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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.
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And when her pimps -- nasty Russian mob types, straight from central casting -- rough her up so badly she ends up clinging to life in a hospital, McCall's vigilante instincts emerge.
Bellamy is an anti-hero straight from central casting.
The unruly wind, straight from central casting, Is a great stormy friend and capricious local guide.
The luxurious woodland lodges are set in small cul-de-sacs blended into the lush forest greenery and with no traffic noise and cute rabbits and squirrels straight from central casting ambling around it feels like a real rural retreat.
He's a mental patient straight from Central Casting - big, bald, totally mute - and the hospital is a bit of a hoot, too, with its black-and-white chequerboard floor and glass tables and chairs like something out of a pop video.
Billy Procida also comes straight from Central Casting but is better suited for the role of mischievous Dead End Kid.
Colin and Nick were gay men straight from central casting scarves, limp wrists and lots of screaming.
But this crinkly-eyed cross between Perry Como and George Burns is a president straight from central casting.
That's what happens when your quarterback looks like he came straight from central casting.
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.
With ADA Bennett a tough prosecutor straight from central casting, and precious little physical evidence linking Corey to the killing, the trial is sure to transfix court watchers.
They come straight from central casting - smug, pasty faces, shades to hint at mystery, a prop (like a stetson) to suggest menace, and supposedly sardonic dialogue plucked straight from a 50s B movie.
Imagine a cartoon ned, straight from central casting, with a baseball cap and blank look.
Standing on the sidelines in his crisp dress shirt, trademark orange tie, white running shoes and large-frame glasses, Lou Tepper often looks like a character straight from Central Casting.
Both could have come straight from central casting.