So I was watching Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey this afternoon as part of my personal quest into self discovery when I thought to myself, “hey, how’d they get the guy from The Seventh Seal to also be in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey”?
Yes that’s right, I’m talking about death!
The Seventh Seal is kind of a big deal. You know that because it’s in the Criterion Collection. It seems like it’d be a big step down to appear in Ingmar Bergman’s seminole work (The Seventh Seal was actually about Native Americans) in 1957 and then appear 34 years later in a Bill and Ted movie.
But through a little Internet sleuthing, I figured out that in both cases, it’s not actually Death but actors playing Death that just happen to look alike.
Specifically, here’s a photo of actor William Sadler dressed up as death in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey:
And here’s a photo of President Dwight D Eisenhower playing Death in The Seventh Seal:
See? Not the same! And now we know.