Who said the Germans don’t have a sense of humor? A German prankster appeared on live TV, posing as Ryan Gosling and accepted awards.
The bold imitator was German chef, Ludwig Lehner. He took his apron off to pose as Ryan Gosling, happily accepting awards along the way. Up to a point, he pulled it off remarkably well. A local TV show was taken in by his claims and he proudly accepted an award for his performance in La La Land. The idea was the brainchild of two German comedians. They came up with a fictitious acting agency and assured TV shows that Gosling would be there if there was an award on offer.
She show can be described as similar to the British BAFTAs and is known in Germany as the Goldene Kamera awards. The show was packed with legitimate stars; some of whom were La La Land co-stars, Nicole Kidman and Jane Fonda. The ruse did not last for very long as most people spotted the impersonator immediately. Undeterred from being exposed, he still managed to fit in a brief acceptance speech.
“I am Ryan Gosling, I dedicate this award to Joko and Klass, thank you very much,” the prankster said. “There is a saying in Hamburg which is bye bye.” After those words it was back on the apron and the duties of a chef, until next time. Ludwig follows in the footsteps of many who have tried, often successfully, to pull off similar stunts. Lee Nelson is an infamous example who posed as Jason Bent, a recent addition to the Manchester City team?
He went so far as to go on field during pre-match warm-ups with Everton. He stuck around for a few short minutes before silently retreating. The other notable famous example was Deins Carre from France who did a fake Psy. Fans in a Dublin nightclub were convinced and he even got away with it at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The only way his ruse unraveled was when the real Psy revealed on Twitter that he was in fact in Singapore.
Everybody just wants their 15 minutes of fame.