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  • #4323
    Andrew
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    For a small project I have trundling along I’ve been asked for casting ideas. Not my strongest area. We’re after a bunch of male and female actors, good at comedy, preferably British (or able to play it) all with a playing age of 48-54.

    Trouble is, being a film fan I tend to think ‘act-ors’ first, and we’re after the slightly more charming ‘comedy drama’ types. Or, indeed, full-on comedians.

    If anyone has any favourites around that age – any ethnicity, and UK accent – I’d be interested in suggestions from the G&T hive-mind.

    And yeah, the Dwarf cast already occurred…

    Thanks!

    #102360
    Wilbur
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    How big is this project? Six half hour epsiodes or equivalent? And what was Craig Charles’s stated availability?

    #102361
    pfm
    Participant

    Lenny Henry. IMO he’s always been great when he’s been in roles away from his sketch shows. Stuff like Chef! and Hope & Glory. I would love to see him cast in something new. He would be the right age for this too, I think.

    #102365
    Jo
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    It quite hard to think of people in that age range especially at 5am… Not necessarily any good to you but people in the right age range are: Stephen Fry, Frank Skinner, Kevin Eldon and Tony Hawks.

    I’ll have another think when I’m not so sleep deprived!

    Edit @ 11:47
    Paul Whitehouse

    #102368
    si
    Participant

    Paul Whitehouse as that Plymouth fan is just frightening.

    #102369
    pendo86
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    Maybe a bit young, but Lee Evans always has me in stitches.

    Dawn French/Jennifer Saunders? Rik Mayal?

    #102371
    Turk Thrust
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    Robert Daws
    Tim Spall
    James Fleet
    Emma Chambers
    Alastair McGowan
    Philip Jackson
    Harry Hill
    Felicity Montagu
    Rebecca Front
    Owen Brenman

    #102373
    Andrew
    Participant

    > Maybe a bit young, but Lee Evans always has me in stitches.

    Saw him in Freeze Frame just recently – he’s really come on leaps and bounds as an actor.

    > Owen Brenman

    Ooh, that’s a good one.

    #102377
    peas_and_corn
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    If you can get the airfare in the budget, Shaun Micallef, because he’s outrageously funny.

    #102378
    Tanya Jones
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    Stephen Frost
    Mark Arden
    Paul Merton
    Neil Mullarkey
    Josie Lawrence
    Jim Sweeney

    Or, in other words, ‘The Comedy Store Players’ ;)

    #102379
    Turk Thrust
    Participant

    Janine Duvitski

    #102390
    Dave
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    Do you require established names or just funny actors of a certain age? I have some very talented and funny suggestions for the latter.

    You should audition this guy:
    http://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/741501632609

    And this guy:
    http://uk.imdb.com/name/nm0014748/

    Is it a scripted piece or are they expected to contribute material?

    #102392
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Can you afford Bill Nighy?

    Also : Julia Deakin

    #102394
    Andrew
    Participant

    At 60-ish Bill Nighy’s too old for the part he’d otherwise suit, to be honest. But that ability and energy for sure. It’s early for budgets and stuff, so we’re able to daydream his kind of status, too, since it’s the kind of thing that can help secure financing.

    And yeah, it’s wholly scripted. Several parts all the same age, a mix of leads and seconds.

    #102395
    si
    Participant

    I’d do it if I was a bit older. I’m cheaper than the rest too.

    #102396
    Carlito
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    Rob Brydon

    Rowan Atkinson

    Ray Burdis

    Steve Spiers (always cracks me up)

    Michael Barrymore – Want to get your show noticed?? lol. Couple years older than your limit though.

    Phillip Glenister – Not a comedian per se, but able to play funny very well

    Bob Mills – cruelly underrated comedian and writer. Not much acting experience though.

    #102398
    Andrew
    Participant

    > Steve Spiers (always cracks me up)

    Oh, him! I like him.

    #102403
    pfm
    Participant

    > Rob Brydon

    and I’ll tell you for why… he’s good.

    #102408
    Jo
    Participant

    Doh! I was looking for people who were actually IN that age range. That’s what happens when you read things at 5am…

    #102419
    Carlito
    Participant

    Surely they don’t have to be in that age range as long as they look it?

    They’re playing characters in that age range… as long as it looks believeable, it shouldn’t matter if the actor is a very hard-worn 35 years old?

    (You can thank me later, Si…)

    #102426
    hummingbird
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    > Surely they don?t have to be in that age range as long as they look it?

    Surely they don’t even have to look it as long as they can play it? Make up can do the rest.

    #102430
    Andrew
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    > Surely they don?t have to be in that age range as long as they look it?

    Which is why I used the phrase ‘playing age’ at the start.

    > Make up can do the rest.

    That becomes a time and money issue, though (and the latter is essentially the former anyway). Ageing up your actors means longer in the chair, more tests, more supplies, and heavier retouchings interrupting the shoot. Plus, honestly, audiences can tell – especially when they know the actor. It distracts.

    #102440
    Turk Thrust
    Participant

    Graham Fellows should appear in far more things imo…if he wants to obviously.

    #102442
    Jo
    Participant

    >Surely they don?t have to be in that age range as long as they look it?

    >Surely they don?t even have to look it as long as they can play it? Make up can do the rest.

    >Which is why I used the phrase ?playing age? at the start.

    Yeah, I know. That’s why I said that.
    Was it not clear in my last post that I’d misunderstood in my sleep deprived state?

    #102446
    Carlito
    Participant

    Mine wasn’t a response, just a related observation.

    #102454
    si
    Participant

    >(You can thank me later, Si?)

    Do you think I look it?

    I’m the one on the right.

    #102457
    Jonathan Capps
    Keymaster

    As you can see, he was really really really thrilled to meet me.

    #102459
    Andrew
    Participant

    > > Surely they don?t have to be in that age range as long as they look it?

    > > Surely they don?t even have to look it as long as they can play it? Make up can do the rest.

    > > Which is why I used the phrase ?playing age? at the start.

    > Yeah, I know. That?s why I said that.
    > Was it not clear in my last post that I?d misunderstood in my sleep deprived state?

    Was it not clear I was replying to Carl?

    #102462
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    >Graham Fellows should appear in far more things imo?if he wants to obviously.

    Truesay.

    #102463
    Carlito
    Participant

    Brydon is the goods though. And he’s a nice guy.

    #102470
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Graham Linehan.

    #102487
    Jo
    Participant

    >Was it not clear I was replying to Carl?

    Yes. I was just asking a reasonable question. The three comments following mine seemed to indicated that you’d all misunderstood me.

    #102488
    Carlito
    Participant

    Hale and Pace.

    #102499
    ori-STUDFARM
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    Morecombe and Wise…..

    #102506
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    A third old double-act.

    #102508
    Jonathan Capps
    Keymaster

    James Bond.

    #102512
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    LOUD NOISES

    #102515
    si
    Participant

    Vic and Bob.

    #102517
    Jonathan Capps
    Keymaster

    > Vic and Bob.

    Bob especially, I think.

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