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(straight) from central casting

(sometimes capitalized as Central Casting) Having, fitting, or conforming to well-established stereotypical traits or characteristics of a given type of person, character, group, situation, or style. The phrase is a reference to Central Casting, a California-based casting company that specializes in hiring for roles as extras, body doubles, and for bit parts. My grandfather looks like a cowboy from central casting, with his boots, Stetson hat, and mouth full of chewing tobacco. It was a campy, schlocky B-movie, complete with pointless romance, cheesy special effects, and an alien monster straight from Central Casting.
See also: casting, central
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Only, instead of asking show-offs from central casting to review TV shows, Big Box, Little Box asked them to review new consumer products.
This Westminster and Cambridgeeducated dad of three remains a party leader from central casting.
If you want the politician from central casting, it's just not me, it's the other guy.
Cannell's protagonists are American Phil Hill and his Ferrari teammate, Count Wolfgang von Trips, a German nobleman with a name and a manner plucked directly from central casting.
Looking like thespians sent from central casting for a 1950s civic sit-com, we have the Mayor of Bebington, Cllr RH Gill, laying the foundation stone of Bebington's new town hall (with some exemplary stone-cut lettering) and Mayoress Cllr Mrs BM Gill, on September 28, 1955, the 18th anniversary of receiving its borough charter
Fry is visiting a ramshackle club in the Queens borough of New York, surrounded by an array of Italian 'Good Fellas' straight from central casting, when he asks about the bullet holes in the wall.
In fact, neo-conservative war hawk Michael Ledeen, an "Iran-Contra" figure notorious for his tight connections to shadowy individuals in the intelligence community, has whimsically suggested that "the CIA managed to recruit this guy from central casting [to be] the perfect person to get the West to take the Iranian threat seriously.
Billy Procida also comes straight from Central Casting but is better suited for the role of mischievous Dead End Kid.
But this crinkly-eyed cross between Perry Como and George Burns is a president straight from central casting.
With military haircuts, glistening, hairless bodies, and corn-fed good looks, both appear to have been plucked from central casting at Falcon Studios.
A high school valedictorian and successful businessman to boot, he seems culled from central casting to serve as a paragon of gay male pro athletes.
The estranged urban landscape of crumbling brownstones, car repair shops, warehouses, and railway yards, is straight from central casting, yet it also represents a frayed remnant of industrial New York that seems all the more precious as memories of Manhattan's working class origins are inexorably erased.
Fred Dalton Thompson, by contrast, is an authority figure from Central Casting - literally.