A lot of people have someone that they resemble or are even mistaken for occasionally. In folklore, it’s called a “doppelganger.” On sorority girls’ Instagram accounts, it’s frequently referred to as “twinsies.” One of the more unfortunate cases of mistaken identity occurred recently when Nelson Mandela passed away. As the world collectively honored his life on TV and social media, the city of Coimbatore in India decided to memorialize the beloved activist with a billboard. The problem? The billboard didn’t feature Mandela. Instead, it showed a huge picture of Morgan Freeman. Twitter users were accused of the same mix-up, posting pictures of Freeman attached to quotes from Mandela.
So how do two of the world’s most recognizable men get so mixed up? Some excused the confusion because Freeman played the role of Mandela in the 2009 film Invictus. But, mistaken identities among the famous are pretty common, apparently. These 10 celebrities say they’re constantly getting mistaken for other celebrities. Find out who is okay with the comparisons and who has had their fill.
10 Carey Hart and Travis Barker
9 Jim Belushi and Bill Murray
8 Meryl Streep and Glenn Close
7 Elizabeth Banks and Chelsea Handler
6 Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg
5 Amy Adams and Isla Fisher
4 Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel
3 Will Ferrell and Chad Smith
2 Elijah Wood and Daniel Radcliffe
1 Samuel L Jackson and Laurence Fishburne
Snakes on a plane aren't the only thing Samuel L. Jackson is tired of. Los Angeles entertainment anchor took the embarrassment of a lifetime when he had Samuel L. Jackson on his show and mistakenly asked about his latest Super Bowl commercial – a commercial which actually starred Matrix star Laurence Fishburne. “You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter!” Jackson snapped. “I am NOT Laurence Fishburne!” The awkwardness continued as Jackson added, “I’m the ‘What’s in your wallet?’ black guy. He’s the car black guy. Morgan Freeman is the other credit card black guy. You only hear his voice, though, so you probably won’t confuse him with Laurence Fishburne.” When asked about the incident, Fishburne laughed it off. "Once upon a time, people used to confuse Al Pacino with Dustin Hoffman," he said. "It's not a bad problem to have."
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