Richard Branson may be the King of Conglomerates, but he also bears a striking resemblance to the King of the Jungle. Maybe his next venture will be the construction of a zoo/house of mirrors where he can go to look at himself and others like him.
(Credit is due to Mario, who pointed this one out to me).
Well, we know he's not a cylon because instead he's some sort of angel, or whatever, but that doesn't stop Gaius Baltar, a.k.a. James Callis from looking like a lion.
Here he is lounging in his harem's quarters, looking like the alpha male surveying his pride with displeasure.
And here he is, roaring into the microphone at a Battlestar concert with Bear McCreary. This is a good illustration of a concept I mentioned before: one does not necessarily need long hair to be considered a lion look-a-like. Although my first exposure to Callis was when he had long hair at the beginning of Battlestar Galactica, my conviction in his lionlike qualities has remained unwavering despite the shearing of his mane.
I originally planned to call this blog "Men Who Look Like Lions," but then I realized that would be closing myself off to a whole slew of potential lion look-a-likes. One of the first that came to mind was Gisele Bundchen.
In the picture above, I find her to be very lionlike. With the darker hair in contrast to her lion-colored outfit, she seems to fit right into the jungle behind her as if it were her natural habitat.
I think it is important to note at this point that it is not simply the flowing mane of hair that makes someone look like a lion, an impression you may have gotten from the first couple of posts. Although the hair will often cement the resemblance, I believe that there is a certain sort of leonine face, features that convey lion-ness. I will attempt to illustrate this point in future postings.
The origin of my interest in people who look like lions comes from Kevin Godley, of the band Godley and Creme. I saw the video for their song "Cry" back in the halcyon days when my basic cable included the best channel ever, The Tube, which showed nothing but videos all day long and often included rare live performances. The "Cry" video was in high rotation on The Tube, and every time I'd say to Rob, "Look, it's that lion guy!"
The video is also of note because its concept is a precursor to the morphing faces idea at the end of Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video. It includes many interesting faces besides the lion guy, including one person that looks just like Mr. T but less angry, and a girl who strongly resembles Michelle Pfeiffer. (I realize that information is more suited to Doppelmänia, but I can't help but point out the dops). You may also recognize the song, as it is constantly on the radio in Grand Theft Auto IV.