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
Someone should definitely tell the staff of The Ellen Show that not all tattooed guys look alike. While covering the Grammy’s red carpet, The Ellen Show posted a picture of nominee, Pink with her husband Carey Hart. But only viewers who are familiar with the retired motocross racer would have known it was Hart, because caption named him as Blink 182 drummer, Travis Barker. Pink immediately tweeted a photo of the caption error on her TV screen saying, “”Hahaha OMG @TheEllenShow oops.” Ellen responded to Pink on her show the next Monday, saying “”You found it! I was making sure you were watching.”
9. Jim Belushi and Bill Murray
Jim Belushi understands how people would make the mistake of thinking he is his late brother John, but Bill Murray? Reports from contactmusic unveil that, the According To Jim actor says he gets it all the time. “Bill and I are both from Chicago, we were both in Second City, we both did Saturday Night Live, we’re both big Cubs fans – but I just don’t get it,” he said. Belushi says he usually just goes with it, though. “I took my wife to a concert one time… and this woman comes up and says ‘You were so good in Ghostbusters…’ and I go, ‘I was, wasn’t I!?” When she asked for an autograph, Belushi obliged and signed it from Bill Murray. Belushi isn’t the only one, either. “I told Bill about this and he gets Belushi all the time – he gets me.”
8. Meryl Streep and Glenn Close
Meryl Streep and Glenn Close have a lot in common. They’re both famous actresses who have been in the business for decades, they both starred together in the film The Evening, and they both get confused by fans for each other. Close says people think she’s Streep fairly frequently, but that she’s flattered by the comparison. She was also relieved to find out that Streep gets referred to as her just as frequently. Close told reporters, “[Streep] told me a story about when she was pregnant with her last child and went into a store in LA. They gave her all this stuff and at the end they whispered, ‘You were great in Fatal Attraction.” Streep told the New York Times, “On behalf of Glenn Close and me, who are often mistaken for each other… there should be no illusions, I adore her.”
7. Elizabeth Banks and Chelsea Handler
These two blondes frequently get mistaken for one another, but are both reported as having a good sense of humor about it. Chelsea Handler welcomed Elizabeth Banks onto her late night talk show, Chelsea Lately, by saying, “My twin sister is here, everybody!” Handler joked in the interview that she frequently sees people mention that the two look alike, but that they think Chelsea is obviously much older. “Meanwhile,” Handler said, “we’re the same age.” Banks continued to exchange stories by saying that a man greeted her in Toronto to tell her how much he loved her book, My Horizontal Life. Banks said, “Oh, he thinks he’s meeting Chelsea Handler.” She laughed and said that she couldn’t bring herself to tell him that she wasn’t Handler, so when he asked what she was doing in town, Banks told him, “You know, I’m on a book tour… Just hangin’ out… Just being Chelsea.”
6. Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg
Bourne Identity or mistaken identity? Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg do share some common traits: Both are leading men in Hollywood and they’re both from the Boston area. So, it’s understandable that the two get confused for each other. But Damon and Wahlberg say that people mix them up so often, that they actually have a pact with each other to keep the ruse going. Damon said in an interview, “I’ve talked to Mark about this because he gets people [who] come up and say, ‘I love you in The Bourne Identity!’ So Mark and I have a deal. If we’re mistaken for one another, we have to be as polite as possible.”
5. Amy Adams and Isla Fisher
Maybe it’s the red hair. Or the fair skin. Or that they both have daughters who are the same age and went to the same dance school together. Whatever it is, Amy Adams and Isla Fisher are apparently constantly get the doppelganger reference. “I get Isla Fisher all the time, still,” Adams told Vanity Fair in a recent interview. She adds, “When I’m with Isla, we both look at one another and say, ‘I get it but I don’t get it.” Neither of the starlets are upset by the comparison, though. “Just like I tell her,” Adams says, “I could be mistaken for a lot worse people.”
4. Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel
The internet has compared the two blue-eyed beauties for years, something that Zooey Deschanel was originally not too happy about. In a 2009 interview, the New Girl star said, “It’s a little bit annoying to be totally blunt.” Noting why she found it annoying, Deschanel continued, “I think we lead very different lives… It’s sort of strange to be associated with someone that’s doing such different stuff than me. It’s weird.” She added, “I’m happy that she’s famous enough now that she’s not going out and being mistaken for me.” But, on Late Show with David Letterman in 2012, Deschanel seemed to have changed her tune, graciously saying that she’s come to accept the comparison to Perry.
3. Will Ferrell and Chad Smith
Oh, how funny it must have been to be in the same room as Chad Smith and Will Ferrell when they met each other for the first time. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Smith said that he never understood why he always got confused for Anchorman star Ferrell. “I don’t think I look much like him,” Smith said, “But that’s who people really seem to think I am. Especially at airports and things.” Smith came face-to-face with his double after a showing of the film Ladies Man in 2000. Smith says as he stood there thinking to himself how little the two resembled each other, Ferrell looked him up and down and simply said, “You’re a very handsome man.” Smith admits that it was very funny. The pair came together again earlier this year via social media to raise $300,000 for charity when Ferrell challenged Smith to “the greatest drum versus cowbell showdown the world has ever seen.”
2. Elijah Wood and Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter might be part of one of the highest grossing movie franchise in history, but even Harry himself gets mistaken. Daniel Radcliff told GQ magazine that he constantly gets referred to as Frodo Baggins himself, Mr. Elijah Wood. Radcliffe said in the interview, “I was in Japan and someone held out a photo of him for me to sign. I couldn’t say it in Japanese so I wrote, ‘I’m not Elijah Wood but thanks anyway, Daniel Radcliffe.’” The star joked, “If I was a bit more puerile I would have written ‘The Lord Of The Rings is rubbish.’”
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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