Usually, we recognize actors only after the fact, once they become famous. But before they became well-established household names, they were known not for their name, but a character that they played. For example, who hasn't accidentally mixed up Macaulay Culkin with Kevin McCallister in the heyday of "Home Alone"? Or called Sylvester Stallone Rocky? Or mixed-up Lawrence Tureaud with Mr. T from the A-Team? You get the gist of it. Despite that, sometimes it doesn't even matter. The actors and the roles that they play often are so fused that they become inseparable in our minds.

Dutch graphic designer Ard Gelinck separates the inseparable and puts the two sides of the actor, the role and the performer, right next to each other for comparison. He does this in such a way that they seem to be hanging out and interacting with each other. And in a way, they are. It gives us a glimpse into the past, a throwback to the days long gone. It makes us reflect on how they and their careers have changed (or haven't) since they embodied the roles that we know them for.

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Sean Connery And James Bond

Sean Connery And James Bond

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

To 007 purists, Sean Connery will always be the definitive Bond.

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Gelinck has worked on these types of photo manipulations for about 10 years now, but don't worry—he doesn't seem to be running out of ideas any time soon. Quite the contrary. He continues to delight his 285k loyal followers on Instagram with regular uploads. And we've been covering most of them, so you can check out previous posts about him herehere, and here.

#2

Heath Ledger And The Joker

Heath Ledger And The Joker

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jamie1707
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1 month ago

gone too soon.

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Hugh Jackman And Wolverine

Hugh Jackman And Wolverine

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Zophra
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1 month ago

nothing to do with the post, just wanted to say I think he's a really nice guy.

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He shared more about his experience with Bored Panda: "The 'Then and Now' series is quite old when you consider that me and my brother made the first image for it about 10 years ago," Gelinck told Bored Panda. "About 5 years ago, I edited pictures for a lot of Dutch celebrities and it was a success, so I then started working with foreign celebrity photos. The first one was Madonna, and she even posted my image on her own Instagram."

But the Queen of Pop hasn't been the only celebrity that has recognized and publicly admired his work. Among others are Rob Lowe, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Annie Lennox, BeeGees, Jason Priestly, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Carice van Houten, Sylvester Stallone, Robbie Williams, Michael Douglas, Ricky Gervais, and many more that have also given him a shoutout. "When I think about it, the list is quite impressive," Gelinck said.

#4

Michael J. Fox And Marty McFly

Michael J. Fox And Marty McFly

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Sherri Haight
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1 month ago

Nah. I'll remember him as Alex Keaton from tv show first.

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#5

Charlie Chaplin And The Tramp

Charlie Chaplin And The Tramp

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Max L.
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1 month ago

Ohhhh My life is ruined forever. We always called him "Charlot" here in Italy !

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The digital artist himself thinks that the reason his photomontages are popular is because people enjoy "taking a trip down memory lane." And it's somewhat true. Just looking at them, one can get serious throwbacks to their childhood, or flashbacks of the bustling '80s and '90s. Someone might even get an urge to rewatch their favorite shows or movies with these actors in them. Any way you look at it, Gelinck's work is an experience of its own. What do you think, Pandas? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

#6

Mark Hamill And Luke Skywalker

Mark Hamill And Luke Skywalker

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

Poor Luke did not deserve the treatment he got in the new films.

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#7

Christina Applegate And Kelly Bundy

Christina Applegate And Kelly Bundy

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

I think she looks younger on the right.

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#8

Joaquin Phoenix And The Joker

Joaquin Phoenix And The Joker

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Krystyna Dabrowski
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1 month ago

Why is Joaquin taller?

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#9

Jack Nicholson And The Joker

Jack Nicholson And The Joker

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Dippin Dot
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1 month ago

I honestly don't think this was his most famous role.... my pick would have been Jack Torrance.

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#10

Sigourney Weaver And Ellen Ripley

Sigourney Weaver And Ellen Ripley

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Ellen Ripley is the toughest chick in the movies. I admire her strength and resolve.

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#11

Elijah Wood And Frodo Baggins

Elijah Wood And Frodo Baggins

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Zophra
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1 month ago

He seems ageless if you view any past pictures.

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#12

Brian Cranston And Walter White

Brian Cranston And Walter White

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Eunice Probert
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1 month ago

But I always thought he was best in "Malcolm in the Middle".

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#13

Neil Patrick Harris And Doogie Howser M.D.

Neil Patrick Harris And Doogie Howser M.D.

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Laura
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1 month ago

Barney?

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#14

Henry Winkler And Fonzie

Henry Winkler And Fonzie

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

AYYYYY!

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#15

Drew Barrymore And Gertie (And E.T.)

Drew Barrymore And Gertie (And E.T.)

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Will Leslie
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1 month ago

Why is Harvey Weinstein in this picture?

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#16

Mike Myers And Austin Powers

Mike Myers And Austin Powers

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Mama Panda
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1 month ago

Groovy Baby!

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#17

Al Pacino And Tony Montana

Al Pacino And Tony Montana

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nycRed714
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1 month ago

First you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the woman!

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#18

Ralph Macchio And Daniel Larusso

Ralph Macchio And Daniel Larusso

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Hilary Mol
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1 month ago

I can't decide if this is creepy or kind of sweet.

Michael Dworkin-Robertson
Community Member
1 month ago

wow, you just don't get the concept, do you? THEY ARE BOTH HIM PAST (IN THE ROLE HE PLAYED) AND HIM IN PRESENT DAY REAL LIFE...you really need some help

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Mama Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

I would have loved to have seen him paired up with his role of Johnny from The Outsiders

Saint Thomas
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1 month ago

Bit of a creepy vibe on this one :-)

Jeremy
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1 month ago

not as creepy as the eddie murphy one imo

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Willow Anderson
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1 month ago

I always remembered him as Johnny from The Outsiders...

Keila Malone
Community Member
1 month ago

Stay golden, pony boy

Kate Kleinert
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1 month ago

What about Johnny man! We're doing this for Johnny!

Carsten Neubauer
Community Member
1 month ago

Fun fact: he is older in this picture than Pat Morita was, when he played Mr. Miyagi!

manon M
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1 month ago

Noo??!!!!

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

Ralph Macchio is definitely better looking now.

Sarah Ellison
Community Member
1 month ago

A proud father with his son!

Simon Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Its the same person, not creepy, just bloody older 👀

SoozeeQ
Community Member
1 month ago

Would never have picked this as Ralph Macchio today. Reminds me of a young Michael Gross from Family Ties.

Demongrrrrl
Community Member
1 month ago

Why was this downvoted? It's a perfectly legitimate statement and is not derogatory in any way.

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CincyReds
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1 month ago

Mu cousin vinnie!

Pamela Scott
Community Member
1 month ago

This one turned out creepy!

Simon Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Some people just don't keep there looks, l did, but put on bloody weight 😔

DaveC
Community Member
1 month ago

Kind of a Joe Biden pose there.

Caroline Clarridge
Community Member
1 month ago

Sorry I loved him in The outsiders way more!!

Snowy Tundra
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1 month ago

I agree, but The Outsiders didn't get the support from the studio that Karate Kid did. It didn't get the wide distribution of KK either. I saw it on TV years after the theatrical release.

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Nymphadora Tonks
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1 month ago (edited)

If only they took one of the scenes he was smiling in....Why is everyone saying creepy?

Melissa Stewart-Watson
Community Member
1 month ago

Creepy ...

SF Angel
Community Member
1 month ago

“Wax on wax off”. I still say this to people I’m training at work.

Caroline Driver
Community Member
1 month ago

Not sure how it can be creepy if it's yourself

Jeff Daris
Community Member
1 month ago

This is Karate Kid Danielsan with Cobra Kai Daniel

Peter Day
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1 month ago

Outsiders man he was way more important as Johnny man

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
1 month ago

Well that looks super creepy

Barry Watt
Community Member
1 month ago

Another Father and Son photo XD

Cheryl Gyles
Community Member
1 month ago

I was beginning to think Ralph Macchio had a portrait in the attic (a la Dorian Gray) that aged throughout the years while he stayed forever a teenager!

Jessica
Community Member
1 month ago

Wax on wax off lol

Michelle Blasko
Community Member
1 month ago

Lmfao creepy af

DarkLumiya
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1 month ago

this has creep vibes :C

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#19

Sylvester Stallone And Rambo

Sylvester Stallone And Rambo

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Mark
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1 month ago

Rambo twists neck to the left, and he's dead ;)

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#20

Johnny Depp And The Hatter

Johnny Depp And The Hatter

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Soro Doeth
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1 month ago

Why isnt he next to captain Sparrow?????

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#21

Eddie Murphy And Axel Foley

Eddie Murphy And Axel Foley

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Andrew P Jump
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1 month ago

That's Eddie Murphy... with Eddie Murphy.

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#22

Jeff Cohen And Chunk

Jeff Cohen And Chunk

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heidi holmes
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1 month ago

Truffle Shuffle! <3

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#23

Emilia Clarke And Daenerys Targaryen

Emilia Clarke And Daenerys Targaryen

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Kenny Kulbiski
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1 month ago

I will probably never recover from Daenerys death.

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#24

Sylvester Stallone And Rocky Balboa

Sylvester Stallone And Rocky Balboa

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Soggy Crumpet
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1 month ago

There it is!!

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Millie Bobby Brown And Eleven

Millie Bobby Brown And Eleven

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mr. stark i don't feel so good
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1 month ago (edited)

I can't believe she's only 16. she's so much more mature than many adults yet she's half their age!

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#26

Don Johnson And James "Sonny" Crockett

Don Johnson And James "Sonny" Crockett

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Sherri Haight
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1 month ago

He grew more handsome.

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#27

Emilio Estevez And Andrew Clark

Emilio Estevez And Andrew Clark

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Andrew P Jump
Community Member
1 month ago

Legend.

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#28

John Stamos And Jesse Katsopolis

John Stamos And Jesse Katsopolis

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CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I remember watching a lifetime movie with him in it and he was some sort of crazy stalker killer that was interesting

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#29

Courtney Cox And Monica Geller

Courtney Cox And Monica Geller

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Demongrrrrl
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1 month ago

That's definitely not Monica. Way too '80s.

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#30

Jim Carrey And Lloyd Christmas

Jim Carrey And Lloyd Christmas

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CatWoman312
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1 month ago

Hello...Ace Ventura!?!

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