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18 Awkward Times Hollywood Refused To Cast Someone New, And Instead Recycled The Same Actor They'd Already Used For A Part

Finding out Warwick Davis played both Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter movies genuinely changed the trajectory of my life.

Usually, when actors play multiple characters on a show or in a movie series, it's because there's a whole twin/clone/doppelganger situation going on.

Screenshot from "Orphan Black"

But sometimes, the show or movie series will introduce a new character, and you'll go, "Wait a minute...I've seen this actor on the show before."

Leonardo DiCaprio in "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood"

The show/movie series/cinematic universe is pulling one over on us!!! We already know this actor, and now, the show is trying to tell us they have a a totally different name and personality!!!! WE ARE BEING GASLIT.

Anyways, if you also find this phenomena equal parts infuriating and amusing, check out these 17 examples below!

1. Perhaps one of the best known examples is Gemma Chan. After joining the MCU as Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel...


...She starred as Sersi in Eternals. Sersi is an immortal figure created at, like, the start of time, right??? So, why is there a random Kree woman who looks just like her?

Closeup of Sersi

2. Another MCU example is Michelle Yeoh, who played a minor role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2...

Screenshot from "Guardians of the Galaxy 2"

...Then played a larger role in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Are they variants of each other????

Closeup of Michelle Yeoh

3. A season before Dean-Charles Chapman became known as Tommen on Game of Thrones...


...he actually played Martyn Lannister! I mean, I guess they're both Lannisters (Tommen by blood, not name), but...still. This is wrong.


4. Personally, I find this one especially egregious. Before Peter Capaldi took on the ultimate Doctor Who role, that of the Doctor himself...

Peter Capaldi

...he played Caecilius in a Season 4 episode. Why?!?


5. It gets worse. That Season 4 episode also featured Karen Gillan in a minor role — essentially an extra, but still. She was recognizable.

Closeup of Karen Gillan

Almost exactly a season later, Gillan became the Doctor Who companion Amy Pond. Did they love shooting that Season 4 episode so much they just had to bring back two minor characters to be main ones? Did Doctor Who begin then abandon a conspiracy to get all their new doctors and companions from past seasons??? The world may never know.

Amy Pond

6. TBH, it really grinds my gears when a former minor character is later cast as a SERIES REGULAR. Like Diane Neal, who played Casey Novak for over a decade on Law and Order: SVU.

Casey Novak

It pains me to tell you that two seasons before Casey first appeared, Neal played Amelia Chase, a criminal in Season 3.

Amelia Chase

7. Harry Morgan was well-known (and even won an Emmy!) for playing Col. Potter on M*A*S*H (post-Season 4) and AfterMASH, but he'd actually been on an earlier season of the show as well — as, you guessed it, folks, a different character. When will my suffering end?

Harry Morgan

In the Season 3 premiere, exactly one season earlier, he'd played Major General Steele — in fact, the entire episode was centered around him. And his costume was VIRTUALLY THE SAME. You're telling me this didn't confuse anybody??? At least make him LOOK different!!!

Major General Steele

8. Tom Lenk became a main character (or, at least, the main source of comic relief) in the last season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but he'd also actually been in the show before...

Tom Lenk

...albeit with stage makeup/prosthetics. In Season 5, he'd played the vampire Cyrus. I'll give a bit of a pass to this one as he at least looks different, but the Buffy casting team is on thin ice.

The vampire Cyrus

9. Similarly, Warwick Davis appeared in two roles in the Harry Potter films, but you likely didn't notice because of his prosthetics and makeup. He played Hogwarts Professor Flitwick...

Professor Flitwick

...as well as playing the Gringotts goblin Griphook. My mind was BLOWN when I found this out. I'm still coming to terms with it.

Harry and Griphook

10. This is a small one, but I'm including it because I noticed it even as a kid. Back when Torrey DeVitto was just getting her start, she appeared on Drake & Josh — here she is as "Denise Woods" in Season 2, a college student Drake hits on.

"Denise Woods"

And here she is as Tori in Season 3!! WHAT IS THE TRUTH??

"Tori? I didn't know you were here."

11. Look, I get that writers sometimes do it as little in-jokes. Psych had a ton of examples — oftentimes, writers stepping in to do a small part. For example, producer Andy Berman played a part in a Season 1 episode...

Andy Berman in "Psych"

...and also in a Season 6 episode. He also plays a zombie in Season 8. I guess it's kinda cute and funny that they did this, but it ALSO HURTS MY BRAIN.

Andy Berman in "Psych"

12. Another minor Psych one that bothers me — this guy, Peter Benson, who played two different characters only FIVE EPISODES APART. Psych, what are you trying to do to me?

Peter Benson in "Psych"

13. Two and a Half Men is another repeat offender. Judy Greer spent two episodes as Herb's sister Myra in Season 4...

Judy Greer and Charlie Sheen in "Two and a Half Men"

But she became much better known as Bridget, Walden's ex-wife, in Season 9 of the show. She even continued to play Bridget in later seasons! And we never heard from Myra again. Quite suspicious, if you ask me.


14. Jennifer Taylor also played multiple roles — she was best known for playing Charlie's fiancée Chelsea...

Chelsea and Charlie

...but she'd actually played THREE separate characters prior to that! THREE!!!!

Screenshots from "Two and a Half Men"

Finally, we'll end with a few examples that I actually like, because the actors' second role was just a voice and/or motion-capture role.

15. John Rhys-Davies was best-known for playing Gimli in Lord of the Rings...


...But he actually played (well, provided the voice) for Treebeard, too!


16. Similarly, Sean Gunn played Calendar Man in The Suicide Squad...

Calendar Man

...While also providing voice — and motion capture — for Weasel.


17. He did something similar in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, providing motion capture for Rocket Raccoon (and acting as a stand-in for the actors)...

Sean Gunn on set of "Guardians of the Galaxy"

...as well as playing Kraglin.


18. And finally, Mark Hamill obviously reprised his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi...

Mark Hamill

...But you may not know he also voiced Dobbu Scay in the film!

Dobbu Scay

That's all I got for ya right now — which examples am I missing? Ruin my day by letting me know in the comments below!