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Joe Henderson
06-22-2008, 06:57 PM
Hey guys,

I'm looking for examples of movies or TV shows where the main character is pretending to be someone he isn't--like, for example, Kevin Kline's Dave. It can be drama, comedy, whatever. Any help would be appreciated; this is actually for a pitch I'm doing to CBS/Paramount in a week and a half for a TV pilot, so please at least try for serious answers. :)

Thanks!

Joe

JoeE
06-22-2008, 07:00 PM
Catch Me If You Can.

Taxman
06-22-2008, 07:01 PM
I think there was a Stanley Tucci movie called The Impostors, but I remember very little about it. There is also the entire body of the Mission Impassible tv series which involved this.

NeverWanderer
06-22-2008, 07:02 PM
Mission: Impossible, the Oceans 11 movies, the Bourne Identity...

Maybe you should be a little more specific.

Does the person's pretense have to be the main plot of the movie/TV show, or can it be ANY story where someone has to pretend to be someone else, no matter how much screen time that takes up?

Joe Henderson
06-22-2008, 07:04 PM
Mission: Impossible, the Oceans 11 movies, the Bourne Identity...

Maybe you should be a little more specific.

Does the person's pretense have to be the main plot of the movie/TV show, or can it be ANY story where someone has to pretend to be someone else, no matter how much screen time that takes up?

Good point.

Ideally, it would be something where a single main character, for most of or all of the arc of the story, pretends to be someone he's not.

Catch Me If You Can's a really interesting idea. Not sure if it fits, but it might--many thanks.

I guess I should explain--I'm actually doing one of those "Shawshank Redemption meets Flubber!" bits in the pitch. It's a cliche, but they want that in there, because it's the easiest way to establish the tone you're going for.

markgrayson
06-22-2008, 07:08 PM
Quantum Leap

Taxman
06-22-2008, 07:08 PM
There is The Prisoner of Zenda and The Man in the Iron Mask. There is also The Prince and the Pauper and all of its likely several dozen homages. I get the idea that is not what you are looking for though.

Doug O
06-22-2008, 07:20 PM
What about Remington Steele? There was some ambiguity there ...

Doug O
06-22-2008, 07:21 PM
Also the FBI guy in Jericho.

LenNWallace
06-22-2008, 07:22 PM
Dexter and The Shield.

Dead Like Me, too... Kinda.

Taxman
06-22-2008, 07:23 PM
Have you looked at The Human Target comic at all?

Steve Marshall
06-22-2008, 07:23 PM
The Pretender.

Joe Henderson
06-22-2008, 07:32 PM
Have you looked at The Human Target comic at all?

Love that book. Great comic, but I needed something that a TV executive could immediately latch onto.

Big thanks to JoeE; the more I think about it, Catch Me If You Can is just about perfect. And thanks to everyone else for your ideas!!!

FredC
06-22-2008, 07:34 PM
Bosom Buddies.

NeverWanderer
06-22-2008, 08:07 PM
The Pretender.

THAT is a perfect choice!

The entire show was about him pretending to be other people.

Whip
06-22-2008, 08:30 PM
Strictly Business.
Coming to America.
Mrs. Doubtfire.
Hiding Out.
Soul Man.

Skatonic10
06-22-2008, 08:42 PM
Alias. Sydney is always pretending she is someone else. Whether she's on a mission, working as a double agent, or lying to her friends about what she does, she is almost never being completely honest.

And the first two seasons are just about some of the best TV around.

greg donovan
06-22-2008, 08:44 PM
Imposter staring Gary Sinese, i believe it is an adaptation of a phillip k. dick story.

niceguyeddie
06-22-2008, 09:05 PM
i can't believe I remember Hexed:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107107/

The Limo episode of Seinfeld where George pretends to be O'Brien to get a limo ride and then finds out that O'Brien is a nazi.

If Looks Could Kill... that Richard "21 Jump Stree" Grieco flick.

a lot of Hitchcock flicks...

Face/Off... it is.

Man who knew too Little... Bill Murray.

kiss kiss bang bang... Harry pretends to be a detective.

the assignment: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118647/

reindeer games... ben affleck crapfest of a film with gary sinese and the aeon flux chick.

HoldFastNow
06-22-2008, 09:13 PM
Season two of LOST, where Ben pretends to be Henry Gale

LordKinbote
06-22-2008, 09:13 PM
No one has said The Talented Mr. Ripley yet?

What about...The Importance of Being Earnest?

Or...The Usual Suspects?

Damian696
06-23-2008, 10:58 AM
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ENJRXeHnL._SS500_.jpg

schizorabbit
06-23-2008, 11:05 AM
What about Joss Whedon's upcoming show, The Dollhouse?

Generic Poster
06-23-2008, 11:06 AM
The Fugitive.

Ben Weldon
06-23-2008, 11:07 AM
The Pretender.

Man I loved that show.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pretender_(TV_series)

schizorabbit
06-23-2008, 11:11 AM
Shit, what was that show--maybe it was a pilot--about a kid who's, like, Frankenstein or something insofar as he's the combination of various people's body parts, and then he starts to remember their memories, and I think the setup for the show (which, I believe, never materialized) was that each episode, he would try to resolve some naggin' issue that's caught up in his genes/memories/etc? For some reason, I'm picturing Wesley Crusher in the role, but for the life of me, I can't remember anything else about it.

HoldFastNow
06-23-2008, 07:01 PM
Another Lost one, in season one when Ethan pretended to be a cast away.

Or now that I think of it, in season four when Michael was pretending to be Kevin Johnson

The Dyslexicon
06-23-2008, 07:15 PM
The Riches

RegularJoe
06-23-2008, 07:25 PM
reindeer games. various times in 'white men can't jump' the two guys play roles. 'the pretender' was all about that. 'quantum leap'.

Icaruss
06-23-2008, 07:30 PM
Yeah, all I can think about is "Dexter". And "The Departed."

Maxwell
06-23-2008, 07:52 PM
In The Pretender, the guy pretended to be something different every episode.

Queen of the Ban Age
06-23-2008, 07:54 PM
I'm going to have to go with The Saint, since someone already mentioned the Pretender.

hamgmt
06-23-2008, 08:57 PM
how about Twin Peaks? Laura's dad pretended to be just the saddened father when he was the killer...Catherine Martell pretendng to be that Chinese guy...lots and lots of two-facd people in there, but Leland (the father) would I guess be the primary one. Oh heck and even in season 2, when Laura's cousin, Maddy,pretended to BE Laura!

Hmmm even the elsewhere-discussed Arrested Development has some twin-action going on, you recall.

-(not-Killer-)bob