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My name is John, I am a dad of two originally from New York and now active in the UK.
I am additionally a able Mr. T lookalike.
As Mr. T I accept appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, The Weakest Link, Appear Dine With Me, and was alike at Christian and Geri Horner’s wedding.
The odd affair is that it all happened by blow back I abounding a friend’s apparel affair as Mr. T in 2009.
Before I knew what was happening, I was filming a bartering for Drayton Manor, and again one for ASDA. On those jobs I met all the lookalikes I would after apperceive as the Chippendoubles, who I now accede my brothers.
It’s been one heck of a surreal roller coaster back then.
As a job, it’s one of the added different ones. My roles accommodate annihilation from accessible speaking at a cardiologist convention, to actuality photographed bistro a steak.
I consistently jokingly say to added entertainers, ‘Picked up your unicycle yet?’ I say this because it is as surreal as that; we don’t consistently apperceive what is in abundance for us back we about-face up to a job.
My roles accommodate annihilation from accessible speaking at a cardiologist convention, to actuality photographed bistro a steak (Photo: John Lashley)
I accept had to be Mr. T on roller skates (and I accept never roller-skated before). I accept been Mr. T on a Segway, Mr. T on a baiter and alike Mr. T carrying tea with my A Team tea trolley.
A lot of bodies now accessory Mr. T with Snickers, and so I’ve had to chaw into my fair allotment of bars, which is absolutely appealing alarming because I am baleful allergic nuts. It agency I do one booty for the video clip, bitter into the Snickers, again run to the bore to ablution out my mouth.
You may anticipate this is the hardest allotment of my job, but in fact, back I aboriginal started it was accepting accessible that was the better pain.
It acclimated to booty me about an hour every time I capital to get in character, but now I accept it bottomward to 10 to 15 account – and that includes the hair, which is custom fabricated by my sponsors.
Mr. T is additionally accepted for his physique, so I do absorb ample time alive out. I go to the gym four to bristles times a week, for an hour and a bisected at a time. I best up Krav Maga and I accept been absorption on battle for the accomplished two years application a Nexersys battle apparatus – clashing Clubber Lang, I went digital.
John has been a Mr. T lookalike for 10 years (Photo: John Lashley)
Bookings as a lookalike can appear directly, if you are acceptable on amusing media and accept a website, but a ample bulk of them appear through the agents I am appointed with.
One of my favourite bookings was T in the Park, which saw me on date in advanced of 75,000 agreeable admirers alongside The Script.
However, the one that stays with me best is back I was appointed to absorb time with a terminally ill disabled actuality with dementia, on what would accept been their aftermost birthday.
That day still has such a huge appulse with me. I was appointed because the patient’s best active anamnesis was back they met the absolute Mr. T in the 80s, back he came over to the UK, and she believed he was her husband.
I begin it so arbitrary that her memories were actuality baseborn from her, and it was an honour to be there on such a cogent occasion.
She was a huge fan, with posters, mugs and keyrings all over her room, so back I came in with a altogether block and Mr. T blimp plushie, the smile on her face… well, it’s burnt on my memory.
That is a moment I will abundance and never forget. I was after told she was laid to blow with the baby I gave her.
When I became a Mr. T lookalike, I was approached about acceptable a babysitter by a aggregation that capital to be accepted as the alone academy that accomplished ‘Mr. T.’ (Photo: John Lashley)
But actuality a Mr. T is absolutely my part-time job; I antithesis it with my passion, lecturing, which I accept done for six years. I absolutely accept a masters in agenda media architecture and a BFA with a accessory in computer graphics.
My accomplishments has additionally massively helped my success as a Mr. T lookalike. I’ve acclimated my ability of VFX to advice me actualize custom video letters for accumulated and claimed clients.
And that’s not my alone job! Back I became a Mr. T lookalike, I was approached about acceptable a babysitter by a aggregation that capital to be accepted as the alone academy that accomplished ‘Mr. T.’
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The advance was amazing and I accept gone on to assure presidents, ability and VIPs.
While the opportunities I accept been awarded due to attractive like Mr. T are incredible, this job has apparent me how abounding bodies still adjudicator others based on looks.
Being a Mr. T lookalike has accomplished me to apprehend the abrupt and to never adjudicator a book by its cover.
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