Meet the British Barack ObamaJanuary 29th, 2009 - 4:47 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 29 (ANI): A 29-year-old mortgage advisor in Britain is in demand these days because he resembles US President Barack Obama.
After Obamas historic win, Ryan Skeggs has been snapped up by a doubles agency, and is enjoying his instant popularity.
“I first started getting recognised when he was running against Hillary Clinton,” The Sun quoted him as saying.
“But since Obama came to power it’’s gone crazy.
“I did some filming up in London for French TV.
“I was flanked by two guys dressed as Secret Service agents and people were scared to speak to me directly.
“They kept asking for permission to say something.
“I felt nervous at the start but then I thought, ”Why don”t I just run with it. So I put on my Barack Obama accent and had fun.
“I had people ringing up their mums, saying ”I”ve met the president,”” he added.
Skeggs, who lives in Stevenage, is also perfecting his ”Obama voice” since signing a deal with an agency last month.
He taped several speeches and sat at home repeating the lines to make himself seem even more convincing. He’’s even worked on mimicking his mannerisms.
“I”ve never properly tried to speak in an American accent, except down the pub messing about, said Skeggs.
“So I watched a few videos of Obama to work on it.
“He speaks in such a clear and precise way and at a lower octave.
“I”ve pretty much nailed it now. It’’s so funny tricking people - I can”t get my head around it,” he added.
Skeggs landed his new double job after girlfriend Wendy sent off his snaps to fakefaces.co.uk . (ANI)
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