Are you a celebrity lookalike? I am - apparently.
Can I have your autograph?
Picture the scene. I'm on vacation in Cuba, having a friendly game of volleyball on the beach with a group of people I'd never met before. All is going well and I'm holding my own quite nicely. Then the game is interrupted by a large, overweight male wearing the gaudiest pair of swim shorts I had ever seen in my life. He runs up to me in the middle of the sandy court and thrusts a napkin from the beach bar under my face excitedly saying, "Jim, Jim... please can I have your autograph? I'm a huge fan!" He was not kidding about the huge part, I can tell you, but the mistake was that he truly believed that I was Jim Carrey and he had lucked out by "bumping into me" on his vacation.
Thinking practically, there is absolutely no way that Jim Carrey would be vacationing in a 3 star Cuban resort where the Cuba Libres are served in clear plastic and the food tasted consistently of palm oil. I knew that... my wife knew that... but Crazy Pants didn't seem to think that through. You see, he was totally convinced that I was who he thought I was. To quote one of Jim's characters, The Grinch..."Wrongo!"
Bottom line? I have now lost count of how many people have said to me that I look like Jim Carrey. Of course, my zany sense of humour adds to the illusion. Not that I am actively seeking the recognition. I do find it amusing though. Then there are the others who say I look like UFC fighter Rich Franklin. Then there's the actor Garret Dillahunt.
I'm plagued with "resembling" at least three famous people? How about you? Do you look in the mirror and take a second glance because you find yourself staring at the very actor/singer/sportsperson you saw on TV just last night?
I wonder is this a career I should be pursuing? You know, stand in stunt funny man for Jim Carrey? There are people out there who make a living out of being someone else you know. I don't fancy being a stand in UFC fighter though!
You see my picture above and you see my alter-egos. Do you see what the guy in Cuba saw?
Anyone else been asked for somebody else's autograph? I have... and no doubt will again.