I’m sure this has happened to you, right? You’re watching a film or TV program. One character looks familiar to you, but you just can’t figure out what other projects they’ve done. Prior to the advent of the Internet Movie DataBase (or imdb.com), it could be challenging. Even with it, you’re still not guaranteed to figure it out.
For example, I was told I was “way off” on this one, but I have mixed up the actors Adam Scott and Wes Bentley. To clarify, I think the facial hair adds to my confusion.
I think the issue of actually recognizing that they’re not the same dude came up when I watched the film “The Aviator.” One of them plays a guy named Johnny Meyer — don’t ask me which one. One of them also had a futuristic beard and played a character named Seneca Crane in the first “Hunger Games” film. The solution? Both should be required to wear the freaky, futuristic beards all of the time and start going by the name “Adam Bent” a la J-Lo, etc.
The next example goes back to the 80s for me: actresses Allison Janney and Christine Lahti. They’ve both appeared in a lot of TV shows like The West Wing, Chicago Hope, A Hawaii 5-0 reboot, Mom, and I’m going to guess some made for TV movies.
I haven’t seen it yet, but one of them played Tonya Harding’s mother in the film “I, Tonya”. Again, don’t ask me which one. I think most people would describe the two as tall and attractive. Do you think they look alike? The solution is they should both go by the stage name “Jan Lahti” and leave it at that. It would make my life much easier.
What about you? Have you ever been told you look like a celebrity? At various times, I’ve been told I look like everyone from longtime Queen bass player John Deacon (their Greatest Hits cover in particular) to U2’s guitarist The Edge to Canadian actor Alan Thicke. Naturally, there’s little to no commonality among any of them.
By the way, doppelganger apparently means “double walker” in German. Till next time, keep your eyes out for your doppelganger and keep your Mojo on the Horizon!