Stephen Collins is just an actor, of course, and no one should confuse him with a character he played on TV.
But those who confuse friendliness with weakness are misreading Jackson.
One gets the sense that they are wearing a mask to confuse their readers, and even to evade them.
Do NOT confuse this one with the much inferior Dragonheart.
I do feel that you confuse politics and history, they are not the same thing.
Senator Hanway was there; but "Uncle Pat" did not confuse her, since he cared nothing about her love.
If he meant to confuse her, he failed—for she only smiled and said to herself: "They're hazel."
Without this help, the multiplicity of objects tends to obscure and confuse the recollection.
None can confuse her identity for a moment with that of any other monument of a dead religion.
Music was resumed to confuse the hearing of the eavesdroppers.
1550s, in literal sense "mix or mingle things so as to render the elements indistinguishable;" attested from mid-18c. in active, figurative sense of "discomfit in mind or feeling;" not in general use until 19c., taking over senses formerly belonging to confound, dumbfound, flabbergast etc. The past participle confused (q.v.) is attested much earlier (serving as an alternative past tense to confound), and the verb here might be a back-formation from it. Related: Confusing.