Thanks to an uncanny resemblance to North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un, a 35-yr-old struggling musician from Australia may have found success in something other than his chosen career.
Known only as Howard (he wants to keep the real dictator's goon squads from visiting him), this look-alike has started turning heads around the world and it's even translating into business opportunities.
Dressed as the North Korean leader, Howard established a Facebook page as Kim Jong "Um." After posting a few photos of himself as Kim Jong Un, he started getting requests to appear as the dictator, and an Israeli hamburger chain made him the star of a TV commercial. In the ad, the dictator mocks the food from McDonalds and nukes Washington, D.C. Israel is spared a similar fate, thanks to better tasting food from "Burger Ranch."
During a recent interview with Barcroft TV, Howard walked the streets of Hong Kong dressed as the "Dear Leader" from North Korea. His spot on resemblance to the real dictator sparks instant recognition and many times ended up with several people gathering to take pictures with him.
After meeting the people on the streets of Hong Kong, Howard visited a couple of consulates and embassies. He tried (unsuccessfully) to convince the U.S. and South Korean Consulates that he wanted to defect.
Howard says that he has the support of his family and friends, who he claims are "quite proud" of his new profession. This avocation turned vocation, has made the Hong Kong-born Aussie into front page news in Hong Kong.
Watch the entire profile piece from Barcroft TV.
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