Remember when Facebook users staged a “doppelganger week” earlier this year and practically everyone changed their profile picture to a celebrity they get told they look like? Select close friends of mine elected celebrities like Keanu Reeves, Justin Long, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen and the dude who played McLovin. As for me, I chose Adrian Grenier, a.k.a. Entourage’s Vinny Chase.
It struck me as remarkable that so many ordinary people bore striking resemblances to someone famous, even just among my inner circle. What’s even more remarkable is that so many of these famous people look like dead-ringers for other celebrities — for example, Keira Knightley landed her first big movie role (in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace) primarily by looking exactly like Natalie Portman. And then there’s Tina Fey’s SNL portrayal of Sarah Palin.
Here are 10 musicians who have us seeing double.
10. ZOOEY DESCHANEL — KATY PERRY — EMILY BLUNT
This one was sort of obligatory, given the consistently high public profiles of Deschanel and Perry: The She & Him singer is every indie kid’s dream girl, and Perry’s risqué pop songs are topping charts. Both look eerily similar to English actress Emily Blunt, most famous for her work in The Devil Wears Prada (and her recent marriage to The Office star John Krasinski).
9. CHAD SMITH — WILL FERRELL
A lot of non-Red Hot Chili Peppers fans might have come across the band and asked themselves, “Whoa, I didn’t know Will Ferrell played the drums!”. He doesn’t—just cowbell. Chad Smith has referenced this when asked in numerous interviews, recounting how people come up to him in airports telling him they love his movies. He has even been known to wear a T-shirt while drumming for RHCP that reads “I AM NOT WILL FERRELL.” The two have actually met once, according to Smith — a brief encounter in which Ferrell sized Smith up, said (deadpan) “You’re very handsome,” and walked away.
8. KENNY G — “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC
I saw a “Weird Al” Yankovic-hosted special on TV back in the fifth grade or so, around the time I started listening to the perpetual joker’s music. I remember Yankovic meeting his “fans” on the street and asking what they liked most about his music. A group of girls said to him, “Oh, I love when you play the saxophone.” The (probably scripted) conversation went roughly as follows: “I
I don’t play saxophone.” “You’re
you’re not Kenny G?” “No. No, I’m not Kenny G.” “Oh
” (Girls walk away.) If you can ignore the two’s startlingly different expressions—Kenny’s “smooth” self-assured smile and Weird Al’s crazy-person bug eyes—they’re dead-ringers for one another.
7. BONO — ROBIN WILLIAMS
As Bono has aged, he’s grown to more and more resemble the comedian/actor with a different kind of vocal range. People in the U2 community have even started to call him Mrs. Doubtfire. Williams has acknowledged the similarity, referring to Bono as his stunt double” and even jokingly calling him “son” when their paths cross. Bono’s ever-present shades disguise the semblance, but the facial features and head shape are highly alike.
6. ROD STEWART — BARRY MANILOW
The hairdo, the nose, the smarmy look and attitude — the resemblance between the two pop stars has only increased as the two have gotten older. Interestingly, the relationship between Stewart and Manilow is more than just physical: Both have made a killing churning out massive singles that appeal mostly to people who don’t like music.
5. PHIL COLLINS — TERRY O’QUINN
Maybe a bit of a stretch—the lord of ‘80s pop music and the Lost star definitely have some facial differences, mainly the eyes. But they’re both completely bald, have similar lines on their face and often wear a similar little smirk. Or maybe it’s just the lighting of these pictures. Either way, I couldn’t get over how weirdly akin they look.
4. TREY ANASTASIO — WARREN ZEVON
In his younger days, Zevon didn’t look quite so much like the Phish guitarist, but towards the latter part of his life his red-brown, hippie-length hair and glasses are a near match. Granted, Anastasio can’t stop grinning like the lovable dork he is, making Zevon more like an older, more stern uncle.
3. FIONA APPLE — MARY-KATE OLSEN
Obviously Mary-Kate has her own true doppelganger, but Apple and Olsen even share a style: quasi-Bohemian attire, slightly-windblown-yet-kempt brownish-blonde hair to go with those big, piercing, light eyes.
2. JAMES MERCER — KEVIN SPACEY
The rare occasions on which Spacey sports facial hair make it all the more obvious, but the actor is a perfect counterpart to the bandleader of The Shins. The younger, slightly more slender Mercer could easily pass for early-career Spacey.
1. KANYE WEST — STEVE URKEL
West’s restless, chameleonic image makes this one hit-and-miss. But man, Kanye has made some fashion choices that just scream “Urkel” — check out those red-rimmed glasses! And he may not have been foolish enough to don suspenders in the same outfit, but that suit looks like something the chess club president might wear to prom. Of course, West makes anything he wears seem hip, but still he invites the comparison in this shot. As for how much he looks like the real-life Steve Urkel, Jaleel White? Not so much.
If you have other favorite musical doppelgangers, let us know in the comments section below.