This week, en route to my psychiatry tutorial, apropos of nothing at all, one of my classmates told me that I looked like Nicholas Cage. At first I was kind of pleased. Who wouldn't want to look like a Hollywood star? Well, me. Nicholas Cage has a lumpy face and always looks like he's in a trance. Exhibit #1:
Later that evening I got a txt msg from an old school friend who asked if I had perhaps been moonlighting as Eric "Rick" Forrester Jr. on The Bold and The Beautiful. I had no idea what or who she was talking about so I had to google up some pictures. As it turns out, there is some superficial similarity there, especially around the region of the rock-hard abs. Exhibit #2:
All this star-comparison threw my thoughts back to last year when a friend emailed me from the US to say that Ryan Gosling had been on the cover of GQ and that he was my doppelganger. I wasn't exactly thrilled since at that point I'd just seen the movie Lars and the Real Girl in which Mr Gosling plays a socially inept loser who falls in love with a blow-up sex doll. Hopefully that's not what my friend was referring to. Exhibit #3:
And finally we come to Frankie Muniz. A few years back, when Malcolm in the Middle was on TV, a work colleague remarked that I looked just like him. I had no idea that Mr Muniz even existed until that moment, when I suddenly found myself bound to him for all eternity. Here is what he looks like. Jolly little twerp, isn't he? Exhibit #4:
Four quite different looking famous people, all of whom apparently look like me. Or me like them, I suppose. Isn't it strange that we don't say, "Hey Frankie Muniz looks just like you!" - it's always, "Hey you look just like Frankie Muniz! Ha ha ha ha!"
Yet when I look at the pictures all together now I do see that there are certain themes. Bad haircuts are right up there. As are big bushy eyebrows. And bags under the eyes. And a certain hang-dog look. I guess I can live with that.
It's closer to reality at least than someone else's assessment of me. The website genderanalyzer.com claims to be able to analyze a blog feed and deduce from it whether the writer is male or female. And apparently it thinks I'm a woman. Although it's only 61% certain.