Working Relationships – Actors Repeatedly Working Together

Have you ever watched a film and thought what a great connection two of the actors had with each other that you just know they must get along so well behind the scenes too? They play off each other in such a way that it brings a unique quality to the film. So when those two actors get cast in another movie together, it makes the audience members want to go see it to re-live that connection in another cinematic environment. Sometimes, however, that casting combination almost gets to be too much; too predictable. When you hear one of the actors is in a film, it automatically makes you wonder if the other is going to be in it as well.

One of the most popular casted couples is Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. With a good reason. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter have shared 7 film titles since 2005, including the soon to be released Lone Ranger film, which is the only film the two actors share that was not directed by Tim Burton. It’s not uncommon for directors and television show creators to have a preference of actors to work with. Particularly if the director or creator makes films or shows that have unusual plot lines or that take an abnormal creative stroke. Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton share more than a working relationship. They have been a couple since 2001 and have two children together. It wouldn’t be surprising for Burton to show his partner some preferential treatment in casting, but it is actually Depp that Burton has done more films with.

Alexis Denislof and Amy Acker share only 1 movie but a startling 5 television shows and are both preferential actors for Joss Whedon, who is famous for re-using actors. What is interesting about these two actors particularly is that in only one of the TV shows and the movie do they have any sort of a relationship. Usually these characters are seen in the same show, but not necessarily interacting.

Yet perhaps the strangest instance of actors working repeatedly together is Adam Sandler and his gaggle of fellow actors. For instance, Adam Sandler and Allen Covert share 19 movies and 1 TV show.  Covert has 37 movies and TV shows to his name. Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider have been in 16 movies and 1 TV show together. Schneider has 64 movies and TV shows to his name. The least worked together of this list is Sandler and Steve Buscemi. While the 8 movies that they share is impressive, Buscemi’s credentials are more so. While Sandler has been in 46 movies and TV shows, Buscemi has been in nearly 130, and Buscemi’s film career started only two years before that of Sandler’s. The last of this list is Peter Dante, who has acted with Sandler in 11 movies and 2 television shows, out of his less then impressive 23 cinematic credits.


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