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How often (and this is going to be a rhetorical question, so
don't need to answer it, do you?) have you been watching TV
wondered who that person on the screen is? So, you can
the credits, or look at the channel guide if they're a main
character, or else go internetting
to find out.
Now that we have Technology, though, it should be possible
have a "Whodat?" button on your TV remote. When pressed,
will bring up a caption containing the names of all the
performers currently on screen. Obviously problematic for
the crowd scenes in Ghandi, but otherwise implementable.
[Chairborne Hero, Jan 04 2020]
Terrible product name, but a useful feature set [Chairborne Hero, Jan 05 2020]
Being John Malkovich
More than a cameo [Chairborne Hero, Jan 05 2020]
||A tag system, like that which already exits on facebook, could be made to pop up at any time.
||This was implemented in Ancient Rome using slave labour: there
was a specialised slave called a nomenclator whose job was to
remember other people's names and whisper them to their
master to prevent social embarrassment. Much used by
politicians. Not on TV, though.
||// Ancient Rome ... nomenclator //
||And less ancient, Franklin Roosevelts campaign
manager James Farley performed a similar
||And as xenzag notes, the tagging feature used by
Facebook (and many other online platforms) could
be retrofitted to this primitive teevee thing.
||Edit to add: This feature already exists for some
Amazon Prime Video content. Amazon calls it X-
Ray (link) and identifying cast members is
just one part of it.
||"... and he played the detective in that one where the car crashes in the snowstorm and the girl gets kidnapped and they think her boyfriend's killed her, of course she was in that other film where she fell in love with a dwarf who was a chef on a cruise liner and her father was played by the one who was the talking gorilla, oh that was so funny, and the ship ran aground ..."
||Two different questions, who is the actor in real life, and who is the character in the film. So, two different buttons needed. Don't press both at once.
||// two buttons ... who is the actor ... who is the
character... dont press both at once //
||unless youre watching Being John Malkovich.
||^ featuring Charlie Sheen as Charlie Sheen.
||That title, that name, that's funny.