Turns Out James Spader Does Not Look Like Kevin Rudd

I was running on the treadmill at the gym the other night, doing what I usually do: snooping on the people all around me, specifically at what they were watching on their in-built television monitors as they jogged along.

(Usually I go to the gym in the early afternoons and reserve a special sort of judgement for those who have their stations turned to The View. But I digress…)

Anyway, the other night an American entertainment program was previewing shows that are about to premiere on their fall programming, and one came up called The Blacklist. And there, in the few seconds worth of footage, was James Spader. Bald. That was surprise enough, but – and remember I’m watching this over someone’s shoulder, who’s no doubt pissed off with me by now, so my view wasn’t the best – I couldn’t shake the feeling that he reminded me of someone else.

Kevin Rudd! said my brain.

And once I made that connection, it could not be broken.

james spader and kevin rudd

I was so convinced that I came home and loaded up some pictures like you see above for a side-by-side comparison and showed them to Adam for a second opinion. They look similar!

“No, not even a little bit,” he said bluntly.

“Hold on, okay, let’s imagine Kevin was bald. Or James is wearing glasses. Can you see it then?”


“If you close your eyes just a little – ”

Adam interrupted me. “No. No. Just, no.”



I still think so (a bit).


Just to show I do have a decent track record for this kind of thing, let me show you a few I’ve earlier identified:

Gary Oldman / Sam Rockwell

Cadel Evans / Craig Lowdnes


What do you think??!

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Karen Andrews is the creator of Karen Andrews. This is one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country and is a two-time finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Is an exercise junkie (when she finds the time).


  1. Shelly says

    Gary Oldman/Sam Rockwell, yes. Cadel Evans and Craig Lowndes, yes. I look at James Spader, even when squinting, and I see James Spader….

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