Is time travel real? These celebrity photos, paintings suggest that

Many of us wish we could be celebrities in another life – but maybe for a few, that’s already the case.

The internet is going wild at the far-fetched thought that A-list celebrities of our time were actually alive years – or centuries – earlier, as vintage photos of their doppelganger ancestors have surfaced.

Along with that, sleuths have discovered other strange old images — such as a Civil War-era painting that includes a woman holding what appears to be a smartphone — that only add fuel to the conspiracy fire.

Whether the celebrities in question have access to time travel or are actually just timeless immortals remains unproven – but there’s no doubt that these photos from the past bear an eerie resemblance.

Just take a look and you decide:

Matthew McConaughey in the 19th century

Matthew McConaughey has a lookalike from the 19th century.
Matthew McConaughey has a lookalike from the 19th century.
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Matthew Matthew McConaughey is being investigated by amateur detectives for looking like a man from the 19th century.
Matthew Matthew McConaughey is being investigated by amateur detectives for looking like a man from the 19th century.
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Here’s what we love about this Matthew McConaughey theory – we get older, he stays the same age.

The “Free State of Jones” actor caused a stir after a photo surfaced of his 19th-century con man, Dr. Andrew Sanders – a pipe-smoking birdwatcher from Alabama in the 1800s.

Sanders’ great-grandson, Sanders Parker, first pushed the resemblance in a Reddit post six years ago titled “My great-grandfather looks like Matthew McConaughey.”

“I know it’s hard to believe, in the age of Photoshop, that this hasn’t changed, but it’s really original,” Parker said. “I think Redditors do pretty good detective work. They would definitely find me out. And my family isn’t savvy enough to attempt that (a scam).”

Greta Thunberg on the border

A vintage photo shows a Greta Thunberg lookalike.
A vintage photo shows a Greta Thunberg lookalike.
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How dare you insist that climate activist Greta Thunberg was alive 124 years ago!

The young Swede who advocates for a better planet bears an uncanny resemblance to a girl in a black-and-white photo that historians say was taken in 1898, when the Earth was much less exposed to the effects of carbon emissions.

Thunberg’s lookalike is seen with two other children and what appears to be a dog while working on the border just before the turn of the century.

Interestingly, the mystery girl in the still is wearing a braid like the modern day young political influencer.

The Thunberg doppelganger even wore her hair in a similar braid.
The Thunberg doppelganger even wore her hair in a similar braid.
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Keanu Reeves literally everywhere

Keanu Reeve's time travel theories are getting stronger every day.
Keanu Reeve’s time travel theories are getting stronger every day.

Is there anything John Wick can not do? It has not escaped the internet’s notice that Keanu Reeves has had many lookalikes throughout history – all the way back to King Charlemagne around 800 AD. – and they have all been cataloged on the website keanuisimmortal.com.

He has also been compared to the 19th and early 20th century French actor Paul Mountet and closely resembles a 16th century painting of a mysterious man whose name remains unknown.

CChristopher Lloyd a vice president?

Actor Christopher Lloyd shares his appearance with Vice President John C. Calhoun.
Actor Christopher Lloyd shares his appearance with Vice President John C. Calhoun.
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Perhaps the Doctor really did go “Back to the Future,” as the film’s star Christopher Lloyd bears an uncanny resemblance to former Vice President John C. Calhoun from the early 1800s.

An online animator even put together a convincing gif of Lloyd transforming into the VP who served Presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson.

Although Lloyd has some competition here, as online jokesters also compared Calhoun to pro wrestler Edge’s likeness and appearance in addition to the blue Beast from “X-Men.”

Nicolas Cage in the 1870s

Actor Nicholas Cage strongly resembles a vintage picture from the late 19th century.
Actor Nicholas Cage strongly resembles a vintage picture from the late 19th century.
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He stole the Declaration of Independence – and this guy’s looks.

“National Treasure” star Nicolas Cage was spotted mirroring a living man from Bristol, TN, in the 1870s, bringing shock and furore online.

The 19th-century look alike’s portrait was auctioned off on eBay, with the seller starting the bidding at $1 million, the Daily Mail reported in 2011.

“Nicholas Cage is a vampire,” the eBay page read, referring to the actor’s starring role in the 1988 horror comedy “Vampire’s Kiss.”

Ironically, the second “National Treasure” installment, “Book of Secrets,” revolves around Cage’s character clearing the name of his great-grandfather, who was accused of masterminding the 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Rupert Grint and a Scottish painter

RUpert Grint strongly resembles a Scottish painter from over a century ago.
Rupert Grint strongly resembles a Scottish painter from over a century ago.
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Looks like Ron Weasley learned a thing or two at Hogwarts.

“Harry Potter” actor Rupert Grint was seen to be almost identical to Scottish painter Sir David Wilkie, who lived in the 18th and 19th centuries.

“Reincarnation?” asked Nigerian magazine Historyville on Twitter.

Justin Timberlake and an old outlaw

Justin Timberlake looks like an old man from yesteryear.
Justin Timberlake looks like an old man from yesteryear.
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He brings sex back to the future. The 21st century pop sensation has drawn a striking resemblance to an old time criminal from the 1870s, E! reported in 2016.

The idea of ​​Timberlake traveling through time was also poked fun at during his guest appearance on “The Graham Norton Show” with Daniel Radcliffe at the time, the outlet reported.

Daniel Radcliffe and Andy Samberg as high school friends

Both Andy Samberg and Daniel Radcliffe have 1970s lookalikes.
Both Andy Samberg and Daniel Radcliffe have 1970s lookalikes.
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Again, did we expect anything less from the world’s greatest wizard?

Radcliffe has his own doppelganger who apparently likes to hang out with impersonator Andy Samberg in the late 1970s.

A photo of the duo was found in a 1978 yearbook that was the focus of a since-deleted Reddit post, according to the IB Times in 2013.

“What Andy Samberg and Daniel Radcliffe would have looked like in the 70s (real photo, found in a 1978 HS yearbook),” the original post read.

Bruce Willis and General MacArthur

After all, they are both used to fighting.  Bruce Willis looks a lot like World War II General Douglas MacArthur.
After all, they are both used to fighting. Bruce Willis looks a lot like World War II General Douglas MacArthur.
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He dies really hard. Iconic action man Bruce Willis has many physical traits in common with the tough American General Douglas MacArthur from World War II.

The conspiracy theory has become so strong that a YouTube video was made highlighting the detailed similarities in their appearance.

Others saw the similarity as a golden opportunity for Hollywood if Willis had not announced his retirement due to the brain disease aphasia.

“And now it is very difficult for us to get Bruce Willis to play Douglas Macarthur because of his illness, we could only pray for his safety and health.” Tweeted @AndCav4.

Although perhaps in the future, a digital AI doppelganger created for the former “Moonlighting” star could play the late general for him.

Eddie Murphya comedian out of time

Eddie Murphy looks like a mystery man from a black and white photo.
Eddie Murphy looks like a mystery man from a black and white photo.
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Maybe “Beverly Hills Cop” should look into this one. Comedian and Long Island native Eddie Murphy seems to be an exact match for a “classic straw man” — as he’s been called online — with an elegant hat and bow.

While not much is known about the origins of the black-and-white photo, the “classic man” has identical facial features, mustache and all, to the “Shrek” star.

The only question left is whether the potential predecessor also liked to party all the time.

The time traveling hipster

A man dressed in what appears to be modern style was often considered to be a sign of time travel.
A man dressed in what appears to be modern style was often considered to be a sign of time travel.
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A sunglasses-wearing man with an Urban Outfitters-esque wardrobe raised 21st-century eyebrows after appearing in a photograph from 1941, sparking legitimate debate about whether he was really from the future.

The out-of-place guy — standing around people in suits and old hats — attended the reopening of the South Fork Bridge in British Columbia, Canada. He also caught the attention of today for having a camera that seemed too sophisticated for the time.

But a logical explanation has prevailed over his questionable nature.

The mystery man’s t-shirt was from the Montreal Maroons, a hockey team on the other side of the northern nation that had recently gone under, Snopes.com reported. As for the man’s camera, Kodak had a line of portables already developed in 1941, according to the outlet. Glasses with protective side pieces were also a style that was used at the time, but not widely.

The mysterious ‘telephone’ painting

A portrait from the 19th century shows what many believe is a woman on her phone.
A portrait from the 19th century shows what many believe is a woman on her phone.
Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller

If these celebrity similarities didn’t convince you, maybe a vintage painting of a woman who appears to be holding a smartphone will.

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller’s 1860 portrait “The Expected” shows a lady walking through a wooded path while holding a dark hand-held object on which her eyes are fixed, as if texting or scrolling through social media .

But unfortunately, the reality is often disappointing.

“The girl in this Waldmüller painting is not playing with her new iPhone X, but is going to church with a little prayer book in her hands,” Gerald Weinpolter, CEO of art agency austrian-paintings.at, told Motherboard.

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