(straight) from central casting

(straight) from central casting

Having, fitting, or conforming to well-established stereotypical traits or characteristics of a given type of person, character, group, situation, or style. Sometimes capitalized as "Central Casting," a reference to a California-based casting company that specializes in hiring for roles as extras, body doubles, and 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. A: "With his long hair, tattoos, and mirrored sunglasses, that guy looks like the stereotypical young jerk athlete straight from central casting. Is he any good on the field?" B: "I haven't been impressed, to be honest."
See also: casting, central
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