Jesse Plemons Acknowledges Being Matt Damon’s Doppleganger During ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Appearance

Jesse Plemons is very aware that much of the world thinks he’s Matt Damon.

Plemons admitted during a recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that he has actually had to turn away Damon fans who refuse to believe he is in fact a different actor. This is more than just a case of mistaken identity: It’s fully “Bourne Identity” 2.0.

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During the late night talk show, Kimmel’s team locked Plemons in a jail cell to forbid Matt Damon, Kimmel’s gag nemesis, from being a guest.

“I told you, I’m not Matt Damon,” Plemons pleads in the clip before joining Kimmel onstage.

The “Fargo” alum and “Kinds of Kindness” actor admitted that his likeness to Damon has “been haunting” his career.

“It has somewhat been haunting me for a little while,” Plemons said. “There was an occasion at the Toronto Film Festival maybe 10 years or so where I was stepping into an elevator and, you know, everyone at festivals they’re kind of looking around to see who they can spot. And this woman asked me, she’s like, ‘Are you Matt Damon?’ I said, ‘No, I’m sorry, I’m not.’ And she looked at me as if ‘Wow, Matt Damon is a liar,’ and I felt bad.”

Plemons – not Damon – recently won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for Yorgos Lanthimos’ feature.

Plemons recently told the Los Angeles Times that starring in diverse projects like “Friday Night Lights” and “Breaking Bad” led him to shrug off any typecasting early in his career. That is, aside from being Damon’s lookalike.

“It’s just a survival technique,” Plemons said of not embracing a particular genre. “I’ve been doing it for so long that it almost doesn’t benefit to look too far ahead. And that’s kind of worked for me so far … I’m constantly just looking at this next thing and following my gut [about] what is interesting and exciting to me.”

Even “Kinds of Kindness” was an unexpected leap for Plemons.

“You’re mainly playing these games, doing these theater exercises that he’s picked up, developed, made up over the years, and my takeaway that first or second day was, ‘Is the whole point of this just to make me feel completely lost? Is that why we’re doing this? Because it’s working,'” Plemons said of collaborating with auteur Lanthimos. “What I think is so amazing about [Lanthimos’] work is it has the ability to really evoke very intense feelings and emotions that are hard to even sort through and articulate in your head. That was kind of the way I felt after reading the script, this sick to my stomach feeling. Not that I wasn’t incredibly excited, but that one there was something really kind of insidious about that effect.”

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