If you were wondering whether Adam Sandler is one of the main actors in American Pie, you are not alone. Many can swear that the role of Jim Levenstein, a shy Jewish guy, was played by famous comedian Sandler. In this article, we will reveal the accuracy of that statement, so sit back and enjoy!
Despite what many people think, Adam Sandler was not in American Pie. Although, we do agree that Jim Levenstein looks like he could be his younger brother. The age difference of 12 years doesn’t seem like a big deal, and there are also many similarities between these two great actors.
Adam Sandler started his acting career only 4 years before Jason Biggs (Jim Levenstein), they both have two children, and after all, they act in similar movies. You might have also noticed they usually play the role of a good-hearted but naive guy, who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. The possible reason for the same type of role might be their visual appearance, which is also very similar. Interestingly, even Jason Biggs himself admitted that people confuse him with Adam Sandler. In 2019, he jokingly posted his transformation photo under #10yearschallenge. He placed a picture of him at a younger age, next to a picture of Adam Sandler today. Many celebs did the same with pictures of their lookalikes.
The Smile and the Eyes
When it comes to visual appearance, the first similarity that you can notice between Adam and Jason is their smile – and not only smile but their eyes, too. Now, we are not talking specifically about Adam and Jason, but instead, about the roles they play; it’s the roles that usually make people confused about these two actors.
In most of their movies, they have a shy smile, with half-open eyes – like they don’t find anything really funny, but they smile because of the specific situation or simply to hide their shyness. There are numerous images on Pinterest and Twitter that compare Adam and Jason, with heads slightly tilted to the left, gentle smile, and half-closed eyes. The pictures are usually very similar, no matter from which movie they originate.
Another interesting fact is that they have a very similar face shape, mouth, and teeth. In a period of 90s-00s, they had almost the same haircut and were known for that casual, dark and curly hairstyle. It’s the period when most of their popular movies were filmed, as well as the first
American Pie (1999), so it’s probably one more reason to confuse them.
The Roles They Play
As we mentioned, another similarity between the two actors is the type of movies in which they acted. If Adam played mostly in crime movies and Jason in Sci-Fi genre, we probably wouldn’t even notice how similar they are.
However, they are both well-known for their hilarious roles in comedy movies. Besides, not only that they mainly act in the same genre, but their roles are usually similar. If you take a random comedy movie that Adam Sandler played, and switch his role with Pie-character Jim Levenstein, the difference won’t be significant.
For example, take a look at the movie Anger Management, in which Adam plays Dave Buznik. He is the guy that was bullied in his teenage years, and even today, he is unable to form a proper relationship. He doesn’t feel comfortable at the workplace, the relation with his wife is far from perfect, and he hides his passive aggression behind a gentle, naive smile. On top of all, despite his good personality, he is the one that always gets into different kinds of troubles. When you analyze the character’s personality, it reminds a lot of Jim Levenstein, doesn’t it?
Although Adam and Jason are similar when it comes to the roles they play, they are also similar in real life. That’s why you can find them under the “Hollywood Lookalikes” or “Separated at Birth” section on many celebrities-related websites.
At first, let’s mention that Sandler is only 2 centimeters higher than Biggs. Besides, they have almost the same body construction and a very similar gesticulation. You might have even noticed certain similarities if you ever watched interviews with these two guys. They are much different than the roles they play, being funny, confident, and secure. Apart from the movies in which they act, these two actors are similar in the real-life as well.
Another thing you might have noticed is that they both have a bit longer noses and dark, curly hair. Also, in real life, both Adam and Jason have that special boyish charm, which makes them a common topic of talking among women, when it comes to celebrity talk.
A funny thing is that they have a similar clothing style when they go out. Most of the time, you can see them in two variants – it’s either a classic, elegant suit or a simple, plain, one-color t-shirt. Even in their real-life edition, they can be easy to mistake for one another.
To Sum It Up
So, although Adam Sandler doesn’t act in the American Pie, we have to admit that he would be the perfect fit if Jason Biggs declined the role. They have very similar smile and eyes, almost the same height, and in the movies that they are popular for, they usually have the same haircut. In addition to all of that, we can see both Adam and Jason either in a formal suit, or a casual, plain t-shirt.
Since even Jason admits being mistaken for Adam Sandler, it’s no wonder that you have mistaken these two great actors, who are very similar even in real life. The similarities were more expressed in their younger age, but it’s still easy to mistake them for one another, especially if you are not a movie freak or don’t watch celebrity interviews every single day.