February 5, 2010, - 4:57 pm

Separated at Birth?

By Debbie Schlussel

You’ve no doubt heard the news from earlier in the week that Northwest Flight 253 Islamic terrorist and undiebomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is now talking to the feds at the urging of his parents, whom FBI agents traveled to see in Nigeria.  Reportedly, agents prompted the parents to nudge their son into spilling, lest he get the death penalty (a potential sentence he faces, but I doubt would get).

Yesterday, as I was reading an article on Pops Mutallab, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab in the Wall Street Journal, I couldn’t help but notice the uncanny resemblance of a pic Abdulmutallab’s dad, from the late ’80s, to a certain African leader we knew and loved from the late ’80s. I’m thinking maybe they were the same guy, twenty years apart, since James Earl Jones is much older.

Separated at Birth?


Pops Mutallab, 1987; King of Zamunda, 1988

Got a feeling that James Earl Jones will play Pops Mutallab in the movie. . . .

Luke, er . . . Farouk, I am your father.  Come on over to the light side.


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10 Responses

Loved the 1988 movie and have watched it over and over again. Hated the December 2009 sequel, which we all have seen one too many times courtesy of our friends at the TSA.

howmuchmore on February 5, 2010 at 6:38 pm

You come across certain people and they’re almost dead ringers for famous people you do know. Its known to happen!

NormanF on February 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm

King o’ Zumunda look lak Sukarno wit dat silly lookin’ hat! Why won’t these dudes just cut the cultural crap and accept that Western style clothing is their best shot at universal Kumbiyah?

Graty Slapchop on February 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I love you, Debbie, but I don’t think they’re exactly dead ringers. In fact, they really just look like two black men. maybe within 20 years of each other’s age, with similar hair length and glasses.

DS_ROCKS! on February 5, 2010 at 10:04 pm

he has his his own money!!!!! great movie!!!!

king jofar jefferey…………i think that was the begining of arsenio’s career and the end as well……….

so america is reduced to going around the world to ask someones parents ???

uhhh can’t take much more of this

drew299 on February 6, 2010 at 1:00 am

Well…no…they don’t look remotely alike…just both are wearing glasses.

joconde on February 6, 2010 at 2:57 am

James Earl Jones has the distinction of being in “De Strangelove”-not a bad film for a debut. A great actor, a great career-“Field of Dreams” “Star Wars” “Patriot Games” and, of course, “The Simpsons”.
“Coming To America”-wasn’t that the movie Murphy lifted from an Art Buchwald story?
The movie was so bad that Eddie Murphy should have sued Buchwald.

Douglas Q on February 6, 2010 at 10:30 am

Similar glasses frames, that’s about all I see the same. I rather doubt that Mr. Mutallab has the same resonant tones James Earl Jones had (God rest his soul, he is missed). I wonder if he ever made a movie version of “King Lear”? If not, it should have been done.

David B on February 7, 2010 at 11:54 am

@ david: J.E.J. is still alive http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000469/ there’s no death date.

I believe Mr. Jones also leans to the right. I know he used to do voiceovers that said “You’re listening to the EIB network.”

Richard on February 7, 2010 at 11:56 am

I am all too happy to stand corrected. Guess that’s what happens when one only hears half the news, and doesn’t know which half to believe.

David B on February 11, 2010 at 12:42 am

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