Why Don't Movie Poster Names EVER Line Up?!

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Pulsar77 : Reminds me of the author list on scientific publications: first name is the ambitious postdoc who's trying to get tenure, next in line are the poor PhD students who did the actual work, and the last name is the senior professor, for marketing purposes.

TurnTheGameOn : So basically this unorganized mess is only happening because of over-sized egos.. hmm, great reason to do things that don't make sense.

CON174th : No billing at all just leave a note on the top of every poster saying "Google it"

DarthOliptius : Simple, stop using lazy poster designs where you just line up the characters!!

Ian Taylor : I don't get it. It's a name on a poster. It's not exactly the most prominent form of advertising these days. Seems antiquated and out of touch to me.

Cheese on Toast : the Samuel L Jackson slot haha

seahawk124 : Create an original piece of artwork that has no actor faces on it. Examples include: Jaws Beauty & the Beast (1991) Ghostbusters Jurassic Park The Exorcist Vertigo

Tear Kun : I never noticed this... But now it's gonna bug me.

weesh : i feel like cheadle could have gotten away with "just give me more money, and you can put me where ever you want"

The BND : It's funny but, as a designer, my eye not only goes to the images nearest the center, but to the names that are in the middle, as well. The "top billing" system is flawed because I always see the names in the center before reading the names on either side. Long story, short... Fail, either way.

Jace Carsonne : If it was a movie about recognizable names, and the furthermost right being the highest billing, why would they put Morgan Freeman's name last on the Batman Begins poster? Wouldn't his recognizability supersede some of the other people on the poster?

Alexander Dinkov : A possible fix would be to stop using the order of the names, and use their font size instead. Bigger star - bigger font. It achieves pretty much the same effect, but without much of the confusion.

Chameleon EDM : ...make the top billing name bigger? We see this in book marketing all the time, whether the series or author is the most recognizable, that's the largest text. Nicolas Cage - SEAN CONNERY - Ed Harris While it's true we read left to right, a larger font is surely more likely to grab the attention, perhaps a youtube comment wouldn't represent this well

Alex Shuysky : The world has poverty, hunger, trafficking, war, disease, and all we think about is how to solve the billing system 😂 #firstworldproblem

Sunny Earthling : I want to say something. I am from India and I wanna say something about bollywood. Well, Bollywood also follow the same system. But SHAHRUKH KHAN made a decision in 2013 that he will credit female leads first in his every movie and he did so.

pay1370 : Battfleck lol

Bri : maybe it's just me, but I look at the name in the center of poster, and then outwards. it's easily in my line of sight and what I naturally look at first. Also, if I didn't know ur name beforehand, what makes u think I will give a rats ass seeing an unrecognizable name for 3 seconds. I just look at the faces and then move on.

Rotepter : While i watched the video and saw the Pirates of the Caribbean poster with the name Johnny Depp and stuff, Johnny Depp showed up on a movie my younger brother was watching!

\[o_o]/ : Personally, I think it's extraordinarily immature to care whose name goes first. It doesn't matter. I'd respect an actor's work and reputation just the same whether it came in first, second, third, etc. And the audience doesn't know this system, so what difference does it make whose name goes first?

Bongo The Gipsy : Connect them with arrows

Hanatatami : I think screen-time or the importance of the character would be better. If I'm seeing nice young rookie actor for an hour and a half and he meets Clooney on the streets for five minutes and Samuel L. Jackson for one, put the rookie's name first, then Clooney then L. Jackson. If the famous actors are famous, I don't feel they need the extra push anymore, I know people who would gladly sit through this entire hypothetical movie just to get those 5-minutes-of-Clooney anyway.


Uber Dragon : how about the highest billing gets the largest font but their position still matches the poster layout.

Nameless Ghost : 2:27 I thought it said: "La Prostitution"

OwlMoon137 : The misalignment is such a pet peeve of mine. Funnily enough, my native language is Hebrew, so my eyes automatically go from right to left in these situations, so the billing thing doesn't work perfectly on me.

Gabriel Dos Santos : Go back to the art like you have shown on chinatown. We dont see a movie because of the actors, we go see a movie because of the movie

SamGaming : Duh, there’s an easy fix. Just draw lines from the name to the actor/actress

Zaqq : This bothered me for years. Thanks for the video.

Moritz Productions : He used the German BATMAN Begins film poster! Grüße aus Deutschland!

Ammar Kil : *SAMUEL L. JACKSON SLOT* You're genius. And here's a subscribe.

LaBreck : If I was an actor and made lots of money, I would not care if I get top billing.

TheVinesLog : I've been wondering this all my life, so glad this video exists

Lalala Nanana : I though this was obvious. Not trying to say I'm smart or anything.

SwirlyJoe : I always used to be bothered by the names being out of order. I've also wondered why DVD covers are always way worse than the movie posters

Jacob Valentine : Uhm .. I dont watch movies for actors. I watch it for stories. 😂 So this concept is a little out there and ridiculous to me. Its petty almost. Yeah its a small detail that ive never noticed ( because I dont care whose in it) but now ill never not notice it. Thanks lol.

The Fauks : Dude. Can we just be best friends? Please?

alucard2d : Could you do something on the academy awards? like oscars golden globes cannes etc? Id really like to hear your input!

An Audi RS6 : I’m going to guess at the start of the video that it is to make you look all over the poster to see which name goes with which face. Edit: I was wrong

EnigmaShadow03 : How about A list actors and actresses stop crying about whether their name is first on a poster, and just do the job and collect the millions of dollars they’ll collect. I mean, it means that much to them, I’ll gladly take one of their paychecks, please and thank you.

Talo Dhyakso : wow what a knowledge!

ninjalensings : I KNEW I WASN'T THE ONLY ONE!

Peaceful Dawn : It cant just be me that reads the names in the centre first

Swag Waschbär : The Samuel L Jackson spot xD

MrJJuK : This has always pissed me off.

lsillifant : Align the actors names with the characters correctly and then for the billing aspect have the bigger actor receive the biggest font size and so forth

Ronnie Lockett : My suggestion: Make the posters look like hand drawn works of art again even if it ain't got anything to do with it- kinda like how baby drivers poster turned out.

Stephane Gregory Dan : What you say is true and I think it's bullshit. It's a Vanity thing and one of the things that makes Humans be baaaaaaaad. Who of the spectators care to see on a poster who's the better paid actor? No one cares. It's just made by the industry, for the industry. They should be glad to be on a top billing list and I believe it wouldn't change a damn dime about the poster if you just alligne names of actors with actors on poster. But hey... wasn't vanity the reason why Rome fell?

monkeyburrito 411 : Have movie posters actually depict the movie, not the cast!

Meowy mcMeowface : dont care much for movies but i did notice this once and thought, thefuck? why arent their names matching???

loomman529 : I honestly hate that. I say it should be in either order of appearance, or alphabetical order.