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Old 11-09-2019, 01:05 PM
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Actors/actresses that you consistently fail to recognize


There have been lots of ads out for the Stephen King movie "Doctor Sleep". And every time I see one, I think that the guy in the trailer looks really familiar but I can't quite place him. So I finally looked the movie up on IMDB and, holy crap, it's Ewan MacGregor.

Now, there is absolutely no reason I should not recognize Ewan MacGregor. I've seen plenty of his movies, watched both seasons of his motorcycle documentary... but this is at least the second time in recent memory that I've completely failed to recognize him in something. (The other being the last season of "Fargo".)

Oddly enough, I understand a lot of people have this problem with Gary Oldman, but I'm usually pretty good at picking him out.

I am NOT asking about actors or actresses that you confuse with someone else. I'm asking about those that for some reason you just don't recognize at all, even when you probably should.
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Old 11-09-2019, 01:15 PM
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It happens to me all the time, but for the life of me, I can't think of a specific example right now. I'm terrible when it comes to placing faces.

On the other hand, if I hear a voice from another room, I can usually nail the speaker. It's a gift.
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Old 11-09-2019, 01:52 PM
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Ryan Gosling. I've seen him in La La Land and Blade Runner 2055, but can't put a face to the name at all, at all.
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Old 11-09-2019, 02:01 PM
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I was about to mention Oldman. He does a great job with his roles, but none of them look the slightest bit like each other.
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Ryan Gosling. I've seen him in La La Land and Blade Runner 2055, but can't put a face to the name at all, at all.
Yes! He's definitely another one that I've seen in several movies, but never clicks until later and then oh that was Ryan Gosling!
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I recently saw Black Mass, which I somehow had missed, on a plane. I kept thinking that the lead actor, who looked naggingly familiar but who I couldn't exactly place, was very good. I was embarrassed at the end to realize it was Johhny Depp. Not only his appearance was different, but his entire demeanor was different from his typical role (of he has a typical role).
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Old 11-09-2019, 03:16 PM
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I recently saw Black Mass, which I somehow had missed, on a plane. I kept thinking that the lead actor, who looked naggingly familiar but who I couldn't exactly place, was very good. I was embarrassed at the end to realize it was Johhny Depp. Not only his appearance was different, but his entire demeanor was different from his typical role (of he has a typical role).
I came here to post about Johnny Depp, but in the movie 'Tusk'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjvAhcQ0rlo
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It happens to me all the time, but for the life of me, I can't think of a specific example right now. I'm terrible when it comes to placing faces.

On the other hand, if I hear a voice from another room, I can usually nail the speaker. It's a gift.
My sister was watching "Hail, Caesar" in the other room last night, and she said "I never knew that was her!" I said "Frances McDormand?"

Because I heard the voice and immediately knew it was her. And it was.
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I used to do it all the time with both Billy Crudup and Sam Rockwell. Half way through a movie that I wasn't aware they were in I would suddenly realise who was playing, say Charley Ford or Arch Cummings.
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Old 11-10-2019, 11:46 PM
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Sam Rockwell is usually pretty hard for me to recognize. He and Oldman are basically the patron saints of this.
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Old 11-11-2019, 12:00 AM
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I remember reading that Gary Oldman was going to be in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and thought "Oh, cool, I wonder what character he's going to be... oh."
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Reading that just now I couldn't remember who Gary Oldman HAD been in the Potterverse, so I went and looked him up on IMDB. From the photo ..."oh, right, that's Remus Lup...no, wait a minute!!"
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I don't know why but Vincent D'Onofrio always seems to confuse me.
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All of them!

I have a pretty bad case of face blindness, and it makes watching movies a challenge.
All it takes is a scene change with new outfits for me to not know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.
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There are a lot of them for me. I see someone on a show and know I've seen them before on something. I can't come up with a name or what else they were in. Thank goodness for IMDb or it would haunt me forever. I reference it nightly.
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I don't know why but Vincent D'Onofrio always seems to confuse me.
Proof That Vincent D'Onofrio Is A Shape-Shifter
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In the world I inhabit, Vincent D’Onofrio IS Private Pyle and he died many years ago in a latrine along with R. Lee Emery (whom I have never failed to recognize), so I never recognize him in any other role except his TV gig on Law and Order where there were constant reminders on at least a half dozen networks.

Even when I know he is playing a role, I tend to not recognize him. This was most recently demonstrated when I was watching the remake of The Magnificent Seven and I wondered who was playing the character who is obviously based upon my (still living) uncle. After looking it up on IMDb, I was surprised to recall that I had known it was D’Onofrio from when the movie was first released and still didn’t recognize him.
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Vincent D’Onofrio was Thor on Adventures in Babysitting??? It's going to take some time to process that.

I was watching Criminal Minds and didn't recognize one of the characters. Later found out it was René Auberjonois. To me he's Clayton on Benson.
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Huh. Auberjonois is one actor I never fail to recognize.

Young, old, covered in prosthetics...the shape of his face is obvious to me.

Fr Mulcahy, Clayton Endicott III, Odo...couldn't fail to recognize him.

[Edit - also the sound of his voice - I immediately pegged Mr House as him, as well.]

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Huh. Auberjonois is one actor I never fail to recognize.

Young, old, covered in prosthetics...the shape of his face is obvious to me.

Fr Mulcahy, Clayton Endicott III, Odo...couldn't fail to recognize him.

[Edit - also the sound of his voice - I immediately pegged Mr House as him, as well.]
I confess... I am bad at recognizing actors. Frequently I will be watching something, go to IMDB to look something up and see that one of the actors was someone I knew. So, my answer to the question is "almost everybody".
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Gary Oldman is my top pick for actors who can melt into their parts. I think he took over for Robert Duval.

Tilda Swinton can be shockingly unrecognizable (Trainwreck).
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All of them!

I have a pretty bad case of face blindness, and it makes watching movies a challenge.
All it takes is a scene change with new outfits for me to not know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.
Mine is milder but I really tend not to recognize faces unless it 'sticks'. Michael Ironside sticks. Ryan Gosling doesn't. Nor does Tim Roth. Or Gary Oldman.
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I'll put in a vote for Arlene Martel. I recognize her now, but I still remember looking her up on IMDb once and being surprised how many things I'd seen her in without recognizing her.

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Huh. Auberjonois is one actor I never fail to recognize.

Young, old, covered in prosthetics...the shape of his face is obvious to me.

Fr Mulcahy, Clayton Endicott III, Odo...couldn't fail to recognize him.

[Edit - also the sound of his voice - I immediately pegged Mr House as him, as well.]
Yep, instantly recognizable. I even remember him from guest roles on The Rockford Files, and The Bob Newhart Show.

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Mine is milder but I really tend not to recognize faces unless it 'sticks'. Michael Ironside sticks. Ryan Gosling doesn't. Nor does Tim Roth. Or Gary Oldman.
I tend to get Roth and Oldman mixed up. The first time I ever saw either of them was in the same movie, and they even got themselves mixed up.
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I was about to mention Oldman. He does a great job with his roles, but none of them look the slightest bit like each other.
I came across a photo once of Gary Oldman head shots in a bunch of roles, and no two looked alike. They could have been different people. Below that was a montage of Jason Statham head shots in a bunch of roles, and they're all basically identical. Wish I'd kept it.
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Pretty much anyone under 40.

I don't watch awards shows, but I like to look at the Red Carpet slideshows the next day. I just looked at one recently with about 40 people in it, and I didn't recognize one single person! I stand in the checkout line at the grocery store and look at the magazine covers-- even People, a magazine I used to love!-- and I have no idea who those people are. Well, I recognize the British Royal family, but that's about it.
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