Photoshop Phun: Athlete/Celebrity Look-Alikes

Eric GomezAnalyst ISeptember 20, 2008

Welcome to this week's (and the first ever) edition of Photoshop Phun!

While I'm certainly not the first person to notice that athletes share certain facial similarities with other well-known public figures, it's always fun to look at how some of our favorite sports figures seemingly have doppelgangers out there directing films, making music or communicating in a language that only Han Solo understands.

Here's ten athletes and their celebrity look-alikes:

—Roger Federer and Quentin Tarantino

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One of these guys wrote and directed Pulp Fiction. The other's won so many major tennis championships they should just name one of them "The Roger" already.

Both of them have jaws that could chew through solid metal.

—Robert Horry and Will Smith

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While Robert isn't exactly the kind of star who would merit his own biopic like Muhammad Ali is, you could definitely picture ol' Fresh Prince over here donning a Spurs jersey on screen and going "I'm covering Shaq? Awww hell naaaah."

—Stan Van Gundy and Ron Jeremy

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A little too obvious? Sure. But, funny story:

When I was about 15, Stan was still an assistant coach for the Heat. I had no idea who he was at the time, and one Sunday afternoon my dad and I are watching the NBA together when during a timeout I blurt out:

"Holy crap, what's Ron Jeremy doing sitting next to Pat Riley?"

And that's the story of how my dad found out I watched porn.

—Khalil Greene and Sean Penn as Spicoli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"

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—Long, flowing blond hair? Check.
—Doofy facial expressions? Check.
—Random outbursts of anger? Check, and check.

—Tony Dungy and Herman Edwards

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These guys get mistaken for one another even by NFL announcers. Also, I love how in every picture that I could find of them together it always looks like they're this close to kissing.

"It's like looking into the most beautiful of mirrors..."

—John Kruk and Chewbacca

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This is an actual transcript of a recent SportsCenter segment with John Kruk:

—SC anchor Mike Greenberg: John, do you think the Cubs will win the World Series this year?
—Kruk: Grarrrrr hurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

—Jeff Garcia and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in "Batman and Robin"

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One of them wanted to kill George Clooney, the other wants to kiss a Lombardi trophy someday.

Bonus points if you thought I was going to go for the obvious joke.

—Ronaldinho and Jar Jar Binks

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George Lucas has finally done it. Special effects so realistic you can't tell a human from a digital creature. I guess it's easy to score goals when defenders are trying to cover you and you... don't really exist.

—John Clayton and the Cryptkeeper

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One of them wants to give you inside information about the NFL, the other wants to tell you tales of the undead. Which is which, I'm not really sure.

—Sam Cassell and Gollum

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Sam also looks like an alien. And some kind of anteater and platypus hybrid.

However, I chose this comparison because it explains why Sam Cassell has had such a long and productive career in the NBA.

It's pretty easy to have defenders shy away from you when you're dribbling up court yelling "My precious!" in their faces.

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Eric Gomez is a writer from San Diego, California. His interests include referring to himself in the third person and doing play-by-play for local high school games even if no one asks him to.