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It was aspiring filmmaker [[Sam Raimi]], a professed Stooges fan, who coined the term in the movie ''[[The Evil Dead]]''. Most of his crew and cast abandoned the project after production went well beyond the scheduled six weeks. He was forced to use himself, his die-hard friends [[Bruce Campbell]], Rob Tappert, Josh Becker, assistant David Goodman, and brother [[Ted Raimi]] as "fake shemps."
 
It was aspiring filmmaker [[Sam Raimi]], a professed Stooges fan, who coined the term in the movie ''[[The Evil Dead]]''. Most of his crew and cast abandoned the project after production went well beyond the scheduled six weeks. He was forced to use himself, his die-hard friends [[Bruce Campbell]], Rob Tappert, Josh Becker, assistant David Goodman, and brother [[Ted Raimi]] as "fake shemps."
   
The term stuck. To this day, Sam Raimi's productions, both feature film as well as TV work, use the term to refer to stand-ins or nameless characters. However, the description is sometimes modified in the final credits. For example, in ''[[Darkman]]'', Bruce Campbell's quick [[Cameo appearance|cameo]] in the final scene is credited as "Final Shemp," and Campbell also was credited as 'Shemp Wooley' when doing the voice of 'Jean-Claude the Carrier Parrot' in the short-lived TV series ''[[Jack of All Trades (TV series)|Jack of All Trades]]''.{{Fact|date=June 2008}}
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The term stuck. To this day, Sam Raimi's productions, both feature film as well as TV work, use the term to refer to stand-ins or nameless characters. However, the description is sometimes modified in the final credits. For example, in ''[[Darkman]]'', Bruce Campbell’s quick [[Cameo appearance|cameo]] in the final scene is credited as "Final Shemp," and Campbell also was credited as 'Shemp Wooley' when doing the voice of 'Jean-Claude the Carrier Parrot' in the short-lived TV series ''[[Jack of All Trades (TV series)|Jack of All Trades]]''.{{Fact|date=June 2008}}
   
 
==Classic Shemps==
 
==Classic Shemps==
*There have been many Fake Shemps over the years, but the most notable ones are [[Bruce Campbell]] and [[Ted Raimi]], who have "shemped" frequently throughout their careers. Both have had "shemp" cameos in nearly all of Raimi's movies, most notably in the [[Spider-Man]] franchise. Campbell is also known to shemp in many [[Coen brothers]] movies. The Coens were involved in the editing process of ''[[The Evil Dead]]''.
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*There have been many Fake Shemps over the years, but the most notable ones are [[Bruce Campbell]] and [[Ted Raimi]], who have "shemped" frequently throughout their careers. Both have had "shemp" cameos in nearly all of Raimi’s movies, most notably in the [[Spider-Man]] franchise. Campbell is also known to shemp in many [[Coen brothers]] movies. The Coens were involved in the editing process of ''[[The Evil Dead]]''.
   
 
*In ''[[Superman II]]'', there is a Fake Shemp standing in for [[Gene Hackman]] during scenes director [[Richard Lester]] re-shot in order to earn full director's credit after [[Richard Donner]] was fired during production. Hackman refused to come back and re-shoot scenes upon hearing of Donner's firing.
 
*In ''[[Superman II]]'', there is a Fake Shemp standing in for [[Gene Hackman]] during scenes director [[Richard Lester]] re-shot in order to earn full director's credit after [[Richard Donner]] was fired during production. Hackman refused to come back and re-shoot scenes upon hearing of Donner's firing.
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