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    #1

    from/ in

    I overheard this sentence on bus. I am confused about the preposition-

    "He looks like a villain in /of Hollywood movie."

    The speaker used in and I think it should have been of. However both seemed correct to me

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    #2

    Re: from/ in

    In is fine, but it should be in a Hollywood movie. Of works too, though I would use in.

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    #3

    Re: from/ in

    "In" is the correct word if the speaker is referring to one specific movie. "He looks just like Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street." If the speaker was referencing a larger body of work he might say "He looks like Boris Karloff of Frankenstein fame." But such a statement really is used more in print (movie reviews, etc.) than in casual conversation.

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    #4

    Re: from/ in

    I would use:

    He looks like a villain in a Hollywood movie.
    He looks like a villain from a Hollywood movie.
    He looks like a Hollywood movie villain.

    Note that (in BrE, at least), you can use "baddie/baddy" instead of "villain".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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