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Directors who have a particular actor who often plays their 'alter ego'

Article about film-makers who have a particular actor who has frequently played characters that could be considered ‘alter egos’ of the film-maker in question?

Examples:
Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke
François Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Léaud

  • Obviously if you would explore this topic, it would be good to analysis a particular theme which contextualises the alter ego angle. – Ryan Errington 7 years ago
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  • The alter-ego issue requires some speculation about the director's motives that would need to be substantiated by interviews or other citations, I think. But certainly there are director/actor pairings that audiences have come to love, and that seem to be good ongoing collaborations. Tim Burton / Helena Bonham-Carter / Johnny Depp come to mind. Steven Spielberg / Tom Hanks; Christopher Nolan / Michael Caine (Nolan's "good luck charm", etc. – Monique 7 years ago
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