3 An Overview of the Casting Process

“People are cast for very different reasons. Arnold Schwarzenegger is not an artist, but he has every right to be called an actor. Meryl Streep is an artist of the first order. Both require respect, but for different reasons. One, because she is a major artist, the other because he is a cultish, physical specimen seen in heroic proportion. Actors/artists often require the abilities of equally special people to see their potential. But most films and film castings are not based on an actor’s artistic potential.”

— J. MICHAEL MILLER, The Actors Center


“All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.

They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts ...

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