Dead Ringers: 21 Pairs of Cinematic Twins

  1. Jean-Claude Van Damme, Double Impact (1991) / Maximum Risk (1996)
    Tt’s possible to track Van Damme’s development just by looking at all of the movies where had to play dual roles, beginning with the 1991 cheesefest Double Impact.
  2. Jeremy Irons, Dead Ringers (1988)
    If there’s a gold standard for a single actor playing twins, it’s Jeremy Irons in Dead Ringers.
  3. Armie Hammer, The Social Network (2010)
    Played with perfect smarm by Armie Hammer, the Winklevoss twins look for all the world like some sort of win-prone master race, which makes it all the more satisfying every time their nerdy rival kicks their collective ass.
  4. Bette Davis, A Stolen Life (1946)/Dead Ringer (1964)
    Davis gleefully mugs so much in both movies, she’s practically daring the camera to throw a triplet into the mix.
  5. Nicolas Cage, Adaptation (2002)
    Both Kaufman brothers remain grounded and believable characters grappling with their limitations, very possibly the last thing anyone might have expected from the logline “Nicolas Cage plays twins.
  6. Edward Norton, Leaves Of Grass (2009)
    Given his serious-business actor bona fides, it’s not surprising Ed Norton was eventually selected to pull double duty as identical twin brothers in the pot-centric comedy Leaves Of Grass.
  7. Matt Lucas, Alice In Wonderland (2010)
    It’s almost a stretch to say that British comedian Matt Lucas played anything in Alice In Wonderland, given how much of his body and face were replaced by ghastly CGI to make him into the globular, cartoonishly inhuman Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
  8. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Man In The Iron Mask (1998)
    DiCaprio was still years away from his prestige performances in Scorcese dramas; he took home the Golden Raspberry for Worst Screen Couple.
  9. Chris Rock, Bad Company (2002)
    Rock plays up the comedic element of this Trading Places scenario in his appreciation for the finer things secret-agent life provides him, but also manages to mine some pathos out of his character's predicament.
  10. Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler, Big Business (1988)
    Yes, both women play a set of identical twins who were mismatched at birth, leaving one Midler and one Tomlin with each duo.
  11. Paul Dano, There Will Be Blood (2007)
    Contrary to popular belief, twins Paul and Eli Sunday are not supposed to be the same character.
  12. Hayley Mills and Lindsay Lohan, The Parent Trap (1961/1998)
    Even in 1961, the Disney special effects were so effective that it’s difficult to remember that you’re not actually watching two different actresses playing these parts. And this is certainly Lohan’s far-more-successful effort of the two times she portrayed a set of twins.
  13. Lindsay Lohan, I Know Who Killed Me (2007)
    The film was so bad, in fact, that rather than saving Lohan’s career it netted her a hat trick of three Razzies: one for playing Aubrey, one for playing Dakota, and one for the two as the Worst Screen Couple of that year.
  14. Adam Sandler, Jack And Jill (2011)
    Sandler gives a broadly caricatured performance as Jill, but at least it is a performance; it’s too bad he’s giving it in such a crude, lazy movie.
  15. Margot Kidder, Sisters (1973)
    As the twins, Kidder is both repressed and unleashed, violent and vulnerable.
  16. Jackie Chan, Twin Dragons (1992)
    Two Jackie Chans may be one more than a movie needs, but Twin Dragons still has a few startling set pieces worth watching
  17. Freddie Highmore, The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
    Highmore handles his double roles well, although he wasn’t a green actor by that point (Spiderwick was his 10th movie). He creates two separate kids out of Jared and Simon, a tough task even for the most veteran actor.
  18. Kevin Heffernan, Beerfest (2006)
    When you think about it, the conceit of the same actor playing twins is kind of silly (and also kind of awesome). Beerfest comments on this by killing off Kevin Heffernan’s human drinking machine, Phil “Landfill” Krundle, halfway through the film.