Whenever a resemblance is noted In-Universe
between a celebrity and someone else.
It's a relatively common phenomenon. Some people do look alike, but since celebrities have such well known faces, people tend to see their resemblances in other people.
In magazines, this is often poked fun at with side by side photos of celebrities with people who resemble them, often with the caption "Switched at Birth
?", and often with the labels swapped.
In a brilliant (of course) bit of Refuge in Audacity
, Albert Einstein
would invoke this to anyone who approached him in the street, asking him to explain his theories. He would reply "Pardon me, sorry! Always I am mistaken for Professor Einstein."
It can be helpful for actors trying to break into Hollywood to already have this aspect. Some casting agencies will be asked by studios to look for someone who looks like [whatever] celebrity. Similarly, some writers and artists intentionally design fictional characters off of real life celebrities.
Although the audience can definitely feel that a certain character, actor or actress resembles a celebrity, this trope only applies if this resemblance is mentioned or purposely exploited in a work.
Compare Textual Celebrity Resemblance
, Separated-at-Birth Casting
, Comic Book Fantasy Casting
. Not to be confused with Identical Stranger
. Might overlap with Celebrity Paradox
Anime and Manga
- A Yuki-fangirl in Fruits Basket tells him that she looks like a famous Japanese actress. One of her friends, also squealing over Yuki, immediately says she doesn't.
- In Saint Young Men, a passing group of teenage girls remark on Jesus's resemblance to Johnny Depp.
- In Ocean's Twelve, Tess, played by Julia Roberts, pretends to be Julia Roberts.
- While all the survivors were stacked at a mall in Dawn of the Dead (2004), Kenneth bonds with the Gun-Shop owner across the street, Andy, by communicating via board and playing games on the rooftop. One of said games is "Shoot the Celebrity", which consisted in snipe a zombie that resembled a celebrity. So far, Andy got to shoot "Jay Leno", "Freddy Mercury" and "Rosie O'Donnel"
- In Saturday Night Fever, a drunken girl at the disco mistakes Tony (the protagonist, played by John Travolta) for Al Pacino and urges him to kiss her. Lampshaded when Tony wakes up in the morning and asks himself "Do I really look like Al Pacino?"
- In Russian war drama Eugene, Little Eugene and Katyusha Colonel Karavayev is played by famous Soviet actor and singer Mark Bernes. At one point, main character tells that girls like Colonel Karavayev, because he look like Mark Bernes.
- Blue Öyster Cult axeman and singer Eric Bloom has been noted to have had more than a passing resemblance to Oop North folk singer and comedian Mike Harding. As both inhabit such completely different musical worlds - not to mention the obvious difference between a New York accent on the one hand and a North Manchester accent on the other - this should not have mattered too much. But in the middle 1970's, both affected a trademark style involving bushy curly hair, glasses, big moustache and beard. And in middle 1976, the Blue Oyster Cult charted in Britain with their single The Rochdale Cowboy, featuring Eric's signature banjo and acoustic guitar playing, performed whilst perching on the back of a stuffed Alsatian dog. While at the same time, Mike was knocking the charts dead with his blistering heavy-rock electric guitar anthem, Don't Fear The Reaper. Both acts may have been on the same edition of Top of the Pops. As has been pointed out, it made it difficult to view anyone who looked like that as a top-notch heavy rock virtuouso guitarist...
- Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is constantly get mistaken for comedian Will Ferrell
- In Final Fantasy VI, Setzer announces that he plans to kidnap the opera singer Maria during that night's performance. Celes looks just like her, so she takes her place.