Thursday 22 February 2018

By George . . . we deserve an Oscar for our paddywhackery

Ireland may well be the only place on the planet where celebrity lookalike contests come with a disclaimer: any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is highly unlikely.

The dogged individualism of our VIP clones has been internationally advertised in recent days following the global profile garnered by David James Glendon, the 27-year-old actor from Kilkenny who won a George Clooney doppelganger competition last weekend.

Glendon's uncanny physical similarity to Clooney works best when viewed from a distance, ideally in an aerial photograph. Both men have heads, four limbs each and share an almost identical membership of the male gender. Beyond that, pedants may quibble about discrepancies in the pair's appearances but it's worth remembering that Glendon beat off competition from an astounding 782 entrants. Clearly, there are many would-be Clooney doubles in Kilkenny who look even less like Gorgeous George than he does.

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