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24th Apr '16 2:11:38 AM scooter
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* Adrien English, the bookseller/author in the series of gay mysteries by Josh Lanyon, is dogged by an occasionally remarked-upon close resemblance to Montgomery Clift. His attitude toward this if generally wry bemusement, once responding to one such observation by asking "Before or after the accident?"
--->"You remind me of that actor from ''A Place in the Sun.''"
--->"Elizabeth Taylor?"

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* Adrien English, the bookseller/author in the series of gay mysteries by Josh Lanyon, is dogged by an occasionally remarked-upon close resemblance to Montgomery Clift. His attitude toward this if generally wry bemusement, once responding to one such observation by asking "Before or after the accident?"
--->"You remind me of that actor from ''A Place in the Sun.''"
--->"Elizabeth Taylor?"
24th Apr '16 2:10:42 AM scooter
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* Adrien English, the bookseller/author in the series of gay mysteries by Josh Lanyon, is dogged by an occasionally remarked-upon close resemblance to Montgomery Clift. His attitude toward this if generally wry bemusement, once responding to one such observation by asking "Before or after the accident?"
--->"You remind me of that actor from ''A Place in the Sun.''"
--->"Elizabeth Taylor?"
14th Feb '16 6:02:29 AM Mdumas43073
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* Major Major Major Major in ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' is described as looking so much like Creator/HenryFonda that some of the other characters even start to suspect that he ''is'' Henry Fonda. In an interview, Joseph Heller said that, in a movie version, he would want Major to be played by either "[[CastingGag Henry Fonda or by somebody who looks nothing like Henry Fonda.]]" (In [[Film/CatchTwentyTwo the 1970 film]] adaptation, he was played by Bob Newhart).

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* Major Major Major Major in ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' is described as looking so much like Creator/HenryFonda that some of the other characters even start to suspect that he ''is'' Henry Fonda. In an interview, Joseph Heller said that, in a movie version, he would want Major to be played by either "[[CastingGag Henry Fonda or by somebody who looks nothing like Henry Fonda.]]" (In [[Film/CatchTwentyTwo the 1970 film]] adaptation, he was played by Bob Newhart).Creator/BobNewhart).
23rd Jan '16 12:21:47 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'' (the book, not the film), Mark Renton is said to resemble Alex [=McLeish=], while Sick Boy and Tommy are said to look like StevenSeagal and HarrisonFord respectively.

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* In ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'' (the book, not the film), Mark Renton is said to resemble Alex [=McLeish=], while Sick Boy and Tommy are said to look like StevenSeagal Creator/StevenSeagal and HarrisonFord Creator/HarrisonFord respectively.
6th Jan '16 10:53:47 PM jormis29
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* Major Major Major Major in ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' is described as looking so much like Creator/HenryFonda that some of the other characters even start to suspect that he ''is'' Henry Fonda. In an interview, Joseph Heller said that, in a movie version, he would want Major to be played by either "[[CastingGag Henry Fonda or by somebody who looks nothing like Henry Fonda.]]" (In the 1970 film adaptation, he was played by Bob Newhart).

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* Major Major Major Major in ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' is described as looking so much like Creator/HenryFonda that some of the other characters even start to suspect that he ''is'' Henry Fonda. In an interview, Joseph Heller said that, in a movie version, he would want Major to be played by either "[[CastingGag Henry Fonda or by somebody who looks nothing like Henry Fonda.]]" (In [[Film/CatchTwentyTwo the 1970 film film]] adaptation, he was played by Bob Newhart).
1st Oct '15 4:52:17 PM Micah
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* [[http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/scarlett-johansson-sues-bestselling-author-for-using-name-in-novel-tribute-8650285.html Scarlett Johansson actually is suing a French author for doing this with her in one of his books.]]
** And she actually managed to win her lawsuit. Apparently, just baldly stating that "character X looks like real-life person Y" is okay, but having "having character X be confused with real-life person Y and be treated as if he or she is Y" is considered over the line.
** However, many of her claims were rejected and she was awarded 2500 euros, not the 50000 euros she wanted. As a result of the case, the book continues to be published with only minor alterations.

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* [[http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/scarlett-johansson-sues-bestselling-author-for-using-name-in-novel-tribute-8650285.html Scarlett Johansson actually is suing sued a French author for doing this with her in one of his books.]]
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]] And she actually managed to win her lawsuit. win, too. Apparently, just baldly stating that "character X looks like real-life person Y" is okay, but having "having character X be confused with real-life person Y and be treated as if he or she is Y" is considered over the line.
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line. However, many of her claims were rejected and she was awarded 2500 euros, not the 50000 euros she wanted. As a result of the case, the book continues to be published with only minor alterations.
1st Oct '15 8:21:17 AM Epithumia
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** However, many of her claims were rejected and she was awarded 2500 euros, not the 50000 euros she wanted. As a result of the case, the book continues to be published with only minor alterations.
25th Aug '15 8:26:57 AM Mr.Movie
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* ''Literature/HowNotToWriteANovel'' marks this as a lazy and ineffective storytelling device.

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* ''Literature/HowNotToWriteANovel'' marks this as a lazy and ineffective storytelling device.device, giving two reasons why it doesn't work: First, if you just say your character looks like someone and drop the mic, then pre-existing impressions of that someone on the audience will, subconsciously or consciously, affect their perception of your character. Second, if you describe them relative to a celebrity (a younger George Clooney, a white Jet Li, a male Scarlett Johansson, etc.), then the reader will be doing the math when they should just be thinking of your character.
16th Aug '15 1:58:12 PM Micah
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* Mark Renton of ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'' (the book, not the film) is said to resemble Alex [=McLeish=].
** Sick Boy and Tommy are also said to look like StevenSeagal and HarrisonFord respectively.

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* Mark Renton of In ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'' (the book, not the film) film), Mark Renton is said to resemble Alex [=McLeish=].
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[=McLeish=], while Sick Boy and Tommy are also said to look like StevenSeagal and HarrisonFord respectively.
16th Aug '15 9:06:53 AM GaryKing95
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** Sick Boy and Tommy are also said to look like StevenSeagal and HarrisonFord respectively.
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