Gru (Steve Carell) discovers his long lost identical twin brother, Dru (Steve Carell), in Despicable Me 3, with whom he must team up to stop evil child star turned criminal mastermind, Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker).
Hair-flicking, charismatic Dru does not seem to share many characteristics with Gru, but we are hoping these two will become pals by the end of the film. Both Gru and Dru are voiced by Carrell, but he’s not the only actor to play both siblings in a film. Here are the best film and TV siblings played by the same actor.
Tom Hardy as the Kray twins in Legend
Reggie and Ronnie Kray, though both delinquents, were different in personality. Ronnie appears more hostile and angry, while Reggie at least seems less villainous by marrying beloved wife Frances. Therefore it was almost two completely different characters Tom Hardy had to prepare for, ensuring that audiences are always able to distinguish between the pair.
Armie Hammer as Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss in The Social Network
In David Fincher's Oscar-nominated film Armie Hammer plays another real life set of brothers: the Winkelvoss twins.
Not only identical but also competitive athletes in the rowing team, Armie Hammer had to train physically to portray the ‘Winklevei’. Josh Pence is credited as being Tyler’s body double, as Armie Hammer’s face was digitally modified onto Pence’s body, but the latter played both brothers.
To get the actors prepared to play real life people, Fincher sent them to a ‘twin boot camp’, proving just how important it was to interpret these characters right.
Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe and Ursula Buffay in Friends
It’s not only in film that a single actor portrays siblings. Lisa Kudrow, one of the main stars of Friends, plays central character Phoebe Buffay and also her identical twin sister Ursula, who appears in eight episodes.
The few times Ursula appears in Friends she seems to always be making her twin sister’s life difficult. Whether that is starring in an adult film using Phoebe’s name or dating Joey, it’s no surprise Ursula is not the seventh member of the coffee shop gang. (Fun fact: Ursula was originally on a television series called Mad About You as an inept waitress, but she was developed for Friends).
Jeffrey Tambor as George and Oscar Bluth in Arrested Development
At the start of this hit series George Bluth, the head of the Bluth household, has committed some ‘light’ treason and is keen to escape jail. His hippy brother Oscar (who may or may not be the real father of Buster) gets tricked one too many times into accidentally replacing him so George can escape.
Due to their similarities, no one believes poor Oscar. He even has his own website to prove his innocence: http://imstilloscar.com. It’s safe to say George Bluth isn’t the best brother in the world.
Hayley Mills as Sharon McKendrick/Susan Evers (1961) and Lindsay Lohan as Annie James and Hallie Parker (1998) in The Parent Trap
If you haven’t seen either versions of The Parent Trap by now, this can’t come as a spoiler for you – Sharon/Susan and Annie/Hallie are identical twins separated at birth and reunite years later, realising they are twins and aim to get their parents back together.
1998's remake of The Parent Trap was Lindsay Lohan’s first film, so we wonder how many people were confused when she no longer played twin roles in her career.
Adam Sandler in Jack and Jill
Though critically panned (the film was nominated for all Razzie categories and won them all), we cannot forget Adam Sandler portraying fraternal twins Jack and Jill even if we tried.
Not only is Sandler playing siblings, but one female and one male twin, which we can’t help but feel never sounded like a good idea from the beginning.
Michael Fassbender as David and Walter in Alien: Covenant
Even though they are androids, they are more or less brothers as they have been manufactured by the same company, Weyland Industries. Ignoring the creepy moment with the recorder and a weird kiss, David and Walter seem like typical twin brothers due to their fighting and bickering. We won’t say any more as you can still catch Alien: Covenant at Cineworld now.
So what about Gru and Dru in Despicable Me 3?
Following the first and second films of the series, it will be nice to see Gru’s family continue to extend after adopting children, marrying his wife and now discovering his long lost brother.
Whether Gru and Dru will find best friends in each other in Despicable Me 3, we don’t know. We do know that excusing the hair, the pair look identical, so they are sure to bond over their love for solving crimes.
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Nadine Shambrook is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.