By Leah Greenblatt
October 19, 2020 at 02:20 PM EDT
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Music videos are hard work: the lip-syncing, the long hours, the tricky choreography. Why do it all when you can have famous friends step in and take your place? With the release of Justin Bieber’s new “Lonely” video — featuring Good Boys star Jacob Tremblay — we count down some of the best celebrity-doppelganger music moments of all time.

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Fourteen-year-old Tremblay (who first broke out as the little boy held captive in the Oscar-winning 2015 drama Room) slips into baby-Bieber drag — white denim, purple hoodie, flippy bowl cut — for Bieber’s warbling the-cheese-stands-alone lament.

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Just weeks before the release of “Lonely,” Biebs did his own favor for fellow native Ontarian Drake, subbing in as his quarantine understudy in a luxe L.A. mansion stocked with more swaggy gratuities (champagne, Lambos, “salmon with the lobster”) than a NAFTA trade deal.

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Give a man a banjo, and he’ll play for a day. Give four of Hollywood’s most willing weirdos beer, a barn, and a bunch of straw boater hats, and they’ll pretty much go ham forever. (Or at least until the last viola’s smashed.)

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The celebrity whack-a-mole is particularly strong with this one: Kirsten Dunst, Will Ferrell, Rashida Jones, Will Arnett, Rainn Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Steve Buscemi, Amy Poehler, Orlando Bloom, Jack Black, John C. Reilly, Chlöe Sevigny, Maya Rudolph, David Cross, and Ted Danson(!) are among the boldface Beastie friends who pass through the clip’s West Village streetscape —though it’s Rogen, McBride, and Wood who bring the Boys to bodega-smashing, beer-spewing life.

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If the world insists on constantly comparing two of England’s most beloved millennial gingers, why not lean in? The Harry Potter actor at first appears to be playing Sheeran straight-up, though be warned; there’s a very “Stan” twist coming midway through.

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Maybe they dated, maybe they didn’t. But the dis-track battle that accompanied the pair’s ongoing feud was the gift that kept on giving, at least to fans — maybe never better than in “Obsessed,” in which Mariah appeared as both herself and a not-not Marshall Mathers in oversize sweatpants and chin-strap goatee, pining for a piece of Mimi he’ll never have.

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Nearly two decades before Taron Egerton slipped into his Rocketman boots on the big screen, Justin Timberlake — in signature bedazzled Elton goggles, altered hairline, and eerily on-point prosthetics — played out his own portrait of the artist as a young man. (Bonus points if you can spot Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Peewee Herman, as his sideburned manager.)

Winona forever, but Spencer for a day: Ryder, along with Reilly and Ribisi, stepped into the famously electric frontman’s shoes — and his signature button-down — in a raucous performance clip that may be the best strange thing she’s done since, well, Stranger Things. (And of course, this.).

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