Asked • 06/06/19

How is a role considered leading vs supporting?

Are there any rules or other metrics that help determine if a role is considered a leading one or a supporting role? Or is it more like a gut feeling? Clearly, the choice is obvious in many movies such as *Terminator* or *Pitch Black*. But how do they determine the lead when there are several "main" characters to choose from? \n\nFor example: *Lord of the Rings* had Elijah Wood (Frodo), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), and Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn). Or *Pulp Fiction*'s John Travolta (Vincent), Samuel L. Jackson (Jules) & Bruce Willis (Butch). How did they determine who was the leading role?\n\n(Not sure what tags to put on this one)

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