It’s hard enough to establish yourself as a credible actor. It’s even harder when there is another credible actor who looks a little too much like you. It doesn’t matter how much talent you have. You’ll always end up typecasted as the B-list version of your doppelgänger.
All of the actors and actresses on this list are amazing in their own right — they just caught an unlucky break. It’s especially rough if you’re a younger sibling forced to compete against your talented older brother. These actors are trying to claw their way onto the A-list and out of the shadow of other actors, but it’s not going to be easy.
Jesse Plemons Is Like Matt Damon If He Let Himself Go
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Plemons has a pretty impressive acting career of his own that includes credits for Bridge of Spies and The Post. But no amount of dramatic roles will take away from the fact that he’s a redheaded, rounder version of Matt Damon.
Plus, it’s hard to compete with an actor who wrote and starred in his first major blockbuster. The lesson here is that if you’re ever watching something and say, “wow, Matt Damon doesn’t look so hot these days,” then you’re actually watching Jesse Plemons try his best.
Luke Evans And Orlando Bloom Were Both In The Hobbit And It Messed Everyone Up
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I’m not sure many would complain about having two people think hunky grace the silver screen. If we put aside The Hobbit, Bloom is definitely the A-list actor between the two. He starred in both the Lord of the Rings franchise and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
On the other hand, Evans has been in some prominent action movies, but nothing notable. He did manage to snag the role of Gaston though in 2017’s Beauty and the Beast. Take that, Orlando.
Bryce Dallas Howard Is Slowly Growing To Jessica Chastain’s Level Of Fame
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It’s hard to compete against powerhouse redhead like Chastain. She stole the show in films like Zero Dark Thirty, The Martian, and Interstellar. When you’re starring alongside Matt Damon and Matthew McConaughey, you’ve hit the big time.
Howard, on the other hand, is still working her way up. She landed the starring female role in the reboot of the Jurassic Park series, but most people can’t name another movie she’s in. Keep reading to see what other two redhead actresses have to battle it out in Hollywood.
No, These Are Not Just Different Photos Of Tom Hardy
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I know you’re probably thinking, “Why did they post three separate photos of the British actor in all the action movies?” Well, we didn’t. The actor you’re thinking of is Tom Hardy — a.k.a. Bane, “Mad” Max, total hunk — and he’s on the far right.
On the left is Logan Marshal-Green and in the middle is Sam Worthington. Both are respected actors in their field, but just can’t find their big break. It’s not easy to get a starring role when Tom Hardy is in basically every movie.
There’s A Baldwin Brother For The A, B, C, And D List
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My heart goes out to all the pressure Alec Baldwin must have to be the only A-list actor who has to provide for the entire family. Because we all know William, Stephen, and Jeff aren’t making any money move.
Also, Jeff isn’t even a Baldwin brother. Daniel is the name of the fourth one, and you probably didn’t even notice I change the name because that’s how forgettable he is. The only semi-famous Baldwin brother is Stephen because his daughter Hailey is a model who just got engaged to Justin Beiber.
Isla Fisher Is The Comedy Version Of Amy Adams
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The battle of the redhead actresses continues. But these two have it even harder because people routinely mistake them for each other. They’ve both been gracious about it, and find their resemblance to be funny, not a burden.
Most people would say that Fisher is in Adams’ shadow, but they live in two separate Hollywood worlds. Adams is generally cast in dramatic roles, while Fischer thrives in comedies like Wedding Crashers and Hot Rod. The two actors coming up are brothers, but one’s a superhero that will always be on the A-list.
Apparently Skeet Ulrich And Johnny Depp Didn’t Wash Their Hair In The ’90s
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Both Skeet Ulrich and Johnny Depp started their careers as the swoon-worthy leads in ’90s films. Depp went on to become the superstar that we all know him to be. Ulrich decided instead to make the switch to television by starring in shows like Jericho, Law & Order, and CW’s Riverdale.
The two actors have a similar bad-boy appearance, but Ulrich spends his free time woodworking, and Depp is now known for his violent behavior from drug and alcohol abuse. Maybe it’s time to take him off the A-list.
Benicio del Toro Literally Looks Like Brad Pitt In Disguise From The Paparazzi
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I’m not trying to be dramatic here, but Benicio del Toro looks like Brad Pitt if Pitt was stoned and put on a fake wig and mustache to avoid fans noticing him.
In all seriousness, we all know why Pitt has been on the A-list for decades. Del Toro is also an incredible actor with a list of impressive credits, but none of them ever get the same attention as a Brad Pitt film.
Liam Hemsworth Probably Had To Always Be Luigi
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It seems like no matter what Liam Hemsworth does he’ll never be able to overtake his older brother Chris. Liam starred in The Hunger Games franchise and is engaged to superstar Miley Cyrus, but Chris will always be Thor.
The only comforting fact is that Chris has to compete with all the other Chris’ in Hollywood, like Pratt, Evans, and Pine. The next two actors are also brothers, but the younger one is actually gaining speed to make it onto the A-list.
Dave Franco Might Be Stealing His Older Brother’s Spotlight
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James Franco is everyone’s favorite cross between stoner and seriously talented actor. James has made a name for himself in films like 127 Hours, The Disaster Artist, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
His little brother Dave started out with small roles in James’ films but is now an actor with his own impressive credit role. You’d recognize him in 21 Jump Street, Neighbors, and Now You See Me. I think we may see a role reversal between these brothers soon.
Tilda Swinton Is Just A More Terrifying Version Of Cate Blanchett
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Swinton and Blanchett are both sought-after actresses in their own regard. Blanchett has an acting and stage career so long that it has its own Wikipedia page separate from her biography. She can handle everything from fantasy to drama and even a Marvel Comic Universe character.
Swinton is a bigger star in the art-deco side of Hollywood. People have never questioned her acting skills, but she is known more for her unique, androgynous look.
The Internet Is Undecided On Josh Duhamel And Timothy Olyphant
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Timothy Olyphant is one of those actors that not many people know, but the ones who do praise him nonstop. On the other hand, Josh Duhamel is one of those actors everyone knows (in part from his marriage to Fergie), but people don’t try to defend his acting skills.
So between the two, it’s hard to say which one is the A-list version. Olyphant definitely has more acting praise, but can you be on the A-list if no one knows you? Continue reading to see if you even know this B-list brother exists.
Jesse Eisenberg Is The Slightly Less Awkward Version Of Michael Cera
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Cera reinvented the typecast of the awkward, thin male who has a soft, romantic side. His breakout roles in Arrested Development, Superbad, and Juno put his name on the map. He may not star in blockbuster films, but he’s in a field of his own.
Eisenberg does just the opposite. He has starred in huge films like The Social Network, Batman v Superman, and Zombieland. Unfortunately for him, he looks a little too much like Cera to be recognized as an A-list celebrity.
Kiera Knightley Has Always Been In Natalie Portman’s Shadow
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We mean it when we say Knightley has always had to claw her way out from behind Portman. Her first major role was as the handmade and decoy for Portman’s character in Star Wars: Episode I.
Since their role together, the two actresses took different career paths. Knightley did star in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise but does a lot of period pieces. Portman has landed roles in Thor, Black Swan, and Jackie.
Tom Hanks’ Brother Jim Lives On The B-List As A Voice Actor
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Believe it or not, Tom Hanks has a brother Jim who works in show business. Having Tom as an older brother would make it practically impossible to differentiate yourself as an actor in Hollywood.
Jim took a different approach. He chose to use Tom’s fame to his advantage. The two have nearly identical voices, so Jim pays the bill doing Tom Hanks’ voiceovers. So if your Woody doll has a recording, it was probably recorded by Jim. Keep reading to see if Angelina Jolie’s father is on the A-list or the B-list.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Is An Edgier, Paler Version Of Javier Bardem
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Morgan and Bardem are both incredible actors, but they work in two entirely different spheres of Hollywood. Morgan is best known as a TV actor who has had prominent roles on Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife, and The Walking Dead.
Bardem is a Spanish actor, so he primarily stars in foreign language films. Even though they’re in a different language, they’re still blockbuster hits that force Morgan to stay on the B-list.
Jon Cryer Will Always Be The Second Pick If They Can’t Cast Matthew Broderick
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Cryer and Broderick were the two to watch in the 1980s. Cryer had a starring role in Pretty In Pink, and Broderick will always be known for the success of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
As for the rest of their careers, Broderick landed the credit of voicing Simba in Lion King. Cryer didn’t have many major roles until 2003 when he partnered with Charlie Sheen for Two And A Half Men, but we all know why that show was cut short.
Imagine Being As Good An Actor As Jon Voight And Still Being Second Fiddle To Christopher Walken
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Yes, that’s right, Jon Voight is Angelina Jolie’s father. The two are estranged, which is why Angelina dropped “Voight” from her last name, but she definitely got her acting chops from him. Voight is respected in Hollywood as one of the best actors of the past 50 years.
Unfortunately, he has been overshadowed by Walken. Walken’s unique style of acting and speech patterns make him much more memorable to the public.
One Is From Scotland, One Is From New Zealand, But Both Are Terrific Actors
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Gerard Butler and Russell Crowe are another example of two phenomenal actors who take on completely different roles. Butler is best known for his roles in romantic comedies, and particularly as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.
Crowe instead is more into action and drama films like Gladiator, American Gangster, and A Beautiful Mind. Just like Isla Fisher and Amy Adams, if you’re the dramatic actor, you make the A-list faster than the comedic actor.
I Bet You Didn’t Know Rob Lowe Had A Younger Brother Named Chad
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All these unknown brothers keep cropping up out of nowhere, and it makes sense when they’re stuck in their older sibling’s shadow. Chad Lowe has made a name for himself on TV shows like ER, Melrose Place, Pretty Little Liars, and 24. But he’s still Rob’s little brother.
Chad even grew up with the same group of friends like Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, and Robert Downey Jr., but he just couldn’t make his way into the Brat Pack.