That Time An Arrow Fan Thought Stephen Amell Was Actually Chris O'Donnell

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Stephen Amell makes a living portraying multiple identities on The CW's Arrow, bouncing between the now-disgraced Oliver Queen and the vigilante Green Arrow. And Amell's chameleon-esque abilities are sometimes on display even when the actor isn't trying to fool anyone. Take, for instance, one bartender and Arrow fan who apparently only has eyes for NCIS: L.A. star Chris O'Donnell. Here's how Amell put it.

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What a confusing situation this must have been for both the bartender and for Stephen Amell. I'm sure people have mis-recognized the Arrow lead before, thinking he's familiar for completely different reasons, and that's already awkward enough. But this person took it to the next level altogether.

Not only did that bartender momentarily get Stephen Amell mixed up with Chris O'Donnell right there at the bar, but that person has clearly never been aware of who actually plays the titular superhero on Arrow, apparently thinking that O'Donnell has been a mainstay on The CW for the past six years, working to spearhead the entire Arrow-verse. I mean, O'Donnell is an arguably important part of the DC film world. having starred as Dick "Robin" Grayson in Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, but that was back in the mid-1990s. Admittedly, O'Donnell has aged spectacularly well, and is probably capable of being an Arrow star at this point in his career. But he just...isn't the same person as Stephen Amell.

Amusingly, Stephen Amell followed up on that story by revealing his own personal connection to Chris O'Donnell, with whom he does not share a face.

Also... I worked with @chrisodonnell on NCIS: LA. He couldn't have been a nicer guy.

Part of me really wishes Amell would have corrected the bartender. Not so much to embarrass them, but for Amell to have witnessed the mega-shock on that person's face when they realized that everything they knew about TV's Green Arrow was erroneous. (Or at least that one main thing.)

As a final thought, I bet the legally troubled Oliver Queen wishes that he could send Diggle out to kidnap Chris O'Donnell to serve jailtime in Oliver's place. If only the thought had occurred to him earlier.

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Check out how Stephen Amell is already setting records straight for Season 7, and be sure to tune in when it premieres on The CW on Monday, October 15, at 8:00 p.m. ET. To see what other shows will be popping up well before then, head to our summer premiere schedule.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.