Who could star in ‘The Michael Phelps Story’? Hmm.

Have you seen the stories this week about John Krasinski being the perfect guy to star in the inevitable biopic, ‘The Michael Phelps Story’? You can even vote for John here.

I’m surprised no one has come up with what this could look like.

Enter the Matt Collins Magic Morphing Machine.

John Krasinski Michael Phelps

Here’s the original Michael Phelps Sports Illustrated cover.

Don’t say I never did anything for you squeegirls. ;)

Oh, and we would be remiss if we didn’t include a lolcat version. One more on page 2.


  1. The others options in the poll are (and look) too old to play Phelps! John is just too attractive…but I think can deal with that.( Not that Phelps is ugly, it’s just that nearly no one is as handsome as our dear Krasinski.)

  2. *sniff* (cries with laughter over the lol cat) My question is, can he roar with his mouth absolutely agape and pump his fist throughout most of a ninety minute film?

  3. Um, 2 hours of a shirtless JK??!! Yes please!!! :-)

    (He’s now at 60% and winning by a landslide)

    [from tanster: woo! the power of tally nation.]

  4. Krasinski definitely has the right look, but like other actors, he is far, far, far better looking than the person he’d be portraying ;) He’s the right height too. He’d just have to put on some muscle.

    Also, isn’t Michael Phelps a little too young for a biopic? I mean he’s achieved great things already, but I think the movie would be about 40 minutes long. It would be like 2 Olympics and a training montage.

  5. John’s too attractive, but of course that’s what happens when you glam it up Hollywood style for the big screen. :-)

  6. Oh my God, that is so frightening and hilarious. Well done, Matt. And while there *is* some resemblance, I must say, our boy JKras is definitely cuter.

    [from tanster: frightening and hilarious. i think that is exactly what Matt was going for. ;) ]

  7. I never possibly thought of them as looking similar (though yes, the right height!) I would see a Phelps biopic regardless, but with John Krasinski it would be extra entertaining. ;) haha.

    but then I would be expecting “Michael Phelps” to be making Jim faces and be very confused.

  8. John would be a horrible Michael Phelps, in my opinion. I really hope that doesn’t happen.

  9. John Krasinski playing Michael Phelps in a movie would seriously make all my dreams come true. I never thought anything could be more perfect.
    The picture makes me laugh outloud!

  10. All I have to say is WOW to the picture. I had to do a double take when I first saw it. Great job Matt!

  11. Extra just asked Debbie Phelps about who she thought could play him out of the options and she said, and I quote, “John’s cool”. She thinks that would work. DP gives him the seal of approval!

    I think it’s incredibly premature for a Phelps movie but I agree that the idea of JKras shirtless and swimming for two hours is just wonderful. ;)

  12. ahhh i have been saying that they look alike all olympics long!!
    that pic is creepy, but awesome lol

  13. I’m all for John being in more movies but that picture is horrifying! Good job, though.

  14. Haha right now John is totally winning the poll. Proof of Tallyhead Nation’s power! Let’s keep it up!

  15. Michael Phelps is as gorgeous as Olympic gold. No. Better.

    John Krasinski does look like him! They are the same height, too. (6’3″. Nice.)

  16. Uhm… Growing a beard for a movie and then shaving it off is no biggie. Meticulous manscaping, however…? I like John too much to wish this on him, lol.

    On a more serious note, what biopic? Yes, Phelps is a remarkable athlete. He is also too young and, apart from swimming, doesn’t seem to have anything “movie-worthy” about him. And I mean it in the nicest possible way. It’s a good thing he doesn’t seem to have childhood tragedies and traumas to fill an interesting and compelling film. It’s a blessing. But it makes for a snooze of a script.

    Of course, what do I know? My Phelps-info is limited to seeing a few races and not being able to avoid hearing stuff.

    The picture is awe-inspiring. A perfect blend of creepy and hypnotic. :)

  17. I can honestly say I haven’t laughed so hard so quickly at something in the past year. ::wipes tears:: and then…. i see the words “lolcat version” Priceless.

  18. i second 24’s comment. omg, i couldn’t breath, i was laughing sooo hard.
    and the lolcatz one had me in tears.

  19. I find it odd that people believe they look similar. John Krasinski is so handsome and has an amazing smile.

    They’re both tall. ^_-

  20. Hmmmm….would that be THE best movie ever??? I think so…PLUS – topless john!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. I think John would be perfect for the role. Honestly though this picture kind of freaked me out and I had to really look at it because at first glance I thought it was Michael. John would be great and really who would pass up seeing a movie with John without his shirt on for most of it :)

  22. Yikes! That’s was a morning pick-me-upper. LOL.

    Is it just me, or from a distance, does it look like he’s wearing a belly-dancer top? Maybe it’s just me…

    Nice work, Matt!

  23. Ugh, come on people. The last thing John’s career needs right now is a milequetoast movie-of-the-week. And I would hope Steve is enough of a friend that he’d have a serious talk with him about the idea of waxing his chest, much less all the other places he’d have to hit.

    John deserves better.

  24. Um, I don’t know how to react to this…I kinda want to laugh but I’m also kinda horrified.

  25. Too funny. John has seemed kind of shy and modest about his body. (I’m thinking of the Watch with Kristin interview when Jenna had him blushing like crazy over taking off his shirt!)

    Don’t know how he’d handle months of speedos.

  26. JK is winning, but for his sake, I hope this movie never gets produced. Phelps’ performance over the last two weeks has been absolutely amazing, but isn’t he still a bit young to warrant a biopic? At most, this is crappy tv-movie-of-the-week-on-lifetime material. John is more talented than that!

    Plus… his torso scares the crap out of me. There, I said it.

  27. I think a Michael Phelps movie would be the least necessary film in recent history. I am incredibly proud of his accomplishments, which is exactly why I think a film is a bad idea. Why horrificly cheese up the great acheivement of Michael Phelps with a crappy sports movie? Just give him a holiday or something…geez.

    That said…I want John to get whatever movie deals he wants, but this…this is just bad.

  28. Two hours of a shirtless John Krasinski? Sign me up! Actually, now that I see pictures of them side by side, they do look a lot alike! Except for the eyes, but that’s why God invented contacts!!

  29. Haha, that’s so awesome! I voted for John– what a breakout role that could be for him! And I must admit, that cover pic looks to me as if he’s wearing a bikini or bra top… hee hee

  30. have to say, and It oddly seems I’m alone on this, but beside JK, Michael is HOT! and yes, they do look similar I think, although that original shot of Michael isn’t the greatest. anywho, I voted and it’s obvious who’ll be winning!

  31. That is awesome! A couple of weeks ago Stephen Colbert mentioned that Michael Phelps also “found time to play Jim on the Office and lead the Giants to a Super Bowl victory.” And they showed pics of John as Jim and Eli Manning. He looks much more like Eli, but it was really funny. Here’s the link (click on the Sport Report segment to see it more quickly).

  32. Oh my god, yay. Squee! *fails*

    Certain people *coughJimMosbycough* know how excited I am about this. And my total crush on Phelps.

  33. john is perfect….except his teeth are too good. phelps’ teeth are NOT as perfect as john’s!

  34. This is too funny. At one point, while watching Phelps swimming, my mom asked me, “who do you think he looks like?”, and I suddenly thought of John Krasinski b/c of the nose. Funny thing is, my mom was thinking of my cousin. Oh well! haha!

  35. AAHH!!! omg…hahaha. i screamed when i saw this. john is scary perfect. thank god he is keeping his hair in real life-i might die otherwise! :P

  36. I would just be so sad if he had to cut his hair again. And so short too… however, seeing him in a speedo would probably ease my suffering a little bit. Or a lot.

  37. Wow. that picture kinda freaks me out. But John Krasinski and Michael Phelps … hmm … they are def two of my favorite guys on the planet right now. I have pics of both of them plastered on my wall. hahaha ;-)

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