Friends actor Hank Azaria has responded to comparisons with football pundit Gary Neville that had fans in a tizzy on Twitter over the weekend.
It all started when writer and Manchester United fan Nooruddean Choudry pointed out the likeness on Sunday evening, sharing a screenshot of Gary holding his microphone while chatting on the pitch during a busy day of Premier League fixtures.
‘Pretty sure Phoebe dated this guy in Friends,’ he joked.
With former player Gary, 47, sporting a stylish pair of square, thick-framed glasses and his hair swept over a little and falling forward onto his forehead, the likeness was certainly there with Hank’s character of David, aka David the Scientist Guy.
On the hit sitcom Friends, David was the first serious love interest for Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) on the show, with the pair enjoying a passionate relationship before he had to move abroad for work.
Fans couldn’t resist making Friends references in response, with one quipping: ‘He’s off to Minsk in the Europa League next year,’ which is the city David goes to.
‘I am dead,’ wrote another person of the similarity, while one viewer exclaimed: ‘How am I watching an episode of Friends with him in it as this came up on my feed lol.’
Many had fun with offering their own pictures of Hank as David to find the best side-by-side comparison.
However, 58-year-old Hank himself then caught wind of the chatter and quote tweeted the original post with a mock up of the shot of Gary next to one of him as David, and the hair, glasses and overall face shape really aren’t quite similar, it must be said.
Simpsons voice star Hank added a little monocle emoji as the only comment on his post, perhaps suggesting that he was not completely convinced – or maybe he was? He certainly went to the effort to give fans the photo they wanted.
As one follower pointed out, ‘This is why Twitter was invented’ – and we quite agree.
Another stream of Minsk references followed, with one pointed tweet asking: ‘But can Gary perform on a cold Tuesday night in Minsk?’
In a fun twist of events, Hank even added the role of a sports commentator to his acting CV with his appearace on four seasons of Brockmire until 2020, where he played an baseball announcer who has an on-air meltdown.
So far, it appears Gary has yet to respond himself to the comparison.
In other social media news, we hope the sports commentator didn’t take the BBC’s recent awkward rolling news ticker blip – which saw his team Manchester United branded ‘rubbish’ – to heart.
The broadcaster has since apologised, blaming the mishap on a trainee who was being shown the ropes and ‘just writing random things, not in earnest’.