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What's the difference between "starring", "co-starring" and "featuring"?

 
 
Reply Thu 25 Feb, 2021 08:17 am
Hi. When you watch a film or a show, sometimes the opening credits open with "Starring" and is sometimes followed up with "Co-starring" and/or "Featuring". What is the difference between "starring", "co-starring" and "featuring"?

Obviously if someone is starring in something they are portraying a main character. If a film or show is featuring someone does that mean they have a lesser role than the stars? If someone is being featured is their character a secondary or supporting character? Are secondary and supporting characters the same thing? How is being featured in something different than co-starring in something? Does "co-starring" mean the characters have minor roles and/or cameos? Or does this apply to "featuring"?

Please help. Thank you.
 
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 25 Feb, 2021 08:32 am
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:


Hi. When you watch a film or a show, sometimes the opening credits open with "Starring" and is sometimes followed up with "Co-starring" and/or "Featuring". What is the difference between "starring", "co-starring" and "featuring"?

Obviously if someone is starring in something they are portraying a main character. If a film or show is featuring someone does that mean they have a lesser role than the stars? If someone is being featured is their character a secondary or supporting character? Are secondary and supporting characters the same thing? How is being featured in something different than co-starring in something? Does "co-starring" mean the characters have minor roles and/or cameos? Or does this apply to "featuring"?

Please help. Thank you.



Some actors have star power sufficient to get "star" billing...and their agents insist that they get billed that way.

"Also starring" is a term used for actors who have star power, but not as much as the "star" billing. Their agents insist on the "also starring" format. (Or a "With" so-and-so at the end of credits.

"Featuring" is a step below both of those.

All of the billings for actors in a movie are worked out as rigorously as the payments for their services.
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