My wife and I are in the middle of watching season two of the television show House MD. A show she absolutely loves.
Well, it's bothered me for awhile that Dr. James Wilson, the chief oncologist for Princeton Plainsboro hospital looked very young to me.
"I bet he's a lot younger than they try to make him on the show." I tell my wife.
"What do you mean, he looks like a middle aged man, probably forty or so." She says.
"No way, I bet he's not even 30, he just looks so young to me." I respond.
So I check imdb.com in sheer confidence that Dr. Wilson (played by Robert Sean Leonard), surely must be under 30. But alas, I check and he's 37, probably some where between my wife's guess of 40-something and mine of under 30.
But then I look at his bio info...
"I can't believe it." I exclaim. "No wonder I think he looks so young."
It was at that moment that I realized Dr. James Wilson of House had been one of John Keatings (Robin Williams) students in the late 80s in the film Dead Poet's Society. In fact, Robert Sean Leonard was the lead actor along side Williams and Ethan Hawke.
It was as though, subconsciously when I saw 37 year old Dr. Wilson on the screen my brain saw 20 year old Neil Perry from Dead Poet's Society.
Actors...you're used to them in one film and then they pop up in another and mess with your head.
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