I first realized that I have a serious issue with faces was when I watched “The Departed” a few years ago. I was so confused throughout the entire movie, completely unable to grasp the plot line: how is the good guy the bad guy the good guy the bad guy?
It was only after the movie was over that my brothers told me that Roba, you idiot, that’s two characters acted out by two actors.
Oops. I spent the entire 151 minutes completely unaware of the fact that DiCaprio and Damon are two different people, two different characters, and two different actors. In my mind, they were the same person.
It was a little later that I realized I have the same issue with people not on my TV screen as well. It just never occurred to me before.
I once was at the same getaway wedding as an acquaintance. It was years later, when I ran into him at a restaurant, that I said, “Hey, I haven’t seen you since that wedding!” He looked me and said, “What wedding?” Oops. I spent three days with him in the Dead Sea thinking that he is someone else.
Today, I realized that this one girl I constantly run into is actually two different girls. It was a shocking discovery, because I’ve known them “both” for years, see them “both” around a lot, and they’re “both” Facebook friends of mine. Yet, I somehow had absolutely NO IDEA that they were two different people until an hour ago.
It’s really creepy.