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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

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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.

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Hugh Jackman And Wolverine

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Zophra
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

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Michael J. Fox And Marty McFly

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Charlie Chaplin And The Tramp

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Max L.
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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!

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Mark Hamill And Luke Skywalker

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Jack Nicholson And The Joker

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Sigourney Weaver And Ellen Ripley

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Raine Soo
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Elijah Wood And Frodo Baggins

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Brian Cranston And Walter White

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Henry Winkler And Fonzie

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Paul Applewhite
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Hey Fonze, you ever dream about a girl?" "Eyyyyyyy! I'm not the dream-er, I'm the dream-ee!"

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Drew Barrymore And Gertie (And E.T.)

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Al Pacino And Tony Montana

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Ralph Macchio And Daniel Larusso

Ralph Macchio And Daniel Larusso

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Sylvester Stallone And Rambo

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Johnny Depp And The Hatter

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Eddie Murphy And Axel Foley

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Emilia Clarke And Daenerys Targaryen

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Millie Bobby Brown And Eleven

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John Stamos And Jesse Katsopolis

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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Courtney Cox And Monica Geller

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Bill Skarsgard And Pennywise

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Dwight Schultz And Howling Mad Murdock From The A-Team

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Tom Hanks With Richard Drew From The Man With One Red Shoe

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or Josh Baskin, or Captain Richard Phillips, or Robert Langdon, or Walter Fielding, or Pep Streebek, or Forrest Gump, or Jim Lovell, or Captain Miller.........or countless other, more famous roles!

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Daniel Craig And James Bond

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Dolph Lundgren And Ivan Drago

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Kate Winslet And Rose Dewitt Bukater

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Mayim Bialik And Blossom Russo

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Ron Howard And Richie Cunningham

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jamie1707
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

he was a real cute, talented kid and is now an interesting, talented man. you gota love him.

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Gaten Matarazzo And Dustin Henderson

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner And Theo Huxtable

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Tom Cruise And Maverick

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Analyn Lahr
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd rather see him next to Lestat. But guess Interview With a Vampire isn't as well known as Too Gun, is it?

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Tony Danza And Tony Micelli

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Denzel Washington And Dr. Phillip Chandler

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Keshia Knight Pulliam And Rudy Huxtable

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Mr. T And B. A. Baracus From The A-Team

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Jason Priestley And Brandon Walsh From Beverly Hills 90210

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Anthony Michael Hall As Brian Johnson

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Ally Sheedy And Allison Reynolds

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Leonardo DiCaprio And Luke Brower

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Alyssa Milano And Samantha Micelli

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Miley Cyrus And Hannah Montana

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Mark
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who would have known back then, looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth.