James Brolin Baffled by Christian Bale Look-Alike Claims: 'I Don't See It'

Exploring James Brolin's unlikely path to Hollywood success.

by Nouman Rasool
James Brolin Baffled by Christian Bale Look-Alike Claims: 'I Don't See It'
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James Brolin has often been told he resembles Christian Bale, a comparison that has puzzled him, as he admitted on a recent episode of "Watch What Happens Live." Despite the public's insistence that Bale could pass as his twin, Brolin remains bemused by the resemblance, even questioning the likeness of his son, Josh Brolin.

During the aftershow, a fan's question prompted host Andy Cohen to probe Brolin about the ongoing comparisons to Bale. "Many times," Brolin responded when asked if he'd heard such remarks, underscoring his perplexity with the situation.

The conversation, which also included actor Tony Goldwyn, highlighted that even close observers like Cohen could see the resemblance when up close to Brolin.

Brolin's Hollywood Journey

James Brolin, currently 83, has a storied career that spans several decades, highlighted by a 1970 Emmy win for his role in "Marcus Welby, M.D." Despite his established status, he revealed an intimate backstory about his early challenges and doubts in pursuing acting.

Brolin shared how his father initially gave him a slim chance of success in Hollywood, emphasizing the actor's early shyness and how he overcame it to launch his career effectively from a young age. Interestingly, Brolin's journey in the entertainment industry began when he was spotted in Los Angeles and quickly found himself in a commercial, setting him on a path to signing a contract with Fox by the age of 19.

His perseverance not only proved his father's initial scepticism wrong but also changed the senior Brolin's attitude as he later enjoyed the perks of his son's fame, such as making reservations under his name. Beyond his early achievements and familial anecdotes, Brolin also touched upon his encounters with individuals he thought could pass as relatives, adding a light-hearted twist to the discussion about his and Bale's alleged resemblance.

Despite never having formally met Bale, Brolin's interactions in Hollywood seem to echo the theme of familiar faces continually. Currently married to Barbra Streisand since 1998, Brolin's enduring relevance in Hollywood is set to continue.

He is slated to appear in Netflix's upcoming family drama series "Ransom Canyon," which will feature Minka Kelly and Josh Duhamel. The series is anticipated to blend elements of popular shows like "Virgin River" and "Yellowstone," promising another captivating chapter in Brolin's versatile acting portfolio.