Up in the air with the captains in LA To Vegas

Often confused for each other, actors Dylan McDermott and Dermot Mulroney are finally cast in the same show, as airline pilots

On the campy new sitcom LA To Vegas, Dylan McDermott (left) plays Captain Dave, a macho, ne'er-do-well pilot, while Dermot Mulroney (above) guest stars as his professional nemesis Captain Steve.
On the campy new sitcom LA To Vegas, Dylan McDermott (above) plays Captain Dave, a macho, ne'er-do-well pilot, while Dermot Mulroney guest stars as his professional nemesis Captain Steve.PHOTOS: FOX, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
On the campy new sitcom LA To Vegas, Dylan McDermott (left) plays Captain Dave, a macho, ne'er-do-well pilot, while Dermot Mulroney (above) guest stars as his professional nemesis Captain Steve.
On the campy new sitcom LA To Vegas, Dylan McDermott plays Captain Dave, a macho, ne'er-do-well pilot, while Dermot Mulroney (above) guest stars as his professional nemesis Captain Steve.PHOTOS: FOX, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

People have confused actors Dylan McDermott and Dermot Mulroney for years because of the actors' vaguely similar names, careers and looks.

Comedians - and conspiracy theorists claiming the two are one and the same - have extracted good mileage from this, the sketch show Saturday Night Live parodying the mix-up with a fake game show titled "Dylan McDermott Or Dermot Mulroney?" in 2012.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2018, with the headline 'Up in the air with the captains'. Subscribe