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We cannot unsee the striking visual similarity between Zach Braff and Dax Shepard

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Zach Braff, he of Scrubs and Garden State, is your standard leading man. Punk’d alum and Parenthood star Dax Shepard is, well, not. Where the former exudes a straight-laced domesticity, the other specializes in big-hearted slacker types. You’d be forgiven, then, for not realizing they’re the same person.


Braff took to Twitter yesterday to share a face-swapped photo of the pair, and the results are both astounding and disturbing. As Braff writes in the caption, apparently Kristen Bell is the first to discover the similarity, and it is terrifying. It’s the blue eyes, big schnozes, and complementary bone structures that truly align here, making the swap surprisingly convincing. This goes double for Shepard, who, post-swap, looks like a teenage Braff who’s way too into the Barenaked Ladies. Braff’s swap, on the other hand, is less seamless, but could pass in a glance, though it might leave passersby feeling as if they just saw a young Dan Rather who got slugged in the chin.

One Twitter user summarizes it thusly:

Can we get a shirt of that, please?

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.