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Magazine accidentally refers to San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro as 'Joaquin Phoenix' 

click to enlarge Even with beards we can still tell them apart: U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (left) and actor Joaquin Phoenix (right). - LEFT: SCREEN CAPTURE / C-SPAN; RIGHT: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / HARALD KRICHEL
  • Left: Screen Capture / C-SPAN; Right: Wikimedia Commons / Harald Krichel
  • Even with beards we can still tell them apart: U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (left) and actor Joaquin Phoenix (right).

San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro is used to mistaken identity. So much so that he grew a patchy beard so he wouldn't be confused with his twin brother, former SA mayor Julian Castro, when the latter ran for president.

But a recent flub by the left-wing publication Mother Jones has taken Castro confusion to a whole new level.

In an article on the Biden administration's effort to increase diversity in the State Department, the magazine mentioned that "Rep. Joaquin Phoenix (D-Texas)" penned an introduction to a report on how remake the institution.

Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, pointed out the error in a tweet, cheekily noting that Phoenix, in addition to being a stellar actor, has "now turned his attention to transforming the State Department."

While Phoenix in known for bringing spot-on impersonations to the screen — notably Johnny Cash and himself in the middle of a mental breakdown — we're pretty sure he's not working on a new project where he portrays a Texas congressman.

Mother Jones has since corrected the error in its online story.

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