Saturday 19 August 2017

Jack Nicholson lookalike Norman Deesing says he did not know he would be introduced as star on Ray D'Arcy Show

The Ray D'Arcy show featured a Jack Nicholson lookalike on Saturday
The Ray D'Arcy show featured a Jack Nicholson lookalike on Saturday
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Jack Nicholson lookalike Norman Deesing has reportedly said he did not know he would be introduced as the genuine movie star on the Ray D'Arcy Show.

Norman was on holiday in Ireland last month and was frequently mistaken for the Hollywood legend while out and about in public.

He was then invited to appear on RTE One's new Ray D'Arcy Show.

However, during the show Norman was introduced by Ray as the actual Jack Nicholson with the delighted audience cheering and clapping and rising to their feet.

Norman Deesing who appeared on the Ray D'Arcy Show.
Norman Deesing who appeared on the Ray D'Arcy Show.

Moments later, however, Ray admitted the guest wasn't actually Jack and introduced Norman.  The presenter attempted to preempt any negative feedback by saying, "It wasn't my idea".

Speaking to the Irish Sun, Norman (60), who works part-time as a lookalike, said he "got no warning" from RTE that he would be introduced as the real Jack Nicholson.

"I really thought they [the audience] might get angry because while I have fun looking like Jack Nicholson, I would never ever say I am Jack Nicholson," he told the newspaper.

He said Ray was a "nice guy" but added, "I don't know why Ray did it.  Why Ray?  Why?  I'll always be wondering - but I love Ireland."

Viewers were appalled by the stunt with many taking to social media to voice their annoyance.

RTE has declined to comment.

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