Friday, September 26, 2008
Down With an Abscess
That's what the very tanned backpacker said to her friend as I passed by. I assume she meant a fellow traveller, laid low from incessant walking and sporadic bathing. I was only feet away, when she followed up with "that looks like Denis Leary!"
It's not the first time I've heard that. And no - I don't mean the abscess bit. Yes, I bear a resemblance to actor Denis Leary. That's the one I get more often than not. Once in a while I get a "Willem Dafoe" and so, it would appear, does Denis Leary. I recently caught an episode of Rescue Me, in which Denis' character is offended to be told he looks like Willem Dafoe. Hahaha.
Maybe there's a project for all 3 of us. Where we're long lost siblings or different versions of the same man in different dimensions. Or genetically engineered clones. Or maybe not.
When I first arrived in LA, I ordered a coffee. Here follows the exchange:
Barista Guy (after a long beat): Are you him?
Gideon (after an equally long beat): I'm sorry. What?
Barista Guy: Are you HIM?
(Gideon smiles and shakes his head, getting uncomfortable)
Barista Guy: Are you.... Brian Adams?
Yup, that's what he said. I was a little taken aback. Don't get me wrong, Bryan's a talented guy. But he's pushing fifty. I'm not. Just yet. Lemme enjoy my thirties a little bit! It's as bad as my half brother, Matthew, who wished me a happy 46th birthday this year. And he wasn't kidding. Geez! Thanks for stealing a decade, pal. And that's family!
But if anyone knows Denis or Willem, feel free to tell them their doppelganger's waiting in the wings.