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The film features James Dean as a disaffected teenager


1) May I write it as:
This film is featured by JD as a disaffected teenager?

2) If I want this in passive:
James Dean is featured by the film as a disaffected teenager ---> doesn't it lose it's original meaning?

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He cannot be featured by the film. It needs to be featured in.

1) This does not make sense as the film is not featured in JD.

2)This is ok with 'in the film'...
The film features James Dean as a disaffected teenager

Is the following correct and equivalent in its meaning?
1) JD is featured in the film as...

2)
How would you say the sentence beneath by using 'feature' and not as in (1)?
"The film is characterized by JD's playing the main role (leading role?)"

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Featured does not work in this way. All it means is that he stars in the film.
Yes, he stars in the film -- that's the meaning it should have conveyed. What did you mean by 'doesn't work in this way'? As you said, he stars, he is pointed out; doesn't it mean that he is featured *** the film?
Nona, I'd be grateful if you explained what exactly you meant.
Thanks.
He stars by the film - no.
He stars in the film - yes.
He is starred by the film - no
He is starring in the film - yes

He features by the film - no.
He features in the film - yes.
He is featured by the film - no
He is featured in the film - yes.
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He stars by the film - no.
He stars in the film - yes.
He is starred by the film - no
He is starring in the film - yes

He features by the film - no.
He features in the film - yes.
He is featured by the film - no
He is featured in the film - yes.

The film stars *** - yes.
The film features *** - yes.
Sorry, in my last message it was supposed to be 'in' insread of 'by', I've modified it. The examples you brough up here were explained previously, I understood them but you said that 'featured' isn't used in 'this way' after I posted:
1) JD is featured in the film as...


What's the mistake here?

It even suits your pattern:
He is featured in the film - yes
Oh I see, no that part is fine. It was the other question

2)
How would you say the sentence beneath by using 'feature' and not as in (1)?
"The film is characterized by JD's playing the main role (leading role?)"

that I couldn't really follow and there does not seem to be a way of using feature in it.
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