Several months ago, I posed a challenge to readers. You had to remember, correctly, which actress starred in various films: Rachel McAdams or Elizabeth Banks? The test was a challenge because the actresses look similar, and rose to fame at approximately the same time.
Now I am issuing a new challenge: Dermot Mulroney or Dylan McDermott? Dermot Mulroney and Dylan McDermott (seen above) have had similar careers. Both have starred in indie films. Both have played small roles in big movies. Both have starred on TV. And, interestingly, both have starred in movies with Julia Roberts. Dermot Mulroney worked with Julia Roberts twice!
Not only are their careers similar, they have a similar appearance, with dark hair, long faces, and slender builds. Furthermore, their names are far too easy to mix up! “Der-mutt” is in both names!
Once again, you’ll have to rev up your WABAC machine to remember which actor played the following roles. Are you ready? Take the quiz!
Take the Dermot Mulroney or Dylan McDermott Challenge!
1. Which actor played Michael O’Neal in My Best Friend’s Wedding, which starred Julia Roberts? Was it Dermot Mulroney or Dylan McDermott?
Dermot Mulroney played Julia Roberts’s best friend. The movie starts off with poor Julia expecting a marriage proposal, but finding out that Mulroney is in love with another woman — played by Cameron Diaz. Some classic rom-com scenes ensue, but the ending is unexpected.
2. Which actor played Jackson Latcherie in Steel Magnolias, which also starred Julia Roberts? Was it Dermot Mulroney or Dylan McDermott?
Oh, Steel Magnolias, what a weeper you are! Julia Roberts (again!) plays a young woman with diabetes, who dreams of living a traditional life with a husband and children. Dylan McDermott plays that husband. She’s surrounded by a variety of strong women, each with a different kind of vivid personality. If you don’t want spoilers, don’t watch the video clip below.
3. Which actor played Bobby Donnell on The Practice? Was it Dermot Mulroney or Dylan McDermott?
The Practice was one of the best procedural dramas, ever. McDermott led a talented cast, but David E. Kelley, the creator, was the magic behind the TV show. He wrote unique stories, interesting characters, and never had an easy answer for morality or relationships.
4. Which actor played Gavin Mitchell on Friends? Was it Dermot Mulroney or Dylan McDermott?
Mulroney played Gavin Mitchell, the man hired by Ralph Lauren to replace Rachel while she was out on maternity leave. However, Rachel came back early when she found out what a great job he was doing. After meeting, they quickly developed an attraction.
5. Which actor played J.P. in Point of No Return, starring Bridget Fonda? Was it Dermot Mulroney or Dylan McDermott?
Boy, did I love this movie when it came out! Mulroney plays, kind of, the perfect boyfriend. He pines for Bridget Fonda while she’s off doing her thang (which is being a trained assassin). When she comes back, he lavishes attention on her.
6. Which actor played Nick in ‘Til There Was You, which starred Jeanne Tripplehorn? Was it Dermot Mulroney or Dylan McDermott?
Another romantic comedy on the list! The two stars play characters from very different backgrounds. Fate throws them together, an unlikely romantic pair. What seems to be a hot affair, slowly turns into something deeper.
Well, how did you do? Were you able to tell those scruffy faces apart? Tell us how you did in the comments below, and thanks for taking the Dermot/McDermott challenge!