Matt looks like Sylar November 28, 2006 7:37 AM   Subscribe

So, did anyone else watch "Heroes" last night and think that Sylar looks just like Matt Haughey?
posted by dnash to MetaFilter-Related at 7:37 AM (43 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I don't have a link with the post - I tried to find pics or screenshots this morning but no luck so far...
posted by dnash at 7:38 AM on November 28, 2006


*visits shows website*

Sylar is unidentified and none of the pictured cast looks even vaguely like Matt.
posted by jonmc at 7:39 AM on November 28, 2006


The actor's name is Zachary Quinto. IMHO, he resembles Matt Haughey only to the extent that all tall, dark haired men resemble one another.
posted by bcwinters at 7:41 AM on November 28, 2006


Although, come to think of it, they both like to eat brains, so there's that.
posted by bcwinters at 7:41 AM on November 28, 2006


Maybe it was just the haircut and the glasses.
posted by dnash at 7:45 AM on November 28, 2006


Here's a screengrab that I think supports your hypothesis, dnash.
posted by bcwinters at 7:53 AM on November 28, 2006


Ha! My wife said he looked like Clark Kent, and I had to bite my lip, because I was thinking "No sweetie, he looks just like mathowie" and I didn't want to have to explain that thought.
posted by yhbc at 7:55 AM on November 28, 2006 [1 favorite]


Sure, I see it. All he needs are some glasses.
posted by amro at 7:55 AM on November 28, 2006


I immediately thought of Matt too.
posted by iconomy at 8:00 AM on November 28, 2006


Anybody else think it's weird that the Indian kid's name is Sanjay Iylar?
posted by monju_bosatsu at 8:01 AM on November 28, 2006


zomg secret double life!
posted by cortex at 8:08 AM on November 28, 2006


He can make pancakes - with his mind!!!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:11 AM on November 28, 2006


*watches as a shallow yet deepening cut appears on dnash's forehead, to grisly effect*

Were that to be true, I would predict MeTa's PonyFilter to rather suddenly dry up ... ;-)
posted by WCityMike at 8:13 AM on November 28, 2006


IMHO, he resembles Matt Haughey only to the extent that all tall, dark haired men resemble one another.

Thank you, tiny albino.
posted by shmegegge at 8:16 AM on November 28, 2006


Matthowie: my watch is broken. Hope me!
posted by FelliniBlank at 8:17 AM on November 28, 2006


Sylar looks nothing like Mathowie. Where's the bike helmet? Huh? Huh?
posted by kindall at 8:19 AM on November 28, 2006


Save the Librarian, save the... um... utility of AskMe.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:22 AM on November 28, 2006


I can't picture matt with that much topiarily groomed stubble.
posted by jonmc at 8:27 AM on November 28, 2006


jonmc: the actor was clean shaven on the show last night, no stubble.
posted by dnash at 8:41 AM on November 28, 2006




It's mostly that one scene in the show where he holds a laptop like a pizza.
posted by stet at 9:04 AM on November 28, 2006


stet - I'm really missing the img tag right now.
posted by brownpau at 9:13 AM on November 28, 2006


That actor was quite funny as Tori Spelling's gay friend on So NoTORIous.

Yes, I watched it. Wanna fight?

Also: I don't see it, but I do with Quitely's Clark Kent, especially in that cover image.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 9:26 AM on November 28, 2006


When he was wearing the glasses, I thought of mathowie as well.
posted by Gary at 9:59 AM on November 28, 2006


I did, but didn't think it merited a post to the grey. So thank you for pointing it out.

I'm disappointed, though, because I had this cool theory that it was actually Peter, only he'd learned to keep the powers he borrowed (possibly by 'memorizing' them, using the waitress' power?). So he got Hiro's power and then travelled back in time from the future, because he'd been driven insane (as an empath, right?) by all the killings/the apocalypse/whatever badness is going to happen, and thought that killing all the 'heroes' was the only way to stop the impending doomening.
posted by Eideteker at 10:02 AM on November 28, 2006


So does that make Jessamyn the invulnerable cheerleader or the camgirl with a super-strong alternate personality?
posted by SenshiNeko at 10:06 AM on November 28, 2006


Oh, and the preliminary writeup on TVwoP calls him "kind of Clark Kent-ishly cute." So yeah, other people see the Haughey-Kent-Sylar connection.
posted by Eideteker at 10:07 AM on November 28, 2006


Jessamyn's the waitress with the eidetic memory. Librarian, duh!
posted by Eideteker at 10:08 AM on November 28, 2006


Damn Eideteker, that plotline would be a million times better. You should be a script doctor.

Also, I saw a sneak peek for next week's episode and Sylar is shown riding a recumbent bike. Hmm.
posted by Falconetti at 10:42 AM on November 28, 2006


In Gary's "glasses" link, it looks like the actor has the very same glassess that Matt does/did. That might explain it.
posted by Mid at 11:08 AM on November 28, 2006


"You should be a script doctor."

Can I put that on my résumé? MetaFilter's [own] Falconetti says I should have the job, Mr. Bigtime Hollywood Exec. SO JUST PLAIN DO IT ALREADY.

Mid, he's also got a similar nose and head-shape, haircut... I could go on.

If I do indeed take up writing comic books for a living, I will indeed create a character called "Number One" based on Matt. His superpowers will be simply listed as "admin" and he will be simultaneously loved and feared by all.
posted by Eideteker at 11:27 AM on November 28, 2006


Oh, and Jessamyn will be in it, too. She will be called "The Ref", meaning both referee (similar powers to admin) and reference (as in unending supply of information). I only hope I can write the character to be as cool and sweet as the real thing.
posted by Eideteker at 11:29 AM on November 28, 2006


He was better on So NoTORIous.
posted by k8t at 11:36 AM on November 28, 2006


The Wife and I saw the Clark Kent thing as well. But now that is has been mentioned, have we ever actually seen Matt and Superman at the same time? Because it would explain a lot.

Interesting Heroes tidbit, according to IMDB, Sylar was going to be played by Sean Bean. They had it listed for quite a while (much to the disappointment of several of my co-workers who were really unhappy that they had stumbled across such a big spoiler.) The brilliant thing is that apparently Bean was never attached to the project, which leads me to believe that the producers of the show are fouling the waters with fake spoilers to keep people guessing.
posted by quin at 1:17 PM on November 28, 2006


His superpowers will be simply listed as "admin" and he will be simultaneously loved and feared by all.

And his slogan will be "I am r00t. ph34r m3 luz3r!"
posted by languagehat at 2:01 PM on November 28, 2006


no script doctoring! the show is going along perfectly as is, i think...taking everybody back six months last night was awesome! it's neat when they do something like that, or even something subtle, that puts an entirely different spin on everything...

so are the powers showing up all of a sudden because of some anticipated showdown, or did the search for them by the geneticist somehow activate them? though the evil twin lady (i wonder how she'll make her powers useful) seems to have absorbed her sister many years back (like 89 or so)...and how was he locating them such that a program would specify names and locations? i should have studied everything more closely in the early episodes...

and hiro popping into the exercise yard was brilliant, i thought! totally random and strange, and neat visually as well...
posted by troybob at 2:02 PM on November 28, 2006


Interesting Heroes tidbit, according to IMDB, Sylar was going to be played by Sean Bean. They had it listed for quite a while (much to the disappointment of several of my co-workers who were really unhappy that they had stumbled across such a big spoiler.) The brilliant thing is that apparently Bean was never attached to the project, which leads me to believe that the producers of the show are fouling the waters with fake spoilers to keep people guessing.

Another tidbit, from the Heroes wiki:
A photograph on NBC's Heroes site shows a birth announcement for a Paul E. Sylar, dated June 11, 1962. The announcement appears to be pinned next to the map in Chandra Suresh's Brooklyn apartment. However, the casting of 29 year-old Zachary Quinto seems contrary to this information, as does the revelation that "Sylar" is an assumed name. In all likelihood, since the announcement only ever appeared clearly in promotional photos, the character concept has changed since the original announcement was designed and there is no "Paul E. Sylar".

Sean Beans birthday? 1959. So it could be that Bean was originally supposed to play the character but they changed it somewhere along the line.
posted by bob sarabia at 2:20 PM on November 28, 2006


And how the heck would he (Suresh) find Claire if she's not even related to her parents, and doesn't know who her birth parents are? These are the things that keep me awake at night. </nerd>
posted by blue_beetle at 3:18 PM on November 28, 2006


blue_beetle, we don't know where Suresh's list came from. It's possible that it is based on bloodwork that came after Claire was adopted (or something).

And I like the fact that, unlike J.J. Abrams shows, I actually believe that one day I might get answers to these questions.
posted by quin at 3:24 PM on November 28, 2006


And how the heck would he (Suresh) find Claire if she's not even related to her parents, and doesn't know who her birth parents are? These are the things that keep me awake at night.

So some professor in India has access to a database containing the dna mappings of every person on Earth, and that's the bit you're concerned about? Or is this what the whole Google Genome project is about? Just type "Blond Hair, Ability To Fly, A Positive blood type" and hit "I'm feeling lucky".
posted by Gary at 3:31 PM on November 28, 2006 [1 favorite]


Ah, thank you! I was wondering why he looked familiar! Yeah, there's definitely a resemblance, in that "there's a limited number of faces in the world and sometimes two people share part of one" way.

it looks like the actor has the very same glassess that Matt does/did. That might explain it.

It's not just the glasses; it's the eyes and nose, too.
posted by mediareport at 3:39 PM on November 28, 2006


All this time we thought Matt Haughey was his real name. Just to be sure, I drove past his house - it is the one with the phone booth out front.
And yes, a red cape and boots were in the phone booth along with all kinds of electronic toys. Supergeek.
posted by Cranberry at 4:13 PM on November 28, 2006


I knew he looked familiar!

Maybe now is the right time to admit to my since-I-was-a-youngster Clark Kent crush. Or not.
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 6:22 PM on November 28, 2006


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