Ten of the best… doppelgängers

Some of the best lookalikes, impersonators, spitting images and body doubles in sci-fi.

Scientific experiments, magic gone awry or simply impossible-to-tell twins, the doppelgänger comes in many shapes and sizes. Although usually the same shape and size as its counterpart. Here are just a few of SciFiNow’s favourite ‘double walkers’.

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multiplicity10. Doug Kinney
Film: Multiplicity
Year:
1996
Director: Harold Ramis
Cast: Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Eugene Levy

We’ve often wished we could be in two places at once (especially with the monthly SciFiNow deadline looming), but Doug Kinney gives the turn of phrase a whole new meaning in Harold Ramis’s fairly amusing comedy of mistaken identity. The work-stressed ordinary Joe meets up with a scientist and ends up cloning himself several times over so that he can spend more time with his wife and famiy, but predictably, things soon go awry when his clones (each with their own distinct personalities) start messing with his supposedly simple plan.

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evil-ash9. Evil Ash
Film: Army Of Darkness
Year:
1993
Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Bruce Campbell, Bridget Fonda

While the hapless Ash first met an evil version of himself back in Evil Dead II, it’s nowhere near as striking as the sequence Raimi put together for 1993’s Army of Darkness. Making references to The Three Stooges, Bad Ash mocks, slaps and continually punches his unfortunate twin and looks like he may well have the upper hand in the confrontation. With typical Campbell cool though, the tables are soon turned, when good Ash, tired with all the put-downs, shows his hyperactive counterpart the business end of his sawn-off shotgun. “Good, bad, I’m the one with the gun…”
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