IN THE MURKY WORLD OF HOLLYWOOD, there are more than a few look-a-likes. Remember when Keira Knightly played Natalie Portman’s doppelganger in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and everyone was like, “What? Two Natalies?”
Sometimes these celebrity faces are so pervasive in our everyday lives that their mugs start to float into our subconscious, bubbling up in other contexts until BOOM, you see the face of Tom Cruise in a photo of a rabid dog jumping on Oprah’s couch, or Drake in an animated dinosaur from a 1980s film series that you don’t really remember, but you know you cried when the mom died.
With these mystical moments in mind, we threw together a gallery of celebrity-animal look-a-likes that run a little further than surface-deep. Mostly.
1. Chris Bosh and the Ostrich
Basketball players and ostriches have a couple of uncommon things in common. Both are unusually tall, with unparalleled speed and agility. Impossible to account for the expression Chris Bosh shares with this particular specimen, however.
2. Cher and the Afghan Hound
More than anyone else in pop — Lady Gaga being a rare exception — Cher is known for her shape-shifting ways. Constantly dogged by plastic surgery rumors (confirmed only by decades of agelessness), we like to imagine this is Cher’s weekend look. So pensive!
3. Drake and Littlefoot
LITTLE DRAKE LOOKS LIKE LITTLEFOOT! The sensitive nature that pervades Drake’s music make him the perfect soul cousin for the done-wrong but nonetheless good-doing animated Longneck.
4. James Franco and the Sloth
Hollywood’s most famous maybe-stoner finds more than an animal kingdom doppelganger in the sloth. It is unequivocally his spirit animal. It wouldn’t surprise us if future-Franco released an autobiography claiming to have existed as a sloth in a previous life. Samsara, man.
5. Jay-Z and the Camel
As legend would dictate, it’s actually the Camel cigarettes tuxedo-wearing mascot that bears a striking resemblance to Hov, but when you have primary resource evidence with attitude, you use it. Got 99 problems, but a duq* ain’t one.
*Duq: Somali for “old female camel.”
6. Paul McCartney and the Tortoise
How else can Macca’s longevity and endurance be explained than to say that he is the direct descendant of a long line of tortoises? The oldest known tortoise is said to be around 178 years old, and she’s still playing the hits for crowds of aging peace-and-lovers, too.
7. Prince William and the Grey Seal
Overbite? Check. Squint? Wave? Check, check. Ladies and gentlemen, a case-specific animal lookalike is confirmed! Convenient comparison aside, they also share the fact that they don’t serve much of a purpose and people take lots of pictures of them.
8. Rachel Ray and the Chipmunk
Chipper beyond measure, Rachel Ray deals in quick and easy family meals, and always dishes out her homemaking advice with an impossibly wide grin on her face. Fast like lightening, she moves around the kitchen foraging for ingredients and throwing them into a pot like so many nuts and berries. Uncanny.
9. Wallace Shawn and the Sea Lion
Wallace Shawn looks more like a sea lion now than ever, but this sea lion looks so much like Wallace Shawn of yesteryear, we can practically here it lisping, “INCONVEIVABLE!”
10. Woody Allen as the Goat
Every good Woody Allen comedy contains long scenes wherein his character (Alvy, Allan, Isaac, etc.) squabbles with the leading lady (usually played by Diane Keaton), attempting to win the argument about what? Insecurities? Lack of trust in others? Who else they’d rather be sleeping with? No matter what, it’s always a hilarious form of complaint that could only be described as bleating. Throw some specs on that goat, and it might as well be Woody in To Rome With Love.