Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson: Are they the new Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton?

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Admit it: You’re not entirely sure which one starred in The Pacifier. But no shame! It’s easy to confuse Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson — both are beefy, in body and at the box office. Both have starred in action franchises and cuddly family flicks. And both are starring in this weekend’s Fast Five. But how can that happen?! I’m not completely convinced that they’re not the same person. Come on, have we ever seen them in the same room together? Oh wait, we have? Okay, so they might be two entirely different human beings, but if nothing else, Johnson’s sneaky facial hair just proves that he’s bizarro Vin. But let’s see if you can tell them apart based on their career choices. Without cheating, see if you could name which one of the two actors starred in the following movies (Beware: I’ll sic the Scorpion King on anyone tempted to head to IMDb right now… ):









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Answers: 1: Dwayne Johnson, 2: Dwayne Johnson, 3: Vin Diesel, 4: Vin Diesel, 5: Dwayne Johnson, 6: Vin Diesel, 7: Dwayne Johnson, 8: Dwayne Johnson

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  • Ashley

    Not Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton at all. I can very easily tell the two of them apart.

    • J

      I never confused Pullman and Paxton to begin with. No self-respecting “Aliens” fan ever would.

      • sakara

        they are all bland!

      • Psac

        Game over man!

    • DTO

      There’s also the Nick Nolte/Bary Busey debate.

      • DTO

        *Gary, damnit!

    • LOL

      Wow, this is stupid even for EW. Must be a slow news day.

    • Yermama

      Wow, we can never remember which Bill we just saw in a movie. Diesel and Dwayne are a little easier.

    • Liz Lemon

      Same. Dwayne and Vin look nothing alike. The only similarity is that they’re both made of muscle and are bald.
      But I’ve always mixed up Bill Paxton and Bill Pullman. Always.

      • jb

        Well, they are both beefy, bald, bi-racial bodybuilders bent on being action stars. But…the Rock is 20x better looking, acting, and singing than Vin Diesel.

    • Rob Grizzly

      Who the hell EVER confused Bill Paxton and Bill Pullman?

  • therealeverton

    It isn’t hard to tell either sets apart really. Perhaps it’s a little too easy to make this as much fun as I’d like it to be.

  • Bruce L

    The Johnson/Diesel confusion comes from the uncanny similarity of their physical appearances and career choices.

    The Pullman/Paxton confusion comes from their easily-confused names, and is at this point perhaps more an amusing meme than an actual “thing.”

    • jk

      Geez, you Ashley and therealeverton must be really fun to be around at parties.

      • therealeverton

        Yes, yes we are.

        Of courser not finding amusing, things that aren’t really that funny hasn’t been a problem thus far in my life. If you read my point I said I wanted this to be funnier than it was. I saw the attempt to have fun and wanted to like it, but the fact was the 4 people mentioned were so disimilar as to make it not that funny. Nice idea, just not nice enough.

        What’s the problem?

  • melly

    Dwayne is #1 on my celebrity “to do” list, so I can tell them apart very easily, however, Vin is no slouch either.

    • Bebe

      They you better be a guy. ‘Cause “The Rock” only likes c***.

  • shawn robinson

    Oh please. No one is confusing Vin Diesel for The Rock. Are people confusing Steven Segal for Hulk Hogan? Besides The Rock is better than Vin in every single way.

    • therealeverton

      Yeah I can’t see how anyone could confuse the 2, and Johnson’s been bald / shaven headed in what this one film?

      • Clifford

        Stop playing the race card! This has NOTHING to do with RACE! I am white and I don’t see color.

  • Well

    Not that there is anything wrong with it, but Vin Diesel is gay.

    • Clifford

      Gay, Gay, Gay! Why do people have to talk about Gay all the time? I am straight and I don’t feel the need to tell anyone about it.

  • HD

    The Dwayne Johnson is just a hot a handsome version of VinDiesel, but I can see why people would be confused. Also I can never tell who is Paxton or Pullman are.

  • Dave

    I still don’t know the difference between Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton. Which one is in Big Love?

    • IAA Confusion

      Paxton….Pretty sure.

  • Sorry

    I never had a problem with the two Bills, or these two. An extra 1 1/2 seconds of attention to detail is all it takes.

  • Zach

    I’m surprised how well people know the answers to those questions. I can tell them apart, though I have always thought they were similar, but I don’t follow their crappy careers closely enough to remember sh!t like Doom.

  • Zac

    Is EW serious? This a new low!

    • TJ

      Thank you. I’m sorry, it’s just not hard at all to tell them apart. Same with Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton, for that matter.

  • Paul

    The only thing they have in common is that they are bi-racial.

  • Darrin

    I saw Fast Five, and I swear these two just invented a whole new genre known as ‘steroid porn’ with all the attention paid to their overly-inflated bodies.

  • Monica jones

    bill pullman hot
    while you were sleeping
    i loved him in that movie with peter gellagher and sandra bullock

  • Lauren

    I’ve always confused Phil Collins and Bob Hoskins. And of course, Busey and Nolte.

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