Casting has the ability to make or break a television show, and fans are more vocal now than ever before about casting decisions. One needs only to look at the outpouring of criticism that occurred when House Of The Dragon revealed its new cast of characters after the series jumped 10 years into the future in its first season.
While there are many things that a casting director can do to anger the most loyal of fans, there is one simple thing that always manages to make fans happy, and that’s casting actors who actually look similar to play on-screen siblings. It doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, fans are always thrilled and often take to websites like Reddit to express their praise for the casting directors’ diligence.
Richard Madden & Kit Harrington – Game Of Thrones
Game Of Thrones is one of those shows that regularly seems to nail the similarities between on-screen siblings, even when the siblings in question are half-siblings. This is true for the casting of Richard Madden as Robb Stark and Kit Harrington as Jon Snow.
Their sibling similarity is what inspired Reddit User KEC112992 to start a thread about other actors who look related to their on-screen siblings. Many users agreed with them, especially when the original poster went on to point out that it’s not just Robb and Kit that look related but also Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright), as he got older.
Ben Schwartz & Jenny Slate – Parks And Recreation
Parks And Recreation only featured one sibling relationship during its tenure, revolving around the obnoxious Jean-Ralphio and Mona Lisa Saperstein twins. Though they only appear in a handful of episodes, their personalities and stark sibling similarities stick out to fans of the fun workplace comedy.
Reddit user akhi1995 was the first to point out the similarities between actors Ben Schwartz and Jenny Slate, which quickly earned 305 upvotes. Reddit User harrisonisdead even added that there were extremely surprised when they found out that they weren’t actually related.
Jennifer Lawrence & Julia Stiles – Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook was a massive success when it was released in 2012 and cleaned up during the award circuit the following year. However, the casting department was never recognized for its impressive work, especially when it came to casting Jennifer Lawrence and Julia Stiles as sisters.
Though they might not seem related at first, Reddit user Kec112992 explained that they have “similar enough features and face shapes” that “could pass for sisters in real life.” Unsurprisingly, they weren’t the only users who agreed, with a few other users also naming the talented duo in the thread.
Liam Neeson & Ralph Fiennes – Clash Of The Titans
The 2010 fantasy action movie Clash Of The Titans followed Perseus as he battled the Underworld and Hades’s minions to save his family and Earth. The movie stars Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades, two actors who pulled off the sibling look perfectly in the movie.
Reddit user Carnificus explained it best, writing, “Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes both have that early caveman look” going on, which helped sell home the idea that they were godly siblings in the movie.
Tobey Maguire & Jake Gyllenhaal – Brothers
Not only have Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal both played characters in the Spider-Man franchise, but they also played on-screen brothers in the 2009 psychological war drama, Brothers.
Though Maguire and Gyllenhaal somewhat look-alike in real life, there’s something about their transformation into Sam and Tommy that works magic. Reddit user fog_City pointed this out, earning 112 up-votes of approval for their suggestion. Perhaps it’s the blue eyes and their stoic expressions that really drive home the sibling relationship.
Bryce Dallas Howard & Judy Greer – Jurassic World
Bryce Dallas Howard and Judy Greer are both having incredible years in their careers, with Howard directing The Book Of Boba Fett and staring in the final Jurassic World movie, while Greer appears in the hilarious Hulu comedy Reboot. In addition, to their success, both women pull off the coincidental feat of looking like actual siblings despite not being related.
In fact, Howard and Greer look so much alike that they’ve played realistic sisters in both Jurassic World and the 2004 period thriller The Village — a fact that Reddit user Vidzphile pointed out in a thread about convincing movie family pairings.
Kelsey Grammer & David Hyde Pierce – Frasier
Frasier is one of the best sitcom spin-offs of all time that is getting a highly anticipated revival in the next few years. While there’s no telling what made the show so beloved, part of the appeal could be because of the stark sibling similarities between Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier and his onscreen brother Niles, notably portrayed by David Hyde Pierce.
While Reddit user KEC112992 was the first to point out the similarities when they made the thread, several other Reddit users agreed or pointed out the same similarities between the onscreen brothers.
Casey Affleck & Scott Caan – Ocean’s Trilogy
The Ocean’s trilogy is often credited with defining the heist movie, in addition to giving audiences one of the most star-studded packed casts of all time. While several big names appeared in major roles, it is the smaller roles played by Casey Affleck and Scott Caan that has Reddit users jumping with joy because of the sibling similarity.
Affleck and Caan play the Malloy Twins in the series, and though they don’t have as many lines as the A-listers, they do manage to make an impact. Reddit user Goose_ was the first to point out the similarities in their appearance, with 78 people also agreeing with them.
Jennifer Aniston & Christina Applegate – Friends
Monica and Ross might be the full-time sibling characters on one of the best NBC sitcoms, Friends, but fans never thought they looked that similar beyond both being brunets. However, the sibling similarities between the Green sisters are something many people grabbed onto.
While Reddit user arandomact pointed out that Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon really pulled off the sibling look, it was HeadToToes that corrected them, saying Aniston and Christina Applegate are the two actresses that really displayed sibling similarities in Friends. Perhaps, Applegate also wins because she didn’t try to sleep with Ross.
Danny Devito & Arnold Schwarzenegger – Twins
One wouldn’t think Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzenegger could pull off being mistaken for siblings on screen or in real life, but they managed to pull it off in the 1998 comedy Twins. Despite their obvious height difference, their matching wardrobes and general face structure managed to do the trick for fans of the movie.
Reddit user hirasmas pointed out the odd but satisfying pairing in their response to a Reddit thread and earned several upvotes in approval, proving that some people do see similarities between these two vastly different actors.
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