In Stephen Daldry‘s recently-opened The Reader, 18 year-old David Kross and 45 year-old Ralph Fiennes play younger and older versions of the same German-born character. Except Kross looks a lot more like a young version of Val Kilmer. His eyes clearly lack the wet, soulful, vaguely sad quality that Fiennes’ peepers have. So why cast him (or Fiennes) if they don’t even faintly resemble each other?

Reader costars David Kross, Ralph Fiennes; Val Kilmer