU Spider-Man films.
Tom Holland is a 22 year old actor playing a 14-year-old character. Why?
Because marvel studios thinks he's right for the part, And based off of box office results I'd say they made a pretty good choice.
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