September 12, 2018

19th Century Star Doppelgängers: Unbelievable Photos of Celebrities’ Civil War Look-Alikes

Some people share similar characteristics with others of the same background, or from the same families, or are even twins. However, there are also some bizarre cases of people who lived in completely different eras who look very alike. On social media there are innumerable pictures posted of ordinary people who look just like celebrities.

Nicolas Cage and Matthew McConaughey aren’t the only famous time travelers. See 19th century doppelgängers of John Travolta, Alec Baldwin, George W. Bush, and more...

1. Nicolas Cage

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In September 2011, Jack Mord, an eBay seller in Seattle, put a photograph up for sale under the headline “Nicolas Cage Is a Vampire.” Mord claimed the image shows “a man who looks exactly like Nick Cage. Personally, I believe it’s him and that he is some sort of walking undead/vampire, etc., who quickens/reinvents himself once every 75 years or so. One hundred and fifty years from now, he might be a politician, the leader of a cult, or a talk-show host.”

Though there were 78 offers—the asking price was $1 million—all were rejected, and as of Sept. 22, the photograph was removed from the site. It is unknown whether Mord found a buyer or whether, perhaps, Cage forked out a million dollars himself to hide his secret.


2. John Travolta

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A week after the Nicolas Cage photo was removed from eBay, another seller from St. Thomas, Ontario offered a 19th-century ambrotype photograph of a man who looked eerily like John Travolta, proving that he was a “time traveler.” The woman, who identified herself as “Fawn” (and is friends with Jack Mord, the seller of the Cage “vampire” photo), insists the image is real—even if the asking price, $50,000, was a joke.

“When you look at it and into the eyes of the sitter you will see what I mean!” the seller wrote in her listing. “I believe this is the photograph of a very young John Travolta taken around 1860...”

She then explained the gap between the photo date and Travolta’s alleged year of human birth, 1954, as follows: “For those of you who don’t know, John Travolta is a Scientologist and many Scientologists believe in a type of reincarnation. Of course, Time travel can’t be ruled out as well.”


3. Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey’s credo—and the name of his foundation—is “Just Keep Livin’.” The phrase comes from a line his character delivered in Dazed and Confused, but could it also explain why McConaughey appears in a Civil War–era photograph?


4. Christian Bale

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In 2005, Christian Bale starred in Batman Begins, but based on this portrait of a Civil War soldier, Batman Forever seems more appropriate.


5. Michael Phelps

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Sure, Michael Phelps has won 16 medals in his Olympic career—but how many did he win for his service in the Union Army?


6. Kyle Chandler

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In his Emmy Award-winning role as Coach Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights, Kyle Chandler taught his players, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” Did that also go for the Union?


7. Michael Shannon

Library of Congress (left); Bryan Bedder / Getty Images

On Boardwalk Empire, Michael Shannon’s character is wound way too tight. In the film Take Shelter, he’s haunted by apocalyptic visions. Or perhaps he’s just seen too much, having been alive 150 years.


8. Alec and Stephen Baldwin

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The Civil War famously pitted brother against brother—but not Alec and Stephen Baldwin.


9. George W. Bush

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When George W. Bush ran for president in 2000, opponents questioned whether his time with the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War had fulfilled the military-service requirement. He could have easily silenced his critics by talking about his time as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War.


10. Daniel Day-Lewis

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Was Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis actually born 10 score and two years ago—on Feb. 12? One thing is certain, he will soon be portraying the 16th president in Lincoln, a Steven Spielberg–directed biopic based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals. Coincidence?

(via The Daily Beast)




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