Let's face it, we might make fun of those out-of-touch Hollywood stars and their crappy movies, but most of us would still turn into fawning groupies in their presence. Would you not shit your pants if Brad Pitt knocked on your door right now, or if Harrison Ford suddenly crashed a vintage fighter jet on your front lawn? We can't help but love celebrities -- and, sometimes, that love clouds our judgment a little. Don't believe us? Meet the foremost Leonardo DiCaprio impersonator in all of Russia:
Both Russian Leo and the Russian Oscar look quite larger than the originals.
It's not just this dude; lots of regular schmucks are using the power of vaguely resembling famous people for more than just groping random women on the bow of a pretend ship in a mall food court. And some have managed to take it surprisingly far, like when ...
7A Blatantly Fake Jim Carrey Was Invited To The Czech Oscars
The Czech Lion Awards are essentially the Czech version of the Oscars, celebrating Czech filmmakers, Czech actors, and politely tolerating the hijinks of whoever the Czech equivalent of Steve Martin is. Not surprisingly, organizers of the event were thrilled to hear from Jim Carrey's representatives, informing them that the actor would like to swing by, since he was in town filming a movie.
Presumably Ace Ventura: Czech Detective.
The only problem was: It wasn't Jim Carrey. It wasn't even Jamie Kennedy. In fact, the guy looked less like Carrey and more like that ventriloquist dummy from Goosebumps. People should have really seen through the ruse, though, when he took the stage and instead of quipping "All righty then" or "Somebody stop me," he didn't say a goddamn word ... because the impostor didn't speak English.
Czech Film and Television Academy
"Are we done here? I gotta be Jason Segel at another ceremony."
Then he fired a confetti gun in the air like a maniac, because apparently people in Prague think Jim Carrey is Rip Taylor.
After that, "Jim" just walked away, leaving the confused presenter disappointed that she didn't get to ask the beloved comedian about his body of work.
Czech Film and Television Academy
"But he'd only answer questions about Layer Layer and The Musk."
Insanely, even after a guy who didn't remotely look like Jim Carrey walked on stage and treated their awards show like a tacky wedding reception, the show's host vehemently asserted that it was the real Carrey, stating that skeptics simply "did not have a chance to recognize him." Of course, the whole thing turned out to be an elaborate prank by a TV show that wanted to get some random nobody on an awards show. At least that way the winners in the technical categories didn't feel so alone.
6A Bono Impersonator Attended A Party, Was Promptly Grilled By An Angry Blogger
Pavel Sfera is a professional Bono impersonator, which frankly doesn't seem to consist of much beyond owning a leather jacket and the right sunglasses. Sometimes he gets paying gigs as a celebrity lookalike, but other times he just hangs out at places where Bono's supposed to be, such as outside a stadium before a U2 concert -- which whipped fans into a frenzy despite the fact that you could hear the band doing a sound check at the same time.
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"Those are just my bandmates, The Edge and ... uh, Ringo?"
On one occasion, Sfera got more than he bargained for. Hanging out at a party in a recording studio, he was confronted by right-wing blogger and author Jason Mattera. In an ambush interview, Mattera takes "Bono" to task for U2's business practices, never realizing that was basically talking to a human equivalent of a Madame Tussaud wax dummy.
In the video, Sfera doesn't even have an Irish accent, which seems like kind of a giveaway, considering Bono is the most famous Irishman that isn't peddling marshmallow cereal. Also, presumably because Sfera had some kind of dead uncle who taught him about the responsibility of wielding his great power, he has rules for pretending to be Bono, one of which is that he never actually tells people he's in U2 ... but he won't correct them for thinking it. So, while he never comes out and says, "I'm not Bono, you stupid jackhole," he actually answers all the questions honestly, denying that he did any of the things Bono had done.
Earlier on, Mattera got some pretty shocking statements from a coat rack
that kinda looked like Chris Martin.
Of course, none of these subtleties were picked up by Mattera, who not only concluded the interview, but went home, took the time to edit it together with a bunch of dumb graphics and over-dramatic music, and then uploaded it to the Internet.
The video was picked up by a number of conservative websites, then immediately taken down when it became painfully obvious that it wasn't Bono. After the fact, Mattera claimed that he was "punked," a reference to that show where Ashton Kutcher stands silently at a social gathering and somehow tricks strangers into confronting and filming him.