Some directors know what works for them, whether it be a signature style, working within a certain genre, hiring the same crew or, in the case of a certain few, relying on the same group of actors for the majority of their films.
It is not difficult to understand why a director might reuse actors for different features. Understanding an actor and what they are capable of offers a massive advantage in writing characters. It allows you from the start to envision the practical application of dialogue, mannerisms and character arcs on the person who will be performing it.
Directors build relationships with talented actors who have already proven their worth and their range, knowing that there is no risk involved if they recast that actor. Yet despite this, it is a rarity to see a director use the same actors, or group of actors, for the majority of the films they make. These directors build a community of working professionals who they know are competent and talented enough to understand and realize the director’s vision.
It is important to note that there is a certain amount of directors who have used the same cast multiple times but have also had very long careers. What this means is that there are certain filmmakers who have spent half of their career (which may span decades) working with the same actors and the other half working with a more varied cast.
Martin Scorsese is one filmmaker who would fall into this category. His films can essentially be divided by his time working with Robert De Niro and his time working with Leonardo DiCaprio and the many faces that have dressed the scenery of Scorsese’s films in each period respectively.
We have compiled a list of 10 great directors who have constantly used the same cast throughout → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema