Is it ideal to attach an Actor’s name to a character’s description in a screenplay?
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I wouldn't but you can use description to allude to an actor.
What if it were used for instance, WENDY, 22, of Mexican descent, think Vanessa Hudgens.
Or... Meet VINCENZO, who resembles Robert De Niro
^^^^^^^ this is the way to do it cleverly. Also if your Reps don’t complain, it’s fine
No. You aren't doing casting. You want to focus the character of the character, so that the reader knows and understands who this person is in a sentence or two.
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I real person comes with baggage. My daughter loves some actors that I hate. Why risk mentioning someone that could turn someone off.
I wouldn't give the reader any reason to turn down the screenplay based on the actor.
When I come up to negotiating that, I'll tell ya... :) On the other hand I never wrote character so far having particular actor in mind.
The basic answer is; No. The longer version is: Hell no!
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