I was wondering why some actors in movies are not given a credit in their movies? The example I’m thinking of is Jon Hamm in “Bridemaids”. Why would a star like him not be listed in the credits? I realize his role was small, but what transpires that prevents an actor from being credited?
I was watching an old movie today called “Since You’ve Been Gone” from 1998, not a great movie, but what struck me is that one of the actors in the movie; Marissa Tomei was not credited; granted she was only in the movie briefly, but still at that point she was a major star, why wouldn’t she get credited as being in the film?
how does it work? is there a particular amount of screentime you have to have in order to receive a credit?
I had to watch that film with my 12 year-old sister, my mother, and my grandparents on a 72 inch screen in our living room. I’d like to forget Hamm’s involvement there, or at least that opening scene.
Anyhow, that is strange. It’s sort of like Bob Saget not being credited for How I Met Your Mother, despite appearing in all but one episode.
I hope I’m wording my question clearly enough, my basic question is who decides which actors from a film recieve a credit for their work and who doesn’t get credited. Is it a union thing or a studio decision? And what factors go into it? Obviously the main stars of the film will get a credit, but beyond that, who decides which of the others appear in the credits?
I’ve wondered that myself, and unfortunately, I cannot give an answer.
I do think that star power can play a factor (i.e. Jack Nicholson and Arnold Schwarzenegger getting top billing for Batman and Batman & Robin, respectively).
I have also wondered about some uncredited performances. I am guessing this could be more union-related than anything (perhaps they legally cannot have their names listed in the credits if perhaps somehow they breeched a union agreement somehow, perhaps in terms of acting without payment…I’m not sure…would be my guess)
Thanks Daniel. I guess we’ll never know.
In the case of Hamm, almost certainly he opted out of being listed since his was a relatively small role, it would have been misleading for him to be topbilled, and he is too big a TV star to be listed down lower on the credits. This happens sometimes. He likely signed a contract that gave him a choice to do this.
It’s possible that his management team, after he accepted a likely reasonably good paycheck for his role, were concerned that the film might be panned and embarrassing to him (see under Razzies) since it was a raunchy comedy and didn’t want to take a chance of emphasizing his involvement if that happened.
I also think in the case of Hamm he was just doing it as a favor to Wiig and others involved. He very likely just made union scale or a little above that to be honest.
Often when stars do these projects as favors or just for the fun of it, they do not want billing. If you ever go through IMDB listings, you’ll see tons of well-known people with unbilled roles.