Photos in Film/TV of Actors at Different Ages (Pet Please #162)

We watched an entertaining and informative movie this weekend called Operation Mincemeat. It’s about a deception created by the British to try to confuse the Nazis during World War II.

A key part of the plot involves a photo, and I was reminded of one of my favorite elements in film and television: Photos that show actors in places/situations they’ve never actually been.

I bet there’s an instance of this in pretty much every movie or television show–you’ll see it everywhere once you start looking. There are photos on nightstands, shelves, refrigerators, etc. Sometimes they play an important role in the plot; other times they’re just part of the set. I love that the extra effort was taken to create the illusion of reality.

There are threads devoted to bad Photoshop in these types of photos (though I really don’t think it’s all that bad). Even more fascinating to me are photos in which the actors are considerably younger than their filming age. Do the actors provide photos of themselves to be inserted into the photos? I’d love to know more about that process.

Let me know the next (or most recent) photograph you notice in a movie or TV show!

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