There Can Be Only One, Or Can There?
According to the 80s movie, Highlander, there are a few people who are immortal who are destined to roam the earth forever as long as they keep their heads. They each carry swords and they do battle between each other until one day. It's only a movie - or is it? If you take a look at these pictures and see if you can't find a comparison to these people to their modern-day celebrities. Are they immortals? Are they vampires? There Can Be Only One. You decide...
The man on the left is actor, Gerard Butler. He's been in hit movies like: 300 (2006), Machine Gun Preacher (2011), and let's not forget - The Phantom of the Opera (2004). The last one is a joke. I much prefer Butler in action films. Now take a look at the guy on the right. He looks very familiar. The picture is of an Irish immigrant that came to New York in the late 1850s. The picture can be found in the New York Public Library.
We all know that Russell Crowe loves to play in historical movies. In the past, he's been in Gladiator (2000), Cinderella Man (2005), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Master and Commander (2003). It is doubtful that Crowe can go anywhere today without being recognized, but in the late 1800s, the man on the right might have passed unnoticed. This picture is of an unidentified man and is pictured in the New York Public Library.
The king of Facebook may have been used to being treated like royalty. The guy on the right with the thinnish face and curly red hair is King Philip IV of Spain. Much like Zuckerberg, Philip started out young. He became king at the age of 16 and by the age of 23, he had turned Spain into a world superpower. Unfortunately, he was also the person responsible for the decline of Spain. Does the same fate mirror Zuckerberg's kingdom now that Facebook has gone public?
Everyone knows that Sly Stallone is also known as the "Italian Stallion", but did you know that he also might have been a Pope? That's Pope Gregory IX who lived during the 1200s. The picture is from a fresco created by the Italian renaissance painter, Rafael. You can see it if you travel to the Vatican. Pope Gregory IX's claim to fame was that he hired a guy by the name of Konrad von Marburg to be the Papal serial killer. von Marburg went around Europe killing anyone deemed a heretic. Pope Gregory blamed the Jews for most heretical crimes, but it wasn't beyond him to name a king to be tortured and killed. Luckily, he was only pope for 14 years. I always thought Stallone was a good guy???
We all know Jack Black, but does the guy on the right look familiar? It's no other than Paul Revere! The man made famous by the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow film called "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere". Revere was an American patriot that rode to warn the American colonists that "The British were coming!" (for the real story, see: Paul Revere According To Sarah Palin). In a bit of irony, Paul Revere was sort of like the characters that Jack Black likes to play. He was shiftless and didn't know what he wanted to do with his life. He switched careers often and got into trouble a lot for trying to be his own person.