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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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The number four place remains one of the toughest positions in one-day cricket but Rahul's performance in the second warm-up match makes him appear a choice straight from central casting.
When I was a child, besides a ton of stories and an accent from central casting, he also shared with me his grandmother's recipe for dill pickles.
Then came Donald Trump, who emerged from central casting as the opposite not only of Obama but of all things decent, fair and true.
PR guru and branding expert Mark Borkowski said: "This is a final straight from central casting - there is the wannabe, the geeky fellow and Mrs Middle England.
Cameron has always looked like a Prime Minister from central casting. No matter how incompetent the government might be, it never looks it.
The gradual unfolding of each layer of betrayal and mistrust is skilfully done, and even if some of the characters have been brought in from central casting, the overall effect is powerful and satisfying.
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. In regional briefings, he talks about local road projects with passion and can dart between arcane topics faster than most of us switch between Wikipedia pages.
THEY SAY "I am not from central casting. You can find people who are more square-jawed, more chiselled, look less like Wallace.
"I am not from central casting. You can nd people who are more square-jawed, more chiselled.
The pieces referred to the "life and very different loves of the PR girl in Doc Martens" and described her as a "comedy lesbian from central casting".
The articles referred to the "life and very different loves of the PR girl in Doc Martens" and described her as a "comedy lesbian from central casting".
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. The pair go head-to-head in a duel to decide who will emerge victorious in the 1961 F1 drivers' championship.
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.