In the 1995 film Jumanji Jonathan Hyde plays two roles, one as Samuel Parrish, Alan's father, and the other as Van Pelt, a big-game hunter from Jumanji who is dead set to hunt Alan and other players to prevent them from winning the game.

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What is so significant about same actor playing these two roles?


They never said that up loud but the common theory is Hunter is manifestation of Alan's fears.

From tvtropes:

Jonathan Hyde plays both Alan's father and Van Pelt. A common theory is that Jumanji conjures up Van Pelt by taking the form of the person you had dreaded the most, and for Alan, it's his father—especially since Van Pelt spouts out the same criticism as his father.

Even part of this famous reddit theory and covered by hellogiggles too.

“I suggest that Van Pelt is a subconscious rendering of what Alan wanted to be inside the board game,” CnosOriginality says. “VP is a strong, fearless (British) hunter that could be the symbol of sophisticated masculinity, something that Alan lacks as a child and its something his father wants him to have.”

The game’s sequence of events is also very important! Alan rolls the dice. Then, after Sarah’s roll, wild plans appear in the Parrish house. Only then does Van Pelt appear—the illusion of Van Pelt is brought to life by the plants from those wild Jumanji plants.

“A chemical toxin that can take all your fears and insecurities and manifest them into the physical world? That sounds like something that could happen inside the world of Jumanji,” the Redditor reasons.

But no official confirmation of this theory I can get my hands on.

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    Not to mention Van Pelt says, after Alan surrenders to him at the end of the film "so, you've finally learned to be a man". Something his father was wanting him to learn when he was a kid. This helps concrete your theory. Jan 4 '19 at 16:45
  • @MissouriSpartan I remember something like that but will dig transcript later Jan 4 '19 at 16:56

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