For many years, I’ve had a devil of a time telling Bill Paxton (Chet from ‘Weird Science’) apart from Bill Pullman (Lone Star from ‘Spaceballs.)  Throw Adam “Jayne Cobb” Baldwin into the mix, and my brain will likely throw up a “Somebody Else’s Problem” field and ignore them all.  But a recent random internet posting pointed out that there are a lot more Hollywood doppelgangers than even I remembered, given the Elijah Wood/Tobey Maguire/Topher Grace paradigm and the ever-dangerous Bermuda Triangle of Clairol Mahogany that is Katy Perry, Alexis Biedel and Zooey Deschanel (whose entire name is as ridiculous as she herself is adorable.)

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) oooh wee oooh looks just like Buddy Holly, and you’re Charles Martin Smith, asking:  Are we seeing amazing synchronicity, or intentional Hollywood pre-packaged chicanery?


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  1. I wouldn’t go so far as -Amazing- synchronicity, but I do say it’s more pattern than chicanery. To make it in Hollywood, you have to have a certain amount of star power/charisma coupled with a good bit of luck.

    Now, if a large group of Hollywood Stars bear a striking resemblance, I think that speaks more to what is attractive to the public’s popular opinion.

    There are a number of stars that break the mould that keep me from thinking it’s some sort of marketing plot. Robin Williams, Joe Pesci, Bob Hoskins, Danny DeVito, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stalone, Zach Galifianakis, Mark Walberg, Mel Gibson, and others.

    Most comedians turned actors don’t fall into the Chicanery Plan, come to think of it.

  2. I think one celebrity with a particular look becomes popular, sees their star start to rise, and other executives elevate a look alike in hopes of making money. I noticed this after Super Bad came out and then a bunch of Michael Cera clones showed up (Sandberg and Eisenberg to name some examples). I’m not sure who to blame really but I lean towards blaming Hollywood.

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