In "Jack and Jill," Adam Sandler plays a California family man and his bombastic twin sister, joining the long line of distinguished (and not so distinguished) actors who have acted opposite themselves on the big screen.
If the trailers are any indication, Sandler's doing a lowbrow drag act as Jill Sadelstein, not playing an actual character. But fair is fair, so he's got his place in the cinematic twin tradition. With the movie opening Nov. 11, here are some of the funnyman's notable predecessors:
HAYLEY MILLS, 'THE PARENT TRAP' (1961)
Forget the Lindsay Lohan remake. The original "Parent Trap" wasn't the first movie to employ the twin gimmick, but it remains one of the most influential, having perfected an elaborate split-screen processing technique. The film also enhanced Mills' stardom and introduced the hit song "Let's Get Together."
JEREMY IRONS, 'DEAD RINGERS' (1988)
To great critical acclaim, Irons played twin gynecologists in David Cronenberg's flick. In a movie that's widely considered to be one of the better horror films, the freakishly close bond between the brothers, who share each others' lives and identities, comes apart over a woman.
JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME, 'DOUBLE IMPACT' (1991)
The Muscles from Brussels plays long-lost twin brothers who take on a Hong Kong crime syndicate, which is about as awesome as awesome premises get. There's no better way to get amped for Van Damme's return to the big screen in "The Expendables 2" next year than by kicking back with one of his "classics."
ARMIE HAMMER, 'THE SOCIAL NETWORK' (2010)
Hammer's Winklevoss twins are among the most vivid characters in David Fincher's Facebook movie. All-American fools, these perfect Harvard students and champion rowers are, seemingly for the first time in their lives, cuckolded out of what they believe to be theirs: a proper share in the social networking site. (To be technical about it, one of the Winklevosses was played by a different actor, whose face was replaced with Hammer's.)