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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

question of the day: Do you think it’s weird when a character has the same name as the actor playing the role?

I was flipping around TV the other day and came across a promo for the ITV show Doc Martin. I’ve never seen it but apparently it’s about a curmudgeonly small-town doctor who learns the true meaning of England, or something. I’ve heard of the show before, and I think maybe one reason I’ve never had any great desire to see it is this: the title alone always bothered me a little because the actor playing the title role is Martin Clunes. Which means that all through the show, other characters will be going around calling him Martin onscreen, and that’s one of those little things that rub me the wrong way. Whenever an actor has the same first name as the character he or she is portraying, I think, What the hell is this? He can’t remember to respond to a different name?
Now, I have absolutely no doubt that that is an entirely unfair and unreasonable reaction to this situation, but I can’t help it. It’s just how I feel.

What do you think? Do you think it’s weird when a character has the same name as the actor playing the role?

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