November 16, 2001
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I am too Krusty the Clown Robert DeNiro!
posted by plinth (40 comments total)
Here are a few photos of Joseph Manuella impersonating DeNiro: #1 (middle of page), and #2.
posted by rcade at 5:16 AM on November 16, 2001

I'm just fascinated by the use of "too" in the link. I've never seen such written down. I wonder what the origin of using a synonym for "also" for this kind of emphasis (although here, "too" is actually ironic, since, perhaps both people are DeNiro).
posted by ParisParamus at 5:20 AM on November 16, 2001

Hey you guys, stop spoiling it for everybody else! Lookalikes and doppelgangers are a great subject. The De Niro impersonator exposed, once again, the absurd(but irresistible)celebrity culture something rotten.
True story: the real De Niro was once turned away from a club in Lisbon for not stating who he was. I was inside at the time and the girl at the door goes "Wow - that guy looked exactly like Robert De Niro." For some reason this never happens to John Malkovich, another frequent visitor. Does anybody else look like him? Or perhaps it's just because he owns the Lisbon clubs and restaurants he goes to...
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:23 AM on November 16, 2001

I remember someone saying mathowie looked like a young Karl Malden. If your life depended on it, who would you be best equipped to impersonate? For instance.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:31 AM on November 16, 2001

people say i look like emotion eric.. or rather, he looks like me.
posted by lotsofno at 5:44 AM on November 16, 2001

From newsfi-with-Simpsons-joke to 'who do you look like?' in 11 easy steps. Philip IV of Spain (apart from the funky sideburns). (Damn, responding to a favourite-beer question... slaps wrist, slaps wrist.)
posted by rory at 5:47 AM on November 16, 2001

Actually, more like his younger brother (this is the painting I was looking for... saw it in the Prado when I was 18, when I looked exactly like this guy). Wow, a bit part in a minor Iberian mini-series is mine for the asking!
posted by rory at 5:51 AM on November 16, 2001

Lookalikes and doppelgangers are a great subject.

So, provide Metafilterians with links to interesting material about impostors.
posted by Carol Anne at 5:54 AM on November 16, 2001

Phil Hartman here, according to y2karl, grrr... Iberian mini-series already booked, rory, you handsome devil!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:56 AM on November 16, 2001

People tell me i look like Christopher Lloyd and Matthew Lillard. Figure that shit out.
posted by techgnollogic at 6:06 AM on November 16, 2001

The article mentions a "celebrity discount" on lodging. How does that work? Does Motel 6 have a deal going with the William Morris agency? And at what point do has-been celebrities lose their 20%-off at the all-you-can-eat Early Riser's Breakfast Bar? Does Pauly Shore pay full price like the rest of us shnooks?
posted by BT at 6:11 AM on November 16, 2001

Carol Anne, Karl Miller's Doubles was a great book. Here's an interesting article along the same lines. (The literature is endless on the subject!)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 6:14 AM on November 16, 2001

In Virtual Light, William Gibson describes an identification system called Separated at Birth that matches people's faces with celebrities, as in "This perp, he kinda looks like deNiro." Does anyone know of a site that approximates this function, iow matches an input picture against a database of celebrity portraits?
posted by mischief at 6:34 AM on November 16, 2001

Wow, that Am I a Lookalike site has exactly seven men and two women posted on it... can't wait for the IPO. And one of them has signed Ed Wells' ('John Cleese's') guestbook. The world of lookalikes is obviously not that vast... no wonder George Lucas needs all that CGI for Attack of the Clones.
posted by rory at 6:41 AM on November 16, 2001

My girlfriend says I look like Larry Hagman.

Evil doubles rule.
posted by Mocata at 6:50 AM on November 16, 2001

People come up to me at least three or four times a week and tell me that I look like Paul McCartney. I probably look more like him than this impersonator from International Celebrity Images.
posted by bragadocchio at 7:09 AM on November 16, 2001

Mocata: also Updike's The Coup and Garcia Marquez's the Autumn of the Patriarch. Though I agree with you that Calvino beats both into the ground.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:21 AM on November 16, 2001

I'm told (far more often than I'd like to be) that I look like either Shaggy from Scooby Doo or Eric Forman from That 70's Show... although neither resemblance has earned me a celebrity discount at a hotel or restaurant, dammit.
posted by spilon at 7:25 AM on November 16, 2001

Waitwaitwait. "Celebrity Discount" -- why on earth would they need discounts? Most of them make more in a minute than I make in a year.
posted by fnirt at 7:29 AM on November 16, 2001

Miguel: he rocks! I actually prefer The Baron in the Trees to those ones, even though it's less double-based.

But can anything compete with Roger Moore haunted by his own evil double?
posted by Mocata at 7:30 AM on November 16, 2001

Back in the days when "Last of the Mohicans" made him kinda famous, someone once told me I looked like Daniel Day Lewis. I was just about about to put the (pitiful) moves on when she finished the sentence with "you know, the guy from 'My Left Foot'"
Didn't leave the house for a month afterwards....
posted by muppetfiend at 8:06 AM on November 16, 2001

Does anyone else miss Spy magazine's "Separated at Birth"? Are there any other similar features in the U.S., Canadian or Australian press? This week's Private Eye "lookalike" section has writer Jan Morris, who famously changed to the female sex, and conductor Simon Rattle.
(Though this may be just a good excuse to link their Ladenesque cover this week...)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 8:26 AM on November 16, 2001

My celebrity look-a-like used to be Ned Flanders but Chester J. Lampwick is getting to be a better match these days. And I'm looking for a hotshot to put my last name up here.
posted by y2karl at 9:00 AM on November 16, 2001

Meanwhile, guess who's a dead ringer for a young Jeremy Irons...
posted by MiguelCardoso at 9:01 AM on November 16, 2001

one of the guys in my film thinks i look like louise brooks. i think he just wants me to kiss him. (note: i'm the short one.)
posted by pxe2000 at 9:20 AM on November 16, 2001

When I grow up, I want to be Neil Diamond, too.
posted by crunchland at 9:47 AM on November 16, 2001

Wanna see this Joseph Manuella in action, and decide on his acting abilities? Here you go. (warning- partial nudity and sexual situations ahead. May not be suitable for work.) But it sure is funny.
posted by bradth27 at 10:23 AM on November 16, 2001

I apparently look just like some guy Jessamyn knows named Eric, except he's black and has no teeth.
posted by kindall at 10:29 AM on November 16, 2001

kindall: post the picture, already! Photoshop in the teeth if you must. Ever since you've been A-listed to Kottke yesterday you've shown nothing but contempt for us Z-listers. Specially those like me who wish they'd been born just like Denzel Washington or even you. ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 10:54 AM on November 16, 2001

I don't have a pic of the guy named Eric, but there's a picture of me on my Web site's About page. Maybe I'll post an alternate version with more simulated melanin and fewer teeth.
posted by kindall at 11:51 AM on November 16, 2001

people have said i look like christina ricci. one time, a guy at a party said it, and then later he chased after me, calling me christina. unfortunately, i was drunk, and i thought he thought i was someone else. i probably could have gotten some action if i wasn't so MORONIC.

posted by sugarfish at 1:38 PM on November 16, 2001

well Sugarfish, I would be more than happy to help you out there, but unfortunately for me, I get told every damn week by someone new that I share my freaky face with this guy.
Love his music. But hey, he could use some beauty consultation.
posted by bradth27 at 1:58 PM on November 16, 2001

bradth27: looking like Bob Dylan is about as lucky as it gets - is there anything missing in his love life, I ask you? I bet you dance like Fred Astaire and sound like Louis Armstrong too. Complain, complain, complain... ! Some guys! And every week, he tells us!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 3:47 PM on November 16, 2001

yeah, I used to think it was really cool, back in my High School days...but try to get a date when you look like a guy that was once mistaken for a homeless person, he was so nasty.
Hey, I can't dance, and I've been known to scare cattle when I break out into song...
posted by bradth27 at 4:09 PM on November 16, 2001

Andy Warhol here, according to some.
posted by skyscraper at 4:19 PM on November 16, 2001

Philip IV, Karl Malden, Louise Brooks, Roger Moore,Chester J.Lampwick, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and now Andy Warhol... Well, what an attractive bunch we are here at MeFi, indeed!
So if the question were who'd you want to look like(and write like, and be like, and breathe, even to the point of accepting that he is now dead) then I'd have to say - though not a chance in hell, unfortunately - Samuel Beckett.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:05 PM on November 16, 2001

looking like Bob Dylan is about as lucky as it gets

25 year old Dylan, yes, present Dylan no: that moustache makes him look like Vincent Price as he, Vincent Price, looks like at this very moment!
posted by y2karl at 9:02 PM on November 16, 2001

An a prescient little post it was too...
posted by MiguelCardoso at 12:19 PM on November 17, 2001

Steven Seagal, though I'm sure it's because I'm tall and broad and have a pony tail and wear black occasionally. But this is the weird part--only African Americans say so. Never, NEVER, has anyone of any other race said I look like Seagal. What's that about?
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:37 AM on November 27, 2001

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