Apparently, I am not the only person who has trouble telling Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg apart. I’ve read articles about the phenomenon. The difference seems obvious to me now. Now - after watching several Mark Wahlberg movies believing they starred Matt Damon.
Which is why it was not surprising that when, around the turn of the last century, I passed a friend a note (pre-texting) at a trendy LA restaurant “Matt Damon is at the next table,” she responded, “No. He’s not.”
She was right. He wasn’t. Mark Wahlberg was. Not that I could convince her of that.
Mark and what appeared to be three of his buddies were seated beside us. Mark picked up the tab. For their table. Not ours.
Me: See. He paid.
Friend: They were just some guys who wandered in off the street.
Me: Number 1, we are in LA. Guys don’t wander in off the street. They probably valet parked. Number 2, we just paid $60 each for a snack. We didn’t even have a meal. I don’t think they are just some guys.
She still didn’t believe me. She never would. Not that the topic came up very often. Until Entourage came on HBO when I brought it up again.
Me: See. We were there at the beginning.
Friend: Blank stare.
She never believed me.
NOTE to self: when you ran into Matt Damon in Cambridge MA, you did not think he was Mark Wahlberg.