Director Vanity: Stars That Look Like Their Directors

After seeing Leonardo DiCaprio’s haircut in Inception which looked all to familiar to Christopher Nolan’s iconic ‘do, it seemed fitting to investigate other notable director and star look-a-likes. It took a recent Entertainment Weekly cover of Robert Downey Jr. with a slicked back looking Jew-fro that couldn’t be ignored in comparison to Jon Favreau’s to finally make this a post. Here are some of the notable look-a-like director and star combos. Can you thing of any more!?

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton

Projects together: Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands

Look the most alike in: Edward Scissorhands

Woody Allen and Larry David

Films together: Whatever Works

Look the most alike in: Whatever Works

Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr.

Projects together: Iron Man 2, Iron Man

Look the most alike in: Iron Man 2

Francois Truffaut and Jean Pierre Leaud

Projects together: The 400 Blows, Antione and Colette, Love at Twenty, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, Two English Kisses, The American Night, Love on the Run

Look the most alike in: The American Night

Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio

Projects together: Inception

Look most alike in: Inception

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro

Projects together: Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New York New York, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Casino

Look most alike in: Casino

Nancy Meyers and Diane Keaton

Projects together: Something’s Gotta Give

Look most alike in: Something’s Gotta Give


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8 thoughts on “Director Vanity: Stars That Look Like Their Directors

    • Thanks for the comment and the Hit List submission as well! Glad you like it. I know, once I saw The 400 Blows and looked up Truffaut and Leaud’s other stuff and was shocked at the resemblance.

  1. Sometimes I think this is intentional, just to say that this is kind of an autobiographical take at some points in the film. Mostly with Whatever Works.

    • Yeah, I definitely agree. I would also wonder if it is ever the case that directors ever envision themselves in their film while they are imagining it.

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