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PostSubject: Fake Shemp   Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:28 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:58 pm

How do you run across stuff like this?
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Sun Nov 24, 2013 3:01 pm

It amazes even me. The internet is a neverending jack-in-the-box.
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Sun Nov 24, 2013 3:04 pm

Check out the bottom of the cast for Darkman. I saw an interview of Bruce Campbell once, where he said "you wouldn't believe some of the roles I took".
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:01 pm

Oh, there are LOTS of fake Shemps.
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:04 pm

I know that doubles are often used (and sometimes it's really obvious), but I've never heard the term Fake Shemp before.

In the absolutely terrible move Plan 9 from Outer space, Bela Lugosi was listed as a star, but he had died years before the movie was made and the producer used some old clips of him. As Lugosi himself never had any connection with the movie, would he be considered a Fake Shemp?
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:11 pm

No in this case Tom Mason was the fake Shemp.
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:14 pm

I don't get the connection between Plan 9 and Tom Mason.
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:19 pm

It was a test for you.  You failed.
Wikipedia wrote:
Shortly after Lugosi's death the story and screenplay for Grave Robbers from Outer Space were written and finalised, with Wood planning to use the unconnected, unrelated footage of Lugosi as a means of putting a credit for him on the picture. Though Wood's actions were driven in part by the desire to give his film a 'star name' and attract horror fans, the Lugosi cameo was also meant as a loving tribute and farewell to the actor, who had become fast friends with Wood in the last three years of Lugosi's life. Wood hired his wife's chiropractor, Tom Mason, as a stand-in for Lugosi, even though Mason was taller than Lugosi and bore no resemblance to him.[2]
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:22 pm

Yeah, you got me. There is an actor named Tom Mason, but he's too young to have been a fake Shemp for Lugosi. I don't know why I didn't think of looking for chiropractors named Tom Mason. It seems so logical now.
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:28 pm

Turns out there's a third actor named Tom Mason, born just a year after Ed Wood's Tom Mason. There's a surfeit of Tom Mason, actors.
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:13 pm

How can there be multiple Tom Masons? SAG only allows one actor per name.
For example, Michael Keaton's real name Is Michael Douglas, which he was not allowed to use because it was already taken. Michael J. Fox had to add a middle initial because there was already a SAG member named Michael Fox (Michael J. Fox's middle name is Andrew, btw).
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:58 am

At least one of those Tom Masons was never a member of SAG.
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:16 am

The Spine Adjustment Guild?
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:32 am

Chiropracty joke, I see what you did there.
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:38 am

One seldom has a chance to make a Chiropracty joke, I thank you for the opportunity.
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PostSubject: Re: Fake Shemp   Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:43 am

Damn straight.
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