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The actor who played Malcolm's older brother in Malcolm in the Middle is actually younger. Can TV shows still be authentic if the characters play different ages?

The actor who played Malcolm's older brother in Malcolm in the Middle is actually younger. Can TV shows still be authentic if the characters play different ages?
  • If the actors do their jobs well enough

    At the end of the day, actors are actors and if they can make what they say and do believable then it's good enough in my opinion. If you can make an old lady look like a young girl and have her play that role in a TV show or movie I'd go along with that because it shows how well her acting skills are and how creative she can be. My whole thing is that, if the actor can pull off the character they're playing, let them have at it.

  • It's all acting anyway

    The age of the character can be vastly different than the actor's actual age. The actor is often cast in a production because of their look which can be different than what they are in real life. The age of the actor doesn't matter, it is the skill of the actor that makes a character authenic.

  • A persons age does not matter

    I dont think someone's matters if they are effectively able to portray the character they are supposed to. The audience does not care about what the actor's actual age is as long as they can convince the audience of the character they are portraying. It matters more on the actors performance than the actual age

  • Hollywood is about illusions

    What makes television, movies and entertainment possible is the audience member's ability to suspend disbelief. Most people in the 1990s knew that the Olson twins were two people who played the role of one child character on a television program called "Full House." The notion that Hollywood needs to conform to reality in any way is misguided and illogical.

  • Didn't know that...

    If anyone has seen Hanna Montana, the kid with the moptop was actually in his 30s, but was playing around her age. There was a creepy movie from the 80s where a 30 year old man actually played a 12 year old looking kid...And pulled it off. Looks and age don't always correspond. If they can act the part, go for it.


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