A man, who is said to be the exact replica of actor George Clooney, has lamented that the resemblance to the star has ruined his marriage of 14 years. Abdullah Simsek, a Bolton restaurant owner, known as Apo, first came into the limelight last year after he was constantly mistaken for the actor, but now his newfound fame and accompanying attention from women has cost him his wife.
“My wife thinks I’m going to be famous now and I am heading off to Hollywood. I don’t think I’ve changed but she thinks I have. Because of this, we have separated after 14 years of marriage, so I am back to being single,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying. But for the 43-year-old, being single means that he will have more chances of meeting his dream girl, model and television presenter Lisa Snowdon.
“It is my dream to meet Lisa, she is a very beautiful lady. It would be a wonderful thing if she were to walk into my restaurant,” he said. Simsek used to run a kebab shop in Bolton, but has now opened a Spanish restaurant, La Salsa, on the town’s Bridge Street. But he’ll be leaving behind the tapas next month to head to Hollywood to try to be signed up as a Clooney look-a-like.
He hopes for a meeting with Clooney's agent Stan Rosenfield and has already rejected the advances of a London agency in a bid to further his career in the US.
“I’m going to Hollywood to try my luck. Everybody keeps telling me I’m wasting my talent, and I have been told that I’m the best Clooney look-alike there is. Wherever I go people say to me ‘Clooney, Clooney’,” he stated. “But I’m not interested in making lots of money, that’s not what I’m after. I’m only after Lisa Snowdon,” he added.