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(straight) out of 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 out of 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 out of Central Casting.
See also: casting, central, of, out
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Popov is a movie villain straight out of Central Casting.
That insight is missing in A Man in Full (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, November 1998) in which he offers up blacks straight out of central casting.
Guards shooed away the couple of hundred or so ordinary folks who made the effort behind police tape across the street, where a stocky traffic cop straight out of central casting barked at anyone who even threatened to get within 15 yards of a limo.