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Jason Sudeikis says people keep thinking he’s Ed Helms

Ed Helms (left) and Jason Sudeikis: Do they really look that much alike?
Ed Helms (left) and Jason Sudeikis: Do they really look that much alike?

At least Olivia Wilde never mistakes fiance Jason Sudeikis for Ed Helms.

But a lot of other people do, the Overland Park native said on “Conan.”

Sudeikis, 40, a “Saturday Night Live” alum, said fans often mistake him for Helms, best known for roles in NBC’s “The Office” and “The Hangover” movies.

“Ed Helms and I get confused quite a bit,” Sudeikis said, “to the point where if people come and say ‘hello,’ you know, ‘It’s so nice see you. I’m a big fan,’ I’ll say my name, and a lot of times they’ll be like ‘Oh. Sorry. Thought you were someone else.’ It’s like ‘You were in “The Hangover.”’ I was like, ‘I wish, man! If I was in ‘The Hangover’ I (could) afford a suit.”

Sudeikis, 40, then told a story of a young woman asking for a photo at the White House Correspondents Dinner after-party. He kindly agreed as she handed the phone to her date.

“I’m Jason by the way,” he said with a Midwestern smile.

The woman looked confused.

“Did you think I was someone else?” he asked.

“Yes,” she said sheepishly.

“Did you think I was Ed Helms from ‘The Hangover?’”

“Yeah, but it’s OK,” she said. “You look enough like him.”

Later, the same woman asked for another photo.

“We already did this,” said Sudeikis, now confused.

“Yeah,” she replied. “But I know who you are now.”

Sudeikis has learned to laugh at the mixups over his doppelganger.

“I’m in a good place in the sense that mine is a really nice, funny, smart guy,” he said of Helms.

Below, watch Sudeikis talk about the difficulties of doing voice work for “The Angry Birds Movie,” reprise his impersonation of Mitt Romney and meet another politician he imitates, Vice President Joe Biden.

James A. Fussell: 816-234-4460, @jamesafussell

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