Today on Aiming Low, Dresden asked, “Who would play you in the movie version of your life?” I haven’t thought about this peculiarity recently, but years ago when the show was still popular, I’d have a lot of people tell me that I looked a lot like Cree Summer. Most of you probably just cocked your head to the side a la puppy-heard-a-strange-noise and asked, Who? You probably remember her best from her role as “Freddie” in A Different World. Nowadays, she has a solid career doing voice-overs for an assortment of popular cartoons.
I can defintely see some minor resemblances, but I never quite saw it as much as others seemed to. In the early to mid-90s, it was quite common for some random stranger to see me and then have an expression of mild recognition squint their eyes. “You like like someone I know…someone famous, maybe?” Then they’d stand there tapping their feet, as if those motions would help them fish a clear answer out of the foggy depths of their memory. After a few more seconds of ogling me, that aha! moment sparked, punctuated by a finger snap: “I know! You look just like Freddie! Y’know, from A Different World.”
Yeah. I know. Now please stop following me around the store. Thankyouverymuch.
Sometimes, the recognition was instant. “OHMYGAWWWWW, you look just like Freddie! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!” Fist up in Black-is-Beautiful solidarity.
My friends all said that my personality was even a bit like Freddie’s – earthy, brainy, optimistic to a fault, and in touch with my heritage. Guess which one of those four qualities I don’t have anymore.
So, what say you?
Has anyone ever mistaken you for anyone else, famous or not? Which celebrity do you think looks the most like you? There are several celebrity look alike generators on the ‘net that you can use. My favorite to tinker with is this one. You do have to do a quick registration and then click “skip all offers” to deflect the advertisments, but you can be done with that in less than a minute and then find out which celebrities have similar features. This one said I look the most like Beyonce (yay!), but then a couple of clicks down the line, it said I looked like Eddie Murphy (boo!).