Ten of the best… doppelgängers

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

2009-03-03-t-10002. T-1000
Film: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Year:
1991
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick

The T-1000 is arguably one of cinema’s greatest doppelgängers, mainly because the evil Terminator can morph into whatever form it chooses (as if we needed to clarify). All well and good, but it does present a bit of a problem for us. Do we select the scene where a confused John has to try and tell the difference between two identitcal Sarah Connors (one was played by Hamilton’s own twin, fact) or do we instead choose the scene where it morphs in Jogn’s stepmother and then sticks a sodding great spear through his stepfather’s head? Oh come on, surely it’s no contest at all. Got milk?

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agent-smith-movie-wallpaper-800x6001. Agent Smith
Film: The Matrix Reloaded
Year:
2003
Director: The Wachowski Brothers
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Think what you like about Matrix Reloaded and its god-awful sequel (we certainly do), but there’s no denying that Neo’s fight with dozens upon dozens of Hugo Weavings in Reloaded’s ‘Burly Brawl’ sequence is nothing less than an amazing slice of cinematic action. Cool as hell and now imbued with the powers of ‘The One’, Neo kicks, punches, and generally beats the living snot out of an endless sea of Smith clones. While a very similar sequence – replete with Wagnerian rain effects – exists in the pathetic sequel, it’s the original fight that’s managed to come out on top when the two go head to head.