Photos of Young Bette Davis Show How Spot-On The 'Feud' Casting Is
Not only are Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon's performances on Feud pitch-perfect, but they actually look like their real-life counterparts, too. In the show, they play Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, two Hollywood icons who had a famously well-documented rivalry. The series centers around the height of their conflict — when they both starred in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? — and at that point, they were in their mid-50s and struggling to find work in an ageist, sexist industry. But even photos of a young Bette Davis show how spot-on Feud's casting is.
Davis is portrayed by Sarandon, who's actually about 15 years older than the version of Davis depicted on-screen. Still, their resemblance is uncanny. Though they do have different hair colors (and styles), their facial features are what look the most alike: They have both have high-arched eyebrows; large, almond eyes; and slender noses.
When you look back at younger photos of both of them, their similarities are even more pronounced. Not because they don't look just as striking decades later, but because it proves Sarandon's resemblance is a whole lot more than good makeup — it's good genes. Of course, Sarandon would be just as compelling in the role if she didn't have such an on-the-nose image, but it makes Feud all the more realistic.
Bette Davis, photographed by George Hurrell pic.twitter.com/K7rnPIc6Lt— ruth elizabeth (@bettedavising) April 12, 2017
Davis definitely knew how to pull off black-and-white photography.
And she could really pull off hats, apparently.
Born Today 1908 the Legendary Bette Davis: Oh Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars. -as Charlotte Vale in Now Voyager pic.twitter.com/Yxa19kHyCd— Classic Movie Hub (@ClassicMovieHub) April 5, 2017
And really anything she wore.
Remembering the great Bette Davis (April 5, 1908 - October 6, 1989).— Albert Galera (@AlbertGalera) April 5, 2017
Does anyone else always miss her? pic.twitter.com/efPvj3P0g5
Just try to tell me her eyes don't look exactly like Sarandon's.
She doesn't look exactly like Sarandon here, but it's still a pretty damn close match.
For reference, this is a young Sarandon, but can you really tell the difference?
Hats off to you, Ryan Murphy. You really know how to cast a show.