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All White Guys Look Alike

weather: raining
outside: 6°C
mood: meh...
I have a lot of trouble telling actors apart.

I was reading an interview with Christopher Lee and I thought he was in another movie, so I looked it up on IMDB. But it turns out that I have him mixed up with Frank Langella.

This reminded me of all the other actors that I can't tell apart.

Patrick Swayze, Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Bill Pullman, Jeff Bridges and Michael Douglas all look exactly the same to me. I get them wrong every single time.

Then there's Kevin Costner and Bruce Willis which might be understandable, but now, I've found that Alan Rickman, from this angle and lighting, doesn't look that far off. Sometimes, I can get Malcom McDowell mistaken for one of KC or BW and there's just no hope in hell for me in telling Malcom McDowell apart from Gordon Matthew Sumner.

There's also Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan. They even sound incredibly similar. I don't have as much trouble with these two because they usually play very different roles, but when I see promo shots or very quick trailer cuts (especially when PS has a hair piece in his costume), I have to look very carefully to see the difference or look up the movie and see who it actually is. I didn't know if watching X-Men would make my head explode or what.

Dwayne Johnson and Rob Schneider. One's bigger and one's smaller; Rob Schneider is hilarious and Dwayne Johnson... just tries to be... I know. But just looking at faces, I couldn't tell.

I can't always tell Adrien Brody from David Schwimmer or Dylan McDermott. I can't watch "The Practice" without expecting Bobby Donnell to do something stupid á là Ross Geller.

If I saw them more often, I'm certain I'd mistake Max von Sydow for Richard Harris all the bloomin' time. And there was a picture of Richard Harris that I thought was actually Peter O'Toole at first. I can't find it now though...

I also have to look carefully to tell the difference between Dustin Hoffman and John Hurt. And sometimes, I get either of those two mixed up with Robert De Niro. And now, we can add Sean Penn in here as well.

I absolutely cannot tell the difference between Andy Garcia and Al Pacino. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro used to be clones, but I think RDN has changed quite a bit and looks different from AP now.

Richard Gere, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Dustin Hoffman, David Duchovny, Alec Baldwin. ... ... ... I give up.      I.     JUST.     GIVE.     UP.

I talked about this with friends a long time ago. I realized that people in different cultures don't differentiate faces the same way as other cultures might.

Caucasians are used to telling people apart by their colouring in the eyes, hair and skin. But being Chinese, everyone has the same colour eyes, hair and skin, so I'm obviously not looking at that for my visual clues. I'm looking at facial features, shapes, sizes and distances from one reference mark to the next.

... I just like saying, "all White Guys look alike". =)

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bride
Dec. 11th, 2002 10:29 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, that's so cute =) I have a better time telling female celebrities apart from each other...

I sometimes can't tell Britney Spears from Christina Aguilera depending on how blond CA's hair is or how obfuscated her face is in the photograph I see.

And Avril Lavigne looks a bit like Jennifer Aniston with certain makeup.

And Britney Murphy looks like Calista Flockhart.

Hmmm... maybe I have just as much trouble with female celebrities too...
katie_ah
Dec. 12th, 2002 07:40 am (UTC)
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Is Avril Lavigne the skater boy song girl? And who the hell is Britney Murphey? See, I don't even *know* these people. Heh.
bride
Dec. 12th, 2002 09:23 am (UTC)
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Yup, Avril Lavigne did "Sk8er Boi" and "Complicated" ("why'dya have to go and make things so com-pli-CATED" and other lyrics that don't fit into the tune).

Britney Murphy is the creepy "I'll never te-ell" girl in "Don't Say a Word" with Bill Pullman Michael Douglas... aaaaagggggghhhh... *sigh* forgot about Michael Douglas in that Doppleganger group...
katie_ah
Dec. 12th, 2002 09:25 am (UTC)
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Oh, GODS. That girl. Gah.

I still have no idea who Britney Murphy is. Guess I'm better off not knowing. Heh.
bride
Dec. 12th, 2002 02:00 pm (UTC)
Don't Say a Word

From IMDB:

    A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick (Sean Bean), and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad (Michael Douglas) is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth (Brittany Murphy). Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him.


It's a pretty good movie. I have a lot of respect for Brittany Murphy's acting (I spelled her name right this time). She did some serious research before doing the part. She didn't just walk in there and just do a hip/glam girl half-assed trying to be a mental patient.
katie_ah
Dec. 12th, 2002 08:08 pm (UTC)
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OK, this is so weird, I have never heard of Sean Bean until today, when I was in class, and now you wrote about him. So strange.

Oh, I shall have to check that out. Sounds pretty good!!
bride
Dec. 12th, 2002 10:16 pm (UTC)
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Sean Bean = Boromir (the other human in "The Fellowship of the Ring") =)
ugly_boy
Dec. 13th, 2002 09:31 am (UTC)
That's Sk8er Boi to you, Miss.
katie_ah
Dec. 13th, 2002 09:32 am (UTC)
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No way man.

Wait- only if I can start writing my name as k8e
ugly_boy
Dec. 13th, 2002 07:00 pm (UTC)
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You must start writing it k8e! hRbin k8e
katie_ah
Dec. 13th, 2002 09:13 pm (UTC)
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muahhaha.

i've actually done that before, but i don't think i want it known that avril copied me. i just figured out who she was and that she is going to cover system of a down's "chop suey!" it's god damn sacriledge!
ugly_boy
Dec. 14th, 2002 11:33 am (UTC)
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She's really annoying! I like her, but she bugs the shit out of me at the same time...
ugly_boy
Dec. 13th, 2002 09:33 am (UTC)
Not to mention the fact that they made Faith Hill look exactly like Britney on the cover of her new CD.

For awhile, when Britney was tanning a lot and all the ethnic stars were trying to look white, Beyoncé, Shakira, and Britney looked EXACTLY the same.

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