central casting

noun

Definition of central casting

: the department of a movie studio responsible for casting actors especially viewed as a source of people who are stereotypical of their role in appearance, behavior, or nature a politician right out of central casting

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Recent Examples on the Web In the central casting of the Trump era, someone has to play the evil genius on Capitol Hill—and House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy is too bland for the role. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Mitch McConnell Is No Genius," 10 June 2020 In November, 2017, ten months into his Presidency, Donald Trump picked Jerome Powell, a low-key banker in his sixties, who looks like central casting’s idea of a Wall Street financier, to succeed Janet Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Man with the U.S. Economy (and Trump’s Reëlection Chances) in His Hands," 28 Apr. 2020 These were Fox News viewers and Trump supporters straight out of conservative-politics central casting, almost to the point of comedy. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "The 'Fox & Friends' post-rally visit to a Phoenix diner was like comfort food. Here's why," 20 Feb. 2020 While many have found the show inordinately moving, others have criticized a lack of diversity in the central cast and narrow representation of contemporary gay life. Matthew Lopez, New York Times, "What I Wanted to Say in ‘The Inheritance.’ And What I Didn’t.," 7 Feb. 2020 Murray was part of Riverdale’s central cast until Josie went on tour in season three, exiting the show, more or less, for good. Kadeen Griffiths, Marie Claire, "Ashleigh Murray Is the Real McCoy," 5 Feb. 2020 Olivia Wilde rounds out the central cast as Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Clint Eastwood probes 1996 Atlanta bombing in first Richard Jewell trailer," 3 Oct. 2019 All of which is a lark because Odom fits central casting’s All-America teenager. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cerebral quarterback seems to pass every test," 25 Sep. 2019 Even his name seemed to fit, like central casting’s idea of what an oilman should be named. Cliff Brunt, The Denver Post, "Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91, spokesperson says," 11 Sep. 2019

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Central casting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central%20casting. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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central casting

noun

English Language Learners Definition of central casting

informal : the department at a movie company that chooses which actor will play each part

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