My friend Ashley Seely has a theory that everyone has a Dutch doppelganger. She came to this conclusion because she’s living in the Netherlands and she keeps seeing Dutch people who look exactly like people she knows from home. I was inclined to doubt her theory until I watched the Australian surfing film Newcastle and I realized the truth: not only is she right, but her theory doesn’t go deep enough. If Canadians have Dutch doppelgangers, then Americans have their long lost twins in Australia.
I present the following as evidence.
The lead characters in Newcastle are a group of five teenage boys. Their names are Jesse, Fergus, Nathan, Scotty, and Andy. But their names aren’t important. It’s their faces. Three out of the five of them are the spitting image of actors I’d seen in different American films, all made at different times.
This is Jesse from Newcastle, played by Lachlan Buchanan.
This is ALSO Jesse, but from Free Willy, played by Jason James Richter.
VERDICT: Lachlan Buchanan looks more like the grown up version of Jason James Richter than the actual grown up version of Jason James Richter.
This is Andy from Newcastle, played by Kirk Jenkins
This is Dylan, from Zoom: Academy for Superheroes, played by Michael Cassidy.
VERDIT: Separated by birth in a time machine accident, which explains why Michael Cassidy is several years older than Kirk Jenkins.
This is Nathan from Newcastle, played by Ben Milliken
This is Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward in the Twilight movies.
VERDICT: I’d say that Dan Castle (director of Newcastle picked Ben Milliken specifically because he looked like Mr. Famous Vampy Guy, except Robert Pattinson was a nobody when they would have been casting for Newcastle.
Initially I thought that my recognition reflex was kicking in because I’d seen these specific boys somewhere before and I just couldn’t think of where. It’s annoying when that happens, but at least you can look it up on IMDB. There is nothing more frustrating than discovering the person you recognize actually looks like someone ELSE you recognize from a movie you can’t remember, because there’s no connection to follow except the one in your head. You HAVE to remember. I had a tough time with Andy, let me tell you. (It was remembering the superhero costume that did it).
Anyway, it’s crazy enough to start finding Australian doppelgangers of Americans (except Pattinson, he’s British), but to find three of them in the same movie is downright creepy. Is there an Australian walking around out there with your face??
Imagine you’re on vacation in Sydney and all of a sudden, BAM! It’s you, but not! How crazy would that be?
Anyway I’ll save the Newcastle review for another time, but if you absolutely MUST see the amazing Aussie look-alikes NOW, you can get the Newcastle DVD here.