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Originally published at Juliet E. McKenna. You can comment here or there.

I’ve yet to see the X-Men Apocalypse movie, so I can’t comment on Sophie Turner’s performance. Her work on Game of Thrones – especially at the moment (NO spoilers in comments please!) – gives me every reason to expect she’ll do a thoroughly good job.

The thing is, though, this is becoming A Thing for me. An amusement at the moment, rather than a distraction, but definitely A Thing.

I caught a trailer for A Knight’s Tale on the TV last week, which is one of my favourite movies. Now though? That’s the one where Robert Baratheon makes The Joker’s armour while The Vision bigs him up to the crowd…

Ripper Street? Did you see the one where Blackfish Tully dragged Bronn out of bed, possibly to chase after Jorah Mormont, or maybe Barristan Selmy, because both of them have turned up, and been up to no good.

Now, this is nothing new – Ronny Cox is merely the first actor who comes to mind for me, thinking about recurrent faces in fan-favourite movies and TV, going back to the 80s. Always doing sterling work. The same goes for Brian Cox. And other actors whose surname isn’t Cox, like James Cosmo.

And I’ve no wish to deny actors work. Their employment and earnings statistics make being a writer look like steady, well-paid work!

But I am curious. Why has this become A Thing for me? The cumulative effect of the sheer volume of stuff that I’ve watched in 50 years? Or because of the particular things I chose to watch?

But as far as my sons are concerned, Sean Connery is and will always be ‘Indiana Jones’s Dad’ because that’s the role they first saw him in. On the basis of one viewing, it seems that Vanessa Redgrave is permanently tagged as ‘Coriolanus‘s Mum’ for them. So maybe not so much.

Because we can watch what we want, when we want, so very much more easily these days? Instead of seeing things on release at the cinema or when they were broadcast – or not at all? So performances weren’t so apt to all come along in a rush?

But then, you could hardly escape James Norton on UK television earlier this year, what with War and Peace, Happy Valley and Grantchester, and that was all down to scheduling.

As I say, I’m curious. I don’t have any particular conclusions, beyond hoping it remains an amusement rather than becoming a distraction.

Anyone else finding this is A Thing?


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May. 24th, 2016 10:05 am (UTC)
A Knight's Tale is even more incestuous: it also has Door as a blacksmith (from the original television version of Neverwhere), while he falls in love with Sleepy Hollow's Pandora...
May. 24th, 2016 10:34 am (UTC)
You have a very good memory - or you've seen Neverwhere more recently than me! Not watched Sleepy Hollow - not being a particular horror fan. Do you think I should give it a go?
May. 24th, 2016 01:25 pm (UTC)
Watch first season. Then pretend it ended there.
May. 24th, 2016 01:30 pm (UTC)
duly noted, thanks :)
May. 24th, 2016 01:25 pm (UTC)
There are many jokes in genre television about "the limited Vancouver acting pool," because so many shows were shot there, you got to recognize certain faces and names. And yeah, you start to think, "oh that's X. Except they're not playing X. Right. Confused now!"

I adore Mark Sheppard as Crowley, for example. but the first time I ever saw him was on the X Files, and that's always in the back of my head, despite Every Other Show he's ever been in between then and now.

May. 24th, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC)
and he's been in A LOT of shows. My mind still tags him as the serial killer guy in Medium. For the sons? He's Badger from Firefly.
May. 25th, 2016 08:34 pm (UTC)
Typecasting can be a serious problem for actors, but you can't blame them for grabbing whatever work is offered. Sophie Turner did well as young Jean in X-Men and I've never had a problem with Bronn suddenly appearing in Ripper Street. (I like both characters.) The first time I noticed the distinct SF crossovers was when they brought John and Aeryn from Farscape into Stargate. I didn't mind, though. In fact I was glad to see the actors had good work again. Joss Whedon has recycled a lot of his actors into his various series. Mal from Firefly became the Big Bad on Buffy. Wash got to be a somewhat demented 'doll' in Dollhouse.

I notice, but it doesn't detract as long as the actor does the job properly.
May. 26th, 2016 06:16 am (UTC)
Quite so :)
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