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Pic, producer share face time. (Double `Agent'?).

"Agent Cody Banks" and producer David Glasser--separated at birth?

Hollywood execs can be forgiven if they do double takes at the one-sheets for "Cody Banks" plastering Los Angeles. Although ads for the MGM film feature its star, 16-year-old Frankie Muniz, the thesp looks a heck of a lot like baby-faced Splendid Pictures CEO Glasser, who produced "Cody Banks."

Might the pic, which details the adventures of an adolescent-turned-secret agent, be a sort of wish fulfillment for Glasser, who spent his own youth as an actor in such pics as "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" and "Pump Up the Volume"?

While Glasser admits that several foreign buyers couldn't help but comment on the resemblance during the recent AFM, he says it's only a coincidence.

"We hired (Muniz) because we wanted someone really hot," Glasser says. "We attached him in the first script two years ago, maybe longer."

"Agent Cody Banks" hits theaters March 14.

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Author:Harris, Dana
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 3, 2003
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