Parallel lives

My second question yesterday was rhetorical. Many die-hard science fiction fans know exactly who Kirk Acevedo is, and also know exactly who King Donovan was.

Among his many great dramatic roles, Kirk Acevedo played Charlie Francis on the cult sci-fi TV show Fringe. On that same show he also played another character: Charlie Francis.

Yes, same character, same name, played essentially the same way, with exactly the same voice, body language and mannerisms, but two quite different people. One of them you were supposed to like, the other you weren’t supposed to like.

There is a parallel here. Among his many great dramatic roles, King Donovan played Jack Belicec in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In that same film he also played another character: Jack Belicec.

Yes, same character, same name, played essentially the same way, with exactly the same voice, body language and mannerisms, but two quite different people. One of them you were supposed to like, the other you weren’t supposed to like.

So here we have two actors who look eerily similar to each other, each playing a compelling character in a sci-fi cult classic, as well as that character’s essentially identical but also opposite doppelganger.

These two eerily parallel pop-cultural offerings were also separated from each other by roughly half a century. Who says there aren’t higher dimensions?

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