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Stardom calls for Chinese Obama lookalike

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 01:18

China's own Barack Obama lookalike is poised to hit the big screen at a low-ranking gangster. Paul Chapman reports.

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Xiao Jiguo (SEE-OW CHI-GWO) did all kinds of humdrum jobs for nearly a decade in China until stardom beckoned...as a Barack Obama lookalike. And Xiao says he and the U.S. president have much more than looks in common. He says their respective birthdays are just a day apart, and they share the same blood group which some believe shapes the personality. But he admits some things aren't quite the same. (SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin) XIAO JIGUO, OBAMA LOOKALIKE AND ACTOR, SAYING: "My English is bad so when I go on stage I speak in a mix of real English and fake English. I make it up as I go. Nobody understands it. Let me show you. Hello everybody. Ladies and Gentlemen." Now Xiao's heading for the big screen but not in any presidential role. He's playing the part of a low-level gangster in a comedy detective movie due for release next year.

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Stardom calls for Chinese Obama lookalike

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 01:18