Well the first time I did this, it was an experiment with a top 10 list. It's worked like gangbusters. The original LIST OF ACTORS WHO SHOULD PLAY BROTHERS is one of the most visited posts on the blog. So, I've revisited it and using some reader comments/suggestions and a few more personal insights have added 10 more sets of actors to the list.
Now a lot of this is based on personal observation. You may not agree with all of them, but I hope you can at least find the method to my madness. Have fun with this and feel free to leave your own suggestions!
1.)Paul Schneider and Nick Chinlund
Now I dug Schneider in "Assassination of Jesse James" and "LARS AND THE REAL GIRL" and Chinlund is a personal favorite of mine from his appearances in the Riddick films and "Tears of the Sun". I think the two of them together could pull off a great brother combo. They definitely have a similar look and could both pull off the rough edgy demeanor if called upon. Two fine actors.
2.) Tom Welling and Cillian Murphy
Look at the cheek bone structure, the nose, the lips. It's nearly uncanny. Now they aren't identical twins or anything, but there is definitely a "family resemblance". If you are living under a rock, you might not recognize Welling as SUPERMAN or Murphy as The Scarecrow or the lead in Danny Boyle's "SUNSHINE" or "28 Days Later". Both are exceptionally talented and could definitely make a great pair of siblings.
3.) James Purefoy and Thomas Jane
So yeah, I used Thomas Jane with Aaron Eckhart in the last version of this. So, you can throw Eckhart in for the family reunion as well. Jane has been a regular to the blog with "STANDER", "DARK COUNTRY" and "KILLSHOT" all being selections for the 365 Movies project. Purefoy is best known for "Resident Evil", "Rome" and "Camelot". These two look like they came out of a cloning vat together. I was watching "Ironclad" with Purefoy the other day and kept seeing Jane in there. Crazy.
4.) Brandon Slagle and Peter Dinklage
Now Brandon Slagle isn't a household name...yet, but he damn well should be. He's one of the hardest working cats I know in independent film; writing, directing and acting in tons of great projects. He is also the former frontman of industrial metal band Die Section. He's a multi-talented dude and a great friend. That said, the man looks just like Peter Dinklage. Dinklage is another fantastically talented actor as you can see from his lead role in "THE STATION AGENT" or his I-was-born-for-this-role performance on George R.R. Martin's fantastic "Game of Thrones" series. Heck, I guess they should have snagged up Mr. Slagle to play Jaime Lannister!
Check Brandon out HERE!
5.) Skeet Ulrich and Johnny Depp
This is borderline creepy and suggested by a reader. Talk about cloning! Ulrich had his big breakthrough in "Scream" and worked on two excellent, yet short lived series in the form of "Miracles" and "Jericho". Depp is...well...he's Johnny Fricking Depp. If you don't know who he is, you probably aren't reading this anyway. Enjoy your cave.
6.) Nicky Katt and Billy Zane
Embarrassing revelation time. I am far from gay, but if I were forced to participate in such activities, I would seek out Mr. Zane. I'm only slightly ashamed. He first impressed me in "DEMON KNIGHT" and of course his performances in "Dead Calm", "Titanic" and "Sniper" were also awesome, not to mention his brief cameo in "Zoolander". Nicky Katt is slightly less known, but has worked on projects like "Dazed and Confused", "Sin City", "Strange Days" and "Grindhouse". There is definitely a family resemblance. Oh, and this was reader suggested...I am not obsessed...I'm not...
7.) Ryan Gosling and Ben Foster
Talk about a couple of talented young actors. Ryan Gosling has knocked them out of the park with "Half Nelson", "LARS AND THE REAL GIRL" and soon to be hit "Drive" from Nicholas Winding Refn (also no stranger to the blog). Foster is just chilling in films like "3:10 to Yuma", "30 Days of Night" and "Alpha Dog" and also great in flicks like "The Punisher", "The Mechanic" and "PANDORUM". Not identical, but definitely a brotherly look about them and it would just be amazing to see these two fantastic actors working together.
8.) James McAvoy and Jeremy Renner
Okay hotshot, which one was in "28 Weeks Later"? "Wanted"? You may know if you're sharp. I get these two confused all the time. For the record, Renner did "28 Weeks Later" (the first role I remember him in) as well as fantastic performances in "The Town" (stole the film) and "Hurt Locker". McAvoy did "Wanted" along with "Atonement" and "The Last King of Scotland". Both are now a part of the Marvel Universe as well with McAvoy as Professor X in the new "X-Men: First Class" and Renner as Hawkeye in the upcoming "Avengers" flick. This one is definitely an uncanny match.
9.) Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe
Now this one may be the biggest stretch so far by looks, but these two of Australia's finest are always linked in my mind. Both are excellent at pulling off the gruff character and I can see them interchangeable in so many roles. Jackman is most memorable as "Wolverine" and for his role opposite Christian Bale in "The Prestige". Crowe has been all over the place but a couple roles you may not remember him from are "Virtuosity" (where he played the chilling Sid 6.7) and "The Quick and the Dead" where he played gunslinger turned holy man, Cort. Again, there is a limited resemblance which is good enough for Hollywood siblings, but there is just something about these two that belongs together.
10.) Charlie Hunnman and Chris Hemsworth
I love Hunnman in "Sons of Anarchy" and Hemsworth was great as Kirk's father in the latest "Trek" film...as well as a hell of a "Thor". With the scruffy look going on, they could both be brothers in some Norse adventure film. Hollywood should get cracking on that pronto!!!
Hope you enjoyed the latest list. Stay tuned for more top 10 lists.