Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Other Stars Play the Same Character in Time Travel Movies

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play the same character in 'Looper'

In the time travel movie "Looper," it wasn't easy for Joseph Gordon-Levitt to portray a younger version of Bruce Willis' character.

After spending three hours in a makeup chair and having prosthetics plastered on his face, JGL did start to slightly resemble Bruce, but it wasn't enough. Here's what Joseph said about his transformation: "The makeup certainly helps ... to make my face look a bit more like Bruce - but we knew that my face was never really going to look totally like Bruce Willis's. And even if it did, that wouldn't complete the illusion. What needed to happen was I needed to create a character that audiences would identify as (Willis's) character." He calls his transformation some of the best acting that he's done.

Interestingly, "Looper" isn't the first time travel movie in which another actor has played the same character as Bruce Willis. In Disney's "The Kid," Bruce's middle-aged character encounters his 8-year-old self while experiencing a midlife crisis. His younger self, played by Spencer Breslin, is upset that he doesn't grow up to become a pilot/dog owner. Needless to say, Bruce's character doesn't have to worry about being killed by his past self in this one.

Bruce isn't the only celeb who has shared a role with another actor in a time travel movie. Here's a look at a few other stars that have played the same character:

Robert Wagner and Rob Lowe

In "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," audiences were treated to two one-eyed Number Twos thanks to Dr. Evil's time machine. The resemblance between these two actors is so uncanny that Lowe just has to get cast as Wagner whenever Lifetime decides to make a movie about the death of Natalie Wood.

Leonardo Nimoy and Zachary Quinto

When they met for the first time before working on the 2009 "Star Trek" movie, Nimoy told People that his first words to Quinto were this: "Do you have any idea what you're getting into?" No doubt he was referring to the freakish fandom of Trekkies, which is something that Zachary will have to deal with for the rest of his life. Thanks to a time travel plot, Trekkies really got to geek out after seeing two Spocks together in "Star Trek," and Nimoy enjoyed getting to see someone else suffer through becoming a pointy-eared Vulcan. He also made sure to warn Quinto of one of the hazards of the job -- his eyebrows might grow back thinner after keeping half of them shaved off for too long.

Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones

"Men in Black 3" didn't just feature aliens - Will Smith's Agent J got to travel back in time. This called for Tommy Lee Jones to be temporarily replaced by Josh Brolin, who already resembles the living legend. However, he had a tough time perfecting his "really bad" Tommy Lee impersonation. Here's the poetic way that Josh described the older actor's voice: "It's like an instrument that's been played by nobody, where somebody asks you to not only learn how to play it but make an album in two months that everybody will hear."

So do you think that these stars of time travel movies did a decent job playing the same character?

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