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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un impersonators make a splash at the Winter Olympics

The feuding ‘world leaders’ sparked excitement when they infiltrated the press area at the venue.

world Updated: Feb 10, 2018 12:10 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Pyeongchang
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In this Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, photo, costume players dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump, right, pose as they wait to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Yonhap via AP)

Lookalikes of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un who caused a stir at Friday’s Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony have thanked organisers for their tender loving care.

The feuding ‘world leaders’ sparked excitement when they infiltrated the press area before being tackled by security.

But the Kim impersonator, who goes by the stage name of Howard X, insisted they had not been ejected from the stadium, merely escorted back to their correct seats.

“We tried to sneak into the media section so we could wave to the athletes,” he told AFP on Saturday.

“They didn’t kick us out, we had tickets. A bunch of journalists were chasing us so security took us outside so we could get to our seats,” the fake Kim added.

“They were very professional and just doing their jobs. They even provided us with an entourage, so we looked like the real thing and it caused even more of a commotion.”

A man impersonating US President Donald Trump (R) and another impersonating Kim Jong-un pose in the stands during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. (AFP)

Local organisers insisted normal protocol had been followed.

“There was no problem with their costumes but they entered the media seats with a regular ticket,” they said. “We just guided out those who have entered the media seats by mistake.”

Fake Kim admitted that he and Trump substitute Dennis Alan had failed to get close enough to interact with athletes, including the two Koreas who marched together behind the blue-and-white unification flag.

People dressed-up as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea February 9, 2018. (Yonhap via REUTERS )

They were also not able to get close to the VIP area, where US Vice-President Mike Pence and the real Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong were in attendance.

But the imposters were given a warm reception by stunned onlookers, according to Howard.

“People told us it was really funny,” he said. “Even the security guards were asking for selfies.”

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 12:10 IST