Replacements- TheVine’s guide to the affordable film star
Man, actors can be expensive. What with their demanding agents and red carpets and their manicured dogs. These people cost money, and the best of the best cost even more money. Sign up a star and you might as well kiss your liver goodbye – if not through substance abuse then some complex guarantor system with the studios.
Thankfully, though, for every big name, there’s a bunch of smaller players who fit the mould. Maybe they rocked up in tinsel town a touch too late, maybe they’ve fallen on hard times, or maybe they’re just a tiny bit shit. Either way, they can plug the gaps when you need to hang onto your cash for some special effects. Lasers.
With that in mind, TheVine decided to put together a guide to b-grade actors for the financially strained filmmaker. When you need a solid performance and can only pay peanuts, these are the people to call.
The Independent Leading Lady
How good would it be to have Julia Roberts in your movie?! Haha! Keep dreaming, asshole. Thankfully, God’s been kind to you by creating…
Kyra Sedgwick, who as an added bonus can play more than one type of character.
Licence to Kill
Many argue Pierce Brosnan was the greatest ever Bond. They obviously didn’t see Die Another Day. Still, if the producers ever drop the casting ball they could call…
Charles Shaughnessy: superspy with a bowtie.
Who doesn’t love Mickey Rooney? Asian people, that’s who. So if you need a classic entertainer and the studio boss is Japanese, you’d better get on the horn to…
Dick Van Patten, a guy who can mug and boggle while maintaining a modicum of respect for foreigners. Also, dog food.