Receiving an unexpected windfall of a million dollars isn’t an everyday occurrence, but for “The White Lotus” star Tom Hollander, it became a reality when he mistakenly received a paycheck meant for Spiderman actor Tom Holland. During an interview with Late Night host Seth Meyers, Hollander humorously shared the mix-up, revealing that confusion in the accounts department, stemming from their shared agents, led to the unexpected financial boon.
Reflecting on the situation, Hollander quipped, “It’s been very difficult because, you know, I was here first, but he’s enormously famous.” He recounted the moment of realization during a theatre outing when, after a performance earning his friend £300, he checked his emails to find a payslip labeled “Box office bonus for The Avengers.” To his astonishment, the payment was a seven-figure sum, representing Holland’s first box office bonus.
The 56-year-old actor admitted that his initial feeling of prosperity quickly faded as he recognized the astronomical amount. Despite not being frequently mistaken for Holland visually, Hollander humorously shared instances of confusion in non-visual contexts, particularly when dealing with utility companies or meeting excited but ultimately disappointed children.
The mix-up between celebrities with similar names isn’t unprecedented, as highlighted by physicist Brian Cox and actor Brian Cox in November 2022. The two shared their experiences with the BBC, recounting instances where people expected “the other” Brian Cox, leading to humorous and sometimes perplexing situations. Such mix-ups underscore the challenges faced by individuals who share names in navigating public recognition and professional interactions.