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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. 13th, 2002 08:59 am (UTC)
Re:
I hope you don't mind if I add you to my friends list

Not at all =)

I crave learning about other cultures, especially family traditions.

You should move to Vancouver then! =D We are THE Multi-Cultural Exhibition in the grand zoo of things =)
diannadinoble
Dec. 13th, 2002 11:14 am (UTC)
Toronto is so good for that too, especially the downtown core where we live. After growing up in a town that was white as snow, living in a city where it is rare to hear an English conversation while walking down the street is so wonderful! My corset shop is right near Toronto's China Town and we live in a mainly Portuguese area. There are these little 'villages' all over the place.
I've heard Vancouver is much the same - but warmer :)
ratkrycek
Oct. 9th, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC)
I've never been to Vancouver, though my friends there say I have to go there. I have been to Toronto, 3 times, and I love the multiculturalism there.

(Oh, hi - I came across a comment of yours in deslea's journal, and was intrigued by your LJ name for some reason, so I clicked to your user info, and that was intriguing (as diannadinoble said, it was the House thing in Chinese families that intrigued me - I never knew that, and I love learning stuff about other cultures) and then I decided to click on your memories, so I've been reading some of your rants, because, well - rants can be amusing and funny.)

bride
Oct. 9th, 2004 05:30 pm (UTC)
Hi there, welcome =)

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