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Old 08-24-2005, 08:03 PM
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Actors/actresses you think are the same person


Until I looked them up on IMDB, I had no idea that John Corbett and Paul Rudd were different people. I thought that the guy in Clueless was the guy on Sex and the City was the guy on Friends was the guy in My Big Fat Greek Wedding...and so on.

My roommate had a similar issue with Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett.

What other actors/actresses (and I guess musicians, too) did you think were the same person until you learned otherwise?
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:08 PM
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Bill Paxton and Bill Pullman are really the same person.
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:12 PM
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Charles Durning & Brian Dennehy
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:19 PM
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I intitially thought the daughter in Traffic was Julia Stiles. Turns out it was Erika Christensen, and many people have confused the two.
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Old 08-24-2005, 09:00 PM
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I intitially thought the daughter in Traffic was Julia Stiles. Turns out it was Erika Christensen, and many people have confused the two.
I thought Julia Stiles was Kate Hudson.

[QUOTE]Tommy Lee and Tommy Lee Jones. Jerry Lewis and Jerry Lee Lewis.{/QUOTE]

That would be Tommy Lee Lewis.
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Old 08-24-2005, 09:09 PM
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Julia Roberts and Monica Potter. They even sound alike.

And Hilary Swank in "Boys Don't Cry" was a dead ringer for Matt Damon.
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:20 PM
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Tommy Lee and Tommy Lee Jones. Jerry Lewis and Jerry Lee Lewis.
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:27 PM
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Julie Warner and Maura Tierney.

I also saw Dragonslayer recently and I could've sworn the girl was Maura Tierney. Nope - Caitlin Clarke. Tell me she didn't look just like Maura Tierney in that movie.
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:34 PM
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Helen Hunt and that other actress who looks a lot like Helen Hunt.
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:39 PM
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The first time I saw Leelee Sobieski, I thought she was Helen Hunt. I am still struck by the resemblance.

Another uncanny likeness is shared by Jeff Bezos and Kevin Spacey.
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Old 08-25-2005, 07:59 AM
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Charles Durning & Brian Dennehy
So glad I'm not the only one who can't keep them straight.
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Old 08-25-2005, 08:05 AM
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> Bill Pulman in LONESTAR!

Bill Pullman wasn't in _Lone Star_.
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Old 08-25-2005, 08:54 AM
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> Bill Pulman in LONESTAR!

Bill Pullman wasn't in _Lone Star_.
But Bill Pullman played a character named Lone Star in Spaceballs.
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Old 08-25-2005, 08:07 AM
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I know who Chris Rock is. I've seen him here and there. A few years ago I heard someone mention a guy named "Kid Rock." For at least two years, I was just assuming these were the same person. Any reference I heard to Kid Rock (and granted, there weren't that many), my mental image was of Chris Rock.
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Old 08-25-2005, 08:20 AM
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Old 08-25-2005, 08:25 AM
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It took me a while to figure out that Ashley Judd and Charlize Theron were two different women.

I recently bought the complete series of Undeclared on DVD and discovered that Charlie Hunnam is almost indistinguishable from Heath Ledger's early roles.

And then there's the triple-play of Renee Zellweger, Joey Lauren Adams, and Jewel.
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Old 08-25-2005, 11:06 AM
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Bill Paxton and Bill Pullman are really the same person.

Exactly.
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Old 08-25-2005, 11:38 AM
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I agree with Joey Lauren Adams/Renee Zellwegger and Charles Durning/Brian Dennehy (I actually wrote "Brian Durning" there!)

Also --

Brian Blessed and John Rhys-Davies

Allison Janney and Ileana Douglas

Vicki Lewis and Kathy Griffin

Dennis Quaid and Jeff Bridges

Stockard Channing and Elizabeth Perkins (despite the fact that I recently saw them together in the same movie)

Matt Damon and Brad Pitt

Fran Drescher and Maggie Wheeler

Laura Linney and Julianne Moore

Laura Linney and Helen Hunt

Laura Linney and Heather Graham
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Old 08-25-2005, 11:49 AM
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Michael Madsen and Tom Sizemore.
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Old 08-25-2005, 11:52 AM
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I thought of another pair...

Fred Thompson and Joe Don Baker.
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Old 08-25-2005, 11:57 AM
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I confuse Bill Pullman and Jeff Daniels.

And since I'm really OLD, there were 3 character actors (way back when) who were very similar-looking (in my opinion) Skip Homeier, Keith Andes and Richard Webb. Any fans of the original "Star Trek" series will know them because they made at least one episode each. (Skip Homeier made two).

And also from those days of yesteryear, James Whitmore looked a lot like Spencer Tracy don't you thnk?
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Old 08-25-2005, 11:58 AM
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I confuse Bill Pullman and Jeff Daniels.

Oddly enough, it was exactly this combination I was thinking of when I said Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton. It's Pullman and Daniels that I can never keep straight in my mind...
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Old 08-25-2005, 11:42 AM
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I always get David Keith and Keith David confused when trying to remember the actor's name.

And Ewen McGreggor looks a lot like a young Malcom McDowell(or is it Roddy McDowell )
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Old 08-24-2005, 11:50 PM
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Heather Thomas and Heather Locklear.
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Old 08-24-2005, 11:53 PM
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Now I think Scarlett is way prettier than Brittany Murphy, but YMMV.
I agree. So why would she want to be made up to look like Brittany Murphy?
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Old 08-25-2005, 12:18 AM
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I had this problem recently with Shane Brolly and Billy Crudup.

I was watching Coffee and Cigarettes recently and because I was refusing to believe Cate Blanchett was playing both roles in her segment, I had convinced myself that Sarah Wynter was playing the role of the actress, and Cate was playing the role of the dark-haired cousin.

I continue to have that Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton problem, and I'm glad I'm not alone in that.
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Old 08-25-2005, 12:51 AM
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Dennis Quaid and David Keith.
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Old 08-27-2005, 06:31 AM
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Dennis Quaid and David Keith.
For me, it's David Keith and Robert Wuhl.

And since nobody else has mentioned it yet, Dave Foley and Isabella Rosselini. Of course, it's easier to tell them apart now that Dave has gray hair and a goatee.

Or is that Isabella?
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For the life of me, I cannot keep Matt Damon and Jude Law straight. I know they look nothing alike, but it was The Talented Mr. Ripley and it was downhill from there. To add insult to injury, that movie had both Cate Blanchett and Gwyneth Paltrow in it, another two who I switch up.

In fact, the whole blond actor thing throws me for a loop. All those white guys -- Ethan Hawke (GATTACA with Jude Law), Ewan McGregor, Rick Schroeder, Johnathan Rhys-Meyers (Velvet Goldmine with Ewan McGregor) -- look the same to me. If they are in a movie, I can clearly identify them. But ask me a week later who played what role, I always get confused.
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Elias Koteas and Christopher Meloni were separated at birth I'm pretty sure.

And supposedly Jake Weber is not Tim Roth (I'd still like to see a DNA test though).
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Not necessarily because they look alike, but more because my brain seems to have assigned them to the same exact locations, so I can never remember which one I'm talking about:

Gary Busey and Nick Nolte
Bill Paxton and Bill Pullman
Leslie Ann Warren and Susan Sarandon

Dominic West and Matthew Glave - so much so that I was absolutely certain that Matthew Glave (Glenn Gulia from the Wedding Singer) had played two roles in "Rock Star" - that of Chris' brother and that of Kurt Cuddy. Struck me as bizarre until I watched the credits and realized it was two different people.
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Nina Dobrev and Victoria Justice are almost interchangeable.
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Oh and i definitely agree with the statement about
Caitlin Clarke and Maura Tierney
When News Radio first aired, i was convinced they were the same person.
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I'm a little faceblind so Harper's Island was as confusing as all get out. All those thin blonde actresses.

You can't tell me the husband in the Jake from State Farm commercial wasn't Vince VaughnI.

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Chris rock and Chris tucker ...they play the same roles in movies the motormouth smart ass .....and their voices sound the same

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Jeff Bridges and Kurt Russell.
Jan Smithers and Pam Dawber.
Chris Evans and Chris Pine.
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Keith David and David Keith
No way. It's like night and day between the two!

For the old timers, how about James Farentino, James Franciscus and Tony Franciosa? ver see them in the same TV show together? I rest my case.
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No way. It's like night and day between the two!

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I know Keith David is black and David Keith is white. I was just joking about their names being reversed.
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I know Keith David is black and David Keith is white. I was just joking about their names being reversed.
Me too!

But when both they and I were younger, I wasn't even sure there were two different people. I'd see the names and think, is that a typo? Or did I remember it wrong?

Like John Wayne and John Payne. Or like, is Michael B. Jordan the son of Michael Jordan?

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I know Keith David is black and David Keith is white. I was just joking about their names being reversed.
There is an actor named Howard Sherman who is married to Sela Ward. Then there is an actor named Sherman Howard who was Bub (the Zombie) in, "Day of the Dead (1985)," and is not married to Sela Ward. To add to the confusion, Sherman ("Bub") Howard's real name is Howard Sherman, but he was still never married to Sela Ward.
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Brad Pitt and Benecio Del Toro have been slowly moving toward convergence over the last couple of decades. In another twenty years, they may well be totally indistinguishable from each other.

Anna Friel and Haylay Atwell. Maybe they're both just English brunettes, but I can barely tell them apart.
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Jane Levy and Emma Stone are both adorable redheads (usually)who play "spunky" really well. They could be sisters.

Years ago, Elizabeth Banks had a small part on Modern Family as a crass, party girl type. I was so distracted by trying to determine if it was EB or Chelsea Handler that I missed the whole point of the storyline.
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Years ago, Elizabeth Banks had a small part on Modern Family as a crass, party girl type. I was so distracted by trying to determine if it was EB or Chelsea Handler that I missed the whole point of the storyline.
I'm pretty sure that was Rachel McAdam.

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Theresa Russell and Natasha Richardson. There may even be a closer match for Russell but I'm drawing a blank.
Rebecca De Mornay, maybe? I used to always get them confused.
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<snip> Years ago, Elizabeth Banks had a small part on Modern Family as a crass, party girl type. I was so distracted by trying to determine if it was EB or Chelsea Handler that I missed the whole point of the storyline.
Oh, yeah, I can see that.
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BAnna Friel and Haylay Atwell. Maybe they're both just English brunettes, but I can barely tell them apart.
Other than the "English brunette" part, I just can't see it. For one thing, completely different body types. Both gorgeous, regardless.

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Musicians rather than actors, but...

I was sure Leon Redbone was Frank Zappa playing a gag on us (a la Andy Kaufman with his "Tony Clifton" character). Then Frank had to spoil the joke by dying sixteen years before Leon. Some people...
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Only one of this pair is an actress, but I thought a lesson that any party should have learned from the 2008 presidential election was that you should never nominate someone who's a dead ringer for a comedian who can parody them on TV during the election season. Almost immediately after Sarah Palin was chosen as the Republican vice-presidential nominee, well before the first Saturday Night Live sketch about her, I heard people talking about how much she looked like Tina Fey. The only difference was a change in the glasses.
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:54 AM
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I get Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman mixed up, and I'm not sure why. I was so struck by how similar "her" roles were in Ant-Man and the Wasp and Aquaman, until I realized that she was they.
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It is quite obvious that Amy Adams and Isla Fisher is just one person using two names.

Here is Isla talking about it on Jimmy Kimmel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0O_5lVrMfs
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Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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