I look like Vince Gill

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If you ever find yourself struggling to describe another person’s appearance, here’s what you do: Decide who would play that person in a movie.

Once you know someone's celebrity doppelganger, it offers a nice, familiar mental picture of that person. It also comes in handy should you ever actually have to produce a movie based on that person’s life. (I’m pretty sure this is how Sandra Bullock ended up in The Blind Side.)

So who would play me in a movie?

Easy: Vince Gill.

On multiple occasions throughout my life, friends, family and strangers have told me I look like the country singer, who performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday. It’s true. How do you know I’m not lying? Because of all the celebrities I could have said I resemble, I picked VINCE GILL. Check and mate.

The similarity was more pronounced in the mid-’90s, when I was still a clean-shaven high schooler, and Vince was still rocking a mullet at the CMAs. We were both slimmer then — weren’t we all? — but all the pieces were there. Dark, bushy hair. Noggin a little too bulky. Face a little too round. Cheeks a little too broad. Something’s going on with our noses, but it’s tough to put a finger on what.

But even though I’ve grown a goatee, and Vince and I have both packed on a few more pounds, we still sort of look like first cousins. And I can live with that. Vince Gill is no Keith Urban, but he’s certainly not a hideous man. On the scale of country-music attractiveness (Fig. 1), Vince Gill ranks somewhere between Brad Paisley and the Oak Ridge Boy with the really long beard.


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Strangely enough, Looking Like Vince Gill is not exactly a new phenomenon. The most famous Vince Gill lookalike is former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach. A guy named Ryan Parker even wrote a pretty funny song called A Coach Who Looks Like Vince Gill:


Frankly, I don’t see the resemblance. But I suppose Mike Leach would probably feel the same way about me.

So Vince Gill is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday (tickets are $42.50-$82.50). Maybe I’ll go. I’d like to meet him someday, if only to finally find out whether he thinks he looks like me, too. Maybe I could get a job as his lookalike, filling in at celebrity golf tournaments when he doesn’t have time to show up. (Actually, scratch that — Vince Gill always has time to show up at celebrity golf tournaments.)

Click here for tickets to Thursday’s show.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:16pm]

    

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