Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 104 - Julie & Julia Celebrity Look-A-Likes

Day 104.

Those of you who read this blog regularly know that about 80% of my jokes are based on the fact that Chris Messina, the actor who plays Julie's husband Eric Powell, looks a lot like actual famous Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo. I honestly don't know why you guys keep coming back here--there's hardly ever any new material. It's all just Not Mark Ruffalo, Not Mark Ruffalo, Not Mark Ruffalo, all the time. I will be the first to say that NMR does not have that much comedic mileage left in him, but that doesn't mean I won't milk him for all he's worth. In the hopes of discovering an new look-a-like-based joke, I decided to see if any of the actual biographical subjects of Julie & Julia had good celebrity doppelgangers.

Hmmmm, Laura Bush as Julia Child? That sure is comical, isn't it? Maybe they only gave the job to Meryl, the #2 celebrity who most resembles Julia, after the former first lady turned the job down. I think it's actually pretty cool that this facial recognition software churned out Meryl as the #2 option. Is this basically what casting agents in Hollywood do? Also, the idea that Franz Lehar and Cher could have played Julia really amuses me. I don't even know who Franz Lehar is. Jet Li is also an entertaining possibility. I feel like he could have done Julia's secret spy life a lot of justice. Maybe we're going to have to do some sort of I'm Not There-style biopic to truly capture the essence of Julia Child.

Ahhh, more compelling results. Based on looks alone, Drew Barrymore, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Keira Knightley look more like the real Julie Powell than Amy Adams does. Again, I have no idea who this Sarit Hadad is, but I'm sure she would have made the Julie Powell character in the movie more amiable than the Adams version is now (well, that might have just been the real Julie Powell). I think Drew Barrymore would have been an interesting choice, but I suppose we'll never get to see that--she's too busy dating Justin Long. The mac guy? Really? Oh, and TONY DANZA!!! I would pay a shit ton of money to see a Julie & Julia with Tony Fucking Danza playing Julie. Is there any way we can make this happen? Internet, go! (also, while we're still not looking things up on urbandictionary... please don't try searching "Tony Danza." I warned you!)

This is actually the first time I've ever seen a photo of real Eric Powell and I have to admit, I did not expect him to be this goofy-looking. I mean, I always imagined him to be a poor man's Chris Messina (or a poor, poor man's Mark Ruffalo). But at the end of the day, he's just a regular man's Bertie Ahern. You know Bertie, the former Irish politician who served as Taoiseach of Ireland from 26 June 1997 to 7 May 2008? Yeah, that guy! Who knows if he would have been better than NMR or MR as Eric Powell, but I'm pretty sure he would've done a better job than Vince Vaughn. Vaughn is great in Wedding Crashers, but I just feel like he'd try too hard to steal the show--when Eric Powell is really just a supporting player.

And just confirming what we already know...

ONLY 59%!?!?! BULLSHIT! 

Julie & Julia Quote of the Day: "Hi, you've reached Eric Powell at Archaeology magazine. Leave a message."

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