In execution, obviously. It was the Middle Ages. You couldn't go around getting women pregnant in another man's name and expect to live to tell the tale. It wasn't until after his official conviction that Fake Martin confessed, apologized and revealed how he almost got away with the whole thing. Two strangers had once confused him for the real Guerre and filled him in on all the details he needed to get his start.
As for the real Martin Guerre, he had just been chilling at a monastery after his time in the army. And the fact he and his wooden leg showed up just as the trial of his wife and uncle was under way was just a coincidence. An awesome coincidence.
Barry Bremen Must Get Really Bored Sometimes
Barry Bremen was a man with a dream, and that dream was to crash as many sporting events as humanly possible, by any means whatsoever. He snuck onto the field of the 1979 MLB All-Star Game dressed as a Yankee. Also in 1979, he showed up in a Kansas City Kings uniform to the NBA All-Star Game, actually got onto the floor, and pulled it off again in 1981. He showed up in a limo to the 1982 Super Bowl as the San Diego Chicken and almost managed to get into the game. He played nine holes at the U.S. Open, he's pretended to be a referee, he even managed to impersonate a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, before getting hog-tied, handcuffed and booted off the field.
From 1979 to 1986 Bremen had himself a ball planning and executing elaborate impersonations, often with the help and support of his wife, just for the fun of it.
And How Did That Work Out For Him?
Not too shabby, all things considered. The Dallas Cowboys fined him $5,000 for his cheerleader shenanigans, but it appears his stunts got him many times that amount in publicity. He was featured in People Magazine and got to chat it up with Johnny Carson at a time when people actually cared about that sort of thing. And since those few minutes of fame and attention were all he was really wanted in the first place, we'd say Barry Bremen is a raging success of a man.
A raging success, indeed.
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